Any one own a Fender American Vintage Reissue?

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  1. Sunstone Recordings

    Sunstone Recordings Supporting Member

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    Hi, I'm considering buying one of these, the '62 reissue strat. are there any differences in the guitars from the mid nineties until now?
     
  2. Grap

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    The specs of the '57 and '62 reissues were changed in '98 to make them more vintage accurate: The 12th fret dot spacing and body edge radius was changed IIRC

    - Steve
     
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    +1

    they also changed to a new set of pickups and I seem to remember the neck is a little bit bigger these days.

    I have a´57 RI from 1986.Great guitar..
     
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    Mine's a Fiesta Red '94. The neck is quite a small C shape.

    - Steve
     
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    So what is the difference between the newer re-issues and the older besides the 12th fret dot and the body radius? Does a re-issue made today play as well as one made in the 80s before all the changes?

    The reason I ask, is because I sold the one I had (a 57 re-issue, two tone color and maple neck) that was made in the 80s (before all the changes)when I bought it new, it was needing a total fretjob on it anyway.

    But I want to sell my other fender strat (2001 american standard) because I do not like the larger fret wire, as I am used to the smaller fretwire of a re-issue57 and get a new 57 re-issue strat....but I need to know which you guys think is better? Or does the changes they have made to the new production re-issues make any difference as far as playability? Are the electronics very different?

    I will probably get a 80s re-issue, because that was what I was used to, but I was wondering if anybody was able to compare the re-issues (especially the 57) before and after the changes and A/B them?
     
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    Totally subjective opinion here: the Reissues from the 80s are the better guitars. If want a more accurate reproduction, go buy a new one, but the better instruments were made in the 80s. At that time the 57 + 62 RIs were the top of the line ( vintage) Fenders and it shows, I think.
    I own a really sweet 57 RI which has everything a good Strat needs. Made in 86, nicely flamed maple neck, great dynamics, articulation, sustain and an attack and vibe to die for. I also used to own a 62 RI from the same era but sold it eventually in a moment of stupidity.

    Christof
     
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    I`ve owned mine, a 92 `62 RI, for 7 years now, and refretted with big wire, is a great axe. More `Strat-like` than some origionals I`ve come up against. Great PU`s that sound clear, and not that noisy at all. Starting to wear nicely too.


    CT.:cool:[​IMG]
     
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    The post-98 pickups sound better and the necks are larger (more comfortable IMO). That said, there are gems and turds from every year. You might find a brand new gem and a "made in Fullerton" dog. Or vice versa.

    Play before you buy if you at all can. That said, most of the new models are very good guitars. Two caveats:

    1) Fender often ships them before the neck finish has completely hardened. This can make the neck feel a little sticky, but it goes away over about a month.

    2) Many stores have lousy setups. Insist that the store do a proper setup on any guitar you're otherwise seriously interested in. These are $1400 guitars, and usually $800-1000 used, so it's not an outrageous demand.
     
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    beautiful!!!!!! I see that the 12th fret dots are different on yours than the post 98 ones.
     
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    The local Guitar Center is getting one in this week I believe, I've been waiting to play one for a while and have had a difficult time finding a shop that has one in stock. And I've noticed every guitar in that store has a lousy setup, so I'll have no problem asking them to fix that for me before I try it.

    Thanks for all the responses!
     
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    Try giving Chuck Levin's in Wheaton,MD a call.Unless there was some sort of production reason I would imagine they have several in stock.Also Cintioli Music in Philadelphia has plenty of Fender inventory.Both places generally have better pricing than GC.
     
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    I have the opportunity to purchase a used post 98 USA Vintage Series '62 strat, with a 48 hour return notice period. I think 2 days of playing will be enough to let me know whether or not I've received a good guitar. Would anybody strongly recommend against this?
     
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    Go for it!
     
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    ditto!


    it's also very warm... almost as if it had a rosewood fretboard
     
  15. 50w Marshall

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    I have an AV62RI. I've had it for about six months now, and it quickly became my main gigging guitar. When I initially went out looking for AVRIs, I had assumed that I'd buy a '57 due to the fact that I've always been partial to maple-necked strats; however, after ABing @ four '57s, a '62, and an American Series Strat, the '62 emerged the clear winner. All-in-all I found the tone of the '62 to be noticably bigger and more well-rounded than the '57s. As an aside, I thought that the American Series felt good and played well, but it sounded too compressed and "modern" for my tastes.

    I bought mine from Chuck Levin's for about $1180, new. The neck had a bit too much relief for my tastes, so the tech did a set up to my specs while I waited.

    If you don't mind small fret wire and a 7.25" neck, you'll really like the AVRIs.
     
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    $1180 is a great price for one of the AVRI's new. what color? was that the store's price or did you talk them down?
     
  17. 50w Marshall

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    It's black. I was kinda hankering for a sea foam green Strat, but I was buying strictly on considerations of tone, and the black one sounded best.

    I think that Chuck's was asking around $1250. I just bargained them down. I've bought a fair amount of gear from them over the past 20 years, and I don't think that I've ever paid full price for anything (except for a Mesa Rect-O-Verb and, perhaps, my first Strat).

    If you're familiar with Chuck's (since you live in MD, I assume you are), you'll know that it's super crowded and noisey, BUT they have the best selection (an important consideration when you want to AB things) and great salesmen.
     
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    Well, anywhere is better than Guitar Center for trying out gear. every 10 seconds, from a different employee, you hear: "hey mind turning that down? yeah that's better."

    by the way, the 7.25" radius, does that make for easier/more comfortable chording? What about complex chords (not just barre)?
     
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    I bought mine used, and the previous owner had the neck re-radiused down to 12", and larger frets installed. Not quite jumbo, but not as narrow as 6105 either. Kinda the EJ strat idea, I suppose :)
     

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