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 info 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.

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. 

The price doesn't reflect the streetprice of today. It is priced to stay. 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.

2800 Euros

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:




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. So hands off if you don't want to spend insane money for an instrument sounding more vintage than any CS Strat.


2800 Euro



1958 Fender Stratocaster Refinished

This guitar was a lucky punch. A great player and a real lady soundwise! Profound 3 dimensional sound that never molest your ears with harshness as maple necks and ash bodies tend to do.

I had waited over 2 years to go for a real 50-ies Strat. There are not many around and of these that are around I didn't really like any of them that much. I felt that this one was IT and I was lucky to have support in buying. This one really did the trick for me. Thanks Paul you made it happen!!


Here the exact the description from Fiesta Finishes USA:

"1958 Fender Stratocaster. This guitar features a Swamp Ash wood body, and hence, originally came from the Fender factory in 1958 as a Blonde guitar, as Ash wood was used at that time exclusively on Blonde guitars.


The guitar features a body refinish in nitro lacquer, translucent Blonde, by Fiesta Finishes™. The neck features original finish on back and headstock, with a very old, light overspray, which has checked and looks original. The fingerboard has been refinished, along with a nice, pro refret. There is one tiny dent on the neck which has a small amount of filler. There is also a small chip in the wood near one of the tuner ferrules.


Original electronics include pickups, pots, 3 way switch, tone cap. Original plastic includes pick guard, pickup covers, knobs, switch tip. Original hardware includes, bridge, saddles, trem block, trem claw, jack plate, Single Line Kluson tuners, neck plate, strap buttons.


The trem bar and trem covers are reproductions.


The neck date is 7-58, body date is 9/58. Nice matched original pickup set measures, Neck to Bridge, 5.7K, 5.7K, 5.8K Ohms. The guitar features a very light Swamp Ash body, and weighs just over 7 lbs (3.17kg). Remove the trem arm and trem cover, and it dips to 6.9 lbs (3.1kg!)


Really nice neck on this guitar, measures .791" at 1st fret and .949" at 12th fret. Not like the V necks of '56-'57, and not like the thinner necks in '59-'60. More like a '54-'55 neck.


The guitar comes in the original '58 Tweed case. This case is structurally sound. no collapsed wood or bad corners. Latches and hinges work fine. The tweed, and leather is quite worn, and it appears that the original gold lining was tinted to be red. A sturdy, if worn looking, tweed case."


Update: 2019

1Pot had to be replaced and the middle pickup was rewound by haensler-electrics.ch due to malfunction. The frets were replaced for more playing comfort by Matzguitars.ch

A killer Strat with the warm vintage sound one can only dream of!


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1972 Fender Stratocaster

All important parts are original, making it also a collector's choice guitar. It is known that building quality in the CBS period was aimed at massproduction. There were good guitars, there were mediocre guitars and then there were lots of bad guitars, especially towards the end of the 70ies. This one is a 72 guitar with a fantastic neck that is comparable to a 63 or even slightly chunkier without having a baseball feel. It plays with a fantastic feel. This guitar sounds as great as it looks. It is very resonant acoustically and sounds full of life plugged in. No weak spots, well balanced. She plays as she looks, superiour! Gregor Hilden has played this guitar and claims that it is the best 70 ies Stratocaster he has played.

I had this guitar inspected and set up by MatzGuitars.ch

So it seems that the instrument has been professionally refretted and the board re-radiused to 9.0" (modern Fender spec), with 6150 Dunlops. This makes it a dream to play. A new nut has been cut for the guitar to match the modern fretboard radius.

 3,490 kg

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2010 CS Fender  57 Relic Masterbuilt by Greg Fessler

Greg Fessler's masterbuilt 57 is as good as it gets for a reissue. Playing feel and sound is superior. The bell like ringing sound is a dream. Handwired fat Ybarra PU's.

 3,520 kg

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"LION" 2007 Fender CS Relic 69 "red sparkle"

It used to be Gregor Hildens personal guitar. Fantastic sound thanks to its resonance and the killer PU handwound by Aby. Wonderfull neck, a growling sound. Blues pur! It roars like a lion. Killer guitar!!! All original, paperworks, OHCS! Cryotuned!

 3,680 kg

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1964/65 Fender Strat - Real Vintage

A dream come true for a guitar player. Imagine a 64 with outstanding sound, playability and resonance. This is the holy grail for players. All that have played this guitar including myself state that this is one of the best vintage 60ies guitar they have ever played. This is not a partscaster although some parts have been replaced, including the middle PU (70ies PU). All CS instruments on this page are superiour instruments but this guitar beats them all in sound and resonance. .....this is as good as it gets! 7.47 pounds!! Now professionally refretted and improved by Matz-Guitars.ch Plays like butter!!!

3,450 kg

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