1996 Fender J.A.V. 1950’s Reissue Stratocaster in Two Tone Tobacco Sunburst
This is actually the 4th or 5th Strat I’ve owned. My first one was a Candy Apple Red 1960’s reissue with rosewood fingerboard. In the mid 80’s, Fender started reissuing Strats and Teles with the original design bridges and pickups, and building them in Japan, where the much sought after Squire series was being made. The J.A.V. Strats just sounded more Stratty to me. Sadly, they stopped making them in the early 2000’s. I left that first one in the trunk of a cab in the early 90’s. I replaced that with a Sonic Blue Strat which would be my go to axe for about 25 years until it was stolen from the back of a theatre during my Alberta Elvis Show tour of 2016. The organizers of that event felt so bad about it that they generously wrote me cheque for the replacement value, and I found this one (practically new!) on Kijiji. I just know that I’ll always have to have a Strat in my life, they are one of the great guitars…love ‘em or hate ‘em. Haven’t quite narrowed down a name for her yet, but in keeping with me naming my Gretch “Gretchen”, I suppose I could go with “Freida Fender”.