Fender Squier JV Stratocaster Japan 50’s Re-issue

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I had an inkling they were made by the FujiGen Gakki factory and I’ve read and heard so many rumors that these were originally made by Tokai, but after purchasing the book, Squier Electrics: 30 Years of Fenders Budget Guitar Brand by Tony Bacon, which is an excellent resource on the history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.

Fender Squier JV Stratocaster Japan 50's Re-issue

1982 Fender JV TL69-115 All Rosewood Telecaster

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Fernandes Stone Logo 70s Strat Copy

Today, for your viewing pleasure is a Fernandes Stone Logo 70s Strat Copy from the very early 80s. For those of you who don’t know, Fernandes is a Japanese company who originally manufactured flamenco guitars and has been around since 1969. The Fernandes parent company (Saito Musical Instruments) also make Gibson copies under the Burny brand name.

For more information about Fernandes, there is a really useful article on the www.music-trade.co.jp website…

Okay, so this particular Strat copy is one of the Stone Logo series, which were produced between 1980 and 81, according to the article linked to above.

Fernandes Stone Logo Strat. A 70s Fender Stratocaster copy made in the early 80s from Japan.

1979 Fernandes Mustang in Black, MIJ

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98 CY Squire Affinity Stratocaster Review – Cheapy or well-priced bargain?

I don’t know about you, but I love mucking around with low priced guitars that actually play and sound really good. It must be the Scottish in me, that loves the idea of getting a nice sounding Strat for about $100.

So first up let’s have a listen to how the Squire Affinity sounds. In the video below Darren is plugged straight into a Marshall JCM 800.

GIBSON CUSTOM SHOP Historic Collection 1957 Les Paul Custom 3PU S/N78244

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2008 Olympic White Made in Mexico Fender Stratocaster – The New and Improved Standard

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.

2008 Olympic White Made in Mexico Fender Stratocaster

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The ’62 Re-issue Fender Stratocaster made in Japan

Editors Note: Unfortunately we didn’t get any pics of the actual guitar in review, so to give you all a visual, I grabbed some candy apple red, 62 Re-issue Fender Stratocaster pics off the net.

For some reason, I have owned too many Strats, I just keep coming back to them as they sort of really are a guitar staple, like the Les Paul, the Telecaster and whatever you consider to be a classic!

’62 Re-issue Fender Stratocaster Candy-apple Red

’62 Re-issue Fender Stratocaster Candy-apple Red image courtesy of www.fareastguitars.co.uk

Relic Stratocaster Electric Guitar Body Number one strat 62 60s nitro shell pink

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Darren’s Custom Modified MIJ E serial Fender Stratocaster

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.

fender custom shop limited edition 1960 roasted stratocaster heavy relic

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2006 Fender Stratocaster 62 ReIssue – CIJ

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…

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Repainting my Classic Series 70s Stratocaster

Recently I posted an article about a secondhand Classic Series 70s Stratocaster that a purchased some time ago, if you read that article you would find that I had mixed feelings about this guitar, I loved the weight, balance and feel of the guitar, but I just couldn’t get past the thick poly coating.

So after a little bit of thought I decided to re-paint the guitar. Below is a series of videos I made of the entire rebuild process.

In this first video, I published a short intro into the planing of the rebuild process.

Fender Classic Series' 50S Stratocaster Lacquer Maple Fingerboard 2-Color Sunbur

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Fender Classic Series ’70s Stratocaster

A while ago now I picked up a second hand Fender Classic Series ’70s Stratocaster.

According to www.guitardaterproject.org , the serial number reads that it was made in Mexico between 2000 and 2001.

This model has an Ash body with the natural finish, a maple “U” Shape neck with a large headstock and bullet truss.

When I bought the guitar it had a set of noiseless pickups installed, which sounded pretty good, but they just weren’t what I was wanting for a 70s style Strat.

Here’s a video of the noiseless pups in the guitar as it was when I bought it.

Vinatge WHITE Fender 70s style old strat Stratocaster signed by Jimi Hendrix bro

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1959 Tour of the Original Fender Guitars Factory in Fullerton California

How’s this for cool, a video of the Fender factory in Fullerton, California, which was filmed in 1959 by Forrest White.

Keep an eye out for 
Leo Fender in the second shot.

Check out the sunburst Strat’s being made from bare materials.

It’s so cool to see how everything was hand made. No CNC machines back then and it is amazing to realize that every guitar made that year is now worth a small fortune.

1960 Fender Telecaster, Rare Sunburst finish, Slab Board guitar (FEE1017)

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Rare and Unique 1959 Fender Stratocaster in case  w/Appraisal

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1955 Fender Stratocaster (FEE0636)

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1959 Fender Stratocaster Slab Board (FEE0039)

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