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Fender Artist Series Jimmie Vaughan Tex-Mex Stratocaster Electric Guitar  

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The Fender Artist Series Jimmie Vaughan Tex-Mex Strat Electric Guitar reflects Vaughan's deep roots, traditional style, and preferred Strat features. This smoker comes armed with three Tex-Mex single-... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Fender Artist Series Jimmie Vaughan Tex-Mex Strat Electric Guitar reflects Vaughan's deep roots, traditional style, and preferred Strat features. This smoker comes armed with three Tex-Mex single-coils including an extra-hot bridge pickup, a special tinted maple V-shaped neck, vintage machine heads, original synchronized tremolo, and custom tone control wiring. Alder body, Schaller straplock-ready buttons, and medium-jumbo frets. Includes Fender deluxe gig bag.

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Features
  • Three Tex-Mex single-coil pickups
  • Special V-shaped neck
  • Vintage machine heads
  • Original synchronized tremolo
  • Custom tone control wiring
  • Alder body
  • Schaller straplock-ready buttons
  • Medium-jumbo frets
  • Fender deluxe gig bag
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FenderArtist Series Jimmie Vaughan Tex-Mex Stratocaster Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 149 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (129)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (1)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Solid electronics (7)
  • Good feel (6)
  • Good pick up (6)
  • Good tone (6)
  • Fun to play (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (6)
  • Practicing (6)
  • Recording (5)
  • Rock concerts (5)
  • Small venues (5)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great value - very good guitar

The JV Strat is a fine guitar for anyone from a beginning guitarist to a regular working musician [and I've been both]. The tremelo could be improved [as with most 6-screw...Read complete review

The JV Strat is a fine guitar for anyone from a beginning guitarist to a regular working musician [and I've been both]. The tremelo could be improved [as with most 6-screw units], and the single-ply pickguard is a little warped [apparently a common problem for single-plys], but its a great-sounding, well-made guitar that's fun to play, especially if you're a fan of v-shaped, 9.5" radius necks. [Neck profile and fretboard radius are of varying importance to different people. If you don't know about those topics, get someone to show you the difference between a 7.25", 9.5", and 12" fretboard radius, and a v-, c- and u- shaped neck, about all of which you can get on a strat in this same price range. I bought mine earlier this year because I've been wanting a sunburst/maple strat that I could modify without too much regard for its future value, and I didn't want to spend too much on a guitar that was likely to get different pickups, pickguard, etc. Now that I've gotten it, however, I'm not sure that I'll change anything. I've blocked the tremelo, and may get a different pickguard some day, but the sound and playability are wonderful - actually better than my 1986/87 American Standard [that I don't plan to modify one bit]. This guitar isn't going to hold anyone back from being a great guitarist.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

so so

this guitar is worth the price.BARELY and im sure its not as good sounding as the higher priced strats..i owed one of these just recently and it may not satisfy the player looking...Read complete review

this guitar is worth the price.BARELY and im sure its not as good sounding as the higher priced strats..i owed one of these just recently and it may not satisfy the player looking for a professional guitar.other than that its fun to play

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(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A "must own"

By "fast" Eddie

from Geneva, Switzerland

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Nice weight
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Fender Artist Series Jimmie Vaughan Tex-Mex Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

    There are 2 ways of looking at this axe:
    If you are just now learning then this Fender Start will want to you play it even more.
    If you are a seasoned 'veteran' guitarist the same rule above applies with one exception -
    you will really appreciate the comfort / playability of this fine instrument. I've always owned an
    American made Strat.

     
    5.0

    Simply awesome.

