1 DCBirdMan 1 month ago 1960s: crude but sometimes charming, vague Fender-ish looking things. Teisco, Tempo, and the like Hollowbodies seen less, some decent violin bass copies, names like Ideal, etc. 1970s: Real copies start, mostly Gibson focused, since they were the scene for sure over Fender. Ok looking/playing say Les Paul Custom copies but w/ a bolt on neck. Also Japanese Epiphones, of their own designs... good bargains now. Back then the sales guy told us they had US made Gibson buckers Maybe mid 70s Ibanez beats Gibson to the punch in reissuing the Explorer. . Late 70s -- some original designs start to show up, less oriented to copies, like some Yamaha Santana thing... original shape, etc. Decent enough Sigma acoustics, etc. Early 80s-- Fender Japan gets going, with Squier and with some not quite on-the-money Fender vintage reissues ..good players, but missing tweaky details that vintage Fender geeks and dorks like I was at the time couldn't believe. Then routine stuff after that. Plenty of good Fenders for the road especially w/ some upgrades. Mid to late 80s Ibanez gets their own designs out with plenty of goodies the hair metal crowd. Endorsement models get going like the Vai model etc. Plenty of other Japanese stuff starts to get consistently good enough. 1990s -- things go seriously upscale in Japan, lower priced stuff goes to Korea and is generally ok enough. China is still s**t. Gretsch Japan starts at the beginning of 90s... but others here know the progression of models and relative quality better than I do2K -- Japan ups the ante and by 2005 turning out great Gibson stuff w/ Epi Elitist like that amazing Byrdland I had... Korea steps up to the plate and China takes over where Korea was. Korea assumes lower end Japan status.Some even say that the highest of hi-end Japan now is better than anything made here.After this I don't know and probably never will. This was a memory dump... What say U?