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john a. hanau
Oct 12th, 2003 06:58 PM   Edit   Profile  

I 've said this numerous times but I think the JV Strat is the best buy for the money... i got mine for 479.00 new and i have to say it is just as good or better than the Clapton model...the neck on the Clapton Strat didn't really feel any different to me than the JV... also, the JV Strat in my opinion was better all around than the 57 Reissue... the only thing i liked better about the 57 Reissue was the grain and finish on the body... the pups (Tex Mex) on the JV Strat are sweet... they really cut through the mix... I am not sure what you are supposed to be getting when you pay 1200.00-2000 dollars for this higher end models... i had the neck on my JV refinished an amber lacquer as well as the edges on the neck rolled a bit... it looks and feels sweet... if you want check it out on our web site...




Oct 28th, 2003 01:24 PM   Edit   Profile  

Anybody have any pics of a sunburst? Thinking of getting one.



Oct 28th, 2003 01:25 PM   Edit   Profile  

Also...could anyone compare the JV sound to a 50s classic?

Thanks in advance.



clearwater florida

Nov 5th, 2003 12:52 AM   Edit   Profile  

all i have to say is my first 'real' guitar was a 1996 sonic blue [the most beautiful fender colour ever.] tex-mex strat. my father stepped on the neck of my squier, so i convinced him i needed a new guitar...

it's been 7 years since then, my sonic blue tex mex is still my main guitar. in fact, besides my mosrite that i WILL NOT GIG, it's my only guitar i play shows with. the neck is amazing, it's not the jimmy vaughan 'v' shape, [which i dont like as much as this neck]. in fact i'm not sure what the tex-mex necks are.. but they do feel smoooth and comfortable..

the pickups are original, 10 gauge strings with 4 springs, and graphtec saddles. maple neck.

i love this strat to death. it's the most comfortable stratocaster i've ever held. poplar body which i absolutely adore. and again, the neck! i've never played another fender with this neck.

too bad the truss rod was stripped before i bought it. my warranty was up before i realised it...

auburn blues


john a. hanau
Nov 6th, 2003 09:40 AM   Edit   Profile  

DG check our website and look at the photos... i am using my JV Strat... it is the one with a maple neck and the two-toned burst...the body is made of poplar, not much grain appears but under light in certain situations it can be extremely attractive... it is very subtle...my neck is darker on some of the pix because i had it tinted with an amber lacquer...




Nov 7th, 2003 05:38 AM   Edit   Profile  


I took a toor through your website recently...your JV looks great. I really think I want to get one of these in the next month or so. I did, however, recently play both a 50s classic and a JV and I was surprised that I initial impression was that I liked the 50s neck a little better. The tele that I have has med jumbo frets and a thin neck. I only sat down for a few minutes, so I'll have to revisit the store. The amber tint to the 50s was nice to. I didn't plug in, but from the sounds of the posts I suspect I'd lean to the sound of the JV a little more...

Did you have the JV neck stripped and redone? It looks very nice.




Nov 12th, 2003 08:41 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have a 50s model. Love the tone. But after getting a JV, I'm spoiled with the playability. The high gloss finish on the 50s seems "sticky" sometimes. The vintage frets aren't as easy to bend. And the radius isn't as easy to play. At least thats how I feel. I bought another JV and have my 50s up for sale!

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john a. hanau
Nov 12th, 2003 05:36 PM   Edit   Profile  

yes, I had the neck stripped and sprayed an amber lacquer... I also had the edges on the neck rolled a bit... i probably lost some fingerboard (i wouldn't recommend doing the rolling part) but it feels great... it looks great too... had i to do it over again i just would have had the neck dyed amber... it feels more like a 50's strat than a jv... having rolled the edges lost me some fingerboard... yu get the idea... i thought initially it felt too sharp... but it is still pretty good...


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john a. hanau
Jan 14th, 2004 06:10 PM   Edit   Profile  

When i got my neck refinished and my "edges rolled" I lost about a sixteenth of an inch on the width of the neck at the nut... originally the JV Strats are 1 and 11/16 inches at the nut, hence a wider fingerboard plus having the 9.5" radius... that was the reason i bought it... I loved the feel and playability of that V neck and spacious fingerboard... after a temporary moment of insanity i got the neck refinished and edges rolled and for a while it was the coolest looking most uncomfortable neck to play on the plantet... i ruined my JV Strat... the guitar felt more like one of those Classic 50's Strats... I just sold the neck and am going on a journey looking for that prisitine JV Strat neck... I Miss the feel and will one day find one to put back on the body...HOPEFULLY !!!




