FENDER MIJ Katana Set-Neck " Metallic White + Rosewood " (1985)

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Possibly the oddest guitar to come from Fender is the Katana. It was manufactured in 1985, which was one of the years that Fender had no domestic production. This guitar was designed by the marketing director of that era, Dan Smith, and built at the Fender Japan factory. The 1980’s were the era of “hair-bands” and shredders. Jackson, Dean and Kramer guitars were selling modified super-strats and super-vees, such as the Jackson Randy Rhodes model. Fender dealers were looking for Fender to come up with something comparable to these popular sellers. It would just figure that a marketing director would come up with the Katana design.

Fender’s Katana has a triangular shaped body with a 24.75” glued-in maple neck. The fretboard is bound and made of rosewood, featuring 22 frets. The position markers are unique triangle placed on the lower side of the fretboard. The painted headstock is similar to the arrow-head shape of the Fender Performer. The tuners are deluxe and the headstock also features a truss rod cover, which is quite unusual on any Fender guitar. The body features twin coverless humbucking pickups and come with one volume control and one tone control, both of which are speed-knobs. A 3-way switch to control the pickups is placed below the volume and tone controls. The tone control is similar to the the one on the Performer and features twin capacitors, 250k and 50k with a center dentent. The vibrato/bridge sits on twin pivots. The string clamp behind the nut helps maintain tonality.

For a guitar that is now 34 years old I can report that this axe has not been played – If it has been played, then it has certainly been extremely well cared for, so that top looks in fine fettle when you give it a more detailed appraisal – It looks out of the box, new, mint, showroom condition.  Look on the gloss finish to the top of the guitar and you’ll find no signs of use – Look on the rear and you’ll find not even a hint of play-wear. Certainly no negative issues to report – Barely no sign of wear to the plated bridge. Frets are clean and reflect no use – Re-strung and set-up with a new set of 10’s – Complete with the original Blue interior hard-shell case. fussy collectors will also be intimidating by the condition of this one so grab it whilst you can.

Serial Number: B013109

Time of Manufacture: 1985

Place of Manufacture:  Fuji-gen Plant (for Fender Japan), Japan

Neck Profile: Wide C Shape Neck Profile

Fret Condition: No Fret Wear

Weight: 7.8 Pounds

Action: Professionally set-up Low action 10's'

Overall Condition: "Mint Condition"

Colour: Metallic White

Originality: 100% Original and Untouched 

Dings, Scratches, other: - Nothing to report. - Please refer to pictures below.

Product Specs

Mint (Used)
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United States

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Squealing Pig Guitars

Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
Joined: Jan 2014