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    Ok, so I've been away from guitars for a while. I need help with all the acronyms. MIM, MIJ, bla bla bla. Is there a comprehensive list of what they all mean, and if one is "better" than others?

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    I hope to not insult you with the answer to the question I THINK yer asking. If I take it at face value the MI is "made in" ie: MIM "Mexico" J: Japan. And so on..... Then there's the CIJ or Crafted in Japan. Someone else will fill you in on that difference. I'm not aware of any "listings".... I think it's a lot like "LOL".... people just got tired of typing it all out.

    As far as "better" or not..... That's a question only an individual can answer.... There will be someone who swears his Squire plays/sounds/feels/is finished better than a Custom Shop axe. And fully believe it. Of course, if one has one of each it becomes a more difficult comparison by which to convince oneself. But the debate will continue since the only evidence any of us has to offer is anecdotal.

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    Not insulting at all, I would never have guessed it was "Made in..." Thank you. Back in the day, even the real Fenders (that's all there was, made in California) were of highly variable quality so you had to play an individual example to know if it was a good fit or not. Some had baseball-bat necks that really sucked, some had nice thin ones. I guess it was the "Pre" and "Post" CBS days if I remember right.

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    Also MIA = made in America, MIK = made in Korea and MIS = made in Springfield :)
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    Hah! I've been on these forums for so long that I've forgotten about all the acronyms we've invented. Just be careful that you don't spend too much money on something that is known as a POS.

    If you need help with that one, let me know.
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    I read quite a lot about how the CBS era produced crappy guitars, but my strat is CBS - 1975, and it is the best made and most playable instrument I have ever met (not that I have played that many guitars not belonging to me).

    My new Tele Blacktop (MIM) is also a beautifully made unit.

    No complaints about Fender quality from me :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by strat0 View Post
    I read quite a lot about how the CBS era produced crappy guitars, but my strat is CBS - 1975, and it is the best made and most playable instrument I have ever met (not that I have played that many guitars not belonging to me).

    My new Tele Blacktop (MIM) is also a beautifully made unit.

    No complaints about Fender quality from me :)

    It's quite possible that a lot of the complaints of the CBS era were just based upon Fender no longer being a 'stand-alone' company. A similar thing happened when Harley Davidson was bought by AMF (American Machine & Foundry)
    Yes, they built crappy motorcycles for a few years, but Harley was already doing that. When they returned to self-ownership it was a wake-up call. "Get better or ALL the marbles you lose will be your own." Nowadays almost all AMF Harleys are still running and running well. Same thing with the CBS guitars. They're owned by people who love them and will spend what's needed to keep them healthy. And sometimes ya just get lucky.....

    (I DID hate what CBS did to the LOOKS of the amps, but never owned one.... That god-awful prison-decor greeny grill...)
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