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  1. JV54182

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    Just new to this forum. I inherited what looks like a 1983 Squier Affinity based on the date code information. Was thinking of updating some the things like the pick-ups, machine heads, 3 position switch to 5 position switch.... A couple of questins: 1 is it worth it, and 2. if it is, is it better to buy individual parts or a loaded squier pickguard? I have attached a bunch of pictures so you can see the real thing. Not sure about the neck, but the date might indicate the original.
     

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    My main strat is a stock JV Squier from 1983. And I have a real 1965 Strat. Leave it alone. :D
     
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    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    It's not an Affinity, it's one of the nicest Japanese Fender Strats ever made.
     
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    Welcome aboard and whatever Fezz says is probably solid advice.
    I went to HS in Pickering...hope you turned out better than I did!
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    I wouldn't change anything, you will lower Value.....this isn't an Affinity at all....it's a Squier JV '57 reissue'......the pickups should be high quality USA fiber bobbin....

    Can you show us the bottom of the pickups?

    It shouldn't need a thing unless the electronics are wearing out....

    It's a REAL shame the original headstock logo is gone...that HUGELY affects value.....

    In original near mint shape these can be worth like $1000 Canadian.....with the missing logo that takes off like $400 in value.....
     
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    Can't contribute as to its model, but it would be nice to see some pics of the body.

    And hello and welcome to the forum!
     
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    Nick-O - originally from Ottawa, so not much more to say. LOL
     
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    Japanese Squiers had USA pups back then?
     
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    The JV's? Sure did! 1982-83 production....some even had Fullerton AVRI red bobbin pickups
     
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    Here are some more pictures. More to follow. Seems my dad left me with a better guitar than I thought. Thanks Dad.
     
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    Your dad left you with an Amazing guitar on par quality wise with USA Fender guitars of the time, it's just a shame the logo was sanded off.....but some people were embarrassed at having 'Squier' on there so it's not the only one I've seen like that....

    The original logo looked like this

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    You should play it awhile before changing anything.
    Some of these JVs are known to be exceptional instruments as-is.
    If you do change out, keep the old parts.
     
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    Pics of the back of the pck-ups. Anyone know what they might be?
     

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    USA made Fender Japan JV pickups, top quality alnico V's - worth about $200 for just the pickups....
     
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    the very first squiers were not really budget guitars. Squier was moreso meant to denote it was made in japan vs the USA, not necessarily inferior or cheaper.
     
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    Welcome from Ireland
     
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    I know the JV Squiers are some of the best but curious why AV's from the same period bring 2.5 - 3 times the money if the JV Squiers are just as good, better, whatever... It can't purely be because of the Fender logo can it?
     
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    The very first JVs weren't Squiers, they were branded as Fender, the Squiers came a little later.
     
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