Would "I" buy this guitar again if it were lost or stolen? I plan to buy another JV Strat in it's vintage two-tone sunburst, to possess in addition to the Oly White one I currently have. Does that say enough about my overall opinion?
Model Year: 2003
Where Obtained: Individual
The Jimmie Vaughan Tex-Mex Stratocaster is one fine piece of craftsmanship. Made in Mexico with American parts. Body is Alder. No poplar after year 2000. Superb vintage items were selected for this guitar by JV such as vintage tuners, vintage sychronized tremelo, and the '57 "soft v" neck. The pick-ups are overwound Tex-Mex, classic sound with high output. These pick-ups respond much better when loward quite a bit. The middle pick-up is specially wired straight to volume, not through tone. The neck and body are very nice, my JV is Olympic White with maple neck.
This guitar is very unique for a new model in that the neck is designed as from the late 1950's. The "soft v" neck provides increased leverage for bending, and feels incredible. I have owned Les Pauls, Strats and Jacksons; the JV is in my top 2 favorites in tone and playability. Flaws... let me think... NO!
Right now I'm running through a great sounding Crate GFX65 with 2-12" speakers. Sound quality of the guitar is everything you could want out of a Strat without spending 2K for it. I'd say Blues is better fitting for this one - Jimmie Vaughan didn't design a metal guitar, but the hot bridge position Tex-Mex cranks out some serious power when distorted good. The only mod I did was shielding the pick-up and control cavities with copper shielding tape. It quieted the typical Strat hum. I like the single ply pick-guard, another nice original vintage addition.
This guitar was very slightly used before I bought it, then shipped to me in Houston from Canada, and during the winter. We had a significant climate adjustment, but that's about as major of a temperature and humidity change as you can imagine. It took about two months in my hands for it to really settle to the southern climate, but once it did it was MOJO time. The controls and hardware are top notch American made and holding up well. As great as the JV Strat is it's nothing special when it comes to climate change, but overall durability is very good.
I looked at other strats but choose this one because of its sound, this is a very good guitar and I wouldn't change a thing!
Price: $521.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
This Jimmie Vaughn strat was made in mexico, it has a poplar body with a "v-shaped" maple neck. It has twenty one frets, six strings, vintage tuners, and vintage saddles (which I replaced). They are loaded with three tex-mex pickups which have higher output that the regular pickups. It has a beautiful olympic white finish that gets more beautiful as it gets older. String-thru body with a tremolo. Very good guitar.
The action on this guitar is fab!!! it is great and the neck allows me to blasted some great licks and churn out some heavy riffs. It is a lot better than most guitars in its price range. The "V-shaped" neck has a great feel, and to me the playability id flawless
I use a mrashall JCM 800 with the guitar and I play metal, jazz, and blues on it. I run it through a Boss metal zone, a Boss Ds-1 distortion (when not playing metal), and a Dunlop original crybaby. The reason that this guitar sounds great is because it has a bright sound and because my amp has a darker bottom heavy sound when put to my metal setting. The guitar and amp compliment each other very well especially when I play leads (I play the good kind of metal, with solos and leads). When I play blues or jazz I turn down the preamp setting on my amp and it becomes brighter and less heavy. The guitar is a bit noisy because of the single coils but other wise it is fine.
The guitar is ery reliable. It comes with strap locks and the controls hold up just fine. Its a Strat!!!
Model Year: 2002
Price: $600.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
Very Nice Sound. But your sound is only as good as your amp
Hit it many times, not a mark.
This guitar intially caught my attention because of the price I got it for, but I have to say its one of the better guitar deal out there, even if you have to pay $500 something from a dealer.
Model Year: 1996
Where Obtained: www.chrisguitars.com
This is a Mexican made guitar, but I personally cannot tell the difference from the US made '57 reissue or the Japanese made 50's reissue. I like the vintage tuners and saddles, and the tone knob wired for the bridge pickup as opposed to the middle pickup. Also some very cool person added a custom gold anodized pickguard to it. Very nice!
This guitar is well suited for classic rock and blues, but quite versatile in other areas. I use it for metal and country too. (Yeah I know, I'm weird.)
I play through a Mesa Boogie combo and pretty much acheive any sound I need. It's not the typical glassy strat tone, more "bark" thean "bite".
This guitar is well made, I play out 3 times a week and no problems whatsoever.