NGD: AVRI 62 Custom in Surf Green + vs AV 64 Telecaster

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  1. Teletoaster

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    I have been searching for a 62 AVRI Custom Telecaster for about 6 years now. And last week I was finally able to find one (for £999!). And not just anyone. A Surf Green one! :D

    First things first. Do the electronics look original to you?

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    I can't find a date on the neck. Any ideas how I can figure out the manufacturing date?

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    Honestly I don't need a second Tele (I have a AV 64 in vintage white). But I had a Custom Telecaster when I was younger and always missed her. Unfortunately since my budget is tight I can only afford to own one Tele. So I will have to decide which one I will let go in the next few weeks :(

    Until then… I am writing a blog post about Fenders AVRI 62 and AV 64 Teles. If you have any information on them or their differences I would be so happy to hear from you!

    First thing I noticed is that while on the 64 it is not, on the 62 the pickup cavity is highly visible.

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    While looking at pictures of real 1962 Custom Telecasters I have not noticed seeing the cavity. Have you noticed the butt crack on any real vintage Fender Teles? If not I guess this makes the 64 more vintage accurate on that matter.

    Secondly the neck on the 62 looks more tinted and the lacquer is much thicker (which I find a good thing since my 64 gets chips by just looking at her).

    And lastly the neck on the 62 is noticeably thinner than on the 64.

    I will post some pictures tomorrow. Now I am of to a long night of jaming…
     
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  2. Crobbins

    Crobbins Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Cool color, congrats.
     
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    Nice!
     
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    Beautiful !!! Best of luck with it and play it well !!!
     
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    Congrats. The '62s are great guitars. Love mine. You are going to have a hard choice to make.
     
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    Congrats!
     
  7. archetype

    archetype Fiend of Leo's Ad Free Member

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    They both have great pickups. I've got a set of the '62 pickups in a Squire CV 50s Tele. They're A3 with a medium resistance. Full and defined, but no trace of icepick. It's like the highest treble is softened, slightly.They sound great. Folks like both the '62 and '64 sets for balanced, all-around useful tones.
     
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  8. Teletoaster

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    Yes they both sound truly wonderful. Literally no comparison to my former MIJ Tele.
    Are you sure that the 62 are A3s? I read that they are A2s somewhere..
     
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    Both A2 and A3 have been stated in marketing copy, but A3 seems to be the correct one.
     
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    Firstly, that's a great guitar at a great price! I paid a touch less for one here too and I thought I'd done amazingly well - these normally go for much more in the UK.

    Secondly, very few Surf Green in these in the UK as far as I can tell too.

    Thirdly, yes I've got both this and a Lake Placid Blue '64 AVRI.

    The '62 does show a wee touch of the pickup housing:

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    The 64 doesn't
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  11. rze99

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    more of mine showing the bridge plate area


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  12. Teletoaster

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    Thanks for the pictures! Interesting. The cavity on my 62 is much more visible. Are you aware of any vintage Fenders that have this or is this a reissue issue?

    And which one of the two would you let go if you had to decide on one? :)
     
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    If it's the Tele you have searched for for so long and you now own it, then you know the answer already. The 64 is the one you have to say goodbye to. It's beautiful by the way, congratulations.
     
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    I'd let the '64 go over this.

    Mainly because I have one or two others very similar but better. One I made and one the Custom Shop made (my'63).

    I've seen many on this site from the AVRI series with that showing to varying degrees. My '50s for one.
     
  15. Kontaktmoi

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    Well, you are not done just yet! Now you need to get yourself a matching set!!


    Some details:

    1/ 2007 Telecaster Custom
    Only 838 made of this model / color
    Fender Custom Shop PUPS loaded.


    2/ 2010 Stratocaster 57/60 NOS Custom Shop
    Has Abigail Ybara FAT 50's hand wired pickups

    3/ 2015 Fender Princeton Limited Edition Reissue
    White / Surf Green - Celestion G 10 speaker loaded

    I added some pictures of the neck / body /pickups..





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  16. rze99

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    Wowser!
     
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    Very cool. Any shots of the whole guitar and your 64?
     
  18. rze99

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    me? If so, yes. How many do you want I’ve got tons ;)
     
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    For comparison, here's the bridge plate gap on mine.

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  20. Teletoaster

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    You are probably right.

    Do you mean only 838 AVRI 62 Custom Telecasters have been made in surf green?
    Do you have any idea why there is no date stamp on my body like there is on yours?
     
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