*Note: From mid -1997 serials are prefaced by 'Crafted in Japan'. Prior to that exported
guitars bore the phrase 'Made in Japan'. There is no intrinsic quality difference in the guitars themselves as far as I can tell from the many I have owned. Beware of Ebay vendors telling you the 'Made in...' is better then 'Crafted in....', or vice versa.
It is the specification that counts, not the label.