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Aussie Dave

Well, if that's breakfast, I've had it!

Feb 8th, 2001 06:11 PM   Edit   Profile  

OK, I dug this old thread up again 'cause I'm again thinking of getting a JV Strat. I need some mojo and advice again, as I haven't seen this particular JV yet. I have to drive to a different GC store, as my usual GC can't be bothered ordering anything unless it's paid for first! (Is GC getting more of a 'couldn't care less' attitude than ever, or is it just my imagination?) Anyway, I'm hoping to get some JV owners here to respond to this and fire me up a bit more —thanks!



CYBER-Wang... CYBER-DIG?...CYBER Wang Dang Doodle!!!??

Feb 15th, 2001 07:59 PM   Edit   Profile  

I just saw a scratch and dent Jimmie Vaughan on Musicians Friend for 399. That would be an awesome deal. Bought mine used, and love it.



Jun 6th, 2001 09:37 PM   Edit   Profile  

I love my Jv strat. Best strat for the money in my opinion. I live in waco tx and have a friend that was down at Ray Hennigs in austin and said they saw Jimmie in there buying a JV strat. He even gave my friend an autograph. Pretty weird huh. I guess he can't get enough of his own guitars.


Sometimes here, sometimes there

Jun 7th, 2001 03:49 AM   Edit   Profile  

Funny. I used to live in Waco and went to Ray Hennigs all the time down in Austin. Never saw Jimmie there, however. Did see him once in GC, I think. Or Mars. Somewhere big, believe it or not.

I would also love to have a JV strat, but I'm afraid the neck would just be too big for me to handle...


your hands are FREEZING!

Jun 7th, 2001 01:31 PM   Edit   Profile  

Wow! I can't believe he's buying them off the rack. I just assumed that they would make them special just for him.


USA Deep Within My Heart Lies a Melody

Jun 8th, 2001 10:19 PM   Edit   Profile  

JV says his are completely stock. I would figure Fender would fix him up with all he needed as part of their deal. Maybe he was buying one as a gift for someone? Anyway, my JV is my all around favorite and holds its own with my CS'54RI. Come on Konrad, give it a try--the neck's not that big. My '54 is a lot bigger, though much softer on the "V".


In Leo We Trust-all others must play. The Mullet King.

Jun 10th, 2001 09:56 AM   Edit   Profile  

Wish I could find one on the rack to try. Fender dealers around here won't stock them. I suppose if I ever get to try one, I would buy it.



Sep 28th, 2002 04:29 PM   Edit   Profile  

I also love my JV strat, I changed the single ply pick guard, it was totally unshielded, making for more pickup noise than I first realized, then put on some locking schaller tuners, I wouldnt change the pups, love the sound from the stock pups!!! other than that, this is a great guitar, love the feel of the neck too!!!



Mar 22nd, 2003 07:02 AM   Edit   Profile  

Does the JV Strat have a solid body? Which wood?

Ian Hurtt


Hershey Bars=the Elixir of Life
Mar 23rd, 2003 09:18 PM   Edit   Profile  

Mike Eldred has stated here that JV's guitars are stock except that the CS "relics" them a bit for him.

Also, where is Zip 21? I'd love to hear how he sets up a floating standard Fender trem in the store "real quick". To be honest, sounds like he's spinnin' a bit of a tall tale...

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Czech Republic

but some of us are looking to the stars.
Mar 24th, 2003 10:22 AM   Edit   Profile  

How do the JV necks compare with the 60s Classic reissues?

auburn blues


john a. hanau
Apr 4th, 2003 01:34 PM   Edit   Profile  

i have one... a two-toned sunburst... i love the thing... actually i am getting it set up... nut cut, frets beveled and crowned... i love the neck... but anticipate that it will feel better after the work on it is done... that is hard to imagine... i will say t this: the jv strat is superior to the 57 reissue in every way... i like the look of the 57 reissue better (two-toned burst with amber neck) but in terms of playability and sound the jv blows the 57 reissue away...

auburn blues


john a. hanau
May 1st, 2003 12:31 PM   Edit   Profile  

i have owned my jv strat for three years... my wife and two kids bought it for me for my 40th birthday... i really like it, however became disappointed with it because the edges on the neck were too sharpt and i didn't like the color of the maple... so i am having the edges on the neck rolled and the whole thing stained amber with a light satin lacquer finish to it... should make it the perfect guitar... i hope... funny thing though, i thought the 57 reissue was inferior to the jv strat... the v neck is awesome... i just had to get it tweaked... check it out on my web site... go to about us on the mojo web site and look at my two toned burst...

auburn blues


john a. hanau
May 1st, 2003 12:33 PM   Edit   Profile  

web site is below...



