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Ay Oh! American Originals Club

Discussion in 'Guitar Owners Clubs' started by Slim Chance, Feb 15, 2018.

  1. ricknbaker

    ricknbaker Tele-Afflicted

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    A bit like this?

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    Really:

    1) I can't afford it
    2) I don't need it
    3) Mrs Ricknbaker will go mad if I return home with another guitar. I've already used the "Hey honey - It followed me home." line.

    still....
     
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  2. horax

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    How do these compare to the Avri and other well knowns?
     
  3. wyclif

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    Well, the AO50s are slightly different than both the AVRIs and the previous AV52s that are getting discontinued.

    The biggest differences are:

    • While the neck carve looks about the same as the AV52 ('52 "U" shape), the fretboard and frets are not. The AOs have a flatter, 9.5" radius fretboard. The frets are what Fender calls "vintage tall" which seems to mean the same width as vintage frets, but higher.
    • The finish is darker than the AV52s. They went back to the orange-tint AVRI 'pumpkincaster' nitro finish instead of the white blonde 'Harper' nitro finish seen on the AV52 model. So these are more pumpkin than banana in terms of colour.
    I'm keen on the first improvement, but not so much the second. I think Fender really nailed the colour for nitro finish blackguards with the AV52. I believe they made a mistake by dropping that and reverting to the AVRI colour. Still, they are very nice players. The neck feel on these is more pleasing than any Tele I've ever played.

    The AO60s models are to the AV64 what the AO50s are to the AV52, except that they come in a few different finish options and are double-bound. But the unifying factor of the AO line is that they are vintage spec instruments with modern frets and radius (playability) features.

    Overall, I think they're great guitars. The playability and functionality is more important to me than the finish anyway.
     
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  4. WideAwake

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    Here's mine!

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  5. 83siennateleguy

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  6. horax

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    I might be joining later today.
    Have an offer on a good 50's tele on reverb.

    Was going to get an American Pro, but this one appaers to be the better buy.

    Thought there'd be more people in this club by now.
     
  7. horax

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    just bought it....boo ya
     
  8. horax

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    what comes in the case with these...case candy wise...
     
  9. WideAwake

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    Not much, really. A pouch with a certificate of authenticity, a couple pamphlets and the ashtray cover. Fender has stopped putting straps and cords in cases for awhile.
     
  10. horax

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    cheap skates. ;)
     
  11. horax

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    Amazing guitar!

    Little nitpicks: wish there more color options as I would have preferred white blonde or a burst, but I will take the BSB.

    Pickups and neck are awesome. Fretwork is amazing.

    I was in between this and an av52 or American pro. Av52 are hard to find and the pro are solid. I felt that for the money (all within a few hundred of each other) that this was the best of both worlds.

    Really digging this guitar.

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  12. horax

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    kind of shocked that this is such a small group.
     
  13. Torz Johnson

    Torz Johnson Friend of Leo's

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    Somehow it flew under my radar... Here's mine. It's really frightfully good. :)

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  14. WingedWords

    WingedWords Friend of Leo's

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    I know, it's a funny shape, but it IS an AO and I love it to bits. And I do have other Teles.

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  15. Skamania

    Skamania Tele-Meister Gold Supporter

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    Well, I bought a Jaguar before I went Tele centric. Yes, I came in by the back door. ;)
     

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  16. rze99

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    Hi how do you find the 9.5 radius on this? Does it still feel like a trad Jazzmaster?
     
  17. WingedWords

    WingedWords Friend of Leo's

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    9.5 is my preference: this instrument is used mostly in open D for slide and I prefer the flatter radius.

    My only other JM is a Squier Vintage Modified so I can't compare with a real trad JM.
     
  18. nopicknick

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    I'm in...

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  19. golfnut

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    Heres mine.

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    Here's mine...

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