I enjoyed playing some Jazz on this Fender MIJ mid 80's E series White Stratocaster so much I had to share it with you. These guitars left over from Leo's days in Fullerton Ca. sent to Fujigen Gakki in the early of 1980 was a blessing in disguise. Who better to send a failing companies greatest guitar art work too but the Japanese people who have proved themselves over and over again to be number one achievers up there with the Italians and Germans. And They even got Germany involved making the Fender System One Tremolo I'm using with original everything brought back to life by me. Who am I, papatom from stratconnection and that's what I set off to do 6 years ago when I saw hundreds of these guitars being stripped of parts and sold off like junk for nothing.. Now you see them being sold with made up parts that can damage you bar socket with soft steel bars that are already rusted. Metal Rust is like a cancer and is no respector of metals except precious like gold, silver, brass, chrome steel, titainim, allunimun, precious because they are used in the industry for conductors and parts. The original bar made of Chrome steel can only be bought from me as everyone else who may have one is holding onto it and I sell mine either on the refurbished Fender 80's MIJ guitars and have 25 to 30 left on my site. The difference in owning one of these is like owning a piece of original Leo Clarence Fender Legacy. I'm making this Jazz up as I go in two Parts, I was having so much fun I over ran my allotment of You tube time allowed me. But I couldn't stop playing it was a blast. So I hope you enjoy the show, rock on. papatom
Japan was already involved before guitars hit the market for the baby boomers of the 40's and 50's. Starting probably even before Pearl Harbor and the copy Kat Mistubishis flown. The Japaneae people are a very strong disciplined honorable proud people in their craftsmanship in everything they do. Whether it be electronics, industry machinery, watches, and we all know, automobiles. When it came to the big hit in the early years with music. The Japanese started making Law Suit Copies of nearly every American, English and what other countries that provided a huge market. Starting with the famous Fujigen Gakki Factory with names like, Ibanez, Tokai, Greco, Ventura to name a few of the top brand producers of copies of the Gibson and Fender series guitars. When Leo had some heath issues he sold Fender to CBS broadcasting company for 15 million dollars. In 1965 that was allot of money. Taking on more then they could handle and the spirit down because of Leo's leaving, and the pickup of Gibson marketing. CBS needed a helping had so they hired the only people they knew who could be affordable and was making the instruments anyway. Fender Japan was born at the Fujigen Gakki Factory in Japan and it's first model the Squier which was the elite of the guitars. Squier meaning Prince. The 1982 Squier JV took the stage. Because CBS stopped all production for 8 months and sales were down they exported Leo Fenders stored and warehouse Stratocaster and Telecaster Body Plugs. Thats how the configurations were born. To be continued.