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It has been estimated that 80% of the guitars sold during this time were made in Japan.
The NECK pickup is a SEYMOUR DUNCAN 57 VINTAGE STAGGERED (SSL-1) which is an exact replica of the original Alnico V Stratocaster pickups used in the 57 Strats.On some guitars there is found an "EX" on the part numbers located on the neck socket of the body or the heal of the neck.This DOES NOT mean you have an EXTRAD but simply that you have a guitar that was meant to be EXPORTED!They made 52 Teles, some very nice Strats, some even with Lace Sensor pickups.
The quality is better than Fender USA excluding the USA Custom Shop models.
I have owned, and still own, many of both the MIJ and CIJ guitars and when setup correctly and rewired, they can play, feel, and sound as good (if not in many cases, even better) than their USA counter-parts (especially when rewired with custom pickups!