Dating fender telecaster pickups

24-Jan-2021 04:12

it is all stock except for the entire tremelo bridge assembly.The original was rusted too badly to use, so was replaced by a GFS vintage bent steel saddle model.The "E series" MIJ's (such as Paisley's and mine) really seem to of MUCH higher quality than later MIJ's.That's not to say that the later MIJ's are bad, but the mid 80's E series instruments were really top notch instruments and from what I have been able to tell from my own research, were damned near identical to the Fender labeled MIJ instruments of that era (and I'll come back to this line of thought in just a moment).During the 1980s Fender was making some very nice guitars under the Squire name. It truly rivals the MIJ Fender guitars of that time.

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So with that I'm going to get -VERY- subjective here...please take these comments with a grain of salt as I have -nothing- to verify them or back them up.I don't have any decent pics of the body on my '85 MIJ for comparison but please know that it's very similar to the pics that Paisley posted of his..has the steel "unstamped" saddles, etc. While the neck from the MIK was sold on a different body, I still have the MIK body and when you compare the workmanship to my '85 MIJ....there's simply no comparison.That MIK body is -really- cheap where as the '85 MIJ, despite being basswood (which really isn't a problem for me) shows some very nice craftsmanship to say the least.Not that the MIK had a "bad" neck but the '85 MIJ is much, MUCH nicer...really a very high quality neck. Again you can see the lower end bridge on this one that is similar to yours.Now here's a pic of the body on the MIK so you can compare it to yours (and yea... While I obviously can't tell from your pictures, I'd be willing to bet your MIJ only had the half sized zinc trem block (yes/no?

So with that I'm going to get -VERY- subjective here...please take these comments with a grain of salt as I have -nothing- to verify them or back them up.I don't have any decent pics of the body on my '85 MIJ for comparison but please know that it's very similar to the pics that Paisley posted of his..has the steel "unstamped" saddles, etc. While the neck from the MIK was sold on a different body, I still have the MIK body and when you compare the workmanship to my '85 MIJ....there's simply no comparison.That MIK body is -really- cheap where as the '85 MIJ, despite being basswood (which really isn't a problem for me) shows some very nice craftsmanship to say the least.Not that the MIK had a "bad" neck but the '85 MIJ is much, MUCH nicer...really a very high quality neck. Again you can see the lower end bridge on this one that is similar to yours.Now here's a pic of the body on the MIK so you can compare it to yours (and yea... While I obviously can't tell from your pictures, I'd be willing to bet your MIJ only had the half sized zinc trem block (yes/no?Maybe the next time I put a new set of strings on, I'll remove the neck and see if there's a pencil written serial number.