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I've never actually measured it and most people probably wouldn't consider it big...but in comparison to my vintage Jaguar (aside from the scale difference), it feels significantly bigger.

That's a beautiful Jag too Mike!
I guess every guitar, even modern ones are different.

Surf/60's Instrumental guitar feels right on a slim neck. Atleast more so than other style for me.

"as he stepped into the stealthy night air... little did he know the fire escape was not there"

reluctant aquanauts

Thanks, man. But if you ever saw it up close, you might change your opinion Smile

And yes, agreed. I definitely favor a slimmer neck (and lighter strings!) these days.

sidewalksurf wrote:

Thanks, man. But if you ever saw it up close, you might change your opinion Smile

And yes, agreed. I definitely favor a slimmer neck (and lighter strings!) these days.

+1 for the lighter strings!

"as he stepped into the stealthy night air... little did he know the fire escape was not there"

reluctant aquanauts

drumuitar wrote:

tubeswell wrote:

My turquoise AVRI '62 Jazzy (2006)

Hmmm. For some reason I thought that this a CIJ? I have mixed feelings about blue guitars. Some I like, others I hate. I have no idea why. Some just look wrong in blue.

That'd be OTM, and the serial# starts with a capital "V", so its from the Corona Plant I believe
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He who dies with the most tubes... wins

Surf Daddies

Very nice, Bill!
I love my AVRI JM. It's a fantastic guitar. I do favor the mastery bridge as the original bridge is not playable in a live setting for me. The strings just slip all over the place (I don't have a light enough touch.) I also did have to have the frets leveled down a bit when I first had it set up. I do prefer GHS roundwound .012 strings on it these days (with a plain G). I also prefer it through my vibroverb combo as opposed to my dual showman.

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Last edited: May 01, 2012 10:07:25

Bill...............what kind of silly question is that?

I have two AVRI's. One is probably the first AVRI ever ordered, and the second is from the second batch. (I have one of the Jag's from that batch as well). Indeed all are great guitars. But ole number one is it. And I too believe it is an all around better guitar than the original '65 that I finally begged WoodyJ enough to get back under my roof.

Other than machining my own brass bridge saddles and custom adjusting the pole pieces' heights in the pickups, I have let my number one alone. Number two has the brass saddles, and Jaguar pickups hidden beneath the covers to provide me with a quiet "Jazzmaster" in places where RFI would kill a stock one.

Been playing the Jaguar a bit more of late. All guitars are strung with 12-52 Chrome flats and I use either a .022 or .020 plain third for longevity and string output volume.

Love 'em fo' sho'

eddie k

Traditional........speak softly and play through a big blonde amp. Did I mention that I like big blonde amps? Not kidding about those amps.....Yum.

eddiekatcher wrote:

Bill...............what kind of silly question is that?

I have two AVRI's. One is probably the first AVRI ever ordered, and the second is from the second batch. (I have one of the Jag's from that batch as well). Indeed all are great guitars. But ole number one is it. And I too believe it is an all around better guitar than the original '65 that I finally begged WoodyJ enough to get back under my roof.

Other than machining my own brass bridge saddles and custom adjusting the pole pieces' heights in the pickups, I have let my number one alone. Number two has the brass saddles, and Jaguar pickups hidden beneath the covers to provide me with a quiet "Jazzmaster" in places where RFI would kill a stock one.

Been playing the Jaguar a bit more of late. All guitars are strung with 12-52 Chrome flats and I use either a .022 or .020 plain third for longevity and string output volume.

Love 'em fo' sho'

eddie k

Eddie,

I didn't know you had a super early AV RI. What's the neck profile like on that? I'm starting to get the gas for a second Jazzmaster and looking around my inventory on what I can move/sell to get one.

