Today’s edition of cool guitar pics is brought to you by, the very popular and sought after Fender Squier JV Stratocaster 50’s Re-issue.
Now straight up, I am no expert on these older Japanese Fenders, I had an inkling they were made by the FujiGen Gakki factory and I’ve read and heard so many rumors that these were originally made by Tokai, but after purchasing the book, Squier Electrics: 30 Years of Fenders Budget Guitar Brand by Tony Bacon, which is an excellent resource on the history of the Fender Squier, and where I sourced my information for most of this article, I discovered that the FujiGen Gakki factory were at the time making Greco guitars, which were superb Fender copies and Japans best selling guitar at the time, so the rumor that Tokai were the original JVs is completely false based on the information presented by Tony Bacon. I must add, the birth of the Fender Squier is a very interesting topic to study if your into Japanese guitars like I am.
The JV Squiers are renowned for their high quality and were born out of the whole ‘Lawsuit‘ period that so many other guitars from that era are famous for, Tokai, Aria, Fernandes, Greco, Ibanez, to name a few.
Ok, so here is a post I have been meaning to do for a long, long time. Ages ago I bought a Fender Classic Series 70s Stratocaster but I absolutely hated the thick poly coating. The neck, although had a really comfortable profile felt so slippery and hard to play and the body had so much poly finish on it that it was like it was dunked in a big bucket of poly goop and hung out to dry… The poly finish on it was horrible.
The following pics are the finished result. The pics are taken at two different time periods. The ones with the pavers as the back drop are the photos I took not long after it had been painted in September, 2012. The photos taken on the plush back drop were taken in May of 2015.
Here’s a look at my old 2002 Crafted in Japan Fender Jaguar.
Unfortunately, the only video I have of this guitar, other than how I added a BuzzStop Bar, was one of the earlier recorded demos, so the audio isn’t very good. In the video below Darren is playing some rock into a Marshall JCM800.
The Fender Bandmaster VM head is part of Fender’s Vintage Modified (like the Super Champ XD) range of amplifiers and aims to blend elements of vintage and modern amps together, which you can imagine divides opinions. Although some models such as the ‘Super Champ‘ are very popular and actually sound great.
A while back I bought a Fender Jaguar on eBay. The guitar was so cool that I just had to have it.
It had the block inlays in the fretboard, it was made in Japan, had a really nice Sunburst and had a couple of minor chips in the finish to give it that “Played In” look, it had also had a Seymour Duncan Jeff Beck Zebra Humbucker installed into the bridge position that could be split from a Humbucker into a single coil, the guitar was COOL with a capital “C” and it was being sold for a bargain.
Now when played at volume the notorious ringing couldn’t be heard, as you can see in this video of Darren playing it through a Marshall JCM800.
Although I have probably bought and sold more Fender Stratocasters than any other type of guitar, for some reason I keep coming back to them. I just love them for their warm woody tones, iconic design, versatility and they just feel so damn good to play.
Recently I was lucky enough to purchase a newer model Mexican Strat, and was suitably impressed with it I must say. This particular Made in Mexico Fender Stratocaster that we are looking at today is the 2008 model in an Olympic White finish.
I got the email the other day announcing the dates for this years Fender Roadshow.
Here’s a sneak from last years show….
This will be my third year in a row of attendance and every year it’s been a great show and a good time to catch up with some mates for a boys night out.
The Fender Roadshow is always a great way to see, hear, feel and play the latest Fender guitars and amps.
It’s usually about a two-hour show, where international guitarist Greg Koch and his all star backing band puts the latest and greatest Fender gear through its paces. Greg is a seriously talented guitarist and a real funny guy so it’s a real treat to catch this guy live.
And as always there is a chance to spend some hands-on time after the live show, so you can check out all the cool new Fender gear for yourself.
Entry to the Guitar & Amp Roadshow is FREE, but as you would expect, the numbers are limited, so you’ll need to register to reserve your seat.
If you are one of my many YouTube subscribers, you may have noticed by all of my uploads Yesterday that I spent the day doing some videos with Darren. While I was there, Darren gave me one of his CD’s, If you want a free copy, you can grab a download of it by going to his website here… www.dazofoz.com
Anyways, back to the guitar…. So here we are, at Darren’s house shooting some vids of all of the different guitars I have in stock using a Marshall JCM-800, when Darren decides to get his guitar out to see how she sounds through the amp.
Now I’ve got to mention at this point, I’ve only known Darren for about a month or so, and I’ve heard him talk about his MIJ Strat before, and how he’s done a few mods here and there, but I’ve never actually seen it, so when he came walking out from the hall with his Strat hanging from his shoulder I was, to say the least a little surprised by what I saw.
Firstly, let’s check out this video. In it, Darren shares a little story about his guitar and some of the mods his done to it.
Here’s a beautiful 2006 crafted in Japan Fender Stratocaster 62 Reissue I picked up some time ago. I was so surprised by the quality of this guitar when I first saw it, this axe plays and sounds so good, and the quality would easily be comparable to a U.S.A model.
There’s a heap of pics in this post, but first lets hear how she sounds, this first video is Darren playing through a Marshall JCM-800…
The post covers a multitude of options available for your Telecaster, including…
Hot Tele Neck Pickups
My obvious favorite is the P-Rails, only because that’s what I have in my Tele, you can check out some videos of all the different Pick-ups on the Seymour Duncan post, but here’s some video’s of how my P-Rails sound in the neck position of my 99 US Telecaster through a Peavey delta blues.
The bridge pup is the Quarter Pounder for Tele, just in case your wondering.