Show Us Your 2012-17 Avri Wear

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  1. Fretting out

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    i know I shouldn’t care and just shut up and play my guitar.

    With that out of the way the main selling point of the avri series for a lot of people was the “vintage correct” nitro finishing process. This is important to some as these guitars in theory wear/break in like the vintage stage worn guitars we all lust over.

    I’ve seen photos of 50s and 60s fenders less than 10 years old at the time with considerable wear, I just wonder since some of the avri series are now almost 10 years old how have these guitars worn (giging or home use)

    Who out there has an 2012-17 American vintage strats/jazz/jags(also welcome)that is showing signs of becoming a “true” road worn (pictures if you have them and maybe you’re playing habits)

    And maybe also how you’re flash coats are holding up, I once dinged an 64 tele reissue by looking at it;)

    I personally have a jazzmaster neck where the finish is wearing off the lower edge and know there’s someone out there that plays more than me ( yes I understand factors such as sweat and conditions and yes I’m a “wear” nerd

    Other older American vintage series are also welcome as long as they have your play wear:)

    Sorry if this has been covered to death thought it would be interesting to see
     
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    Mine is not a 2017, nor a strat/jazz/jag but a 2004 (stamped on neck and body) -2005 (official Fender records) AVRI 62 Tele.. I read from the threads around here that the earlier version have thicker poly undercoat than the ones made in the later years up to discontinuation..

    it has an easy life but there are dull areas that I have noticed where my arm rests and where it touches my shirt/pants at the back..

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    back of the neck has lost it's stickiness and its now smooth and slippery despite looking glossy.

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    Rosewood fretboard is still dark and pretty.

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    and still as beautiful as ever..

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    That sure is a beauty. I’m actually playing my sunburst A.O right now:)

    The clear coat must be super thin on my a.o, you can already see it wearing off the binding and I’ve only had and played it for maybe
    over a year

    Thanks for the pictures
     
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    Cool thread!

    Both my 52 and 64 show wear, when I have time I will post some pics.
    Hopefully other guys (and girls) will chime in.
     
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    @Fretting out perhaps you'll share some of your pictures as well?

    I'm always intrigued by real wear/true relic'ing threads and comments, because I am a caustic individual (no matter how hard I try to be polite :twisted:). I guess I have a very acidic complexion, or something. For example, after a house fire in 2010, we rebuilt the house, and finished up, including painting, in February of 2011. By November of 2017, I had worn the paint off a door jam just by touching it as I entered that room! :eek::oops:
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    Granted, that's not polyurethane or nitrocellulose lacquer, but it does give you a sense of what my touch can do in a little more than 6 years. But when I compare this to the wear on three of the teles I've had the longest, all Logan Custom guitars finished with nitrocellulose lacquer, you have to look hard for the signs of wear. I know you asked about specific FMIC products, but my teles demonstrate what is "real road worn" when I'm doing the wear and tear, on teles from 9-11 years old now.

    My first Logan Custom, bought in July of 2008. The neck/fretboard is amber-tinted Birdseye maple, the body solid mahogany, with a darkened mahogany stain, nitrocellulose lacquer finish. Also gold appointments, which actually show off the most wear. My acidic nature has worn down/off the gold plating. If you look closely at the lower bout where my forearm rests, you might be able to see some evidence of wear.
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    My Logan Custom "Logo" thinline, which I bought in March (IIRC) of 2009. The neck is 1-piece maple, satin finish, no tint, the body core (chambered/thinline) is pine, the top and back veneers are alder, done in honey blonde, again, nitro finish. As with the mahogany, you have to look for the evidence of forearm wear; it's not that obvious. The wear on this guitar is evidenced more on the neck/fretboard.
    11-25-2017 - Logan 'Logo' thinline 1.jpg 11-25-2017 - Logan 'Logo' thinline 2.jpg

