Best Strats & Teles out of Japan these days?

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  1. Housered

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    I am wondering which of the Japanese strats and teles are considered to be the best these days.

    Premium woods, finishes, pickups etc.

    I've got my eye on a used ST62-105DMC. Thoughts on it?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Yutaka

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  3. Pietro

    Pietro 2-Voice Guitar Junkie and All-Around Awesome Guy

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    The best japanese strats are made in mexico.

    :p
     
  4. btmish

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    You may also want to look at Bacchus, PGM Moon (same company as Van Zandt), Momose , Seymour Ducan, and Navigator.
     
  5. Housered

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    Thanks. No, it doesn't have to be a fender.
     
  6. Housered

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    :mob
     
  7. Housered

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    Will do. Thanks!
     
  8. mvsr990

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    Remember that if you're in the US, Japanese Fenders are hard to order from Japanese retailers (Ishibashi, etc.) right now. You basically have to go to Ebay and hope.

    Other brands - ESP/Edwards, Tokai, Bacchus, etc. don't seem to be putting the brakes on US imports.
     
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    If you want the best of everything on a Japanese made guitar Navigator's the way to go but it's going to cost as much as a Fender USA CS Strat.
     
  10. Housered

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    New, yes but they don't seem to fare as well on the used market, especially yahoo auctions japan.

    I just might have to go with a navigator.
     
  11. btmish

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    Navigator's are obviously very, very nice. But my opinion is, if you want the best Japan strat, bar none, it's Van Zandt. They are on a whole other level. I believe they are the best strat/tele style guitars made, anywhere.
     
  12. Housered

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    I know nothing of them but their pickups. Where might I learn and where might I buy?

    Thanks!
     
  13. btmish

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    There is some good info here: http://www.guitarsjapan.com/ ...go to history of Japanese guitars

    and also the tokai forum where you can do a search and find quite a bit of info on all these brands.
     
  14. Housered

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    Thanks for all of the great replies!

    Cheers.
     
  15. 1973Marshall

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    The ST54-80AM, ST-54120DMC are AMAZING - I can personally attest.

    I can also attest the ST-67 models are to die for.

    With limited experience with the ST-62 models I can say the ST-62-80 is pretty great, so the premium ST62-1XXDMC series should be all that much better with quality and pickups. I hear those Dimarzios in them are great. My friend always recommends switching the pots for Callahams - $15 in parts and the guitar gets EVEN BETTER!
     
  16. Housered

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    I am thinking that I could get a DMC, drop some Lollars in it and have all the strat I will ever need.

    By the way, what do DMC, AM etc mean?

    Thanks!
     
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  17. 1973Marshall

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    WOAH,

    I never said DMC meant premium - NOOOO, I believe the 100 and up models, esp the 120 series are premium

    DMC = Dimarzio Classic I believe. When you look at their codes ST62-120 DMC means ST62 = 1962 RI, 120 is the upper models versus say the 80s that are lesser woods or parts, and the LETTERS on the end are the pickups IE TX = Texas Specials, DMC = Dimarzio Classics (not sure which model these are supposed to be), AM = American Vintage pups.
     
  18. Housered

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    Oh, cool. Thanks!
     
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    Which of the Japanese builds have thin nitro only finishes, bone nuts, etc?
     

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