Strat that feels closest to an AVRI Hot Rod 52?

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  1. SonicBlueByYou

    SonicBlueByYou TDPRI Member

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    My first post, great forum!

    I’ve played for a couple of years, and have settled on an early 2012 Hot Rod as “my” Tele. The link to the original 52, but modern fret size and radius feels right to me.

    Since I can’t leave well enough alone, I’m thinking about adding another Strat to the fold. I have a 2005 Aerodyne black model without the pick guard, but the thin neck and vintage radius leave me cold. There are not a lot of models locally to test drive. Lots of online surfing has me thinking about the Jimmie Vaughan and the Robert Cray Strat.

    Question for the forum. Which Strat will feel most like my Hot Rod when in hand? Mostly neck size and shape. Not necessarily just those two, wide open to suggestions. Thanks.
     
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    Since scale length is the same on both, just choose one with features you like and with the same neck radius as your Telecaster. Shouldn't be too hard.

    p.s. Welcome to the forum.
     
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  3. Fluddman

    Fluddman Tele-Meister

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    Try the stratocaster hot rod series. I've got a 62 Hot Rod that has been a great guitar and has quite a largish neck (which I assume your 52 has).

    Cheers
     
  4. Telepirate86

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    The American original 50s strat has a pretty large neck.
     
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  5. SonicBlueByYou

    SonicBlueByYou TDPRI Member

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    Thanks for the input.

    Chances are good I will track down a 62 Hot Rod Strat. And if I can find one in Sherwood Green .... schwing!!!
     
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    This is what i would suggest as well. The AVHR '62 Strat (used to have one). They have the same radius and fret size as your AVHR '52 Tele. Also has a big fat neck too. I believe they came with the 57/62 pickups in case you're wondering.
     
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    My 60s Hot Rod Tele has supplanted all my Teles and went straight to my #1.

    I'd love to find its Strat counterpart!
     
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    My 60s Hot Rod Strat has supplanted all my Strats and went straight to my #1.

    I'd love to find its Tele counterpart!
     
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    I've got a line a Hot Rod '57 Strat. :twisted:
     
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    The Cray is a hardtail. String through the body like a Tele. Find out the specs and compare.
     
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    With the hardtail, does the Cray start to sound like a Tele or is it still all Strat? Thanks.
     
  12. coloradojeff

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    My SRV Strat has a very similar neck to the "54 U" neck on my CS Telecaster.
     
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    You are being let off the hook. Ahem, we need pictures of this supposed 52 AVRI or it doesn’t count. FYI, I would like one in an unobtainium cream color. No, it’s only in yellow.
     
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    I have not played one. I mentioned it because it is a hardtail.
     
  15. SonicBlueByYou

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    "You are being let off the hook. Ahem, we need pictures of this supposed 52 AVRI or it doesn’t count."


    I can play along. :)

    Here's my small collection. Tanglewood X15 Pro-Series, in my mind a VERY overlooked acoustic. Then the Hot Rod, Baja 60s, and the Aerodyne Strat. I also have an Aerodyne Tele, but it is at a buddies house.

    The Blues Jr has all the BillM mod's and a Cannabis Rex speaker. Nice little amp.

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  16. boris bubbanov

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    Your HR52 neck shape/type has more shoulders than most of the other '52 style offerings. Some would say D; some would say cross between chunky c and a U.

    The Jimmie Vaughan (super early ones) had a hard V but the ones available for about 15 years are a soft V, similar to so many of the other soft V strats FMIC offers.

    The Cray neck (I prefer the MIM version over the CS) is a fairly fat neck, with some shoulder also. Look at the MIM Cray, the Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and the Hot Rod 57 and 62 models - although I think only the Cray is still available to order. All have larger than 6230 wire and all have flatter than 7.25 board radii - none is a slim neck.
     
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    Thanks Boris, I really appreciate your input!

    The Hot Rod 62 seems like the choice to me. Where that becomes a struggle though, with the price those are bringing it’s not that far from Ron Kirn custom territory. And THEN the question becomes, why would a Tele guy invest in a Strat (!) as his first custom? Stupid addictions. LOL.
     
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    Ron Kirn makes a mighty fine S style - possibly better than his T types.
     
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    I think here the WildWood specials were discussed. They might have this in my unobtainium off white. I will check.
     
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    I’ve been following this thread out of curiosity, but haven’t played really any of the hits mentioned. If the above is true of your HR52, you might look at the Thin Skin 59 Strat. D shaped neck, fairly full but not chunky. 9.5” radius. 6105 frets.

    Here’s a link to one with caliper measurements.
    https://wildwoodguitars.com/product...age-thin-skin-1959-stratocaster-9/?cat_id=230

    No affiliation, but I have a 2016 model of this guitar and it’s the best thing I’ve ever played.
     
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