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2001 avri 52 neck thickness and other questions

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Kmaxbrady, Feb 24, 2021.

  1. Kmaxbrady

    Kmaxbrady Tele-Meister

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    I’m looking at a 2001 52 reissue for sale nearby. Can anyone tell me the exact neck thickness on these?
    Also, any pro/cons on the avri 52s from the 2000s?
    Also, where is the serial number on these?
    Lots of questions today, thanks :)
     
  2. mimmo

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    Never had one, so I will try to help by memory (I've played a few). Some more knowlegeable guys will chime in.

    1) Exact thickness is impossible to define: these necks were hans sanded so each one is pretty unique. If I had to guess, I'd say .88" at 1st fret and .94" at 12th, but I maybe wrong.

    2) No real cons, these guitars have been on the market literally for decades so you can be sure that they are fine instruments. If you are a die-hard vintage guy, yuou could find your happiness in the American Vintage series (Aug. '12 - fall '17): some people say that they were of CS quality, that's why Fender killed them. What I do know for sure, is that the AV series is much accurate from a vintage pespective (pickups, finish, neck size/shapeetc.) but the truth is that the AVRI series highly regarded too. If you can, play it before and listen to you hands/ears.

    3) Serial # is on the bridge plate.

    Hope this helps.
     
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  3. Kmaxbrady

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    I love the neck on the 2012-2017, but every one I see for sale has major chips in the finish. I know they went for a thin lacquer but they seem to have gone too far.
     
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    The earlier ones have a poly finish that is almost a glass-like coating that is quite durable.

    This also makes these characteristically quite heavy, and when/if the finish does chip, it's like a chipped china plate.

    The one I owned years ago sounded righteous and had a real bite to it.
     
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