A SELECTION OF NEW 2018 FENDER MADE IN JAPAN MODELS HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED. WE TAKE A LOOK AT THE NEW FENDER JAPAN HYBRID AND TRADITIONAL MODELS – ALL OF WHICH ARE HIGHLY LIMITED AND MADE SPECIALLY TO ORDER!

Whenever Fender announce a new run of Made In Japan (or MIJ for short) guitars, guitar geeks like us at PMT absolutely freak out as these limited edition models always provide us with something to drool over.

New and interesting finishes, alternative pickup configurations and superb craftsmanship are part of the reason why we love these new Fender Japan models, but overall, it’s the sound and feel of these guitars that really makes them stand out from the crowd. There's nothing quite like these guitars!

The new Fender Japan Hybrid and Traditional models, which have just been announced as part of the 2018 range, offer Fender enthusiasts something a little different to the norm, and are available in extremely limited quantities – in fact, they’re actually only made to order*!

This means that when you decide to add any of these Fender japan Hybrid or Traditional models to your collection, you know that this guitar is part of a once in a lifetime run – these aren’t going to be around forever, so get in while you can!

So today, we’re going to take a look at the highlights from the Fender Japan Hybrid and Traditional Models that are all extremely limited collectors items.

FENDER MADE IN JAPAN TRADITIONAL 60S STRATOCASTER® WITH GOLD HARDWARE, ROSEWOOD, 3-COLOR SUNBURST

Pictured: Fender Made In Japan Traditional 60s Stratocaster, in 3-Colour Sunburst

The Fender MIJ Traditional 60s Stratocaster 3 Colour Sunburst with Gold Hardware and Rosewood fretboard harks from the new Fender Made in Japan Traditional series and features some absolutely beautiful appointments.

This special run guitar features a set of vintage-style single-coil Strat pickups to provide that coveted vintage strat tone made famous by the likes of Stevie Ray Vaughan.

A maple neck with rosewood fingerboard and alder body ensure your guitar is extremely resonant and the gold hardware which includes a 6-Saddle Vintage-Style Synchronized Tremolo offer a superb eye-catching look.

A stunning guitar designed for players who demand more from their guitars.

FENDER MADE IN JAPAN TRADITIONAL '60S STRATOCASTER® ROSEWOOD CANDY TANGERINE

Pictured: Fender Made In Japan Traditional 60s Stratocaster, with a Candy Tangerine finish

The Fender MIJ Traditional 60s Stratocaster Candy Tangerine is another beautiful creation straight out of the Japanese factory that also includes the vintage-style single-coil Strat pickups for that iconic strat tone.

The stunning Candy Tangerine finish looks beautiful, especially underneath stage lights, and will only get better with age, whilst the 3-ply mint green pickguard offers up a more vintage style.

A basswood body ensures a deep, warm tonality whilst the maple neck with comfortable “U” shape is snappy and ideal for players who prefer to place their thumb on the back or side of the guitar neck.

A rosewood fretboard and vintage-style hardware really top off the guitar nicely.

FENDER MADE IN JAPAN HYBRID 60S STRATOCASTER®, ROSEWOOD, BURGUNDY MIST METALLIC

Pictured: Fender Made In Japan Hybrid 60s Stratocaster, in Burgundy Mist Metallic

The Fender Made in Japan Hybrid 60s Stratocaster®, Rosewood, Burgundy Mist Metallic has been crafted for the tone snobs out there!

The inclusion of Fender USA Vintage Stratocaster pickups offers up stunning tonality, especially when combined with a resonant and snappy Alder body, a maple neck and rosewood fingerboard.

The “U” shape neck has been constructed for comfort and features a Satin Polyurethane finish that feels fantastic to the touch, and means your hand won’t slide all over the place after your hands get all sweaty from many hours of playing.

The aged white plastic pickups and tone/volume knobs offer up a vintage style and the 3-ply mint green pickguard looks better with each passing year.

