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Apr 29th, 2005 01:32 AM   Edit   Profile  

Wow, why's it so...thick? Is it just for thumb-hangers?

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from California in U.S.A.
Apr 29th, 2005 09:22 AM   Edit   Profile  

I think most people who prefer it over the C (like me) tend to let the neck rest in their palm rather than using classical-type technique with their thumb on the skunk stripe. I guess you could call us "thumb hangers" although I very rarely fret strings with my thumb. :-)



Apr 30th, 2005 09:05 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have been thinking of trading in one of my Robert Crays for a JV in Candy apple red, does anyone have a pic of one in this color??
If I did get one I might do a Clapton mod to it.
But my buddy keeps telling to me just buy a E.C.
What do you guys think???



May 7th, 2005 03:41 PM   Edit   Profile  

I may be wrong but doesn't the EC have a "C" neck?

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Oregon, USA

Just play it and I will follow.
May 11th, 2005 05:42 PM   Edit   Profile  

Idiot18 EC is a soft V



May 11th, 2005 07:36 PM   Edit   Profile  

Huh, guess he's always gone in for vintage necks. Doesn't the EC also have the vintage narrow (1 5/8" - 42mm) nut width? As opposed to the modern American standard 43mm?

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Oregon, USA

Just play it and I will follow.
May 13th, 2005 05:18 PM   Edit   Profile  

Idiot18....that would be correct.

Hey we got to stop meeting like this. Someone might get suspicous....

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Eric says, "It's in the trousers."
May 20th, 2005 06:17 AM   Edit   Profile  

Both the JV and EC necks are "soft V", but the EC isn't as chunky as the JV.

I have both (stock JV and a AmSe with a Warmoth "Clapton profile" replacement neck) and like them both. I've never heard the term "thumb hanger" before and I'm not quite sure what it means, but I find the chunkier necks much more comfortable.

I could see that if you're a fan of the Modern C profile, though, you might not like the JV neck. They are quite different.


Gowanda N.Y.

May 25th, 2005 01:07 PM   Edit   Profile  

The neck is what sold me on the JV, but i love the guitar overall, had the same problem though with the pick guard , had to fix the holes and installed a 3-ply pick guard, play it throgh a hrd410. if i remember right when i bought it it was the only strat made with that neck, but i could be wrong.



May 25th, 2005 05:06 PM   Edit   Profile  

A thumb hanger is a guy who naturally likes to chord fret the low E with his thumb rather than barring with index finger. Not sure why, but the V-neck has been associated with this style.

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Boston area, USA

Aug 23rd, 2005 05:10 AM   Edit   Profile  

I got mine last night. It is used, but you'd be hard pressed to tell. I've not played it a great deal, but thought I'd leave inital impressions:

- CAR color is spectacular!!!!
- Neck is big, and feels bigger than my '56 CS
- fretwork is flawless; general build is excellent
- controls, hardware all seem high quality (Same as AV '57, I believe)
- sounds nice, but only limited playing so far.
- I can't believe these retail for only $575 or so. Wow.


united states

Dec 16th, 2005 09:05 AM   Edit   Profile  

It is the best stock strat I have ever played, simply wonderful. I feel Fender is going in the right direction. I can say for the first time they got me buying new instead of looking for old stuff. Good job Fender.


Ft Worth, Texas

Apr 15th, 2006 03:24 PM   Edit   Profile  

"they both have Tex Mex pups, so I don't see what you mean by different electronics?"

The JV has a raw middle pickup, it doesn't route through any tone controls, so there is some difference even though the pickups are the same.

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Plug me into...

an Amp, an IPOD, a Toaster...ANYTHING!!
Mar 14th, 2008 08:43 AM   Edit   Profile  

Wow...7 1/2 year thread, with an almost 2 year gap between posts.
I love this place.

A local shop had a Black JV with a Gold Anodized Guard. Looked and sounded amazing. Almost made a Strat guy outta me.


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so FL

Jul 6th, 2010 08:22 PM   Edit   Profile  

Bought a white Jimmy V today,......
Sure can't wait to get it!


Columbus, Ohio

Apr 9th, 2016 09:48 PM   Edit   Profile  

Bought a used '98 jV and it is nice. Nice chunky amber neck.. Have a CP 50s and a classic 50s in Surf Green. Primary guitar is a Tele.

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I played Black Sabbath at 78 speed
Apr 22nd, 2016 09:27 AM   Edit   Profile  

The neck is great! And dont forget that tone control on the bridge pup. Great guitar.....Jimmie actually played mine!


usa metro detroit

Nov 14th, 2016 05:27 PM   Edit   Profile  

""I was playing thru a Hot Rod Deville with no pedals or delay or distortion and was seated next to a bunch of dudes that were playing the $2,000 -$2,500 Eddie guitars thru Marshalls and they had a rig set up with effects and yada yada yada. After they got thru their usual display of tricks (every music store has those guys that do that) I let the Jimmy V speak for itself and ran it thru a little aerobics. Those guys head's spun around and couldn't believe that I had no pedal effects, AND wasn't using a locking tremelo.""

One of the reasons why they couldn't believe... was because most of those Boutique amps those kids play through do nothing but try to clone Fender amps (the expensive way I might add...) Play an expensive clone.. or play the original.. I love my ML HRDeville one of the best amps I've played in 25yrs. retired my 72 twin Reverb. The Standard Deville is right up there also... I know a ton of great muscians who use the standard Hot Rod Deville

Classic American Cleans ala done right by Fender...

(This message was last edited by pcalu at 07:29 PM, Nov 14th, 2016)


United States

not today
Jul 18th, 2017 08:25 PM   Edit   Profile  

I like the satin finish on the Jimmy V

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