Mar 19th, 2004 12:19 PM   Edit   Profile  

I took my JV strat to the man himself at a concert in Buffalo and he signed the headstock "to Darren"(Lou Ann Barton signed the trem cavity cover-had to remove that).Jimmie is a VERY down to earth person and really gave the guitar a going over for me, asking how I liked the neck(he plays the exact same guitar on stage-sunburst). Anyway he really seemed to be interested in the neck saying that they were "made by people" and that mine felt very nice. It was just a few moments that I will remember FOREVER, he just seemed like he could be a neighbor of mine or something... Anyway can anyone shed some light on Jimmie's comment that the neck was made by a person as opposed to....? I absolutly love this guitar and honestly cannot pick between this an my SRV, both being so beautiful in their own ways. Thanks for any feedback on this.
And thank you Jimmie and Lou Ann



JJ meets FZ
Apr 1st, 2004 01:45 AM   Edit   Profile  

OK, now I finnaly did it. I got my self a new candy apple red JV Stratocaster, and it's great. Great neck, sound, look...
It was not an easy decision to make since I prefer american made Fenders but after lots of FDP JV thread reading was done I said let's give this axe a chance, I can always sell it if I will not like it. Well, she's not going anywhere, she's a keeper. I gave her a quick ride at the dealers music store and checked what needs to be checked when buying a new guitar, although it was an order, she did not hang in there, so I did not really have an option of not buying this axe, I could just take some other guitar if there was something wrong with JV. Everything was perfect, except the cheap gig bag which I swapped for a nice vintage look tweed case by Johnson.

When I came home I went directly in to my room and plugged in to my Fender DeVille 212 and JV strat sounded even much better (test at the dealer was done with HRDeLuxe).

THE NECK: before playing this baby I was not really sure if I will like the neck, but all I can say now is WOW what a great neck. Not to fat at all and really nicely finished - no rough edges, almost as at amse strats

PUPS: I like the sound - brighter than texas specials and with vintage taste ; so much quack that I will open a quack store - Quack for sale - I like them

pickguard: was thinking of changing it before I even got the guitar - well I've changed my mind - it give this axe a vintage look

conclusion: great strat for a reasonable price

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Boston area, USA

Pats win another Super Bowl!!!
Feb 28th, 2005 08:01 AM   Edit   Profile  

Do the JV necks have that "Bleached" look the AmSe Strats have? The Fender site says they are finished with 'tinted' lacquer. Comments?



If it's good enough for Jimmie.......
Feb 28th, 2005 10:25 PM   Edit   Profile  

Mikey_D, mine is definately not "bleached" and niether are any of the JVs I have seen. Looks aged like a MIM 50s Strat. VERY nice looking.

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Boston area, USA

Pats win another Super Bowl!!!
Mar 1st, 2005 09:47 AM   Edit   Profile  

Darren - thanks. Just what I wanted to hear! Time to go get one of these bad boys...



Mar 1st, 2005 07:20 PM   Edit   Profile  

The Tex Mex Strats and Jimmy V's are actually not the same instrument. Different neck and different electronics.

The Tex Mex became the California Strat, JV was an endorser. The JV Strat was a whole different thing.

Both great Guitars btw.

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St. Robert, MO

two ears, one mouth/DO THE MATH!
Mar 3rd, 2005 12:11 PM   Edit   Profile  

they both have Tex Mex pups, so I don't see what you mean by different electronics?

they both I believe have med jumbo frets and vintage tuners. other than the V shape JV neck, they're the same to me.



Mar 5th, 2005 06:11 PM   Edit   Profile  

Well, you could make a case that all Strat's are pretty much the same...right?

According to an interview with JV a few years ago, the JV Strat was conceived during the period when he was an endorser of the Tex Mex Strat.

There are a few significant differences between the JV and the Tex Mex/California Strat. For Starters, different electronics: a hotter bridge pu than the Calif. And a tone pot for the bridge pu.

The JV has a Maple fretboard and a V neck, the Calif came with rosewood and a C neck, along with funky body colours such as orange and a red that looked like Campbells tomato soup.

Both great guitars like I said before..but not the same.

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"rehearsing for the world resthome tour"
Mar 7th, 2005 09:18 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have a maple Tex-Mex neck on my Partscaster. It's similar to the one on my JV, but just the slightest bit less chunky.



Apr 29th, 2005 12:02 AM   Edit   Profile  

I tried a JV yesterday at GC--what's with that goofy neck? Designed for an alien or something--maybe Jimmy's mom got abducted. I guess it's what you guys are calling the "V" neck, some old vintage thing. Good grief, it was almost unplayable--big, thick hunk of wood incredibly awkward-feeling. Guess I'm a "C" neck guy, loved my '91 Elite.

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San Francisco

from California in U.S.A.
Apr 29th, 2005 12:49 AM   Edit   Profile  

>what's with that goofy neck?

That's the soft-V neck shape that's on not just the JV but the Eric Clapton, the Classic '50s, the American Vintage '57, the '50s Vintage Player, American Deluxe V-Neck, an option on the Custom Classic and Custom Player, and pretty darn close to the Custom Shop '56.

>Guess I'm a "C" neck guy


(This message was last edited by kshep at 12:49 AM, Apr 29th, 2005)

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