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 Post subject: Fender Stratocaster® Made in China (Is this Real?)
PostPosted: Mon Oct 24, 2011 2:49 am 
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Link : http://www.axlchina.com/guitar/news/detail.asp?id=1334

it says something like :
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The 1st China OEM Fender guitars is now launched! and an unprecedented low price and pure Fender descent, does look very attractive. There is no doubt that it is now the most talked about Chinese music market products! Exactly how it has the quality of it? A series of China made Fender reviews will soon released by gugutown.com, so stay tuned.
- Google Translate.

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Caption : "Basswood used on body, the weight is like in between Fender MIJ & American Standard."

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it says "pickups has it's classic Fender Strat's sound"
I've found the spec in another web saying :
"拾音器 : CUSTOM SHOP超级拾音器"
Pickups : Custom Shop Super Pick Ups.

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the last 3 pictures' captions are : "Almost exactly the same as American Standard."

here's a video comparing Fender MIC White and American Standard Sunburst:
http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMzE1NjE1NDg0.html

My question is : Is this AXL Music Instruments CO., Ltd., Corp really is the partner of Fender and they really manufacture Fender guitar in China now?

If they're real, RMB1,999 (US$ 310) for a Fender Stratocaster....

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 Post subject: Re: Fender Stratocaster® Made in China (Is this Real?)
PostPosted: Mon Oct 24, 2011 2:58 am 
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Yes. It's real. The modern player series is from China. In other forums and from a few friends, Fender took a bit of heat from the confusion of the backplate holes being symmetrical, but I don't care, because those are some nice guitars.

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 Post subject: Re: Fender Stratocaster® Made in China (Is this Real?)
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Also, the tuners are supposedly interchangeable with MIM stuff.

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 Post subject: Re: Fender Stratocaster® Made in China (Is this Real?)
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Well, this scares the crap out of me. God knows there is enough mischief on eBay now, but there are going to be a lot of fake USA necks for auction fairly soon.

I'm looking at the pics real close, but I can't see any difference except the logo inside color is silver instead of gold. . .

Some of the Korean strats necks and bodies aren't interchangable with USA and MIM strats, hopefully Fender will have tweaked the China specs so they aren't either.


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Nothing with an American trademark but built in COMMUNIST CHINA is real to me!

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 Post subject: Re: Fender Stratocaster® Made in China (Is this Real?)
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My brother is a communist. He's one of the smartest people I know and has been cutting down extremists and fundamentalists for years.

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 Post subject: Re: Fender Stratocaster® Made in China (Is this Real?)
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He's actually moving to a few countries over his lifetime. He's fluent in German, so he might settle in Germany.

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Either way, I think it looks pretty cheap and nasty. How does it work out price-wise? Above/below Mexican?

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 Post subject: Re: Fender Stratocaster® Made in China (Is this Real?)
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the average price of modern player stuff is in the $300-$400 range I think. I haven't seen that many pop up for sale to tell you an accurate amount.

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Buxom wrote:
the average price of modern player stuff is in the $300-$400 range I think. I haven't seen that many pop up for sale to tell you an accurate amount.


How long have they been out? Have I had my head up my jacksie or something..?

Literally heard nothing about these. Guessing it's the same sort of thing as the Korean ones though, i.e. Lite Ash, Showmaster... yaddiyah.

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 Post subject: Re: Fender Stratocaster® Made in China (Is this Real?)
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They were released about a month or so ago. I'd take this over a blacktop, tbh.

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Nothing with an American trademark but built in COMMUNIST CHINA is real to me!

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I'm glad that my Strat was made in Mexico. :lol: :lol: :lol:

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bluesky636 wrote:
Retroverbial wrote:
Nothing with an American trademark but built in COMMUNIST CHINA is real to me!

:x :x :x

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I'm glad that my Strat was made in Mexico. :lol: :lol: :lol:
Yeah but there will be people claiming their Chinese strat is just as good or better than your Mexican strat for a fraction of the price. :wink: :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Fender Stratocaster® Made in China (Is this Real?)
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There has never been a better time in history to voice your opinion with your wallet. You are either for out-sourcing which creates low prices and even lower domestic wages or you are against it. Put your money where your mouth is.

My Gawd but when I think about the ramifications of buying one of these things on a VISA card in a slow economy .... when China underwrites so much debt already .... the mind reels.

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Well I own Fenders, a Chi Com Epiphone and Squire guitars made in the US, Mexico and Indonesia, plus a Brawley from Korea and as far as quality goes, the MIM comes in last, then Indonesia, the USA built EJ and the Korean Brawley's are next but the best one of all turns out to be my Epi Masterbuilt acoustic from the new factory in China! Its darned near perfect and sounds better than a Martin.

We all know that the quality and attention to detail of the Japanese Fenders is legendary and there sure are some terrific Indonesian Squires out there that unfortunately aren't distributed in the USA but I'm expecting these new Chi Com Fenders to be as good as anything out there and if they're well accepted by the American buying public (And I think they will be.), we'll be seeing a lot of em.

Were just going to have to accept the fact that the world has changed, all of the major brands are owned by a small handful of huge corporations and Thayer thinking globally.
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