    By LDS

    from Gilbert, Arizona

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Great Worth Every Penny
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

    • Flat Sound
    • Fret Buzz
    • None
    • Poor Pick Up
    • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Fender Artist Series Jimmie Vaughan Tex-Mex Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

    Solid and well constructed. Got a minor set up after purchase and it's perfect.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Like the vintage look

    By Jerkowitz

    from St. Louis, Mo

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • School Bands
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Fender Artist Series Jimmie Vaughan Tex-Mex Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

      I own two of these, a newer sunburst and a late '90's in vintage white. The best thing about the JV is the neck, where you would play your "Cowboy" chords has a nice "V" shape for wrapping your thumb around the neck and transitions to a rounder "C" profile for lead work, very comfy. I own around 20 Strats and this is my favorite neck on any Fender, my most favorite neck is on a Music Man (Sorry Fender). It has good hardware like used on American Vintage Fenders. That is one thing I like about the JV is it has the appointments of a vintage Strat at a good price. My newer sunburst was hand picked for the wood grain. My older white one has aged to a beautiful creamy almost yellow color and the neck wood has aged to a deep amber color. The only thing I didn't really like was the pickup stagger which on my white one I just tapped the "G" and "B" pole pieces down a bit to even out the response. I don't know why pickups are used with a stagger intended for a wound "G" string, guess they need to please the vintage purists. On the newer one I pulled the pole pieces out and replaced them with alnico 3 for a bit warmer sound. Much cheaper than new pickups! This is not your typical MIM Fender, the higher end stuff made in Ensenada is a cut above the Standard line.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      HOTTER SOUND WHEN NEEDED

      By Fowlcat

      from Inola, OK

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • School Bands
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Fender Artist Series Jimmie Vaughan Tex-Mex Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

        Reasonably priced Fender Signature Guitar. Good smooth Neck and Finish. Sound is Hotter when needed. Frets on Palm side need better dressing though. It arrived setup and in tune right out of the box.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Highly Recommended-Worth Much More!

        By raymosleyjr

        from Jasper, Alabama

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Great Overall Guitar
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

        • No hardshell case
        • No locking tuners

        Best Uses

        • All Genres
        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • School Bands
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Fender Artist Series Jimmie Vaughan Tex-Mex Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

        I returned and exchanged a 57 Hot Rod Strat for this guitar and was absolutely stunned by the tone and playability. Overall, this guitar is worth much more than Fender asks for it and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is a fan of strats or Fender in general.

        It was set-up well right out of the box and although Fender strings are not necesarrily my first choice, their tone, feel, and appearance was very good.

        The strap locks that come with it are easy to install and are very durable and attractive. The finish and fit was excellent and easily rivals all of the American models that I have played and owned in the past.

        The only complaint I have about this guitar is that Fender should have an option for locking tuners. However, if you do not float the bridge, tuning IS a lot more stable.

        The inclusion of a hardshell case would also be a nice addition, however the gig bag that the guitar is shipped with is very nice and has already proven to be very protective.

        As I stated in the opening paragraph, I received this guitar as an exchange for a product that I did not personally like. The customer service at Musician's Friend was outstanding in this regard! They shipped my exchange choices before they had even received the original products and followed up with me after my new guitar and amplifier had arrived. I have been a customer of Musician's Friend for over two decades and would not dream of using someone else. They will match the price of competitors and their easy return policies eliminate any trepidation you may have concerning buying a musical instrument online, sight unseen and unheard.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Jimmie Vaughan Stratocaster

        By BluesObilly

        from Michigan

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Components And Neck Shape
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Making Music

        Comments about Fender Artist Series Jimmie Vaughan Tex-Mex Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

        Had lots of Fender guitars over the years and this guitar is great. Nice fit and finish, with real nice fretwork. I prefer vintage features, with medium jumbo frets to the american series strats, or any guitar with vintage or jumbo frets. I also have a CP50's in nitro, and I wish that guitar had the vintage correct bridge instead of the two point trem. To me the tex mex pickups sound similar to the 57/62's just a little hotter and hairier. They're not really midrangey, so both work good with a tube screamer type pedal to my ears. The vintage tuners on the JLV work great, simple to restring and hold tune really well.

