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Are you looking to buy a Fender Japan guitar? Click here


Not sure which model you have or how to tell one from another?

 The table below might help. I've broken the model range down into 10 types and listed a few defining features of each type. It is far from foolproof or comprehensive but, if you've got a rosewood fretboard Strat with a 1 x ply pickguard you can see from the table below that it's almost certainly a Standard model. If your Strat has a maple neck and a 1 x ply pickguard it could be either a Standard or a 50's Reissue. Each model name links to a page covering that model in detail so you should be able to identify your Strat with some certainty and won't need to send me an email saying; 'I've got a Japanese Strat, it's red, what model is it?' 
Model P/guard P/ups Fretboard Frets Tremolo Locknut
Standard 1 or 3 x ply 3 x s/c either 21 Classic  No
50's Reissue  1 x ply " maple " " "
62 Reissue 3 x ply " rosewood " " "
68 Reissue " " maple " " "
72 Reissue " " either 21 " "
HM None hum'r & s/c either 22 Kahler Yes
Hot Rod RI   " " 22 Floyd Rose "
Contemporary 3 x ply* " " 22 Kahler "
 " " Standard 22  3 x ply 3 x s/c " 22 Classic "
Signature Different specifications depending upon model
 

Are you looking to buy a used Fender Japan guitar? Confused by what you see on Ebay and elsewhere?
 Read my 'buying tips' before commiting yourself. 

..and after doing that go to for the best selection of used non-export Fender Japan 
instruments you will find this side of Tokyo