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Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by wademp, Sep 23, 2016.

  1. felis

    felis Senior Stratmaster

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    Tokai even wrote a letter (April 8, 1982) to Mr Leo himself to explain the situation.
     
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    wademp Strat-Talk Member

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    So, does anyone have a guess on what model it is...?
    Of course it's a '62 reissue, but they also had the SST-xx
    model designations that were coorilated to the price, in yen.
     
  3. felis

    felis Senior Stratmaster

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    Warning humo(u)r attempt!!!

    Careful now! :D I don't mind you calling it a reissue, but some of us....:whistling:
     
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    wademp Strat-Talk Member

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    Are you yourself a vintage 1962 model, or were the squiers not reissues?? Haha
     
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    guitarman1984 Senior Stratmaster

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    It looks cool! Welcome in the club!
    For sure the experts are going to chime in... however I think that one could be for the domestic market, with the Japanese Pickups? It seems they have bright orange copper windings and they lack the tipical wet appearance of the wax potted Fullerton black bobbins. I can be wrong of course...!
    So my vote is for a domestic version!
     
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    balston11 Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    This is the Tokai letter referred to

    TokailettertoGampL.jpg
     
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    felis Senior Stratmaster

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    What......aargh......:eek:, your displaying information scrupulous hidden to public . :D
     
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    felis Senior Stratmaster

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    My interest goes out to the other pages! :whistling:
     
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    Rockape Most Honored Senior Member

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    This is true, but omitted from the site purely because I never thought to add it.

    That is a domestic Squier (probably an SST-45), but it has had cloth wires added (all round) to the original pickups, which are usually mounted on springs (as they are here) in the domestic market.
    It also has new pots and cap.

    The 5 way switch was a domestic 1983 detail.
    All the dates and numbers add up, so all good there.

    Fiesta red! My favourite and a desirable colour for these (fiesta red replaced 3 tone sunburst around May 1983).

    Nice guitar! (Those pickups sound really sweet).

    [emoji4]
     
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    wademp Strat-Talk Member

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    I think so, too. I'm thinking (guessing) that that is what the DM means on the back of the neck heel, although it looks like there is another number that was drilled through. Possibly a 'T', which makes me laugh since DMT is a hallucinogen....maybe this guitar will be a fun 'trippy' experience for me!
     
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    Pete McC Senior Stratmaster

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    I had a black version of that guitar except it was modeled on 57 specs, single ply guard and all, it was a great instrument and my first 'real' strat back in the day, sadly I butchered it by refinishing it and scalloping the neck and ended up selling it on to some longhair I didn't know. It set the standard for me as far as playability and sound goes and I've always thought these guitars were every bit as good if not better than US Fenders.
     
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    wademp Strat-Talk Member

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    Thank you for the response! So probably, an SST-45? Sounds good to me? Not that it really matters....just something I was curious about.

    So you think that they're the stock pickups, but with cloth wiring added?
    Thanks for the confirmation on the pots.

    Thank you! I like the sound of the pickups. They're very low output, and I'm not used to that. I have a '99 AVRI '57RI, and it feels like the AVRI pickups are 40% louder than these SQ-4(??) pickups.

    I love Fiesta Red, too. I inherited my granddather's '74 Chevy truck, and it's Fiesta Red, so the color feels special to me!
     
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    Rockape Most Honored Senior Member

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    There is a possibility that they may be SQ-5 pickups (very hard to tell, except for the SQ model which was advertised as having SQ-5 Hot Rod, flat pole versions), but those black pen lines across the bobbin basses are common to a lot of SST-45s (SQ-4, yes).

    Strange that the pickups in your Strat are that much lower in output....?
     
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    gofmusic Senior Stratmaster

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    Congrats! It looks like a guitar that I could dream of getting someday :p
     
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    guitarman1984 Senior Stratmaster

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    Check how far from the strings the pickups sit, compare between the two guitars! That could explain the volume differences
     
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    I actually plan on getting my calipers out tonight, measuring, and adjusting the pickup heights (by ear mostly though). I would guess that the height has something to do with it. We'll see!
     
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    I plan to measure and adjust the heights tonight or this weekend. I'll keep this thread updated with my findings!
     
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    And...I'm happy to report that a pickup height adjustment did a world of difference!
    I might end up liking these better than Fender's 57/62 pickups...
    These Squier pickups are bold, aggressive, sweet (when turned down), clear, and super stratty!
     
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    guitarman1984 Senior Stratmaster

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    Glad it worked out for you!!!
    Play it loud!!!

    I have a 82 JV, actually it's very different from your one, I was playing it live last week with the tube amp very loud but clean, arpeggios on neck pickup and I thought: what a f*****g monster juicy heavenly tone does it bloom out?!?!? Just.....Wow
     
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    Rockape Most Honored Senior Member

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    I have to say this.
    I spent an hour or so with a new Japan (Dyna Gakki) fsr Classic 60's Strat last week...."beautiful guitar" I thought.
    Then I picked up my son's old fiesta red '62 JV Strat; and bam!!! What a difference (ok, the JV is a well worn in old player, but....).

    I can't even describe how much better it felt (no words to express it).... seriously! In that moment it blew that very well made and capable 2016 model into oblivion!!!

    I was very open minded about it all at the time, and this was how it hit me (personally and without bias).

    Congrats on your new (old) JV Strat wademp (and welcome to the club!)

    :)
     
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