My Strat Odyssey....AV content

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  1. ezra1

    ezra1 Senior Member

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    I own several Strats.
    I have a heavily modified 89 American Standard with high action, 11s,500 k pots, changed tone cap to.015 and Van Zandt Rock Model pups and refretted with jumbo bass frets.
    It is a good guitar but not your classic strat sound.
    I also have a Chandler Parts Caster from the mid 90s.
    Also 500k pots, bass frets, 11s, .015 tone cap and Van Zandt Vintage Plus pups.
    A stout beefy Texas blues tone, but not as much as the American Standard.
    I owned and sold a Player Grade 1959 Hardtail Strat.
    It was stock and was magic....Used 11s on it and the only reason I sold it was to help my daughter get a car for college.
    It had a very comfy neck ,it had been refretted and felt smallish similar to a Bonnie Raitt I played once.
    I have wanted something like that instrument again. With a more traditional Strat sound.
    So in 2014 I got an AV 54 . It is a nice guitar but I had to go with 9s and that chunky V neck is lots of work for me on bluesy bends.
    Different from a chunky 59 Les Paul .
    But I digress.....
    I got an AV 64 Telecaster with the medium 60s C and I love it.Got 9s on her.
    The perfect balance of feel and tone.
    Fender has got it right on every aspect of these guitars.
    So I wanted that mid 60s C on a Strat.
    I picked up a good deal on a AV 65 Shoreline Gold Stratocaster.
    It is lightweight, just over 7 lbs ( the other 2 AVs are just under 7 lbs.)
    The neck feels great and very very close to the Tele..Not quiet like the old 59 but she will do.
    These AVs from Fender over the past few years are some of their best stuff ever.
    I am a happy camper.
    Is anyone else impressed with the current Fender AV offerings and what did you go with ?
     
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  2. ezra1

    ezra1 Senior Member

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    Crickets.......
     
  3. Kris Ford

    Kris Ford Senior Member

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    Let's see some pics!
    Hell I like the Mex Classic Series stuff the best!
     
  4. Texsunburst59

    Texsunburst59 Senior Member

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    I do the like the AVRI strats.

    I picked up a Killer '07 '57 AVRI Surf Green Strat at a pawnshop last November for $435.

    They didn't know what they had.

    This is the closest I'll get to owning an old 50's or 60's strat unless I his the lottery.

    I love the weight and the tone of the '57/'62 pickups. Very classic strat tones.

    The neck feels good, but I'm not a big fan of the gloss.

    I guess after years of playing it'll get worn and feel just like an old strat.

    Here's a pic of my '57 AVRI:

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  5. Telechamp

    Telechamp Senior Member

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    Tex, you're the KING of pawnshop steals!! ;)
     
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  6. Bud Stoner

    Bud Stoner Senior Member

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    That is beautiful!
     
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  7. Texsunburst59

    Texsunburst59 Senior Member

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    Thanks bud.

    It really is a beautiful guitar.:D
     
  8. Texsunburst59

    Texsunburst59 Senior Member

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    Not really trying, but it kinda looks like it.

    I guess if I'd stop visiting them so often, then I'd be the pauper of the pawnshops.:D
     
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  9. Crotch

    Crotch Delete My Account Entirely Double Platinum Supporter Premium Member

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    I'd own a handful of avri strats if the radius wasn't 7.25. I don't bond with them at all. I'm sure I'll try again someday but just sucks they can't do a 9.5 or compound or something
     

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