WOW ! They're all GORGEOUS beasts .I have 7 guitars from the same factory (Fujigen). While only one has a Fender related label (Squier Silver Series 1991). They are all FABULOUS guitars.
1984 Fernandes RST-50 64, 2012 Cool Z STZ-1R (Lake Placid Blue), 1991 Squire SST-33, Cool Z STZ-10M (Blackie).
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1999 Epiphone Japan SG70, 2010 Cool Z ZLS-1
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1984 Yamaha STX 01R
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ALL amazing instruments.
With that said though, I am still on the look out for a JV or E series. They pop up from time to time here.
The Venus is my choice.How do you define Holy Grail? It could be, as others have written, JVs. Or it could be ones that are hard to get hands on, like the Courtney Love Venus model. The rare ones are not necessarily good and the good ones are not necessarily rare.
Though I hear JV a lot (and the unusual old school nitro finish on higher ones) to the point I am thinking that is the Holy Grail, I loved my ST 50s MIJ ST-357.You'll never get a consensus on this. Some of us wouldn't touch the JVs as there is nothing special about them and yet they command prices that only a better built used American should command. And most of us won't pay the going rate for a Hello Kitty complete with all the accessories. There are truly rare guitars, like the CV HSH in my avatar, that rarely even come up for sale. There are Pro Tones, the Venus series (the 12 string Venus is more valuable and harder to find than any Pro Tone), the Masterbuilts, the Korean X-155, and some artist models that are unique (feature wise) in the Fender universe, and quite valuable. To put it simply, there is no "holy grail" Squier. There never was, and there never will be. There might be for you, but not for the community.