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 Post subject: American Made Fender Guitars
PostPosted: Sun Oct 17, 2010 7:04 pm 
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A few questions.

How do I know which Fender Guitars are still made in America?

Are the Jazz Master guitars listed on Fender's site made in America?

If I want an American made guitar from Fender, do I need to special order it?

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PS Does it really matter where it is made if it plays good?


(obviously a xenophobe......or a troll......or both)

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They have the american flag sticker on the pickguard that no one likes to remove after they buy it.


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USA = walnut wood truss-rod ring

non-USA = black plastic truss-rod ring

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I am not sure if the above holds up when considering MIJ guitars. However, the MIJ guitars are no longer sold in the states so that would not even matter unless you came across a used one, which is not often but does occur.

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Any Fender made in the USA will say "made in the USA" on the headstock.

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All of the model names have american in front of them.

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01GT eibach wrote:
USA = walnut wood truss-rod ring

non-USA = black plastic truss-rod ring

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I am not sure if the above holds up when considering MIJ guitars. However, the MIJ guitars are no longer sold in the states so that would not even matter unless you came across a used one, which is not often but does occur.

mustang are MIJ and still sold in the states (though you usually have to order them as stores rarely have em)

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It doesn't matter where a guitar is made. What you want to do is play as many guitars as you can in your price range. The one that feels and sounds the best is the one for you.

I have played some crappy Made in USA Stratocasters and some really good ones. The same is true for Made in Mexico, or any other "Made in...'" guitar. Don't get caught up in the "Made in..." minutiae. Play what you want regardless of the country of origin

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 Post subject: Re: American Made Fender Guitars
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E_Joseph wrote:
A few questions.

How do I know which Fender Guitars are still made in America?

Are the Jazz Master guitars listed on Fender's site made in America?

If I want an American made guitar from Fender, do I need to special order it?

Thanks

E_Joseph

Which America? North America, Central or South America? :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: American Made Fender Guitars
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cvilleira wrote:
E_Joseph wrote:
A few questions.

How do I know which Fender Guitars are still made in America?

Are the Jazz Master guitars listed on Fender's site made in America?

If I want an American made guitar from Fender, do I need to special order it?

Thanks

E_Joseph

Which America? North America, Central or South America? :wink:



LOL

E_Joseph,
Look for "Made In USA".
Then ask if it was really made in USA.
Now, if you're really fortunate, Ask Fender if you can watch 'em make your guitar in Corona, Calif.
It would be wise to take a spy cam with you to film the process of building your guitar.
That way if you ever doubt you were really there, you can play back the video when you are old and dying in your bed.
While there at the Corona plant be sure to check out their Corona Beer vending machine. It's real cool!
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Any Fender made in the USA will say "made in the USA" on the headstock.


Except American Vintage Reissues and Custom Shop.

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Tochai wrote:
All of the model names have american in front of them.


Except the Highway One models and Custom Shop.

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01GT eibach wrote:
USA = walnut wood truss-rod ring

non-USA = black plastic truss-rod ring

Caveat:
I am not sure if the above holds up when considering MIJ guitars. However, the MIJ guitars are no longer sold in the states so that would not even matter unless you came across a used one, which is not often but does occur.


Additional caveat:

The vintage spec Fenders with the truss rodd access at the neck heel don't follow this rule. The Classic Series 60's MIM and AVRI '62 have no truss rod ring at all. The AVRI '57 Strat, MIM Baja Tele, and the AVRI '52 Tele have a solid walnut plug at the headstock.

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I am not a troll. I heard rumors that the Fender guitars in stores are no longer made in America and of you wanted one made in America, you would have to special order.

I used to own a 65 Jazzmaster and a 74 Tele that were awesome. I currently own a Strat, so I know a little about the brand.

I wanted to purchase a new Jazzmaster and was merely curious.

Yes, to me, it does matter if it is made in America... But, I wouldn't buy it, if it didn't sound good and play well regardless.

Thanks for the quick response.


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rkreisher wrote:
It doesn't matter where a guitar is made. What you want to do is play as many guitars as you can in your price range. The one that feels and sounds the best is the one for you.

I have played some crappy Made in USA Stratocasters and some really good ones. The same is true for Made in Mexico, or any other "Made in...'" guitar. Don't get caught up in the "Made in..." minutiae. Play what you want regardless of the country of origin


Buuuuullllllll shite!!! It does matter and thanks for asking. Rock, Blues, Country, Rockabilly, Metal, etc. were not made in Mexico or China! Nor were their tones. So don't look there. Come on, really? Do you know any top artist that play Chinese or Mexican junk?

If you can't yet afford American tone/quality then buy a USED foriegn copy. Nothing wrong with that. Work very hard. Save your money and then buy a quality American made guitar and amp. You won't be sorry.

Let Fender and all else sell their "made in" copies in other countries! Practice 'till your back hurts!


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