Dating fender japan


Upon completion of their trip, Dan lamented: “Everybody came up to inspect them and the guys almost cried, because the Japanese product was so good - it was whatwe had been having a hell of a time trying to do."So, (in my personal opinion) due largely to the Japanese work ethic of leaving/accepting no room for error in their work andtheir exceptional attention to detail and focused attitude, these early Fender Japan guitars (JV for Japanese Vintage) starteda successful legacy of real Fenders that continues today.Fender Japan began in 1982 and their JV line of guitars was halted at the end of 1983.Many of these models were andstill are for Japan only, and not intended for export, and are difficult to purchase direct from Japan, except through private collectors such as myself.By the shores of Gitche Gumee, Minnehaha gives a little yelp of surprise.



Artists werepaid to replicate the logo designs and hardware designs.Fender “Squier” guitars were produced at the same time as the Fenders in Japan, but were madeas cheaper versions of the Fenders, to meet the demand for cheaper guitars in Japan and abroad. Fender Japan currently makes more models of Fender guitars than Fender USA does, and most of them are regular production-line models.Fender Japan also has a Custom Shop and Order-Made division.There, just behind Mary Tyler Moore, cutting the murky waters of Old Muddy with its triangular fin and tell-tale bubbly wake, she spies a swimming Shark. No, it’s just another O’Hagan guitar, making its way home to the headwaters whence it was spawned.

Even though in a printed interview Sammy Hagar once praised his red O’Hagan Flying V (he’s reputed to still own it), O’Hagan guitars are hardly a household word amongst guitar aficionados.

The guitar boom that had gone into a hiatus in the late-’60s had begun to pick up again at this time (disco was yet to come).