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The Performer guitar and bass were part of the line included in foldout posters printed in English and Japanese.

presaged a later Fender palette. There was
also a Performer Bass.
The Performer was an exceptionally
comfortable, lightweight guitar of remarkable quality - the type of perfectly designed
lean, mean, shred machine players expect
from FujiGen, one of the world's great
guitar factories.
Playable and cool as it was, though, the
Performer and all of Fender's heavy metal

guitars were gone by 1986; by the time
the Performer reached the market, the
NWOBHM had lost steam partly due to
the emergence of pop-metal "hair bands"
like Warrant, Trixter, and yes, Winger. Guitarheads, meanwhile, shifted allegiance to
players like Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, and Paul
Gilbert and their non-Fender superstrats.
Another irony was that by the time
Japanese Fenders had appeared, Japanese

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brands themselves - Ibanez, Aria Pro II,
and Yamaha - were doing well in the U.S.
market. Young players no longer viewed imported guitars with the prejudices brought
by older players. Fender's new management
saw the writing on the wall, secured a new
manufacturing facility in Corona, California, and began a new chapter offering Strats
with a lead humbucker for players inclined
to shred with a Fender.


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