Up for sale, a 1983 Squier by Fender JV-serial Stratocaster in 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. Tonally, the guitar features a trio of original black bobbin alnico magnet single coils coupled to a five-way pickup selector switch. The pickups offer plenty of sparkle, snap, and bell-like chime with quintessential Strat thinned-out quack in positions 2 and 4 on the switch. The guitar weighs 7lbs 14oz and has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.
The neck has a medium C shape at the nut with lightly rolled fretboard edges and more roundness and shoulder as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .850" deep at the 1st fret and .950" at the 12th. The thick slab rosewood fretboard retains the original slender frets which have their full factory height, showing only very light wear on the crowns of frets 1-5 beneath the plain strings. The truss rod is optimally adjusted, the neck is straight, and the guitar plays easily in every register. The scale length measures a full 25 1/2", and the nut measures 1 5/8" in width. The headstock has a small Pre-CBS-style Strat shape with a block logo and original set of Kluson-style tuning machines. On the neck heel, the original pencil date of 6-27-83 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 a trio of full-size pots. The original plastic parts are all accounted for including the black three-ply guard, white knobs, cream pickup covers, and switch tip, and the chrome hardware is quite clean. Cosmetically, this Strat shows some scuffing across the pick path beyond the guard on the bass side, finish scratches on the back, and some minor nicks and chips on the body as a whole. The ambered gloss finish on the neck profile shows a few shallow marks, but nothing distracting the palm.
This JV-serial Stratocaster is simply a ripping, straightforward, punchy sounding Fender with an easy-playing neck and a professional setup from our techs here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar.
A gigbag is included.