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Any guesses on vintage of this JV Strat?

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by SonicBlueByYou, Oct 6, 2019.

  1. SonicBlueByYou

    SonicBlueByYou TDPRI Member

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    I am looking at a Jimmie Vaughan Strat, serial no. MSN7045XX. Any educated guesses on how old it is?

    And the pickups have been replaced with Fender Noiseless. Do you consider those an upgrade?

    Thanks!
     
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  2. dan1952

    dan1952 Friend of Leo's

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    1997. The serial is N (nineties) 7.
     
  3. SonicBlueByYou

    SonicBlueByYou TDPRI Member

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    Thanks Dan. Would this have the earlier and beefier neck?

    Appreciate your time.
     
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    PooTwang Tele-Meister

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    theres a date stamp under the pick guard on one I own AC7B55A2-7632-4CD9-B99C-B546269D1128.jpeg
     
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    Depends. The JV stock pickups were Tex-Mex, weren't they? I love those and have a set I installed in a different Strat. Fender makes a lot of noiseless pickups; Vintage Noiseless, Hot Noiseless, Gen 3, Gen 4, SCN. Some are well liked and some are considered rather sterile and anemic. I've heard great things about the Hot Noiseless, but haven't tried them. I thought the SCNs were okay - serviceable and dead quiet, but I found the new Gen 4s to be very uninspiring.

    End of the day, is it's up to you - if you like the sound as it is now, why change back to the stock variety pickups? Unless you are going to flip the guitar, of course :)
     
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    Bristlehound Friend of Leo's

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    My JV has a date on the neck heel.
     
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    codamedia Poster Extraordinaire

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    Tone: Only if you like them more than the originals.
    Value: No... actually if anything it will degrade the value because the guitar is no longer original.
     
  9. Chiogtr4x

    Chiogtr4x Poster Extraordinaire

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    I had one of the first year Jimmie V Strats ( stolen!) with the big fat neck and great sounding PU's - a very good ' affordable '50's style Strat ( 2,-Tone SB, maple neck, single ply pickguard) - loved the wide open Middle PU and Tone Control wired to Bridge PU
    It ( for me) was a fantastic player- so I would not have changed anything
     
  10. charlie chitlin

    charlie chitlin Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    I'm not a big modder, but the Tex Mex has a sizzle I didn't like, so I swapped them.
    Purely subjective.
     
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    RodeoTex Doctor of Teleocity

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    I bought a JV Strat with an MSN7xxx s/n because but conventional numbering, that would be a '97, my son's birth year.
    Several people on this forum commented that those MSN numbers were all over the place and that mine was likely from 2003.
    Unfortunately mine didn't come with the original pickguard.
     
  12. SonicBlueByYou

    SonicBlueByYou TDPRI Member

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    This may get me kicked off the Tele forum!

    I demo’ed a JV Strat this past weekend. Nice ... until I picked up an Eric Johnson Strat with an even more chunky neck! It gave me the same solid feeling as my pet 52 RI Hot Rod Tele.

    Lust at first grip. The new guitar price was more than I wanted to spend, so came home and within a day found a minty 2006 2T sunburst on Reverb for a good price. It arrived today, and is all I hoped and more.

    Now I’m thinking about a Ron Kirn Tele with EJ neck in Sherwood green and rosewood neck. Yikes!

    Gives me a reason to go to work, right? Lol
     
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    schmee Doctor of Teleocity

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    Probably higher value on the resale than the Tex Mex. The TM are more popular but inexpensive to buy. There are not a ton of Vintage Noiseless out there often on the used market and they seem to go for maybe $40-45 each. I had to pay $45 for one a few months back.
     
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    I’ve got a few Strats and I’m happy to play any of them but when I pick up my Eric Johnson Strat I forget about the others. They did such a great job with everything on that guitar.

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    tap4154 Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    If your JV has the original thin PG it should have a date stamp on the backside. Neck serial numbers aren't reliable as far as dating them.
     
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