Squier Venus

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Squier Venus
Squier Vista Venus XII
Body typeSolid
Neck jointBolt-on
NeckMaple, 25.5" scale
FretboardBound Rosewood, 22 frets
Pickup(s)HB pickup (bridge), single coil pickup w/staggered Alnico pole pieces (neck)
Colors available
Black, Sea Foam Green, Sunburst.

The Squier Venus (commonly known as Fender Vista Venus) is a signature series guitar released in 1997 and co-designed by Courtney Love in conjunction with Fender's Squier brand, under the Vista series.[1] At the time of its release, Love and Bonnie Raitt were the only two female musicians to have their own signature series of guitars.

Its shape was based on Mercury, Stratocaster and Rickenbacker solidbody guitars. It was released in two configurations, six or twelve string (the Venus XII). Colors available included black, sunburst and surf green. Surf green was named after paint code #57 (surf green) from Chevrolet c. 1957.[2] Upon its original release, the Venus retailed for USD $699.99 and the Venus XII for $999.99. It was discontinued at the end of 1998. Ryan Jarman from UK band The Cribs, a friend of Love's, used the surf green version of the guitar as his main instrument between 2011 and 2015.

Product dating[edit]

The Venus has a one-letter, six-digit serial number printed on the neck of the guitar. Serial numbers beginning with the letter V were manufactured in 1997. Serial numbers beginning with the letter A were manufactured between 1997 and 1998.[3]


  1. ^ "Secrets Of Celebrity Skin". Guitar World. January 1999. Archived from the original on November 27, 1999. Retrieved 29 October 2011.
  2. ^ Fender 1997 catalogue
  3. ^ "Official Fender Website: Japanese Dating".