I’d already got a perfectly good electric guitar (a Tokai Strat), and I didn’t see any need for another.So at no stage did I ever doubt that I was going to spend £360 on this ridiculously powerful telescope …and both were being made at the same time from 1994 till 1997.This means that the the serial numbers starting in 1994 ran consecutively on both the MIJ and the CIJ models while the MIJ logo was being phased out.Rather than just replacing the previous models with different ones, we've completely and comprehensively re-imagined the entire vintage-reissue concept-restoring original tooling dies, voicing new pickups, reformulating vintage colors and more-based on actual vintage guitars we tracked down to make sure we had it right.We did the work, and it shows, because there's pure tonal magic in each new American Vintage instrument.Until, that is, I was hauled into the guitar shop by a band mate, and saw this…
Today, Fender has boldly cleared the slate to make way for a fresh American Vintage series with new features, new specs and the most meticulous level of vintage accuracy yet.
It wasn’t due until the October, but as you might imagine, as a teenager I’d planned exactly how I was going to blow every last penny in about five minutes flat, before anyone had even authorised the cheque – let alone written it.
But despite my obsession with music, I’d actually been eyeing up a telescope – a massive one, priced at £360.
So, obviously a neck date, while being helpful in providing a date range of production, cannot be a definitive reference.
While there have been periods where dramatic changes have occurred, for example: the transition periods between Leo's Fender and the CBS years, as well as the transition between CBS' Fender and the current ownership, generally speaking, most models are feature specific and do not change from year to year..