Up for sale, a 1985 Squier by Fender JV-serial Stratocaster with a '70s feature set in near mint, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. While the famous "Japanese Vintage" (JV) line which launched Fender Japan officially lasted from 1982-84, this very late example to retain the JV serial number prefix dates from Summer of '85!
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. Reflecting a 1970s feature set with Ritchie Blackmore aesthetics (black pickup covers and knobs, white three-ply pickguard) this Strat has a solid basswood body paired with a maple neck and rosewood fingerboard, loaded with the original trio of black fiber bobbin alnico magnet single coil pickups. Via the five-way pickup selector switch, the guitar offers an array of traditional Strat tonalities. The bridge pickup delivers plenty of sparkle and bite, while the neck pickup has a smooth, bell-like response. The guitar weighs 8lbs 2oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.
The maple neck has an easy-playing slender C profile carve with round shoulders and rolled fretboard edges, measuring .830" deep at the 1st fret and .965" at the 12th. The thick rosewood fretboard features original slender frets which retain their full factory height and are nigh flawless, playing easily up the 25 1/2" scale. The neck is straight, and the truss rod is responsive and optimally adjusted. The nut measures 42mm (a hair wider than 1 5/8") in width. The headstock has the larger Strat shape with a block logo and set of Gotoh tuning machines with gleaming chrome plating. On the neck heel, the original 6-24-85 pencil date is intact, and the three-bolt neck plate is embossed with a JV-prefix serial number.
All of the electronics function as intended, with untouched solder joints and full-size pots which date to April of 1983. Hardware includes the original vibrato tailpiece with bright chrome which actuates easily for quick warbles and deeper dives. The original plastics comprise black knobs and pickup covers, with a white three-ply pickguard. Cosmetic wear is limited to faint scuffing across the pickguard, with virtually no wear on the exceptionally clean original gloss Olympic White finish. The neck profile sports an equally pristine smooth gloss finish.
A Fender-branded gigbag is included.