Early Japanese Fender RI's -nitro?

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  1. homerayvaughan

    homerayvaughan Supporting Member

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    Does anyone know if the early Fender reissues from Fender Japan were finished in nitro or poly? What year did Fender USA stop making reissues in nitro finishes?
    Thanks!:BEER
     
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    I've seen no convincing evidence any of the early Fender Japan reissues used nitro. Fender still use nitro on their American reissue line, a possible exception being the new '70s Reissue Strat since the originals had a poly finish.
     
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    If they use nitro on the current reissues, then what's the fuss about the new "thin skin" nitro models? Just less topcoat?
     
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    Yeah, pretty much I think, although I really haven't been paying much attention to that line, and near as I can tell none have turned up in this neck of the woods yet.
     
  5. Luke V

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    The Thin Skins are exactly that. not a thick undercoat and finish. Like an EJ.
    I had a 7.6 lb. Thin Skin and returned it.
    It was heavier than and didn't resonate as well as my EJ. It sure looked and smelled great though.
     
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    You're right, the USA 70's Strat has a poly finish.
     
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    The base coat on my USA '62 RI I refinished last winter had a thick poly base coat that took me a few hours with 50 grit sandpaper to safely remove...then finer and finer grit to get it to the wood as best possible. The

    I had an early 1986 MIJ '62 RI Esquire I recently sold that was an amazing guitar but I have no idea if it was Nitro or not. The guitar was fairly light and really resonant. That guitar really sung!
     
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    got a body from a MIJ 62 reissue from the mid 80's, totally poly
     
  9. lbw

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    The only Japanese Fenders that'd I'd class as propper re-issues are the JV series from 1982-1984.

    I have one but I'm not sure if it's poly or nitro. The neck feels like nitro but the body looks like poly. It's the best sounding Strat I've ever heard.
     
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    I cant be certain, but I believe all the japanese reissues, even the earliest JV Fender Squiers were poly. The problem is that the factory which made them (which also made Grecos and others) did such a fantastic job with super thin poly, its really hard to tell. You pretty much have to take nitro thinners to a discrete part of the finish to tell.
    Al
     
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    Yep, that's Fuji-Gen.
     

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