Dating japanese made fender guitars
After the lawsuit threats emerged, Fernandes most obvious change was to their headstock shapes - it was changed completely.
The rare old Fender copies are extremely detailed, though no longer in production, can still be found in the vintage market.
The headstock logo was design such that from a distance it looked just like a vintage Fender. For the Burnys, the LP models were given the name “Super Grade” instead of “Les Paul.” The wording were crafted to look just the words "Les Paul".
The saddles were stamped, instead of the word "Fender" the "F. If you are not familiar with the "Super Grade" series, you may mistaken the words as "Luper Grade" due to it's attempt to model the words "Les Paul".
When it began in the 70's, there were no problems with copyright issues.
This saga only surfaced a decade later in the mid 80's when Fender and Gibson felt that their empire was threatened.
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If you know of additional information or any errors, please help us as well as others reading from our site by writing in to us. Fernandes started off first in the 70's making Fender replicas.
Not only can it help us determine when a specific guitar was manufactured, it can help us clarify which are Tokai Fender copies and those that fall under the Made in Korea serial number schemes.
Additionally, if something ever were to happen to your guitar (stolen, damaged) then the Registry would be helpful in providing key information for insurance purposes.
For those of you that own a Tokai Love Rocks, check out the Tokai Gibson page for tips on how to identify manufacture date and model.
The XX were numbers that indicated the guitar series.
The bigger number means the better the guitar in terms of sound and finishing qualities.