Many vintage Japanese guitars are incredible instruments. In some cases, better than anything you can buy today from the big manufacturers. Here is some information I’ve gathered, or that has been sent to me, to help provide more information about these terrific guitars from Japan.
Update: I’ve started including information on current made in Japan guitars as well.
To give you an example of how great certain Japanese guitars are, here is a documented quote from the head of Fender Marketing when they toured the Japanese Fender factory:
Dan Smith, Director of Marketing, Fender Electric Guitars : “Everybody came up to inspect them and the guys almost cried, because the Japanese product was so good – it was what we had been having a hell of a time trying to do.”