King of Telecasters
Not only is this a bona-fide telecaster, this is one of the best guitars I've ever played. This guitar handles blues, rock, country, folk like an old ball glove. The tone through my fender blues jr NOS... to die for. Wow. Pair this guitar with a tube amp and take it for a drive. If the amp is wrapped in tweed, even better.
The neck is thicker and the fretboard is narrower than modern guitars. I like it feels vs other modern guitars with wider fretboards and thinner necks. I have big palms, it works out well for me. Plus it feels like you're playing maple neck worth $2,000.
I've always had nitro finishes on my Gibson guitars and wished my Fenders did too. Finally I have that with this guitar and boy is it beautiful (and it smells nice, too!).
Jonathan Appleton is a great sales engineer and I whole-heartedly recommend him. Fast, friendly, and worked with me on the phone and via email.
I'm so glad I took a plunge and picked up this guitar. Fender did a great job with the AVRI line.