Japanese Fender

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  1. gbrooding

    gbrooding Supporting Member

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    Did all Fender basses manufactured in Japan have the "crafted in Japan" printed on the back of the neck near the pocket?
  2. ggvicviper

    ggvicviper P is the Key. Call me Marc or Marky Potatoes. Gold Supporting Member

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    Nope, some of them said "Made in Japan".
  3. og61pbass

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    I've seen some with "made in japan" on the headstock
  4. DeathFromBelow

    DeathFromBelow Never Forget. Gold Supporting Member

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    Why are we speaking in past tense here? It's not like Fender Japan stopped building basses. :)

    Anyways, mine says "Made in Japan". It's built in 2012.
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  6. johnson79

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    What's the difference? Just when they were built?
  7. bmc

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    Spelling. It's marketing.
  8. Mudcat35

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    Mine has "Made in Japan". It was made in 1987.
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  10. gbrooding

    gbrooding Supporting Member

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    Sorry I wasn't clear. My question is more about the location of the words. Headstock or back of neck near the pocket? Or both?
  11. DeathFromBelow

    DeathFromBelow Never Forget. Gold Supporting Member

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    I think the "Crafted" basses were mostly from the nineties. Ish.
  12. Mudcat35

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    Mine's (MIJ) on the headstock.
  13. DeathFromBelow

    DeathFromBelow Never Forget. Gold Supporting Member

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    Mine's (also MIJ) on the back of the neck by the pocket.
  14. gbrooding

    gbrooding Supporting Member

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    Thanks guys for clearing things up for me. I appreciate it!
  15. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion Gold Supporting Member

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    In 1997, Fender transitioned to a serial number decal that included the words “Crafted in Japan” above the serial number.
    2007 was another transitional year for Japanese-made Fender instruments, with the return to the “Made in Japan” country-of-origin identifier on the serial number decal. This was a running change, and both “Made in Japan” and “Crafted in Japan” decals appear on instruments from 2007 and 2008.
  16. dukeandrews

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    I had a '02 or '03 Sting P-bass that said "Crafted in Japan" on the bottom of the back of the neck.
  17. Relsom

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    My '97 Noel Redding was CIJ and My '90 62P RI was MIJ. Both on the back of the neck near the pocket.
  18. bigscore1000

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    Mine has "Made in Japan" on the headstock and "Fender Japan" on the 3 bolt neck plate.

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  19. Malak the Mad

    Malak the Mad Over the River and through the Looking Glass Supporting Member

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    The difference comes down to which factory built said bass, much like "this was built in the Cort factory, but not that one of the same model." Here's a link that summarizes it well;

    http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showpost.php?p=12970564&postcount=13

    So although my 2007 Aerodyne says "Crafted In Japan", it could have just as likely had a "Made In Japan" stamp.

    Also, and someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe the model stamp on the base of the neck (just above the neck pocket) is mostly on the Aerodynes.
  20. DeathFromBelow

    DeathFromBelow Never Forget. Gold Supporting Member

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    Mine is a PB70 Precision and has the stamp by the pocket.

    And I'm not seeing anything stamped on the back of the head on any of the basses currently on the Fender Japan site.
  21. Monster Truck

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    It's by the neck pocket on my Mustang

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