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Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by Theblues15, Oct 10, 2019.
The writing on the headstock looks better this way...
As a “mea culpa,” it is so difficult for me to find a replacement for the amazing AVRI ‘70’s Strat I foolishly sold. Clear finish, lightweight, seam in the middle... all the stuff most Strat players hate in one guitar (other than the seam), but I loved it.
My 1993, 62 RI. It's a legit Fender Ocean Turquoise over Sunburst. I took a chance when I bought it off ebay that it was a real color over. Found the original owner through an old Reverb ad. He explained it was a gigging guitar for years. Most of the wear is road wear. The forearm "wear" was from an old sticker he removed and it took some finish with it revealing the sunburst underneath. He did exaggerate some of the forearm wear to expose more of the burst so in a sense, it is and isn't a true relic. It has a lot of legit patina and checking from it's age.
D1571A6B-F5F4-48E3-B7D4-DE27EE78125D by Stratoblaster posted Nov 3, 2019 at 7:39 AM
4B1F627D-01A3-4134-B75D-D6A51B26FEBC by Stratoblaster posted Nov 3, 2019 at 7:39 AM
Whoops. First photo is my custom shop 62 heavy relic (on right) and AVRI Hot Rod in the middle. Not much between them at all. But the custom shop just has something special about it. Call it mojo or whatever but the top strings just ring like a bell. Never had a guitar do that in all my 35 years of playing. So for the massive difference in price, there's a small difference in the guitars. But it's a very special small difference!
The white one is a late 90s AVRI that I traded the hot rod for. It's heavier and feels more vintage. Only traded cos the guy was desperate to have the hot rod back. Worked in my favour financially but it's not as close to the custom shop as the hot rod was.
Here's my 1990 '62 AVRI. You can't see it in the pic, but the finish is checked in quite a few places, including the headstock face.
I replaced the pickguard on mine about 8 years ago with an celluloid nitrate Lashing replica, and noticed when taking the photo that just like the originals, it is shrinking! (see pg screw hole by bridge plate)
Forgot to post it here, fellow AVRI-lovers… there’s a new member in the family
Full story: https://www.strat-talk.com/threads/ngd-american-vintage-’64-tele.524889/#post-3709354
Couple o’ pics
i love the pin up girl stickers! im always looking for old ones on ebay.
Even the little guy has AVRI fever. Here is my beat up 2012 '59 AVRI.
my '62 Reissue, Thin Skin 2008
Avri 64 an absolute joy to play.
As below my strat not an official avri but a proper custom shop with many avri specs (Clapton circuit in addition). Posted due to the likeness to the above.
That might be the one that inspired me to put the Tort guard on. Mine has the David Gilmour pickup set with the Fat 50’s neck/ Custom Shop 69 middle / SSL-5 bridge and the mini toggle for the neck bridge, neck middle bridge combinations.
IMO, for the past forty years, the bound-body, sunburst '62-style tele is the most beautiful electric guitar ever built.
Couldn't agree more. the only thing i dislike about it is the 3 piece body, pokes my eyes sometimes
I agree, except for the skinny necks, at least on the reissues. My understanding of the actual 1962 guitars is that neck thicknesses had crept back up by then. We see nice neck profiles on the AV64, for instance, but not that AVRI 62. Or I'd own one in a heartbeat.
thanks for contributing to my thread everybody! If ya got more of em, keep em comin! I've been drooling over a few of these.
Absolutely! Keep 'em coming and thanks to all for sharing
And thanks for creating this thread, it's my favorite here
My 1989 '62 AVRI I just picked up the other day.. in great shape and plays amazingly!