Fender 1986 Japanese Fender Performer

Electric 6-String Guitar

Made by Fender

Description Cream/gold coloured rare Fender guitar only made for one year. 24 fretts two coil tap pickups which revert to single coils or humbuckers with the flip of a switch
Posted By Craig Barry (41)
Directory Equipment: Guitars
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On 6/18/2001, Nathan Welsh (105) posted:
Overall Rating:
I looked at a Fender Tex mex Fat strat, A Squire Fat Strat, and a Epiphone LP Custom. Think I would have been happy with the tex mex, the LP, or this, but I am supremely happy with my choice. This guitar just spoke to me. It responded to every one of my desires without breaking a sweat and then some. My only complaint is that I can't get humbucker crunch out of it, but that is to be expected. this thing crunches like all hell, but there is a reason that ACDC play's SGs and not strats. Best bang for the buck I have seen.
Price: $619.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Gallery
Features:
This guitar is a player's dream. It is mine anyway. The body is made of poplar and the neck is one piece maple with a skunk stripe. The neck is a fantastic V shape, which fits the hand comfortably. It has all the standard strat controls, and a vintage tremolo in the bridge. While I am not a big tremolo fan, it has always done whatever I needed it to. The Jimmie Vaughn Signature comes with Tex-Mex pickups, and the bridge pickup is overwound to create a hotter sound. This gives the player the ability to get some BB like tones, the closest I have heard out of a single coil. The neck pickup can create anything from dark, cool tones to warm and thick rock tones, depending on your settings. The Middle pickup is not connected to a tone pot, making it set on full at all times. It has a very raw and classic rock sound, and is extremely versitile. The overwound bridge pickup can be sharp and hard, but can also roll back and be very rich with tone. Overall, the guitar is warm and has excellent sustain for a bolt on. It can go from rich, creamy tone to downright screaming and shouting rock and roll without batting an eye. It is comfortable and a joy to play. I highly recommend it to anyone.
Playability:
The action on this guitar I have set rather high, but I think it would do well at any level. Although I personally do not like low action, I suspect that a low action might be a weak point for this guitar. I have had the action raised several times, and It has handled the changes beautifully.
Sound Quality:
This guitar is very versitile and well suited for all styles. I play everything from Red Hot Chili Peppers to BB King on this guitar and it responds every time. I run this guitar through a fender pro junior that is connected to a roc pro 4x12 cabinent. I sometimes use a tube screamer, a big muff, a vox wah or a cool cat chorus. The guitar responds nicely to each.
Durability:
This guitar comes with straplocks included, which are nice. The hardware is top notch, and she seems to be affected very little by climate changes. Durable beyond reproach. It fell out of its guitar stand once and the nut broke, but it was still in tune. got the nut replaced with bone, which is nice. Never had any problems with it.
On 10/19/2000, Craig Barry (41) posted:
Overall Rating:
I would buy this guitar if it was stolen because it is the most amazing guitar I have ever played on. My favourite aspect of this guitar is that it is good for what I play which are fast lead parts and steady rhythms with fast chord changes. The worst aspect of this guitar is the few problems it has had by age. The other problem is the fact that you can easterly "chip" the finish but it still plays well.
Model Year: 1986
Where Obtained: Musical Exchanges
Features:
Made in Japan the body is made of either alder of basswood. The neck is made out of rosewood and maple. It has 24 jumbo style Gibson fretts. It has one volume control ,one tone control, a switch that switched between pickups and a coil tap. Ah yes a coil tap! Basically this switch flips between single coil and humbuckers. This clever device means you can have no a lot of distortion pumped through the guitar and with a flip of a switch you can have a clean tone. So in effect it's a fuzz switch. The two slanted humbuckers flip to single coil with the flick of a switch. The finish is creamy coloured with a sparkle finish. The bridge has a Floyd Rose style Fender system locking trem. It's a little lose so I'm going to add another spring to it to strengthen it. It has fine tuners over the locking trem like on all locking trems. Other than that small detail about the trem then it's excellent.
Playability:
The action is a little out I need to set it a little but I need to get some money for some new strings first. The neck is supurb perhaps with some Daddario strings I will be able to play a little faster. Compared to my Gibson Les Paul Standard it plays a little better but I still prefer my Gibson for personnel reasons. The only flaw is the action as it needs to be set. Personally this guitar is best for lead guitar playing. But you can use it for anything really. I haven't had such a reliable guitar before.
Sound Quality:
I have used my DOD Flanger and a cheap Wah Wah through it so it hasn't had any fair effects through it yet. I have tried it on some 500 watt amps at a local giging place and I have tried it on my 15 watt amp I have here to practice on but that is all. You can play any style you like on this as it requires little set up, it's one of those guitars you can just jump on without setting up. I have played Punk, Blues, Spanish, Classical, 80s, 70s, 50s, Grunge, Ska, Rock, Pop anything works on this and you can get any sound you want. Mids, highs, lows {but not muddy} this thing can do them all. I play lead on this a lot and I think this guitar alters your style because of it been so unique. This guitar is the best guitar I have ever heard next to my modified Les Paul. I think this is an excellent all rounder guitar. good for any style you can quote me on that. You can say he said "good for any style".
Durability:
All I can say is that this thing is pretty much perfect it is a little dusty inside because of the age of it so occasionally it cuts out on one setting but this only happens very rarely. I think once I have cleaned the inside of it and changed the strings it will be very reliable. The action still needs to be altered. As for the rest of it - its built like a tank, as light as a feather and sounds amazing.