        I really like the neck shape, I find the american strats too hard to wrap my thumb over and the Baja, SRV and Cray model necks just too big. I also prefer the vintage spaced bridge which is not used on the standard model strats.

        Jimmie and Fender should introduce a new guitar based off this one but with a rosewood fret board, kind of a tex mex tribute to his brother. Or at least start offering some new colors on this guitar. Spice if up for 2014, so I have a reason to buy another one.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Thrilled!

        By MARIO TRZINSKI

        from Manteno, IL

        Comments about Fender Artist Series Jimmie Vaughan Tex-Mex Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

        I've had my Strat now for a month and I'm extremely pleased with my purchase. I ordered it thru my local GC and they were both quick and helpful thru the process. I found it was ready out of the box with no additional setting up. It has that wonderful bluesy/jazz sound I've been looking for without any additional purchases or changes. On playing blues I give it 5 stars. Classic rock 4.5 stars and on heavier rock and alternate Drop tuning maybe 3.5 stars. I'm not disappointed on that aspect because I bought it to play blues and it's awesome. The pick guard was a little warped but I was going to change it out anyways with a black pearl pick guard that makes the guitar look absolutely gorgeous! The color (black) is beautiful and I can't help but wipe it out down when I'm done playing it and just admiring the look. The guitar feels great, it's reasonably light, and the neck feels quick. I've played other more expensive Strats without having that blues sound I've been looking for but the tone I'm loving must be from the TexMex pickups. Save some money and check this one out.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Don't judge this guitar by the MN!

        By sweed69

        from Venice, FL

        About Me Novice

        Pros

        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing

          Comments about Fender Artist Series Jimmie Vaughan Tex-Mex Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

          This is a 1996 model. I purchased it used in 1997.It is still with me and aged nicely. The Olyumpic white color, now has a cream look. I found no issues with the quality of work at Fenders plant in Mexico. Great strat!

          (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Spicy Geetar!

          By 24Hr Coyote

          from Southwest

          Comments about Fender Artist Series Jimmie Vaughan Tex-Mex Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

          Plug one of these into a Fender reissue Bassman, slap some flatwound strings on, roll the volume knob back a hair, and voila! Instant JV sound! Well tone anyway, of course you gotta do 50+ years of homework studying old blues and R&B records , and just be an all around badass, to actually SOUND like JV, but hey, thats the fun right? The fact that Jimmie Vaughan is still playing these on his albums and tours says a lot about the quality and craftsmanship that Fender puts into them. Great quality components, such as an American Vintage style bridge assembly, heavy duty trem block, good quality tuners, medium jumbo frets and strap-locks along with the hot Tex Mex pickups, custom V to C shape tinted neck, custom wiring and just a cool retro vibe make this honey the best deal Fender offers. I read in some magazine that Jimmie changes out the bridge pup with a better one (I put a Fender CS Texas Special in mine) and then swaps the position of the bridge and middle pups (leaving the wiring as is) so that you can basically get the hot open bridge sound coupled in any position, pretty clever, and cool he shared that with fans.
          Ive spent a lot of money on guitars over the years, and sold almost everything off except for my JV Sig Strat. I love this guitar, you will too. Pick one up and keep em in production!

          (3 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Jimmy Vaughn Blues

          By papadewman

          from Mich

          Comments about Fender Artist Series Jimmie Vaughan Tex-Mex Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

          This is the first Mexican strat that I've bought and I have to say, I'd be hard pressed to buy another. First, it needed a setup very badly and the thing just sounds dead. I have a spalted tele and an American deluxe that are wonderful axes. They both really ring on clean and drive big time on crunch. I play through a Mesa 5:50 with a Boss od. Just can't seem to bring the JV to life. Maybe it's just mine, but I think I'll stick to American guitars. I also have a PRS custom 24 artist and love it also. Just wanted a Tex-Mex puped guitar to mess around with. It's going back and being replaced with an American Special. Ya don't always get what you pay for

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