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1983 Squier by Fender '57 Stratocaster JV Serial Black 100% Original, Japan MIJ Fujigen


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Up for sale, a 1983 Squier by Fender JV-serial Stratocaster model SST-45 in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. Produced in the second year of Fender Japan production, this rare model was part of the "Japanese Vintage" (JV) line which only lasted from 1982-84. Crafted in the Fujigen factory, this Squier was made with the same quality components and attention to detail as Fender Japan's Fender-branded instruments. Via the five-way pickup selector switch, the guitar offers an array of traditional Strat tonalities with the original trio of alnico magnet SQ-4 pickups. The bridge pickup delivers plenty of sparkle and bite, while the neck pickup has a smooth, bell-like response. The guitar weighs 8lbs 3oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.

The maple neck has an extremely comfortable and easy-playing slender C profile carve with round shoulders and rolled fretboard edges, measuring .815" deep at the 1st fret and .915" at the 12th. The original slender frets are intact with their full factory height and virtually no wear. The neck is straight, and the guitar plays easily in every register with a responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The scale length is 25 1/2", and the nut measures 42mm (a hair wider than 1 5/8") in width. The headstock has a small Pre-CBS-style Strat shape with a block logo and set of Kluson-style tuning machines. The small "45" sticker is also intact, denoting a 45,000 yen price when sold new. On the neck heel, the original 11-11-83 pencil date is intact, and the four-bolt neck plate has a JV-prefix serial number.

All of the electronics function as intended, with untouched solder joints and full-size pots which date to March of 1983. The chrome hardware is bright and clean, with just a touch of patina on the bridge base. The plastics include the bright white pickguard and lightly yellowed pickup covers and knobs. Cosmetic wear on the gloss Black finish is limited to some finish scratches and dings on the back, with some requisite pick scuffing across the guard, and just a couple tiny nicks on the bass-side lower bout on top. The neck profile gloss is lightly ambered and nigh flawless.

The original faux leather fitted gigbag is included.