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USA Fender wanted to stop the import of these guitars to the USA due to firing up their Mexican plant and due to the “too good” quality Japan was creating which competed with the USA models.
It has been estimated that 80% of the guitars sold during this time were made in Japan.
When the Corona plant was started up, only the Vintage Reissue Stratocaster models were first produced (between late 1985 through 1986).
I have owned, and still own, many of both the MIJ and CIJ guitars and when setup correctly and rewired, they can play, feel, and sound as good (if not in many cases, even better) than their USA counter-parts (especially when rewired with custom pickups!
In 1951, we wanted to liberate musicians from the confines of the upright bass.
And we did it by introducing a brand-new instrument with a bold, new sound.
Together, they designed a Telecaster that has a vintage 52 bridge and pickup with a true 52 Tele V shaped neck.