Fender Launches the JV Modified Series

A new line taking cues from the "Japanese Vintage" re-issues from the early '80s that combines vintage aesthetics and modern playability.


Fender reveals a Spring/Summer 2022 product lineup catering to eager new players, as well as collectors and tone aficionados. The JV Modified Series combines classic aesthetics with modern playability to suit the needs of today’s guitarist. For the player seeking classic Fender instruments with a twist, the JV Modified Series delivers a unique combination of vintage Fender with modern playability.

JV Modified '50s Stratocaster HSS

The ‘50s Stratocaster HSS has a resonant basswood body and features a pair of vintage-voiced single-coil pickups in the neck and middle positions and a powerful humbucking pickup in the bridge position. A push-pull pot on Tone 2 splits the humbucking pickup for sparkling single-coil sounds, making this Strat extremely versatile. The soft “V”-shaped maple neck has a silky-smooth satin finish and the 9.5” radius maple fingerboard and medium jumbo frets provide effortless playability. $1,329.99 USD.

JV Modified '60s Stratocaster

The ’60s Stratocaster has a resonant basswood body and is loaded with a set of three touch-sensitive vintage-style single-coil pickups for unmistakable Fender tone. A push-pull pot on Tone 2 adds the neck pickup for even more tonal possibilities. The Soft “V”-shaped maple neck has a silky-smooth satin finish and the 9.5” radius maple fingerboard and medium jumbo frets provide effortless playability. $1,299.99 USD.

JV Modified '60s Custom Telecaster

The ’60s Custom Telecaster has a resonant basswood body and is double bound for a touch of elegance. Its dual single-coil pickups are voiced to deliver classic Tele tone. A 4-way switch allows players to quickly select each pickup individually or both pickups in either series or parallel wiring. A push-pull pot on the tone control allows players to flip the pickups in and out of phase in switch positions 2 and 4. The soft “V”-shaped maple neck has a silky-smooth satin finish and plays effortlessly thanks to the 9.5” radius maple fingerboard and medium jumbo frets. $1,349.99 USD.

JV Modified '50s Telecaster

The ‘50s Telecaster is equipped with a resonant basswood body and dual single-coil pickups voiced to replicate classic Tele tone. A 4-way switch allows players to quickly select each pickup individually or both pickups in either series or parallel wiring. A push-pull pot on the tone control allows players to flip the pickups in and out of phase in switch positions 2 and 4. The soft “V”-shaped maple neck has a silky-smooth satin finish and plays effortlessly thanks to the 9.5” radius maple fingerboard and medium jumbo frets. $1,299.99 USD.

Exploring the JV Modified Series | Fender

Available March 2022. More info: www.fender.com.


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