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these guitars were made in Japan for a few brief years, and the thing that stands out estetically is the paint job. These guitars look to have a flame top...but in actuality it is a piece of film that is put below the layer of lacquer with the flame image on it! The image continues up the back of the necks as well. The guitar I have is a little different than the one pictured (they did make Strats this way as well), for mine looks like a '62 Tele classic two pickup model with an ashtray bridge, and I retired the original bridge pickup and replace it with an Emerson wiring harness and bridge pickup that has a 4 way switch. These guitars have a cult following, especially in Britain, and playing one shows you why! Fender ended production in Japan because the instrument quality was twice the American quality at half the price! If you find one of these, grab it and hang on to it!