The JV Telecaster, Fender Japan & John Jorgenson - ASK ZAC - 40
April 17, 2020
This episode of AZ was inspired by finding a 1983 JV bound 62 reissue Telecaster recently, and from a past Truetone Lounge interview with John Jorgenson in 2017. In the interview, Jorgenson mentioned that he used a "JV Telecaster" on the first two Desert Rose Band albums, including the iconic solo to "Hello Trouble." In addition to that, he later told me that he used the same guitar for the Hellecaster's first album, The Return of the Hellecasters, on "Highlander Boogie" and "Back On Terra Firma." After John piqued my interest, I was surprised how hard it was to find info on the JV Telecasters, especially the TL62 models like he used. The best information I could find was from the website 21Frets, older sales listings, and original Japanese catalogs from the early 80s. Here I lay out the beginnings of Fender Japan, the short-lived JV series (1982-1984), John's use of the guitar, and the story of finding my own 1983 TL62 JV Fender Telecaster.
I also want to thank Willem van der Wagen, who hosts a wonderful Desert Rose Band Fan Site, and who has a YouTube channel with tons of great DRB footage. The clips below, except for the Strawberry Festival footage, are from the DRB YouTube Channel.
John was kind enough to share his story of going to Japan in 1982, and how he purchased his TL62-65. That story is in the AZ episode linked above. Below are shots taken by Jorgenson of his guitar. Much thanks, JJ!!!!
Here is rare footage of the the DRB in 1986, before their first album's release. JJ is using the JV Tele throughout.
Playing "Ashes Of Love" on the TNN show, New Country.
Same taping, this time, "Love Reunited." JJ is using a Boss DC-2 Dimension C.
Spotify Playlist of tracks featuring JJ on the JV Tele. "Homeless," and "Back on Terra Firma" are examples of its neck pickup tone.
Here are shots of the 1983 JV TL62-65 that I found online. As you can see, the original bridge, knobs, and neck pickup cover were missing.
The seller said he found it at a thrift store, and had no additional information. Being that he had limited pictures and information, I knew it was a gamble not having any interior or detail shots. Also the lack of a serial #, as that would have been on the bridge plate.
Luckily, the gamble paid off. When the guitar arrived, it was all-original, except for the obvious items mentioned above. It had cloth covered wiring, full-size MIJ pots, and a pencil date on the neck heel of 1983. I then purchased a new Fender "Pat Pend" bridge, Brass compensated saddles, Flat-top Fender knobs, brass conversion bushings for the split-shaft pots, and a Fender USA nickel-silver cover for the neck pickup.