Who already misses the AVRI series?

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  1. TeleBrew

    TeleBrew Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    RIP AVRI. I have three from the series now (and have owned others in the past). I have a modded 1997 '52 Tele (mini humbucker in the neck). I bought a '64 Tele last month and it's now my favorite guitar. So I went ahead and got a '65 Strat, which arrived today, and which is also terrific.

    I can't help but wonder why Fender discontinued the AVRI series ENTIRELY in favor of the American Originals. Adding the American Originals to the AVRI line? Yeah, that would make some sense to me. But eliminating that line entirely? Weird.
     
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  2. Jakedog

    Jakedog Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    I finally got to try the AO series. 50's tele, 60's tele, and 60's strat.

    I have owned a '57RI strat, several '62RI strats, and two '52RI teles from the AVRI series.

    I like the new ones a ton better.
     
  3. gobi_grey

    gobi_grey Tele-Afflicted

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    AV were the best guitars made in my lifetime. I have three and will cherish them for the rest of my lifetime.
     
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    moosie Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    This has been beaten to death. Yes, they're sorely missed. I own 58 & 64 Teles, wanted a 52 some day. I own a 65 JM, and wanted one of the Strats eventually.
     
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    RadioFM74 Friend of Leo's

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    I won't miss them once I have a 64 and a 56 (or 59) in my stable. But yes, they were the only current production guitars I was really interested in. Now no longer in production.

    I still have to hold an AO in my hands, so I'll definitely do that as well. But my eyes are on the used market.
     
  6. rze99

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    They are going to come up more used .the new models will appeal more to some for their 9. Radius et al. Some will move on their 64s and 52s
     
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    There's still tons new available in stores. The new Original series looks like a good take on the same theme. The difference is nuance.
     
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    I wouldn't miss that 7" radius. I can barely cope with 9".
     
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    I've never seen an AO but I do have a '56 Strat and a 70s reissue MIJ Tele - and I really like both. I'm not in the market for any new or traded high value Fenders, so it's not something I'll ponder on for too long.

    As mentioned, I haven't had chance to compare / contrast but it always feels a bit wrong to kill a product that seems to have been so popular. However, I presume Fender will have done its market research before doing so.
     
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    Who can resist double binding?
     
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    I got my '52. I don't care what they do from here.
     
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    Although I haven’t tried the AO range yet, I feel fortunate to have an AV52 and 64, which I’ll never sell and are truly amazing.

    I would love to get hold of a AV 56 strat, which I keep falling back to when at my local shop. They stock a few still and it should be a matter of time.

    As soon as I get my hands on that one too I really don’t mind the line being gone as I sort of like the fact that they are actually discontinued, leaving all that didn’t manage to get one in agony and despair... ;)
     
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    I do find it odd that the only way to get a 7.25 radius Fender is now the mim classic series. Most of my guitars have the vintage radius in fact the 2 I have with 9.5 are my least played guitars. My Gibson’s only get an airing when I need that sound and I have 12 gauge strings on those to stop them feeling so bendy. Doesn’t matter that much though I’m sure if I want an avri I will be able get a used one.
     
  14. Jakedog

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    7.25" players shouldn't despair. There's always the PRS Silver Sky.

    Ducking now!
     
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    I miss the idea of it, but I only ever played one briefly in a shop and wasn't moved by it. Never having owned one and never having planned to own one, I can't say I'll miss it in more than theory. I like the idea that something like that was available, but that's about as far as it went with me.
     
  16. scrapyardblue

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    Don't miss them at all, play my AV52 every single day. Now, if something were to happen to mine, I'd be in trouble. Best sounding, easiest playing, most durable, maintenance free, good looking, sweet talking guitar I've ever laid my hands on.
     
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    Having owned and gotten rid of two AVRI 52 Teles, I'm curious of what your candid opinion of them is, and why you didn't keep them? (or maybe you still have them, but that's not what I'm sensing from your post)
     
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    Yep, never going to miss a 7.25 radius. Gimme a 12 all day long.
     
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    I had a '62ri CAR Tele but sold it because I just couldn't bond with it. Heavy, small neck/frets. But the biggest gripe I had about it was that it was dead as a door nail. Just couldn't get it to resonate, very little sustain.
     
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    A surf green AVRI 57 Strat has been on my wish list for years. Looks like Fender doesn’t offer the AO 50’s Strat in surf green, so the AVRI will remain on the wish list.
     
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