This thread grew out of a discussion in this thread, & a couple of PMs between me & bluenote23. It seemed like it was worth starting a new thread about this http://www.strat-talk.com/forum/str...-1987-fullerton-57-reissue-3.html#post2011198 It's something I haven't really noticed before, but the truss rod position in the neck butt seems to be in a slightly different position on 1986 US 62RIs. I can only check this on pics I have of guitars that have passed through my hands, so I thought other ST members might like to post pics of their guitars so that a picture emerges. The earliest AVRIs tended to have the truss rod partly cut into the rosewood slab board, like this. But by 1986, it had moved down below the rosewood. But by 1988 it seems to have moved back up into the rosewood. This seems strange. Could anyone else who has an 80s AVRI please post pics to show what theirs is like? I'm curious whether 1986 was unusual - they changed the positioning & then decided to change it back again? Was it accidental? Pre-CBS Fender practice seems to have been to have the rod cut into the rosewood, which makes the '86s seem like the exception. I wonder why they would change something like this? This raises one other point too. It is commonly believed that the '86 AVRIs were assembled at Corona from left over Fullerton parts - this is widely quoted in adverts for these guitars. The lone voice in the wilderness to challenge this belief is our very own JohnC, who has quoted Fender sources who said this wasn't correct - the '86 parts were made at Corona. If it's true that the truss rod positioning on the '86s is different to the Fullertons, this seems to confirm what JohnC has said.