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I had an inkling they were made by the FujiGen Gakki factory and I’ve read and heard so many rumors that these were originally made by Tokai, but after purchasing the book, Squier Electrics: 30 Years of Fenders Budget Guitar Brand by Tony Bacon, which is an excellent resource on the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