Stagemaster Deluxe (neck-thru maple necks with basswood wings), and the Double Fat Tele Deluxe (all solid mahogany with set necks), with serial numbers starting with KC for Korean Cort, followed by 2-digit year. There were also some KV (Korean Saehan(Sunghan)) serial numbers followed by 2-digit year. Comes with Dimarzio pickups and coil tap on the back pickup (lift the back tone control knob). Enraged at this deliberate copyright infringement, Fender threatened a lawsuit against many of these companies in the early 1980’s, forcing them to “cease and desist” production.Many ceased (like El Maya, Heerby, and Joo Dee), but many desisted and kept making these sameguitars with minor changes to the logos and headstock designs. well, er, uh…So, Fender (under the direction of Dan Smith at the Fullerton Plant) started to really get things going prior to 1982 so thatthey could release their “vintage” line of reissue guitars, which are still being made today. Hope you like 'em :-) The green Les Paul is a pretty special guitar. I don't need it, hardly use it, but it's a wonderfully made guitar. USA Fender Strat 1957-2007 Special Limited Edition. Blonde 'see through' paint job, thin 50's profile neck (thinner than the Mexican) and gorgeous tone. Close up of the nice neck plate on the USA 1957-2007 Strat! [/url] :lol: , I noticed that EU "do not put this item in the bin" sticker on the neckplate, too. Incidentally, and not wishing to hijack, but I've just put up my Fenix Jazz bass on Fleeb.With the introduction of many other versions of the Strat and Tele,and other less-popular models, guitarists started looking for alternatives to Fender guitars.
Epiphone Les Paul Special Edition (bright green, Korean): 9 out 10 AWESOME! I found this info put up by "Leadowner" on (after having a nasty experience from typing "Korean dating" into a search engine).
Just as MIJ shook off its cheapo image and fetch deservedly higher prices, I wouldn't be suprised if the Korean ones become more appreciated.
There's no doubt that Korea can and did make very nice instruments.
A serious amount of money was spent on advertising and sales went up drastically, which, from Fender’s perspective, was agood thing.
But, with more sales came more production, and more production meant less attention to details and a slumpingof quality-control.