On April 1st 2015, Fender took over the running of Fender Japan, standardising the global brand. Japan has a long history in with Fender dating back to the early 1980s when the Bill Schultz led team bought the compnay from CBS. It is no stretch to say that if it were not for Japan to plkug the gapo until American production started Fender may not be with us today.
The *New* Fender Japan sells all the old Fender Japan guitars under the JAPAN EXCLUSIVE SERIES and they are currentl;y made by Dyna-Gakki
Fender Japan, Ltd. was the joint-venture established in 1982 between Fender Musical Instruments Corporation, Kanda Shokai and Yamano Gakki, which operated the Japanese business of Fender musical instruments from 1982 to 2015. The venture involved the domestic production and sale of Fender instruments for the Japanese market.
From 1982 until 1997 they were made by FUJIGEN and the guitars carried the *Made in Japan* inscriptionr, When production started to shift from the Fujigen factory to other factories the inscription changed to *Crafted in Japan* from 1996/1997 until approx 2010 the guitars were made by TOKAI & DYNA. Since 2010 only Dyna-Gakki has made them.
The Classic Series 70s Japan Exclusive telecaster inherited the specifications of the (old) Fender Japan TL-71 ASH Telecaster model. Featuring an ash body, one strings guide, modern CBS logo reprinted specs of 1971 at that time. The nut width is about 41 mm and it is a slightly slimmer neck, and the punchy sound by the ferrite magnet pickup will be active in a wide range of genres.
The *New* Fender Japan, Japan Excluive guitars have found their way over to the UK and are generally marketed as FSR guitars. Mine was bought new from Andertons Music.
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