Fender JV

"In fact I’ll never forget when the first samples came in and everybody came up to inspect it, and these guys almost cried, because the product was what we were trying to do and having a hell of a time trying to do."

Dan Smith, Director of Marketing, Fender USA in 1992 about JV Fender guitars produced in Japan.

 

I am really amazed at the quality of the so called Fender JV Instruments I have played so far and which I own now :) 

They were built between April 1982 and late 1984. In 1985 the A-Series started out which in the beginning mainly consisted of the same parts as used in the JVs.

The necks were a little thicker than the Fullerton AVRI guitars, comparable to 58-61 PreCBS necks. Workmanship was outstanding and much superiour to what was produced by Fender USA during the 70-ies.

 

 

1982 Fender JV 57-85 Mint  Condition

Unbelievable Fender JV Collector and Player in "Closet Classic" state!!! A killersounding and playing Strat. This beauty was made as one of the first Fender JV Strats in May 82. A resonant piece of history that demonstrates the supremacy of these Japanese guitars built in Fujigen. She is in an all original, mint - closet clean state with Grey Bobbin PU. Even the written warranty comes along with it. It is without the original case. I would have had to make a loan to buy that one extra.

3.4 kg

2'900 Euro

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1985 Fender MIJ 62-115 A-Series January 85

Yes, these JV Strats are ridiculously great instruments. This one is an affordable JV 62-115 with a A-Series tag, because it was produced with the same parts as the JV Series but was one of the first A-Series Stratocaster to be sold. Think of an early 65 CBS Strat. All original, in good condition. Hardly played. There are few marks on body and neck and there is oxidation on screws and saddles. I guess one would call this Journeyman Relic. Gorgeous beauty, great sounding, 3.3 kg. From the same collector my CAR JV came from. Fantastic, inspiring instrument. The frets are vintagefrets still in great playing shape. No need for a refret unless you prefer modern frets like me. Since I do not feel like selling soon, I might consider a refret with bigger frets and replacing the 3 way switch. Until then I enjoy her, just the way she is :) I will post upgrades.

 

Upgrade: Raw Vintage Springs

Original springs are in the case and will be delievered too. If you wish I will take them off and adjust the tremolo to the old springs.

 

Upgrade: Urs from haensler-electronics replaced the 3-way to a 5-way switch. Solderings were untouched until that point. There has been some oxidation on the 3-way switch which makes it an upgrade. Can be reversed.

Price 2'200 Euros


1983 Fender JV Squier 57

Another JV!! Fiesta Red has been my guitar dream colour for years since the days of M.K. This one is a real beauty! When it showed up on reverb I couldn't resist: Fender JV, Fiesta Red, almost unused. Once you look closer you see some signs of usage. But even frets are at 95%. She plays with a full JV fret profile.  Matz and Urs from Matzguitars.ch and haensler-electrics.ch as well as research on different forums gave me the necessary security about authencity. I additionally offer you here all possible pics to get  all the necessary infos yourself. Since this guitar is almost in mint condition with original parts, it is of much higher value than my 62 Squier which was upgraded with a lot of money. That's the logic of the collector market which I try to avoid.

The instrument was delivered in a poor playing condition. So I set it up  myself first and then let it finetune by Matz (tremolo, saddle purity) Now it really is a great JV example with great sound and playing comfort typical of the JV era. I do not dare to change anything on these original materials in order not  to damage its value. But actually there is no necessity to do so. Besides of being a collector's item it is also a great player which makes it part of this family.

Upgrade: Raw Vintage Springs

Original springs are in the case and will be delievered too. If you wish I will take them off and adjust the tremolo to the old springs.

1500 Euro


1983 Fender JV 57 - 85 Stratocaster "Lady in Red"

Yes, finally I am hooked on the JV-Strats. The Squire below fixed me and this one really confirmed what great guitars the Japanese built in 82-84 are. I sold my American Fullertone and I have to admit this guitar suits me much more. The neck is thin but more comfortable to play. I only wish they had bigger frets. If this guitar is really intended to stay I will invert in new frets which will lower a resell. I tried to buy this guitar in december but was not ready to invest so much money as was being asked at that time. Then it used to be collector item. So someone else bought it and replaced tuners, saddles and electronics. The black bottom pickups remained. I am not sure if it was wise to replace the tuners and saddles. I had made some negative experience doing the bridge change on my 63 Jazzmaster. The old ones are still there to try how the guitar sounds with them back on. To be honest these tuners work really much better than the old tuners. As long as I really like the sound I will keep things the way they are. She is a beauty!!!!! The first seller was a JV collector, selling all his stuff. He claimed that this one was the best player he had. I was sceptical, especially since the second buyer resold under price half year later. I took the risk and this really turned out to be a fantastic guitar. Very resonant, crispy, fresh. It reminds me of my 80ies Tokai, only much more resonant. This guitar is very distinctive from the rest of my Strats. It doesn't compare to my '58, although they have the same wood (ash). With these pickups they sort of have their own sound I really dig. It comes very close to the Dire Straits sound of the first album. Actually the sound that made me want to play a Strat! Until I refret the guitar it will remain pimped with the option to bring it all back to collector specs.

Update: After replacing the used strings, she shines!! No need to change anything except the frets for more comfort.

update 7.9.20:

Matz refretted this great guitar giving it the perfect playing comfort. 

Probably one of the best sounding and playing JV's you can get with all original parts which also makes it collectible. If you don't mind JV necks and traditional radius this guitar is way better than good CS Strats.

Upgrade: I tried Raw Vintage Springs. I didn't like the effect on this guitar. The sound became less snappy more washy. Definition got lost. So I replaced them with the regular springs (only three) Matz had put on after the refret.

not for sale!!


1983 Fender 62' JV Squier Stratocaster

Can't believe I bought a Squier. Actually it is a JV 83 Squier from Fujigen Japan. I had to learn that these Instruments were superiourly built instruments. Here more infos on the extraordinary quality of these instruments:

https://stratomaniac.com/fender-squier-made-in-japan-mij/vintage-fujigen-stratocaster-telecaster?start=1

https://blues-guitar.ch/fender-japan.html

 

One owner of this guitar decided to upgrade the guitar extensively with parts of superiour quality. So this guitar was professionally refinished on body and neck with a very light nitro finish. The PU were replaced with Lindy Fralin 54. The electronics were updated, so you can lower the volume without any loss of highs.  Pleasant 3.4 kg and a low action to die for. Playing comfort is simply fantastic. Someone decided to pimp the highest quality into this JV Squier making it an unbelievable Strat!

The sound of this guitar is absolutely superior to all Reissues I have played so far. A fantastic player for a price you were able to get Pre CBS Strats in the 50/60ies.

These JV instruments are already highly sought after.  This one is a player not a collector but in the best way you can imagine. 

 

update 7.9.20:

Matz refretted this great guitar giving it the perfect playing comfort. 

The price doesn't reflect the streetprice of today. It is priced to stay. Upgraded Killer Strat! If you don't mind thinner JV necks and traditional radius this guitar is way better than good CS Strats. The neck does feel more like a 9.5 radius but according to Matz it is normal vintage radius. According to Matz Neck and Body are original but from two different instruments! A Killerstrat but not collectible.

not for sale