The Stratocaster is a versatile guitar, usable for all styles of complete music and has been used in many genres, including country, rock, pop, folk, soul, rhythm and blues, blues, jazz, punk, and heavy metal.
Starting in 1954, the Stratocaster was offered with a solid, deeply contoured ash body, a 21-fret one-piece maple neck with black dot inlays, and Kluson tuning machines.
Along with the Gibson Les Paul, it is one of the most-often emulated electric guitar shapes.
"Stratocaster" and "Strat" are trademark terms belonging to Fender.
Starting in February 1951, Fender cut the word "Broadcaster" off of their headstock decals.
These models (February 1951 to summer 1951) are known as "No Casters". February 1951 "No Caster" : Fender decal with "Broadcaster" cut off.
The Lead Series have elements of the Stratocaster and Telecaster in their design with a body that is slightly smaller and with a slightly different shape than the Stratocaster, a Stratocaster-like neck (and headstock), and hardtail bridge with Telecaster-like string ferrules on the back of the body.
It is a double-cutaway guitar, with an extended top "horn" shape for balance.
There will be 5 numbers also engraved after the "JV" lettering.
Fender "JV" guitars were only made from 1982 to 1984.
On early Fender JV models, you will also find "MADE IN JAPAN" written very small under the Fender spaghetti logo on the headstock of the guitar.
On later Fender JV models, the "MADE IN JAPAN" can be found on the heel of the guitar neck, just above the metal neck plate.