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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Stratocasters / Fender Japan...is it still operating or not???

jonnybgoode

south carolinia

Mar 12th, 2017 07:03 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I heard a while back that Fender Japan would be shut down...something to the extent of Fender would not renew its license for Japan(locally or otherwise) because it would focus now on making their"Japanese made" products in Mexico...but yet I see the pink paisley guitars being still sold ...which correct me if I'm wrong are still a Japanese product?

60CycleHum

USA

Mar 12th, 2017 09:05 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I wonder if Fender will get scolded for making stuff in Mexico?

Rasmuth

Upstate NY, USA

I don't have the time to be patient
Mar 13th, 2017 12:32 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Richie Kotzen Tele is Japanese made, I believe.

JohnS

USA

Mar 13th, 2017 06:05 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I am pretty sure it closed.

BrentD
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United States

By Grabthar's Hammer, what a savings.
Mar 14th, 2017 06:06 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The Blue Flower Teles being sold right now are stamped as Japanese. It could be that they're ordering special runs but not maintaining a straight up licensing deal for domestic Japanese production.

Leftee
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VA

Mar 14th, 2017 06:11 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I see plenty of lefty offerings floating around. That was one thing they were known for.

JohnS

USA

Mar 14th, 2017 06:01 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Fender Japan, Ltd. was the joint-venture between Fender Musical Instruments Corporation, Kanda Shokai (神田商会?) and Yamano Gakki (山野楽器?), which operated the Japanese business of Fender musical instruments from 1982 to 2015. The venture involved the domestic production and sale of Fender instruments for the Japanese market.
The venture ended on March 31, 2015 and Fender itself (through its company Fender Music Corporation (Japan)) took over the Japanese business effective April 1, 2015 with Fender-manufactured product line. The Japanese-made Fender guitars sold by Fender Music Corporation (Japan) have since been categorized as the "Japan Exclusive" series.

The Internet is your friend.

Leftee
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VA

Mar 14th, 2017 07:56 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

This is the Internet.

Purple Valley
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USA

Mar 14th, 2017 08:30 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

That Wiki story seems to say that FMIC is still producing guitars in Japan under the USA corporate flag (Fender Japan is gone), but it doesn't really explain what the ongoing status of Fender in Japan is. It seems like they're in some kind of transitional mode, and there's not much info around on the future plans.

BrentD
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United States

By Grabthar's Hammer, what a savings.
Mar 17th, 2017 11:23 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

^There's a significant difference between a Japanese Fender made under license and a guitar from a Fender-controlled, Japanese manufacturer.

The companies that make all of the cool weird stuff mostly build for the domestic Japanese market. Fender USA likes red, black, white and sunburst Strats. I think the variety of offerings and the attention to detail may decrease with less attention from management.

Tony Salieri

Houston, Texas

I'm a tone deaf hack.
Mar 21st, 2017 12:56 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I see plenty of lefty offerings floating around. That was one thing they were known for."

IIRC Japan has? had? the highest, or a very close 2nd highest, percentage of left-handed citizens, around 10-11%.


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