"as he stepped into the stealthy night air... little did he know the fire escape was not there"

reluctant aquanauts

Here's mine. It's a 2002. I traded for this and some cash for a Japanese Excellent Mosrite, I like the way this guitar sounds so much that I'm afraid to change the strings -

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Sonichris wrote:

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How'd you get the tremolo arm to stay put like that? (or is it trick photography?)

He who dies with the most tubes... wins

Surf Daddies

They should stay put!

Mine swings all over the show

He who dies with the most tubes... wins

Surf Daddies

It is hard to get just right, the teeth of the collet need to be squeezed together against the arm. DO NOT do this without the arm in place are you will break off the collet teeth. My AVRI Jag has one of the four teeth left...

My trem stays put too.
My last AV guitars that had this trem were early 2000s Jaguars. I think 2001 and 2003. One or two of the collet teeth snapped off and I could not remove either arm. Both stayed on, even in the case.

This new Jazzmaster the arm stays put and removes and snaps into place easily. I'm yet to have to leave it in while putting the guitar back in the case.

"as he stepped into the stealthy night air... little did he know the fire escape was not there"

reluctant aquanauts

BillAqua wrote:
I'm yet to have to leave it in while putting the guitar back in the case.

Me, I always leave the whammy bar in when I put in the case. The trem releases pressure when depressed, which is what happens when stored in the case, so I don't see how it does any harm.

Danny Snyder
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I've always been too lazy to take the arm out before putting it in the case.

JakeDobner wrote:

It is hard to get just right, the teeth of the collet need to be squeezed together against the arm. DO NOT do this without the arm in place are you will break off the collet teeth. My AVRI Jag has one of the four teeth left...

Collet teeth? Talk me through this again. There's no 'teeth' on my tremolo arm. Its smooth and cylindrical. (or are there supposed to be teeth inside the sockety thing?)

He who dies with the most tubes... wins

Surf Daddies

DannySnyder wrote:

BillAqua wrote:
I'm yet to have to leave it in while putting the guitar back in the case.

Me, I always leave the whammy bar in when I put in the case. The trem releases pressure when depressed, which is what happens when stored in the case, so I don't see how it does any harm.

When I got my first AV Jag and couldn't get the arm out of the collet I remember really freaking out putting that away in the case. I'd strum the strings and close the case and notes would REALLY depress(as they would when one pushes down on the trem).

I've been playing Gretsches lately and always swing that arm back so it just sounded really bad hearing the Jazzmaster's strings go slack when I closed the case. Maybe I should just get used to that. It never caused any damage to my Jags.

"as he stepped into the stealthy night air... little did he know the fire escape was not there"

reluctant aquanauts

DannySnyder wrote:

BillAqua wrote:
I'm yet to have to leave it in while putting the guitar back in the case.

Me, I always leave the whammy bar in when I put in the case. The trem releases pressure when depressed, which is what happens when stored in the case, so I don't see how it does any harm.

Yeah, I've stored mine that way since day one. Never thought twice about it.

I just got mine a month ago, it is a 3TSB Jazzmaster
BODY: SEP 15 2008
NECK: AUG 15 2008 / 54436J ---> Anyone knows what means this code?
S/N: V184944

My previous guitar was a Squier Jagmaster II which I modded with putting
Jazzmaster pick-ups, new tuning machines, new back cover & new electronic;
played for the last 2 years and it worked just fine for me, but now I can feel and hear the "real deal" with this AVRI guitar.

I changed the stock strings to 12's D'Addario Chromes and bought the same day a MB (many pals told me I was going to need a new bridge, so I played it the last month with the stock bridge and didn't have any issues until I felt fully adapted to the neck profile and start playing it more harder and often. The bridge started to buzz and the saddles were moving around. Fortunately my new bridge just arrived, so now it is perfect!

I'm planning to get a gold anodized pickguard, just for that vintage look, any way I would like to play it for maybe 3 years or so and then start thinking on getting an original one .. maybe a 70's model like Dinko´s or Dalivor from BM. What do you think, should I start saving money?

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