AVRI 52 Reissue 1 Piece Body

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  1. palmerfralick

    palmerfralick TDPRI Member

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    I just bought a 1998 AVRI 52. It took a lot of inquiries on reverb but I found the super light one I've wanted for a while. weighs 6 lbs. 6 ounces. almost new condition. Lots of nice figure on the body. To my surprise it has a 1 piece body. Is the 1 piece common on AVRI 52's?

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  2. brookdalebill

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    Nice!
    I’ve never seen a 1 piece body on an AVRI 52.
    Sometimes the grain matching is very good.
    If the finish on the edges of the guitar are opaque, it’s almost impossible to see seams.
    Anyways, enjoy your cool new guitar!
     
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  3. palmerfralick

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    if a seam is there we can't find it. looked with a light and magnifying glass closely on the edges and the grain is uninterrupted.
     
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    seam is at the g string furrell.

    not to burst your bubble but that's a two piece.
     
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    Nice!

    No, not common at all. In fact, you will probably get a lot of nay sayers saying they didn't put out 1 piece bodies at all. I had a 1 piece on my now sold 2016 52(6.8lbs).

    Enjoy.
     
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    Look at the end grain. I've seen lots that looked like single piece only on top and back only to find obvious 3 piece when looking at end grain. Looks like maybe a 2 piece but great match if so!

    Nice score! All the '52s I've held were closer to 8lbs...
     
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    It’s a two piece.
     
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    nvilletele Friend of Leo's

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    Yes, exactly. Good eye!

    I once had a Tele I thought was a one piece body.

    It wasn’t.
     
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    I have owned two 50s guitars with 1 piece bodies.
    First was a refinished 55 Esquire, and a 57 Tele.
    Both were lightweight, too.
    My friend Dan E had a 57 with a 1 piece body.
    I have seen/heard of other 50s Teles and Strats with 1 piece bodies.
    Most were made between 54 and 57.
    I’ve never seen a 1 piece body on anything made after 1957.
     
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  10. FredDairy

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    Agreed. I can trace it all way up to the neck plate.

    There are no 1 once piece '52 reissues.
     
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    I'm pretty sure they're right, that's a two piece, but actually I think a 2-piece blank makes a more stable body than one piece. In any case it's a beautiful Telecaster, and that's very light!. I have a 2001 that weighs about 7 lb to 2oz, and these days I almost think it's too light. But I've been playing a 9.5 lb '75 lately, so that really affects how it feels by comparison. Great guitars though! Congratulations!
     
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  12. sugarinthegourd

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    Nice guitar but can see even without looking at the end grain that it’s a 2-piece. Join is close to the centerline.
     
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    I also agree with 2 piece. I suspect your looking to cloesly. If you stand back its quite apparent.

    Anyway, I dont get the 1 piece thing. I would MUCH rather have a 2 piece for stability.
     
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    Sorry, but the fact that this is a multi-piece body is instantly visible, even in a low resolution Internet pic. It's plain as day on both sides of the body.

    I have seen some Fender reissues that really do look like single piece bodies (even though they are two pieces). This is not one of them.

    There was a guy on here not too long ago arguing quite nastily till he was red in the face that his AV '52 was a one piece body. Highly unlikely, especially when it comes to judging such, since the blonde finish is deliberately obscuring some of the grain. But you can't fix stupid...especially not on the Internet.

    This does not take a single thing away from the guitar, though. If it's a good guitar, then it's a good guitar, and if it isn't, then it isn't – specs be damned.
     
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    Nice guitar ! I have a 2010 I think is the year , 6 lbs 10 oz , 52AVRI I have been considering selling .
     
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    Cool!

    I have a 61 Strat that is one piece ash body.
     
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    I keep reading "one piece are more prone to warping"! Anyone who states this actually seen one, since "Fender one piece bodies are rare" (also something I've read multiple times)?

    So where are these warped one piece examples, and how many are out there?
    Do I need to be worried that my 3 (each) +35 year old, one pieced (Tokai) bodies still are going to warp on me!
     
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    I have two Teles I made with one piece bodies and both have cupped slightly. It's not noticable to hold but both the sealed and the rough routed will rock on a flat surface.

    The main reason there are few one piece bodies is because big enough logs without twigs, xylem (veins) or heartwood are difficult to find. You can only use certain cuts for plank that size. Especially wood with attractive grain.

    Ash as a big pore wood (big woodcells) is quite unstable compared to maple or alder or mahogany. images (6).jpeg
     
  19. Kontaktmoi

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    ONE PIECE OR ?

    This is my 2000 NoCaster;
     
  20. felis

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    Right, for the 'big name' manufacturers it's mainly about economics IMO, more time consuming and higher cost.
     
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