The scratchplate is single layer and although you can't reallt tell by the pics, the knobs and pick-ups are yellowish/aged, which I read somewhere that they are actually supplied this way on some models [img][img] Yellow Peril/SFrontbody Strat Small.jpg[/img][/img]Well, I think I like it! And check out you're on a path that's beaten, it's not your path." Joseph Campbell "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me." "All that is impossible remains to be achieved." Jules Verne look like any MIJ I have ever seen, looks more like a 90s MIM, but I can see Mad in Japan on the headstock and the T prefix... Its definitely not an 80s MIJ I can tell you that though Now you can see why I'm confused, but it plays really well and has that real strat tone.
I know it doesn't really matter about the history, but I'm intrigued.
I don't have any decent pics of the body on my '85 MIJ for comparison but please know that it's very similar to the pics that Paisley posted of his..has the steel "unstamped" saddles, etc. While the neck from the MIK was sold on a different body, I still have the MIK body and when you compare the workmanship to my '85 MIJ....there's simply no comparison.
That MIK body is -really- cheap where as the '85 MIJ, despite being basswood (which really isn't a problem for me) shows some very nice craftsmanship to say the least.
It has quite a few vintage touches(8 hole single ply pickguard, butt end truss rod adjuster, fiesta red color, vintage size fretsw/ maple neck) It looks like it could be a vintage re-issue except for the modern style string trees and die-cast "Fender" tuners. I'm no expert on these so please take my comments as being only my own personal opinion and use them for what you feel they are worth.
According to the info here on Fender.com, the T series serial number indicates that it is probably a '94 - '95 and to my eyes, the instrument does look consistent with that era.
If you want to see a 1987 MIJ Squire E series Stratocaster, take a look at mine.
The "E series" MIJ's (such as Paisley's and mine) really seem to of MUCH higher quality than later MIJ's.
That's not to say that the later MIJ's are bad, but the mid 80's E series instruments were really top notch instruments and from what I have been able to tell from my own research, were damned near identical to the Fender labeled MIJ instruments of that era (and I'll come back to this line of thought in just a moment).
While the name isn't as familiar to most folks as Fender is (or even Squier), as I recall Fuji Gen Gakki has been around making electric guitars since 1962 (they started in 1960 making violins and acoustic guitars) so these folks do in fact know what they are doing.
Again my '85 E series is an incredible guitar and I recently acquired a Fender MIJ Contemporary body of that same era and I have to say the quality and workmanship is certainly first rate on both.