Dating fender case
And Yamaha designed its hybrid of the Gibson SG and Les Paul, dubbed the SG-2000.Carlos Santana was regularly seen playing his Yamaha in concert and at high-profile gigs such as his 1978 appearance on “Saturday Night Live.” But American manufacturers were slow to respond.Cropper put Fender’s resissue of their 1952 Telecaster through its paces and concluded, “It’s fantastic; it’s a really good guitar… I play real hard, and I’ve had trouble with a lot of Teles because the neck’ll move around on me.This new one doesn’t bend nearly as much; I can play it hard and it’ll stand up.” Cropper had played on numerous hit records with a ’50s Esquire given to him by fellow Stax session man and Blues Brother Donald “Duck” Dunn.By the mid ’70s, the Japanese responded to the vacuum by producing a series of increasingly accurate copies of vintage instruments.Tokai, in particular, produced extremely handsome clones.The complete Fender reissue line also included a 1962 version of the Strat, with a rosewood fretboard and three-ply pickguard, a maple-necked ’57 Precision Bass, a ’62 P-Bass with a rosewood fretboard, and a ’62 Jazz Bass.
That Esquire isn’t retired yet, but it’s been left in its case for awhile since I got this new one.” Delays And Bad Ads Cropper’s ’52 reissue was either a prototype or one of the first off the assembly lines.
The initial goal wasn’t so much to make an obvious reissue line, but to make Strats and Teles that were closer to their original specs.
“One of the first changes Dan Smith made was to revise the overall specs of the Strat,” said Tony Bacon, the author of 50 Years of Fender (Backbeat Books).
“Fender’s sales were being hammered by oriental copies,” Bacon added.
“And Schultz figured that as the copyists made their biggest profits at home in Japan, that was the best place to hit back by making and selling Fenders there.
“And Bill Schultz recommended a program of investment, primarily to modernize the factory.