Fender Squier JV Stratocaster Japan 50’s Re-issue

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I had an inkling they were made by the FujiGen Gakki factory and I’ve read and heard so many rumors that these were originally made by Tokai, but after purchasing the book, Squier Electrics: 30 Years of Fenders Budget Guitar Brand by Tony Bacon, which is an excellent resource on the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

Fender Japan 1983 ST57-115 "JV Serial" 2 TONE SUNBURST (3216

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Although a little worn in places with a few battle scars, fundamentally this guitar is still in very good shape.

Fender Squier JV Stratocaster Japan 50's Re-issue

Unfortunately, this specific guitar is not an all original specimen, but it still retains most of its original components and could easily be restored to its original specs with some time spent sourcing a couple of parts. When I purchased this guitar, the middle pickup had already been replaced and the fiveway switch was not working correctly, so I replaced it with a new 5-way switcraft switch.

Fender Squier JV Stratocaster Japan 50's Re-issue

Ultra Rare !! Fender Richie Sambora Black Paisley Limited Edition Japan 1996 !!

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As far as I can tell, the middle pickup and the switch are the only parts that are not original. The neck and bridge pickups show signs of aging with some rust spots on the magnet pole pieces and the covers are showing distinct discoloring from exposure to UV over the years.

Fender Squier JV Stratocaster Japan 50's Re-issue

What I find surprising is the white scratch plate is still as bright as the day it would have been made.

Fender Squier JV Stratocaster Japan 50's Re-issue

☆Fender Japan ST62-115 Brazilian Rose MOD

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The knobs (although not as much as the pickup covers) and switch tip have also aged slightly.

Fender Squier JV Stratocaster Japan 50's Re-issue

The neck pocket is still in perfect condition so I would assume the neck may have never been removed. There are no signs of cracks in the lacquer surrounding the neck pocket finish, which is a very common issue for Fender style guitars.

Fender Squier JV Stratocaster Japan 50's Re-issue

1957 Blonde Fender Stratocaster | Original Vintage

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The maple neck is super straight with no buzzing, although the smaller vintage-style 7.25″ radius doesn’t do you any favors when bending the strings. The vintage size frets have almost zero wear. There are only a couple of frets that have the smallest amount of wear on them. The fret board also has some slight signs of wear, but is in almost mint condition.

Fender Squier JV Stratocaster Japan 50's Re-issue

The 50s sized Stratocaster headstock is fitted with the vintage style tuners where the posts have the horizontal slot and vertical hole and are still working 100%. I should mention that I hadn’t played or picked up this guitar in over a year and when I pulled it out of the case to do this review it was still in perfect tune.

Fender Squier JV Stratocaster Japan 50's Re-issue

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The original string tree has some surface rust.

Fender Squier JV Stratocaster Japan 50's Re-issue

This guitar, being an ‘Export‘ JV has the ‘Squier Made in Japan‘ and ‘Stratocaster by Fender‘ embellished on it, which were branded on all of the export models after the second shipment of the original JV’s. The first two shipment of JV Squiers sold to the European market had the Fender logo as did the JVs sold into the local Japanese market, and according to the information in Tony Bacon’s book, that is the only difference between the Squier branded JVs and the Fender ones, in all other aspects they are the exact same guitar.

Fender Squier JV Stratocaster Japan 50's Re-issue


The finish has been chipped in quite a few places so it was obviously a guitar that has been used and not just stowed away in a case for its lifetime, and dare I say it, the chips in the finish are most likely due to not being in a case when not being used.

Fender Squier JV Stratocaster Japan 50's Re-issue

There is a rather large dent just above the middle pickup, which looks like it may have been caused by the guitar falling on something with a hard corner or edge. Although a little unsightly, it’s not that bad. The indentation isn’t too deep and there is no major damage done to the wood.

Fender Squier JV Stratocaster Japan 50's Re-issue

1982 Fender Japan JV Stratocaster ST62-85 Vintage CAR Candy Apple Red w/case

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The rest of the chips and scratches are very typical of a guitar that is nearing 35 years of age.

Fender Squier JV Stratocaster Japan 50's Re-issue

One thing that is a little unusual is the height of the tremolo setting for the bridge. I find it to be very high, which is something I don’t usually see on my Strats. I don’t normally use the Trem so I have my bridges set firmly down, but this one seems to be as low as it could go without the strings bottoming out on the neck. Although the guitar is currently playing really well and the action is already nice and low, I’m sure a good setup wouldn’t go astray.

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The two-tone burst looks stunning. The finish is very thin and there are obvious signs of the wood grain showing up in the reflection. There is a lot of conflicting information about the finish on these guitars, whether they are nitro or poly, I would take a guess and say that the finish is poly. And, as much as I dislike poly finishes, I think this one is done right. There is only a very thin layer of finish over the timber, so you can actually see the profile of the wood grain in reflective lighting.

Fender Squier JV Stratocaster Japan 50's Re-issue

The bridge has quite a lot of pitting on both the bent steel bridge saddles and the chrome plate, however, the screws and springs still look to be in pretty good shape.

Fender Squier JV Stratocaster Japan 50's Re-issue

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The back of the guitar is still in pretty good condition, with some minor evidence of buckle rash and small scratches in the usual places.

Fender Squier JV Stratocaster Japan 50's Re-issue

2017 NAMM Fender Custom Shop Masterbuilt PrestigeTele 24K Gold - Yuriy Shishkov

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The 50’s ‘Soft V‘ profile neck is super comfy and is close to my favorite neck profile. It has a very slight taper and feels great to play. I love the wood grain on this neck, looks very nice!

Fender Squier JV Stratocaster Japan 50's Re-issue

As you can see, it still has the trem cover on the back with all of the screws in place. The trem cover is something I always seem to remove and never bother to replace, i haven’t done that to this guitar.

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1964 Fender Stratocaster-Pre CBS "L Series" Candy Apple Red

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The buckle rash is just evident in the reflection in the next picture.

Fender Squier JV Stratocaster Japan 50's Re-issue

The Alder body is made up from three pieces of timber.

Fender Squier JV Stratocaster Japan 50's Re-issue

Fender vintage Stratocaster

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The Alder body has a very close wood grain and in my opinion is not overly exciting, but the color of the burst is another thing altogether. The finish looks amazing and is how I imagine a 50s Strat should look.

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FENDER 1955 Precision Bass in Fullerton Red. Ultra Rare & Highly Collectible.

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There is some aging to the nickle plated tuners, but as mentioned already, they are still in 100% working order and holding the guitar in tune for extended periods of time.

Fender Squier JV Stratocaster Japan 50's Re-issue

Fender Squier JV Stratocaster Japan 50's Re-issue

And to finish off, here is the infamous serial number on the neck plate. JV166**. This is a seriously cool guitar, and a genuine piece of Fender history that helped bring Fender back from the brink of bankruptcy. The JV squier, you could say, saved Fender.

Fender Squier JV Stratocaster Japan 50's Re-issue

Fender Japan 1983 ST57-115 "JV Serial" 2 TONE SUNBURST (3216

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