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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 03-19-2006, 02:27 PM Thread Starter
 
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Found a MIJ '80s Squier Strat for $200!

I was cruising Bill's Music in Baltimore yesterday, looking for a smallish tube combo when this one caught my eye.

It's black with a rosewood board, Gotoh modern tuners and a big block vintage trem. The only blems are a few swirl marks and light scratches on the front, a couple dents on the bottom edge (none through the clear coat, and minor buckle rash on the back. I've learned that the "E" series was produced at Fujigen from '84 to '87. The tone, fit and finish and hardware quality is in line with today's MIM Vintage Strats and waaaayyyy above the MIM Standard Strats. On the Fender forums, they are said to be of a higher quality than the '80s USA Fenders (CBS era).

I paid $200 and the sales guy threw in a set of XL120 strings.


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Re: Found a MIJ '80s Squier Strat for $200!

Great deal man CONGRATZ .

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Nice.


Black strats are a pet hate of mine, but who could say no to a deal like that?
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I don't usually like black Stratocasters with rosewood board but honestly that one looks good.
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I don't usually like black Stratocasters with rosewood board but honestly that one looks good.
I've always felt the same way about black Strats. I prefer maple boards on most Strats and Teles, but when I saw "Squier MIJ for Fender", I knew this was a Fujigen model and was a steal for $200. When I took it to the register, a guy came up and said he was gonna buy it as it was prolly the best guitar in the store as far as bang for the buck, but he was a little short on cash.

My first "real" electric was a '70s 3 bolt hardtail Strat. Black with a one piece maple neck. I traded it in on a '79 Gibson Flying V during my Schenker/ UFO/ Scorpions phase. I'd give my left nut to have that one back today.
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Very good deal. I own an MIJ Squier Hank Marvin sig, and its easily the best Strat I've ever played, and trust me, I've played some very, very nice ones. I've been offered to trade quite a few times for American deluxes and the like, but I honestly think it's better than what I was offered, and I kept it as such.

I tell ya man, if there's one person who can appreciate how great that guitar you just got is for that price on here, its me.
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Nice catch. I really like these, with black pearloid pickguards, and black pickup covers and knobs. They look so sweet that way.
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Re: Found a MIJ '80s Squier Strat for $200!

i have a 84 JV strat, they did kick the ass of the usa fenders, i think (if memory serves me well) the pickups are the 57 in it the same as the us versions of the 57 strat, im pretty sure they just gave the japanese a box of parts and said assemble it for us. the jv series wasnt about long and the first ones had a teeny squier logo making them worth even more, mine is old and shyabby and has has 3 sets of frets in it now. still sounds awsome.
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I've got an '83 JV Squier and that is the best Strat I've ever played. Your $200 bargain won't have the USA pickups/pots/switches etc of the earlier Squiers but it'll still be top stuff. You got a good deal!
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I've got an '83 JV Squier and that is the best Strat I've ever played. Your $200 bargain won't have the USA pickups/pots/switches etc of the earlier Squiers but it'll still be top stuff. You got a good deal!

does your one have the small squier logo?
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Re: Found a MIJ '80s Squier Strat for $200!

Congratz.... It's a freaking good deal
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does your one have the small squier logo?
Nope, mine just missed out on one of those. It's got the big Squier logo with "Stratocaster" bending around the horn of the headstock. Mine is Fiesta Red with a Rosewood board - a '62 reissue.

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Nice score! That's a fine guitar, anyway you look at it. For $200 bucks, man I would have grabbed that myself! Lot's of luck with her!
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Nope, mine just missed out on one of those. It's got the big Squier logo with "Stratocaster" bending around the horn of the headstock. Mine is Fiesta Red with a Rosewood board - a '62 reissue.


same as mine except mines the 57 in white , i did have the fiesta red once but i sold it on
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Re: Found a MIJ '80s Squier Strat for $200!

These days $200 for that guitar is a steal. I have an MIJ squier with the large headtstock that I bought years ago for $100 with hardcase/strap/cable and tunner(private sale). I popped a set of late early 90's U.S.A. strat Pu's that I had and I havent found a Fender strat to replace it yet. I get all the strat tones I could need.
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