Bill Alston

Fender Stratocasters Japan


I intend to build a reference for some of the guitars produced in Japan under the Fender name. Fender has never had a production facility in Japan and Fender Japan is a separate entity from Fender USA. Several factories have been used to produce these guitars it isn't my intention to go into this aspect at this time. There are many good reference books and some web sites even have accurate information.
I have already covered Aerodyne Strats and Teles the next part of this project will start with covering the vintage style stratocaster guitars produced in Japan, it isn't correct to refer to these as reissues they are merely similar to the early strats. It is worth remembering that Fender Japan is a law unto itself. They will produce variations on models on a whim or at the request of a dealer so all sorts of strange guitars turn up. This isn't unique to Fender happens with a lot of Japanese manufacturers.


Stands for Extra Traditional. The range of guitars known as Extrad are high quality models intended to be very close replicas of vintage guitars. If it is an Extrad it should have Extrad written on the back of the headstock or by the serial number. However TCGakki whilst not clear suggest that some early models don't have Extrad written on. I would be inclined to the view that if it doesn't say Extrad or have a certificate of authenticity it isn't one You don't see to many of these. You do see many advertised as Extrad which aren't and many people mistake the EX on the neck pocket as Extrad whereas it's actual just Export.

The models

Index and links to of Models completed which is most of the Strats I intend to cover. I will cover Telecasters at some time

ST 54 Series
ST 57 Series
ST 62 Series
ST 58 Series
Other 60s style strats
The ST 71s
ST 72 Series

Fender Telecasters Japan

The comments on Stratocasters of course also apply in the main to Telecasters. There is however a TL52 which Fender publications describe as a 52 reissue otherwise all are vintage style not vintage reissues.
There are already pages on Thinlines and TL69 I am now starting to add the others (August 2020) starting with the very troublesome TL52 range. To see if they are done see the main menu above