So today I walked into one of the many great London guitar shops and played Avri 72 thinline, a/b testing it against the mexican model. Thought you might be interested, especially in the tweaked pick ups. I was playing through a fender blues deluxe which was a great base to test out the differences. SO,the Mexican guitar was fine, pretty generic fit and finish, fine neck. The controls felt a little insubstantial but forgivably so. In terms of sounds the pickups were surprisingly ok, the Mex wrhp's are usually written off as muddy, these had a bit more life in them than that and had some clarity when played clean. Things muffed up a bit when I wound up the gain but it was passable. All in all a playable mid level guitar. The Avri, though twice the price, was three times the guitar. Everything felt high quality from the bridge to the tuners, much better than an original. The finish was nitro, not in keeping with the originals but always nice, the guitar was very light and resonant. Now, before I played these two I had a good noodle on an original 1974 tele deluxe, in comparison the weight and playability of the Avri far surpassed the original. What you will no doubt be most interested in is the pickups, which I thought were bloody fantastic. They were huge sounding but retained clarity, especially when pushed into overdrive. All three positions were strident in musicality and tonality, a really lovely guitar. Whatever they tweaked to do this has done the job. And no, I didn't buy it, sadly I would have to rob a bank or commit major fraud in order to do so. I hope this is interesting for anyone who is a fan for these 70s beauties.