‘86 Corona AVRI ‘62 Strat Restoration

StratMan1991

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Jun 18, 2020
63
Canada
Figured I’d start a new thread for my latest project.

During the pandemic I had bought a partscaster which the awesome members here helped me identify the parts


The neck from that guitar came from an Corona AVRI ‘62 and that’s what I fell in love with. However I never bonded with the aftermarket body - it’s a fantastic and light swamp ash body but the faux relicing bugged me and just one of those things that nagged at me.

Came across an ‘86 ‘62 Strat body on reverb and got the crazy idea in my head to attempt the long and financially ruinous process of restoring it back as close as possible to original.

Planning to start the initial swapping of parts this weekend but will probably have to enjoy it with spare parts while I scour our favourite market sites.

Thanks for listening follow along to check out those sexy Fullerton curves!
 

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StratMan1991

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Jun 18, 2020
63
Canada
For those other 80s AVRI fans I’d be interested if anyone found the source of the JC written in the pickup routing, I’ve seen it in lots of other pictures of these bodies.
 

Guitarchaeologist

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Dec 17, 2016
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This SHOULD have Corona curves based on the date. Have you done a comparison to be certain?
What electronics are you using?

John Cruz is a good guess for the initials. Mine also have those initials on tape on the back of the pickguard.
 

StratMan1991

Strat-Talk Member
Jun 18, 2020
63
Canada
This SHOULD have Corona curves based on the date. Have you done a comparison to be certain?
What electronics are you using?

John Cruz is a good guess for the initials. Mine also have those initials on tape on the back of the pickguard.
Yeah that’s what I thought to, any suggestions to compare to I don’t have anything except my other strats and the documentation found here https://www.fuzzfaced.net/fullerton-vintage-reissue-specs.html which (along with the seller of the body) lead me to the Fullerton curves deduction.

It certainly doesn’t have any sharp edges and the slope for the arm cut doesn’t start until after the strap pin. I know it’s a possibility albeit rare for some leftover bodies to be around in 86. I’ll try and get some better pics and let the experts here have a go.

For electronics I’m gonna keep the current CTS Pots, O&G 3 way switch and fender CS 69s for the meantime.
 

Intune

Senior Stratmaster
Jan 14, 2021
4,490
Edmonton, Alberta
The Fullerton body contours are really deep and rounded so it’s easy tell when looking at it like this ECC1E5E5-EEBC-4A5B-BDD5-7406A4A04BAB.jpeg 453DF728-4677-440A-B2B5-664C97CBFFE1.jpeg


Now look at this custom shop 65. It would be very similar to the Corona body. You can see the difference between the two CD9D5BD5-3189-4B5B-A099-1ED8819B3439.jpeg 1AD28570-8608-42AB-8E02-05150E2C3757.jpeg
 

joebtone

Senior Stratmaster
Silver Member
Jan 26, 2022
1,590
Northwest US
The Fullerton body contours are really deep and rounded so it’s easy tell when looking at it like this View attachment 560346 View attachment 560348


Now look at this custom shop 65. It would be very similar to the Corona body. You can see the difference between the two View attachment 560347 View attachment 560349
Every time I look at that CAR of yours I kick myself in the ‘you know what’ for painting mine mine black back in the day.
Still...it is my jewel.
I fixed that warped PG BTW.
😍
No regerts.
Oh well, I can only claim ignorance.
 

Guitarchaeologist

Master Spuddler
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Dec 17, 2016
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Behind the 8 ball
Yeah that’s what I thought to, any suggestions to compare to I don’t have anything except my other strats and the documentation found here https://www.fuzzfaced.net/fullerton-vintage-reissue-specs.html which (along with the seller of the body) lead me to the Fullerton curves deduction.

It certainly doesn’t have any sharp edges and the slope for the arm cut doesn’t start until after the strap pin. I know it’s a possibility albeit rare for some leftover bodies to be around in 86. I’ll try and get some better pics and let the experts here have a go.

For electronics I’m gonna keep the current CTS Pots, O&G 3 way switch and fender CS 69s for the meantime.
I have not thought about selling them, but I have a couple extra sets of period-correct electronics- correct p'ups, correct 5-way switch, & 1988 dated pots.
 

StratMan1991

Strat-Talk Member
Jun 18, 2020
63
Canada
Yes it does and has the same forearm contour too. So that to me looks identical to the Fullerton made bodies.
Certainly an anomaly though - don’t know how it still woulda been kicking around in November of ‘86 (assuming that’s the date 11/86 in the neck pocket)

But I’m sure glad it was, while maybe not “vintage correct” I love these curves more.
 

donm1104

Strat-Talk Member
Feb 12, 2017
20
Naugatuck, Ct
Some years back on one of the other forums ( I can't remember which) there was a long discussion about 80s reissues. As I recall, 1986 models were all over the place as far as body cuts, and someone in that discussion said that Fullerton parts could have been used into late '86/early '87 per someone who was there. I have one in Fiesta Red, that I know is original, because I bought it in 1986. From the link above, mine matches the early Corona models, but from what I've heard, they are all over the map.
Every time I look at that CAR of yours I kick myself in the ‘you know what’ for painting mine mine black back in the day.
Still...it is my jewel.
I fixed that warped PG BTW.
😍
No regerts.
Oh well, I can only claim ignorance.
Yep, in the 80s, none of us thought that an 80s Fender would ever be worth anything! Some places didn't even want to take 70s Strats as a trade. Mine had issues with the tuners (which was common on some of the reissues), and I didn't think twice about putting mini Grovers on it, since I needed it that weekend, and no one had Schallers in stock - and they are still on there!
 

StratMan1991

Strat-Talk Member
Jun 18, 2020
63
Canada
Well a sad update to this project:

Found a Fullerton era tremolo assembly on the electronic bay to complete the restored hardware.

It made it all the way here only to have the idiot delivery guy at the worst delivery company in the world (Intelcom) deliver it to a wrong address and let some “Rajesh” sign for it (my name is Cam)

Fought tooth n mail to get refunded which I luckily did but I’m more upset that this great piece of fender history is just sitting out there with some mail thief. That and I won’t be able to just buy the part again so some good it all does me.

Might just have to commit to building it without period correct parts…
 

Guitarchaeologist

Master Spuddler
Silver Member
Dec 17, 2016
7,699
Behind the 8 ball
Well a sad update to this project:

Found a Fullerton era tremolo assembly on the electronic bay to complete the restored hardware.

It made it all the way here only to have the idiot delivery guy at the worst delivery company in the world (Intelcom) deliver it to a wrong address and let some “Rajesh” sign for it (my name is Cam)

Fought tooth n mail to get refunded which I luckily did but I’m more upset that this great piece of fender history is just sitting out there with some mail thief. That and I won’t be able to just buy the part again so some good it all does me.

Might just have to commit to building it without period correct parts…
It'll likely turn up. Don't give up so easily. If not, that same trem unit was used for decades, so you'll find another.
 

StratMan1991

Strat-Talk Member
Jun 18, 2020
63
Canada
It'll likely turn up. Don't give up so easily. If not, that same trem unit was used for decades, so you'll find another.
That’s true, I’ll be keeping an eye out for a new one, finding this one just felt so serendipitous timing wise.

This one is likely gone though - the shipping company told me to get refunded from the vendor and then literally hung up on me when I called to inquire about it. Clearly they are not concerned with doing a great job, quantity of quality I suppose.
 


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