Fender debuts limited-run Sakuraburst MIJ Hybrid II Stratocaster – and this one’s actually available outside of Japan

Fender Made in Japan Hybrid II Stratocaster Limited Run Sakuraburst
(Image credit: Fender)

We’ve long maintained that Japan gets all the coolest Fender electric guitars. Unafraid to experiment with aesthetics and specs, The Big F’s Japanese division takes the kind of risks we just don’t see from Fender USA, and often with drool-worthy results.

Yet many of these instruments are limited solely to the Japanese market, meaning they rarely venture outside their country of origin. Which is why Fender Japan’s latest launch is so exciting.

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Michael Astley-Brown
Editor-in-Chief, GuitarWorld.com

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of GuitarWorld.com, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism from Cardiff University, and over a decade's experience writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as 20 years of recording and live experience in original and function bands. During his career, he has interviewed the likes of John Frusciante, Chris Cornell, Tom Morello, Matt Bellamy, Kirk Hammett, Jerry Cantrell, Joe Satriani, Tom DeLonge, Ed O'Brien, Polyphia, Tosin Abasi, Yvette Young and many more. In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.