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Zip21

usa

Sep 3rd, 2000 07:17 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I recently got my hands on 2 Strats. The first is a 1997 Tex-Mex Strat MIM before they were called Jimmy V Strats. Got it used for 300 bux with case and tax and strings and etc....... At the time, I did not realize it was a Tex Mex, but after a quick call to Scottsdale to check the S #'s, I was very happy. This Strat plays like a dream. A wonderful slightly fatter and flatter rosewood neck (a beautiful shade I might add) and a candy apple red body. I was so impressed with this guitar, that when I went out to look for a new amp I just grabbed a Jimmy V off the rack to plug and play and absolutely fell head over heals with the guitar (it now lives with us too!). I was playing thru a Hot Rod Deville with no pedals or delay or distortion and was seated next to a bunch of dudes that were playing the $2,000 -$2,500 Eddie guitars thru Marshalls and they had a rig set up with effects and yada yada yada. After they got thru their usual display of tricks (every music store has those guys that do that) I let the Jimmy V speak for itself and ran it thru a little aerobics. Those guys head's spun around and couldn't believe that I had no pedal effects, AND wasn't using a locking tremelo. (Thru the years I have really mastered the art of Strat-Tune and can setum up really sweet with a floating bridge even quickly in the store, and well, use your imagination!) These MIM Tex Mex Strats are WONDERFUL guitars and soooooo reasonably priced that they are the best value on the market today. The standard MIM's are extremely good too, and should not be overlooked by any serious musician. I also have other Strats (don't we all!) but these two have quickly endeared themselves to my heart and hands! Great job Fender!

PS: How come we never hear Gibson players talk about their guitars like we do about our Strats? I've always wondered about that.

JT

trem44

United States of Texas

Sep 4th, 2000 05:29 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

They probably do, except they know we are telling the truth:)

V-Neck

USA

Sep 9th, 2000 07:04 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I am often amazed at how well my JV sounds through my Deville. Its sweet.

markophonic

Kalamazoo, MI USA

Sep 17th, 2000 09:34 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have a '96 Jimmy V white finish, What a great deal these things are.. FANTASTIC "v" neck on mine. and it sounds great as is...the only negative comment i can make about mine is I feel it is a little bit on the heavy side...shop around as some are lighter than others...

5Strats

Serial Guitar Purchaser -- Stop Me Before I Buy Again!

Sep 18th, 2000 11:53 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Jimmie Vaughan Strats are excellent guitars. I installed aged mint green pickguard and aged plastic parts on my recently acquired JV (olympic white) and it looks really cool. Definitely one of the best feeling and playing maple fretboards out there IMHO.

I also like the Tex Mex pickups and the unique wiring used for the JV Strat.

HM_Murdock

Damn! I love it when a plan comes together!

Sep 18th, 2000 02:33 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Does the Jimmie V have a laquered neck, or is it a satin finish?

matts

Canada

Sep 18th, 2000 02:40 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I think it's a satin finish.

Pietro

USA

Sep 18th, 2000 02:47 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yep, satiny and very smooth...

5Strats

Serial Guitar Purchaser -- Stop Me Before I Buy Again!

Sep 18th, 2000 02:50 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Definitely satin. The light satin finish and the soft V neck shape are very cool.

FYI: I am not a big fan of maple fretboards, but the finish on JV neck feels very good (i.e., no "skating rink" feel).

HM_Murdock

Damn! I love it when a plan comes together!

Sep 18th, 2000 04:37 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Does the Jimmie V have a laquered neck, or is it a satin finish?

Pietro

USA

Sep 19th, 2000 09:21 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Uh...satin.

5Strats

Serial Guitar Purchaser -- Stop Me Before I Buy Again!

Sep 25th, 2000 08:06 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

You satin what? Ouch, that's gotta hurt (:oD

HM_Murdock

Damn! I love it when a plan comes together!

Sep 25th, 2000 01:12 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

... why is that posted twice? sorry. I didn't do that.... ::kicks computer::

H.M.

Soultone

Currently G.A.S. Free!

Sep 29th, 2000 07:39 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Ohhhhh the JV Strat! My guitar life has not been the same since I got my Olympic white JV about 6 weeks ago. Has an awesome vintage vibe to it and is just a dream to play. The neck fits in your hand perfectly and the V profile is a "thumb over the top" players dream. Best value purchase I have ever made and pound for pound, probably the finest strat I have ever owned (I have never owned anything more expensive than an AS).

JC1

US

Dec 17th, 2000 08:37 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I recently purchased a used JV strat.Wow!! Great job Fender! I know the this guitar doesn't have the quality parts of my SRV strat, but with a few modifications (ie. pickups), the JV strat quickly became my #1 guitar.

V-Neck

USA

Dec 21st, 2000 04:46 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

JC1,
What kind of pups?
Has anyone else changed the pups in their JV?

salty

usa

Dec 31st, 2000 01:17 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Just bought one. Waiting for delivery. After hearing you guys, can't wait.

slapcatt

us

Jan 16th, 2001 08:24 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hey Zip 21,

What's the secret to settin' up those floating strat tremolo's?

Thanks,
Bob

TASH

"Muddy Waters Invented Electricity"

Jan 16th, 2001 10:21 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I love my JV Strat, I play out all the time and people say to me "that thing sounds better than your other Strats" My other strats are vintage and I love them, but wooo hoo - stock pups and everything...playability, tone... WOW I am very happy with it!

gbake

USA

Jan 19th, 2001 08:08 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Just bought a JV last night and it is killer! I have a '97 strat plus and an '83 MIJ strat and love them both dearly, but neither gave me a vintage strat sound. This thing has it in spades.

My first thought when I picked it up was, "I'll never be able to play this baseball bat of a neck." I was wrong! After about 2 minutes, it was clear to me that this big fat neck was actually very comfortable and offered leverage I'd never dreamed of.

I liked it so much, I plugged it in to an anient Twin Reverb that was there. Instantly, I knew I'd found that vintage bark I was looking for. ]

I hadn't intended to buy a guitar last night, but this thing blew me away to the point that I had to have it.

I also tried a couple of 57 reissues and they just didn't do it for me. Oh and the JV cost 1/3 as much. Best deal around. I'd think this model must really compete with the American made models. I guess that's why you don't see that many of them.

I have one other observation. After playing this thing for the better part of 5 hours last night, my hand cramped really badly. I've never had this happen before and assume it's due to the beefy neck. I'm sure I'll get used to it, but someone with small hands could have serious problems.

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