MIJ Guitars (vintage Japanese guitars)

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.”

Famous people playing Japanese vintage MIJ guitars


Tokai Guitar catalog pages and specs

Greco Guitars

Bacchus Guitars

Fresher Guitar catalog pages

Yamaha guitar information

Fender JV Stratocasters

Fender JV Telecasters

Fender Japan

Navigator Guitars

MIJ guitar neck profiles

The rarest and the best MIJ Japanese Vintage guitars

Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top playing a Tokai

Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top playing a Tokai

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