Dating a fender
Fender began negotiations with several Japanese musical instrument distributors and reached an agreement with Yamano Gakki and Kanda Shokai to establish Fender Japan.Yamano Gakki was known for once being part of Epiphone Japan. Squier Company manufactured strings for violins, banjos, and guitars.In 1982, the Squier brand was reactivated by Fender to become its brand for lower priced versions of Fender guitars. S.-trained violin makers and is often referred to as "the American Stradivarius." Victor returned to Battle Creek, where he opened his own shop in 1890. With a limited market for violins in Battle Creek, however, Squier astutely sought relationships with national music schools and famous violinists.Unfortunately, our records are not complete enough to provide precise dating information for many Fender acoustic guitars from the early 1960s through the 1970s and 1980s.
Tokai was seriously considered to start building the first Japanese made Fenders, but after a breakdown in negotiations, Fuji Gen Gakki was chosen instead.
They were made in three sizes, 1×8" (one 8-inch speaker), 1×10", and 1×15".
They are all very rare today and few have survived.
In the late 1970s and early 1980s Fender was facing competition from lower priced Japanese made guitars.
The higher priced Fender guitars were made in the United States and could not compete with the lower prices of Japanese made Fender copies.