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    Is this AVRI '57 or fake?

    Hello!

    I am asking you to help understand what kind of guitar it is. I am offered to buy this guitar inexpensively - 700$. Inexpensive - because the neckplate is lost. How this could happen - I do not understand.

    This is supposedly the Fender American Vintage AVRI' 57 Stratocaster, 2008, but there is no evidence for this. And I can't check it.

    Can someone in a series of photographs determine if this is really that guitar?



























    Last edited by Alchemist666; 05-21-2020 at 04:45 AM.

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    Re: Is this AVRI '57 or fake?

    Quote Originally Posted by Alchemist666 View Post
    I am asking you to help understand what kind of guitar it is. I am offered to buy this guitar inexpensively - 700$. Inexpensive - because the neckplate is lost. How this could happen - I do not understand.
    Likely a partscaster, constructed (mostly) of genuine Fender parts. The non-spec item is the middle pickup. That's the only legitimate reason for the missing original neck plate. For $700 I'd buy it.
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    Re: Is this AVRI '57 or fake?

    Quote Originally Posted by phantomman View Post
    Likely a partscaster, constructed (mostly) of genuine Fender parts. The non-spec item is the middle pickup. That's the only legitimate reason for the missing original neck plate. For $700 I'd buy it.
    I agree on all counts.

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    Re: Is this AVRI '57 or fake?

    It kind of looks like one - doesn't mean it necessarity IS one - Partscasters can be made up to mimic almost any thing.
    If it plays and sounds good, then i'd jump on it.
    Is there a serial number on the headstock? If so, Fender themselves may be able to help ID it.
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    I'm not onboard and here's why. It appears somebody used some CA in the body screw holes to repair it. It also looks like the holes have been egged out to accommodate a mix-matched neck. The solder job ain't too pretty either. It didn't leave the factory like that. I'm going with partscaster too.
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    Re: Is this AVRI '57 or fake?

    One thing certain. Whoever strung that guitar don't know jack fucking shit about split-post tuners.

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    Re: Is this AVRI '57 or fake?

    Quote Originally Posted by phantomman View Post
    One thing certain. Whoever strung that guitar don't know jack fucking shit about split-post tuners.

    True!

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    Re: Is this AVRI '57 or fake?

    An AV for $700. First red flag.
    Last edited by Dave; 05-22-2020 at 04:40 AM.

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    Re: Is this AVRI '57 or fake?

    Quote Originally Posted by phantomman View Post
    One thing certain. Whoever strung that guitar don't know jack fucking shit about split-post tuners.

    I see that quite often.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Don View Post
    I see that quite often.
    You would have seen it if you'd seen my Strat in the mid-90s. I wasn't used to loading those tuners. I had such trouble that I cussed like a sailor. And the results were laughable.
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    Re: Is this AVRI '57 or fake?

    Quote Originally Posted by phantomman View Post
    One thing certain. Whoever strung that guitar don't know jack fucking shit about split-post tuners.

    where do you see that? if I click on any of the pics I get taken to some russian site with no pics
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    Be careful, Dan, when I click on the pics, malwarebytes blocks the site, "due to trojan"

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    Re: Is this AVRI '57 or fake?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Moore View Post
    Be careful, Dan, when I click on the pics, malwarebytes blocks the site, "due to trojan"
    first thought that came to mind when I clicked "damn rick roll". I closed it immediately without further clicking. Probably too late, the russkies are hacking my computer as we speak, komrade. Da.
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    Re: Is this AVRI '57 or fake?

    The correct word is "tovarich", not komrade.
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