Squier Venus Sunburst Crafted in Japan c. 1997Squier
Originally co-designed with guitarist Courtney Love during her days fronting the band Hole, these Squier Vista Series guitars have taken on something of a cult following over the last several years. This could be due in part to their quirky yet functional hybrid designs, their association with punk rock and alt bands of the era or simply because they were some of the final Japanese Fender/Squier guitars built for US export. Whatever the reason, the one thing never in dispute is the high level of craftsmanship and quality of tone in these MIJ Squier Vista guitars. The Squier Vista Series Venus is a bizarre hybrid of a Mercury, a Stratocaster and a Rickenbacker combining an offset basswood body, a wide, bound maple/rosewood 1960's profile neck, a Strat style single coil in the neck position and a loud, raunchy humbucker at the bridge. This guitar has a chunky, thick tone with a lot of bass response. It's great for punchy, crunchy rhythm tones. Coming in at 7.0 lbs., this Venus shows some play wear and aging. There is some moderate fret wear (Although the large frets have plenty of material left), several dings, chips, finish impressions and scratches. There is also some substantial finish checking. While it's overall condition may turn off staunch collectors and enthusiasts, the real players will look at it and think it's just starting to break in.