    My Logan Custom BSB, nitro, Birdseye maple neck/board, amber tint. I acquired this in June of 2011, and it became my go-to gigging tele. The forearm wear is more obvious on this one, but you still have to be looking for it to find it. The second pic of it shows some scuffs and scratches on the lower bout, received in the line of duty. The third pic shows wear to the neck, but also to the inside of the horn, where my pick has worn through the finish when playing over the neck pickup.
    11-25-2017 - Logan BSB relic'ing 1.jpg 11-25-2017 - Logan BSB relic'ing 2.jpg 11-25-2017 - Logan BSB relic'ing 4.jpg

    And that's it. Well, I have two other teles (also Logan Customs) but they're newer, the fifth one being brand new, as in it arrived on the 28th of last month. I've already managed to put two dings on my brand new guitar :oops::cry:, but otherwise there's not enough wear on it to include here. So the pics above shows you what 9-11 years of wear on a guitar finished in nitro looks like, when I'm the one dishing out the wear.

    Granted, other guitars with different finishes and quality of finish may show more wear than mine, no matter how caustic I am. And it's conceivable that there are others out there who are even more caustic and acidic in complexion than me. I would never want to shake hands with such individuals, or even get within arm's length of them. Standing too close to such corrosive people could not doubt blister your skin! :twisted:
     
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    My 2015 63 AV Precision bass. Where I rest my arm, a piece dented in and fell off. During a setup, some of the paint came off around the neck. It seems to break off in chunks...

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    This is a 2012 or 14 65 RI neck i have on a parts jazzmaster
    You can see on the binding where the clear coat is wearing out (where it’s goes from yellow to white if you have to look real close) it’s starting to wear onto the wood but it can’t be seen in the picture.
    That’s from 2-3 years of sporadic use.

    Nothing impressive just shows that you don’t have to have super acidic skin for the avri series to “break in”

    If I played it every night for 5 hours I’m sure it would look like a relic in no time ,
    So I guess fender did a “authentic” job in my opinion
     
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    If anyone has any other brands or years of guitars that they naturally “reliced” feel free to post pictures and maybe a story about how long you’ve had it and your playing habits.

    I can’t be the only geek on here interested in this.
     
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    Here is my 2012-17 era 52 PV reissue Tele that has acquired some wear and tear:

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    2012 '58 AVRI.

    While it's for sale I'm about to pull it back and keep it!

    I did NOT baby this guitar!



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    Here are my AV Teles. The 64.

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    ...and the 52 with some fingerboard wear too. Sorry for the crappy cell phone pics.

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    This is my 2015 AV52.
     

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    Had a Dakota Red GE Smith from what - 2008 or whenever they made em ?

    It was NOS from a music store out east , had a ding or two when I got it that they showed me and every third day after I got it something would flake off.

    Very brittle thin finish.

    Had I gone the route of stripping the neck of the thick thick thick lacquer and having med jumbos installed I would have it today ! And I’m sure it would be hacked around the edges.

    But I didn’t and I don’t .

    But it might be the only one out there with an original Muddy Waters bridge pick up. I met a guy that had a muddy waters Tele and when I mentioned “hey are those the original pick ups ?” he said no I have those in the case . why , do you want them?

    Couple dollars exchanged and they were mine.
     
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    Hi.

    I have a few Fender AV guitars (photos below):

    1) 2012 - 64 Telecaster
    2) 2017 - 52 Telecaster
    3) 2014 - 65 Strat

    They all get almost the same amount of playing, yet the 64 Telecaster seems to chip / flake very easily. Note, these are not gigging instruments, they are dad guitars who enjoy some quiet time with a guitar and a beer.

    The 52 and 65 have hardly a scratch. Makes me think Fender changed the technique sometime after the first run (only a guess).

    Stating the above, I don't mind the chips. The guitar is a keeper, and it looks great to my eyes.

    All three are fine playing guitars (awesome actually), with a different personality both tone and feel. I consider myself very fortunate.
     

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