I've been visiting this forum a couple of times a week for the best part of 18 months gauging opinions on a few models that have had me thinking. I wanted a decent USA Tele without going to custom shop and had narrowed it down to something from the American Vintage line or a Professional. During this time I tried out the AVRI 52, 58 and Pro a couple of times. The one I was really curious about was the 64. There never seemed to be a convenient time to travel to try one out, but it seemed to get a lot of praise whenever I read up on it and especially nowhere more so than in these parts. I was going to have to sell a top guitar to raise the money, which makes things a bit fiddly when you spot the guitar you want on the second-hand market and risk losing out. Anyway, last night I picked up... ... an AVRI 64 in Lake Placid Blue. This is probably the one I ideally wanted but assumed my chances of getting one were very slim. I'm not sure how many were made exactly and I've seen 2-3 pop up in the past year, but it never seemed to work out. Then I spotted one on a popular auction site about an hour's drive and thought I'd try my luck and propose a swap with my guitar. Very slim chance I know - but he went for it and we met at a service station half-way. He had two other Teles (his favourite being the Joe Strummer model) and preferred the slim necks on those. I was a nervous buying 'blind' considering the 64 was the one I hadn't ever seen in the flesh. I checked out the SN beforehand and knew it would need to begin V12 (its only year of manufacture I believe). Also it has the 'top hat' selector switch I knew this model came stock with. I've only played it acoustically for 15 minutes or so and have already noted how comfortable it is and how much easier every note rings out in all positions on the neck. 1st fret through to 12th fret are as comfortable as your favourite pair of socks. Hopefully I'll get to make some noise through my Blues Deluxe Reissue later today. I expected a few niggling marks in the finish and quite like the idea of this thing getting older and more seasoned over the years just like its owner , and it does have one or two teeny marks to the finish. The selector switch is quite loose - it actually came off when I slid the switch across. Guess that needs a spot of glue, or maybe tiny piece of card inserting in. Other than that the only thing I was a little concerned by was the circular jack plate, which is a bit loose with a few mm play. I'm concerned it will pull out completely some time when I unplug the guitar. What's the fix for that? Also with the finish, I see I have a nice new special cloth, along with a whole plethora of other 'candy' - top marks to Fender for that. I won't be using the strap or lead but they're nice touches. Other than straplocks I hope to keep it exactly stock. Regarding the finish, I've heard people say they've damaged it simply by wiping it - how vigorous can you be when cleaning a nitro finish? The guitar is light - not sure exactly how much but I'm pretty sure lighter than anything I've had. As for the case however, it's very heavy indeed. I actually stopped and looked down at in in case I'd somehow snagged something else along for the ride! Anyway I look forward to giving her a good work out later - very pleased so far, and chuffed to be able to finally write my own NGD thread. Thanks to this community for all the threads and opinions that have certainly convinced me to get here!