Dating fender telecaster pickups

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Now I recently had a '92 Squier..era..was Made in Korea that had some very similar characteristics..low end "covered" tuners, the generic bridge saddles, etc..

It also had a very similar headstock logo but mine had the "Squier" in large letters and the "Fender" in the smaller letters. Now please ignore the tuners here...someone put Sperzels on it (which I took off and kept before I sold the guitar this neck ended up on).

It has quite a few vintage touches(8 hole single ply pickguard, butt end truss rod adjuster, fiesta red color, vintage size fretsw/ maple neck) It looks like it could be a vintage re-issue except for the modern style string trees and die-cast "Fender" tuners. I'm no expert on these so please take my comments as being only my own personal opinion and use them for what you feel they are worth.

According to the info here on Fender.com, the T series serial number indicates that it is probably a '94 - '95 and to my eyes, the instrument does look consistent with that era.

Not that the MIK had a "bad" neck but the '85 MIJ is much, MUCH nicer...really a very high quality neck. Again you can see the lower end bridge on this one that is similar to yours.

Now here's a pic of the body on the MIK so you can compare it to yours (and yea... While I obviously can't tell from your pictures, I'd be willing to bet your MIJ only had the half sized zinc trem block (yes/no?

The "E series" MIJ's (such as Paisley's and mine) really seem to of MUCH higher quality than later MIJ's.

That's not to say that the later MIJ's are bad, but the mid 80's E series instruments were really top notch instruments and from what I have been able to tell from my own research, were damned near identical to the Fender labeled MIJ instruments of that era (and I'll come back to this line of thought in just a moment).

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That MIK body is -really- cheap where as the '85 MIJ, despite being basswood (which really isn't a problem for me) shows some very nice craftsmanship to say the least.

Whether this is simply due to the wood used or how the respective instruments were taken care of, I can't really say specifically but the '92 MIK was clearly an inexpensive entry level guitar where as my '85 MIJ is a very serious instrument.

Now I do have to add here that Fuji Gen does have a well earned reputation for making very good instruments.

Also on the back of my tuning keys, they are stamped "Fender Japan" (although I've seen a number that are also stamped "Gotoh" as well).

I know you can't really tell from the pics here but the '85 MIJ neck also has a much nicer, dare I say "higher quality" finish than the '92 MIK had and over-all the neck has a MUCH better fit and finish. I was just trying to get some snapshots of her the night I brought her home).

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