Born out of the partnership between Fender USA, (the newly created) Fender Japan and two Japanese distributers the Joint Venture or JV instruments were available to both the domestic Japanese market and exported to the UK, US and Europe. Built in the highly regarded FujiGen Gakki factory, the early JV Squier instruments proved extremely popular especially in the UK where a new JV instrument would cost just over half the price of its U.S. made Fender equivalent with an unparalleled Vintage accuracy at this price point. The first instruments were produced in April 1982 with the final Squier JV guitars leaving the FujiGen factory in 1984
Features include the aforementioned deeply contoured Sen Ash body with an early 60’s 3-tone sunburst finish. Maple neck with 21 fret Indian Rosewood fingerboard and truss rod adjustment via the neck heel. Alongside the pencil date mark the heel is stamped EX as is the neck pocket. The original pots are solder intact and the original pickup hook up wires are all cloth covered. The original hardware is all in excellent condition. Under the cover the bridge has threaded saddles with uniform length adjustment screws. Tuners are the vintage style reverse wind tuners used on the earliest JV’s.
The bass is in fantastic condition throughout, strung with flatwound strings, the frets have escaped major wear. The finish to the body is in great condition with only a little minor edge marking. Likewise the neck is great with only one bruise to the back by the 12th fret. The bass has the a lovely vintage tone with the pickup sounding strong. The volume pot has a slight wobble to it otherwise there are no issues with the electronics.
These early JV instruments have always been popular but are getting increasingly hard to find in such good condition, especially an early example such as this one. The bass comes with an old non-Fender HSC.