A really cool addition to the Fender Made In Japan range.

FENDER MADE IN JAPAN TRADITIONAL '68 STRATOCASTER® LEFT-HAND MAPLE ARCTIC WHITE

Pictured: Left-Handed Fender Made In Japan Traditional 68 Stratocaster in Arctic White

The team at Fender Japan have ensured the lefties out there have something special to play.

The Fender MIJ Traditional 68 Stratocaster LH Arctic White with maple neck includes Vintage-Style Single-Coil Strat pickups for superb tonality and a basswood body for added depth and resonance.

A maple neck with “U” shape is comfortable to play and ideal for those who like a more “hearty” feel to their guitar neck. A stunning addition to any left-handed guitarist's arsenal.

FENDER MADE IN JAPAN TRADITIONAL 60S TELECASTER® CUSTOM ROSEWOOD ARCTIC WHITE

Pictured: Fender Made In Japan Traditional 60s Telecaster Custom, in Arctic White

Whilst we’re on the subject of the beautiful Arctic White Fender guitars, we simply have to highlight how stunning the Fender MIJ Traditional 60s Telecaster Custom Rosewood Arctic White is!

Clean, striking and ready to rock, the Fender MIJ Traditional 60s Telecaster Custom features 2 x vintage-style single-coil Tele pickups for that unmistakable vintage telecaster tonality, as well as an Alder body and maple neck with rosewood fingerboard.

The black binding around the edge of the guitar, as well as the black pickguard, offer up a really interesting take on the Telecaster design.

The 3-saddle vintage-style string-through-body design on the bridge with threaded saddles ensures a vintage style look as well as fantastic tuning stability too – ideal for players who like to put their guitar through hell on stage!

FENDER MADE IN JAPAN HYBRID 60S TELECASTER®, ROSEWOOD, SURF GREEN

Pictured: Fender Made In Japan Hybrid 60s Telecaster, with a Surf Green finish

The Fender MIJ Hybrid 60s Telecaster Rosewood Surf Green comes with a pair of American Vintage '58 Telecaster pickups for that classic Tele twang, which sounds especially nostalgic when coupled with a little reverb and tremolo (trust us, it’s going to sound amazing!).

this Hybrid 60s Telecaster also features a thicker “U” shape neck with a satin polyurethane finish for added comfort and a rosewood fretboard for added warmth.

The 3-ply mint green pickguard coupled with surf green body finish is another great design feature.

FENDER MADE IN JAPAN TRADITIONAL '70S MUSTANG® MATCHING HEAD ROSEWOOD

Pictured: Fender Made in Japan Traditional '70s Mustang Matching Head Rosewood Candy Apple Red

Finally, we have our favourite addition to the Fender Made in Japan 2018 range.

The Fender Made in Japan Traditional '70s Mustang Matching Head Rosewood is available in either a California Blue finish or Candy Apple Red finish with both of these finishes including a matching headstock which looks absolutely stunning – especially when you’re rocking out on stage under the house lights.

The floating bridge with dynamic vibrato tailpiece offers up reliable tuning stability and the ability to add that surf style warble should your lead lines or big chorus chords call for it and the Single-Coil Mustang pickups sound fantastic whether you’re playing clean or busting out grungy riffs through a distorted amplifier – we highly recommend trying that!

Pictured: Fender MIJ Traditional 70s Mustang MH RW California Blue

A 3-ply pearloid pickguard, black pickups, switches and volume/tone knobs add to the cool aesthetic and a rosewood fingerboard is a nice contrast against the bright colours.

A cool looking guitar that sounds amazing – what more could you want?! 

Check out a full range of Fender Made In Japan guitars over at PMT Online today or call in to your local PMT store to see our selection. Remember – these guitars won’t be around for very long, so be quick!

*Stock is available in limited quantities – guitars are made on-demand, so if you see one that is not in stock, contact us today to place an order!

Updated: 2020-07-02