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A Very Pleasant Find- AVRI Content

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by dueducs, Mar 10, 2018.

  1. dueducs

    dueducs Senior Stratmaster

    So, I have an '88 AVRI that I bought in 1988. I believe I bought it new, but there is a humbucker route in the neck pup position, so apparently it was pre-owned- not sure if I got swindled at the time or if I knew it was pre-owned and forgot. Anyway, I knew I had a box of guitar stuff in storage that I hadn't seen in many years. I emptied the storage unit yesterday and found a very pleasant stash that included ALL my AVRI case candy, the original back plate, trem arm, three-way selector switch and the original receipt for the guitar. Even had duplicates of several items (I bought 2 AVRIs in 1988). Very exciting (to me)!
    As if that weren't cool enough, I also found a stash of collectible comic books from the 70s and 80s. Yay for pleasant surprises and recovered treasures.

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  2. mutato

    mutato Senior Stratmaster

    Jul 10, 2007
    Awesome! I have a 1986 ‘62 AVRI I bought 8 years back. Only got the green booklet and the trem cover in original case.
  3. dueducs

    dueducs Senior Stratmaster

    Now, since I found three knobs in the box, I assume they are from the AVRI. They are four lug style, not three like older Strats. This begs the question, are the four-lug original equipment for the 80s AVRIs?
  4. omni43

    omni43 Strat-Talker

    Jan 18, 2015
    Annandale, VA
    What sort of comic books you talkin about?
  5. dueducs

    dueducs Senior Stratmaster

    For clarity, I am adding a picture of what I mean by three lug and four lug knobs.

  6. stratman323

    stratman323 Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Apr 21, 2010
    London, UK
    I love my 1986 62RI. I have never given a moments thought to how the knobs are made, or what booklets it came with.
  7. chrimturn

    chrimturn Senior Stratmaster

    Jun 14, 2013
    Any Silver Surfer (Vol. 3, 1987 on...) or Adam Warlock in there?
  8. knh555

    knh555 Senior Stratmaster

    Dec 6, 2016
    Just curious. What did an AVRI cost in '88?
  9. dueducs

    dueducs Senior Stratmaster

    @knh555 So, let's decipher the receipt. I had purchased a '62 reissue Tele & wasn't satisfied with the setup. They tried to get it to my liking, but it had problems so I returned the Tele. Looks like I paid $481.95 for the Tele and an additional $247.80 to get the Strat, so $729.75... $300 less than the 1988 Fender Price List of $1049.99 (first page shown below).


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  10. dueducs

    dueducs Senior Stratmaster

    No no... I was a standards kind of guy (Batman, Superman, Spider Man), so I have stuff like the death of Robin, the death of Superman, Peter Parker's wedding, and some 80s start up series like Frank Miller's Dark Knight, Gotham by Gaslight, etc. etc. Only the good stuff- I gave all the common stuff to a friend back in 2010.
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  11. pwhite

    pwhite Strat-Talker

    May 24, 2015
    South Carolina
    I think I remember that shop, it was sorta down town Spartanburg right? or am i thinking of something else. I remember going into one in the mid 90's when I would go up to work at Vic Bailey Ford.
  12. dueducs

    dueducs Senior Stratmaster

    Yes... very close to the City Police station.
  13. aviamsi

    aviamsi Senior Stratmaster

    Aug 31, 2015
    Indeed, cool stuff :)
  14. AxemanVR

    AxemanVR I appreciate, therefore I am... Strat-Talk Supporter

    Feb 8, 2014
    Minnesota USA
    I thought you were going to say you found the original unrouted AVRI body. Wouldn't that be awesome?...

  15. stratman323

    stratman323 Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Apr 21, 2010
    London, UK
    That can't be right. 62RI Teles were only introduced around 1998/9. The only AVRI Teles available from 1982 to 1999 were 52s, unfortunately.
  16. dueducs

    dueducs Senior Stratmaster

    You are correct... it was the MIJ '62 RI- dbl bound SB version, not an AVRI version.
  17. stratman323

    stratman323 Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Apr 21, 2010
    London, UK
    Well the Japanese 62 Teles were not "RI"s, they were a much cheaper 62 type Tele with basswood bodies & noticeably fatter necks. I bought one of the CAR ones, & it wasn't a patch on my 62RI Strat in any way.
  18. =KARMA=

    =KARMA= Strat-O-Master

    Feb 24, 2015
    Old England
    The 4-spoke knobs were around in the late '80s through the '90s but I'm not sure when the transition from 3-spoke to 4-spoke knobs took place.
  19. CalicoSkies

    CalicoSkies Senior Stratmaster

    Jun 10, 2013
    Hillsboro, OR, USA
    It's always cool to find stuff like that.
    A few years ago, I found a comic book version of Terminator 2 (the movie) that I got in 1991. It was in perfect condition, and some time ago I had placed it in a ziplock plastic bag to help protect it. I decided to take it out of the bag to have a look, and accidentally ripped the corner of the cover, maybe an inch or 2. After all those years.. :mad: