What happened in 1982?

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What happened in 1982?

Post by Koubayashi » Fri Feb 21, 2014 8:05 am

Why Fujigen and not Tokai?
Maybe this can shed some light on the subject.

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Post by JVsearch » Fri Feb 21, 2014 9:18 am

Wow! :o

Good document from "the troubles" period. Using the terms Strat, Telecaster, PB and JB must have gone down well...
Totally biased towards Japanese made guitars.

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Post by Koubayashi » Fri Feb 21, 2014 10:03 am

JVsearch wrote:Wow! :o

Good document from "the troubles" period. Using the terms Strat, Telecaster, PB and JB must have gone down well...

More to come.
And with a little luck I will be the owner of the documents soon.

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Post by ampmaker » Fri Feb 21, 2014 11:23 am

Interesting, but why's he writing to G&L?

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Post by cashcow » Fri Feb 21, 2014 12:38 pm

That was Leo's company. G&L started 80, 81? I think. Even though I think, but am not sure, that CBS bought the rights to everything in 1965, Leo might have retained some design / patent rights. Someone correct me if I'm wrong. I have a real early G&L 1000 bass. It has the "lawsuit headstock".

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Post by felixcatus » Fri Feb 21, 2014 1:21 pm

Koubayashi wrote:

More to come.
And with a little luck I will be the owner of the documents soon.
Ok, now I'm curious.

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Post by ampmaker » Fri Feb 21, 2014 1:48 pm

cashcow wrote:That was Leo's company. G&L started 80, 81? I think. Even though I think, but am not sure, that CBS bought the rights to everything in 1965, Leo might have retained some design / patent rights. Someone correct me if I'm wrong. I have a real early G&L 1000 bass. It has the "lawsuit headstock".
Yes, I know what the 'L' in G&L stood for, but Tokai was never going to make/sell G&L copies! We need to see p2! :)

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Post by jacco » Sat Feb 22, 2014 12:55 am

Great info Fredrik!!
Thanks for posting. Curious after the rest of the letter!

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Post by cashcow » Sat Feb 22, 2014 1:11 am

Maybe Tokai thought Leo could provide contacts / an introduction to Fender.

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Post by jacco » Sat Feb 22, 2014 1:32 am

To me the letter shows the real reason why CBS 'suddenly' went in business with Fujigen in stead of Tokai in 1982.
Tokai did want expand to the rest of the world and CBS did want to control the Japanese threat. It looks like when Tokai saw that CBS had no intention of helping them with world wide distribution of their products, they turned down the Fender Japan contract.
I think Tokai saw what was coming when CBS turned to Fujigen and was trying to improve their relation with CBS through Leo Fender.

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Post by cashcow » Fri Feb 28, 2014 9:46 am

What happened to the rest of the letter?

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Post by Mick51 » Fri Feb 28, 2014 12:42 pm

cashcow wrote:What happened to the rest of the letter?
Glove compartment of a DeLorean?
There is no revolution, only evolution..

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Post by Koubayashi » Fri Feb 28, 2014 2:24 pm

cashcow wrote:What happened to the rest of the letter?
Hey, if it is so easy to get a hold on things like this why not do it yourself :wink:

Next time I dig up something interesting I better keep it to myself 8)

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Post by Koubayashi » Fri Feb 28, 2014 2:25 pm

Mick51 wrote:
cashcow wrote:What happened to the rest of the letter?
Glove compartment of a DeLorean?
The one driven by some older crazy dude with electric hair and a white shirt from the nut house?

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