Difference between AVRI 1950's and 1956 or 1957?

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  1. Mr Jones

    Mr Jones Strat-Talk Member

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    You can buy a new 1950's reissued strat for about $2000 and used 1956 or 57 are somewhere around that price tag.

    What seems like a better buy? New 1950's or used 1957? I've been looking at used 1956 and 57 reissues and I'm starting to think to just settle on this new 1950's model because it's around the same amount and I don't have to be concerned with whatever issues a used guitar might come with.

    Thoughts?
     
  2. Tone Guru

    Tone Guru Senior Stratmaster

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    Where are you finding 1956 or 1957 Stratocasters for $2000 ? ? ?
    I'll take 2 of each, please !
     
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  3. Morgenholz

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    The AO '50's has a 9.5" radius fretboard. Those of the '56 and '57 are 7.25". The '56 has a very thin lacquer finish that will age rapidly; the AVRI '57 has a poly undercoat that is much more impervious to wear. The '50's also has an undercoat that is not as thick, but is more wear-resistant than the finish of the '56. The Pure Vintage pickups of the '50's and the '56 are closer in sound to the actual vintage instruments, but the AVRI 57/62 are low-output and sound killer.

    For play, the AO '50's or the AVRI '57, depending on whether you like a fat neck with a 9.5" radius, or a thinner V-neck with a 7.25. For a time-machine vintage experience, the '56.
     
  4. Mr Jones

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    I’ve played avri 56 and I liked the thick neck but are you saying the 50s has an even thicker neck?
     
  5. Morgenholz

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    Mr. J, no-- sorry if I was unclear. The AO and '56 have similar (possibly the same-- I have not played them back-to-back) thick, soft-V neck, very much like the famous "10/56" carve. The AMRI '57 has a thinner neck with a harder V.
     
  6. Mr Jones

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    Ok thanks again
     
  7. 57Strat777

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    I just bought an American Original 50's Tele (9.5 radius). I love the neck on it. It is near perfect IMO. The fretboard edges are so nicely rolled. I do a lot of thumb over playing and beautifully rolled fretboard edges make thumb-over playing much more comfy. The neck is beefy. Fender calls it "U shape". The thickness at the first fret is 0.88, and 0.98 at the 12th fret. Quality, fit and finish of the guitar is superb IMO, although the switch and pots feel kinda budget compared to what Fender used on my two 90's Strats. The frets are vintage size, which for my playing style is not working out. I plan to get it refretted soon with jumbo frets.