Up for sale, a 1983 Squier by Fender JV-serial Stratocaster in near mint, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. Stunningly well-kept with a bright, unaged Olympic White gloss finish, this Stratocaster was produced in the second year of Fender Japan production, 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. 1962-centric features include a small, Pre-CBS-style headstock shape, truss rod access at the neck heel, black bobbin alnico magnet single coils with staggered pole pieces, and a pencil dated neck heel.
The tonewood compliment features a basswood body, maple neck, and thick slab rosewood fretboard, and the guitar has a bold, chiming acoustic quality. The original trio of black bobbin alnico magnet single coils are intact, delivering plenty of top end detail and sparkle, with a clear, percussive sound and a broad tonal range on the five-way pickup selector switch. The guitar weighs 7lbs 5oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.
The maple neck has a medium C profile carve with nicely rounded shoulders, lightly rolled fretboard edges, and an easy-playing, fast feel, measuring .840" deep at the 1st fret and .920" at the 12th. The rosewood fretboard is a thick slab, retaining the original slender frets which have their full factory height and show no wear with practically perfect crowns. 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 carved bone nut is just shy of a full 1 11/16" (1.670). The headstock has the small Pre-CBS Strat shape and Squier block logo, complete with the original Kluson-style tuners. On the neck heel, the original pencil date of 7-18-83 is intact, and the four-bolt neck plate has a JV-prefix serial number.
All of the electronics function as intended, with the trio of original full-size pots which date to March of 1983 and untouched solder joints. All of the plastic parts are still bright white, and the chrome hardware is extremely clean. The vibrato engages easily, currently setup with three springs. Wear on the gloss Olympic White finish is limited to a couple minor dings on the lower bout body edge, and a couple spots of isolated finish darkening on the lower bout bass-side edge and inside edges of the body horns. The neck profile has a smooth semi-gloss finish.
A recent Fender Japan gigbag is included.