The higher priced Fender guitars were made in the United States and could not compete with the lower prices of Japanese made Fender copies.
In the early 1980s, Japanese labour and production costs were much lower than in America and to compete with the Japanese made guitars, Fender moved the lower priced Fender guitar production from America to Japan.
Fender was also losing sales in Japan to Japanese guitar brands such as Tōkai, Greco and Fernandes and the establishment of Fender Japan would benefit Fender sales in Japan, as well as overseas.
It is with this instrument that he recorded almost all parts of Guns N' Roses, Slash's Snakepit, Velvet Revolver and solo albums.
However, when he wants a specific sound for some parts, he sometimes plays with other guitars such as Flying V, Explorer, Stratocaster or Telecaster. Rich Mockingbird ("You Could Be Mine", "The Alien", "Sucker Train Blues"), Gibson EDS-1275 ("Patience", "Knockin' On Heaven's Door"), Guild Crossroads ("Neither Can I", "Back And Forth Again", "Back To The Moment") or Travis Bean 1000 ("Bad Obsession", "Rusted Heroes").
The guitar was bought for Slash by his manager in late 1986 for recording of Appetite For Destruction.
The guitar came with Seymour Duncan Alnico 2 pickups and quickly became Slash's main studio instrument.
Yamano Gakki was known for once being part of Epiphone Japan.