Fender have made a number of Cabronita Teles over the years. The defining feature of these special Telecasters are their TV Jones pickups. This would be the outcome if we lived in an alternate reality where Les Pauls were made with single coil pickups and Teles were the ones stocked with humbuckers. They still sound as vintage as ever, but with a fat, rounded response.
Daybreak and Midnight Guitars
Daybreak and Midnight Strats and Teles are the Ying and Yang of Fender. There’s not much to separate them from each other in terms of specs or construction, but the incredible light and dark finishes make them pop alongside their American Performer counterparts.
Raw Ash Guitars
The Raw Ash run is based on Fender’s Performer series – their most accessible USA-made guitars. Made of a solid swamp ash in a completely natural finish, Raw Ash guitars are stunningly refreshing in style and contain the excellent Yosemite pickups and Greasebucket circuitry.
What’s The Difference Between FSR and MiJ?
MiJ stands for Made in Japan. That’s right, Fender don’t just operate in the USA and Mexico, but in the East too. Retailers outside Asia regularly buy up any overflow of MiJ models, which is why you’ll find these specimens the other side of the world to where they are created. They are usually priced in between Fender’s Mexican-made instruments and the American Professional range.
It’s important to note that MiJ instruments are not FSR and do not have one-off features like their FSR counterparts. They adhere to the standardised specs in Japan. MiJ might be a bit different to what we get in Europe and America, but they’re not technically limited run.
The Asian market-preferred specs make Fender MiJ instruments very special. These include the likes of a far more common U-shaped neck and exclusive colours and materials. The woods used are dependent on the species farmed in the region and naturally look different to those from Europe and America.
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