The Netherlands

May 1st, 2003 04:51 PM   Edit   Profile  

are you both playing JV? :)

auburn blues


john a. hanau
May 8th, 2003 12:02 PM   Edit   Profile  

Langga13... yes I am playing a JV Strat... so is the guy standing next to me... i recently got the neck rolled and stained amber with a satin nitro finish to it... the edges where the fretboard meets the neck were a bit sharp... actually I haven't gotten it back yet... it is still in the shop... thanks for asking...


auburn blues


john a. hanau
Aug 12th, 2003 08:24 PM   Edit   Profile  

where are all the jv owners??? busy playing them??? we need to keep this thread going... i have had mine for two years now and am loving it... check out the pix on our web site... great guitar especially after having the neck refinished...



United States

Aug 28th, 2003 12:49 PM   Edit   Profile  

Olympic White, made in Jan 2003 (as stamped under the pickguard; you can't date them by the serial numbers). Alder body, despite the big sticker saying it was poplar.

This is my second electric. I have an Agile 2800 DLX (Les Paul copy), so I wanted a good single-coil to complement it.

It was quite noisy--white noise rather than hum--but I shielded it following the instructions at guitarnuts.com and it's nice and quiet now. (Minor rant: why doesn't Fender shield these things at the factory? The wiring harness labor would be about the same, and the shot of conductive paint couldn't add more than ten or twenty bucks to the final cost).

I played pretty much every Strat the local Guitar Center had in stock, and this one was the most pleasing. It had more depth than the Highway 1 models, and a nicer feel than the Standards (MIA and MIM). Must be the chunky neck, which people either love or hate. I love it. I also liked the SRV sig model, but its tone was a lot darker, and closer to the Agile's.

In addition to shielding it, I also did the "Strat Lover's Strat" mod from guitarnuts.com to expand the pickup combinations, and I'm getting lots of interesting tones from this guitar. It's more versatile than the Agile in this regard.

The factory setup was fine. Came strung with 9's, which I immediately replaced with 10's, so I had to redo everything anyway.

The Good:

1. Satin polyester finish on neck feels great.
2. Body paint was flawless.
3. Neck pocket fit was straight, tight and smooth.
4. The body is routed for S/S/H, not a bathtub rout.

The Bad:

1. The crummy one-ply pickguard was warped on the bass side near the neck pickup (the other JV strat in the store had the same problem).
2. Frets are poorly dressed, almost trapezoidal. My first string break occurred not at the nut or the bridge, but at the 8th fret because of the pronounced ridge on the fret.

The Ugly:

1. When I removed the pickguard to replace it with a 4-ply tortoise-shell guard, I found that three of the screw holes were just 1/8-inch cylindrical holes, way too large for the screws. I had to plug them with dowels and redrill. I'm amazed it made it out of the factory like this.

Once I get the frets dressed, this thing will be rugged as all getout. It comes with Schaller strap locks (which I installed with a bit of Loc-Tite), so it's not going to come loose from the strap. Fit and finish quirks aside, this is solid, well-made guitar, a great bargain, and it holds its own against any other Strat model.

Here's a picture of the remodeled guitar

(This message was last edited by qengho at 07:08 PM, Apr 22nd, 2004)

auburn blues


john a. hanau
Aug 30th, 2003 08:25 AM   Edit   Profile  

nice looking guitar gengho...when i had my neck refinished and the edges rolled i think i lost some fingerboard space but it feels great... jimmy vaughn had a nice comment about strats in general when he said "they are harder to play and that you really have to work them to get the sounds you want." i love the feel of the v neck, although it at times cramps my hand a bit... good luck and have fun... keep this thread going...



United States

Aug 30th, 2003 11:11 AM   Edit   Profile  

"when i had my neck refinished and the edges rolled i think i lost some fingerboard space"

How is your neck finished now? I really like the satin it comes with.

What does rolling the edges do for you? I find myself slipping off the bass edge as it is, so I wouldn't want to do anything that reduces the neck width.

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