Dating 1970s fender stratocaster bridge parts

From the start, there were multiple variants of the JV vintage reissues, serving different price points.

Among the variables were the type of finish (either polyester or nitro-cellulose), the body woods, and the neck profiles.

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The early '80s 'JV Series' Squier Strats were undeniably amazing value for money, representing as they did the premium Fender Japan product in Europe, at a budget price.

But not all JV Strats were created equal, and in my experience their appeal fluctuated quite markedly.

Very similar to an American vintage reissue but with ‘Made in Japan’ beneath the Fender logo, next to a slightly chunkier version of the ‘With Synchronized Tremolo’ lettering.

On the early JV Strats, the ‘spaghetti’ logo was also a little fatter than on the later export MIJs.

Equivalent '57 Reissues can be found via this link.

You can also find a detailed look at the Squier Japan Silver Series Strats of the early to mid '90s via this link. So, most guitarists know that Squier was a sub-brand of the Fender company, originally made solely in Japan, but later – forward from 1987 in fact – made in a variety of other countries.The range-topping ST’57-115 1957 reissue, for instance, cost Y115,000 in Japan, whereas the SST-45 1957 reissue cost only Y45,000.One ’57 reissue sold at more than two and a half times the price of the other, and there were other ’57 reissues in between too!By summer 1982, the Squier headstock markings had been completely revised, with the main branding now reading 'Squier' in gold 'transition' lettering, then the word ‘Stratocaster’ scripted in the large-print 1970s style, and a very small ‘by Fender’ logo underneath (see the next illustration).Despite the mix and match logo arrangement, the guitars still otherwise followed the ’57 and ’62 vintage reissue templates, and since only the branding was changed at this point, there’s no inherent difference in quality between these guitars and the initial run of export models with Fender ‘spaghetti’ logos and ‘Squier series’ augmentation.THE PREMIUM OUTPUT The first Strats made in Japan by Fender were vintage reissue ’57 and ’62 replicas, launched in Tokyo on Friday 7th May 1982.

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