Dear TBers... Do you know why Fender put the American Original basses in production? They can't replace the AVRIs ... no pickups covers, non-vintage fretboard radius, bland colours selection ... what's the meaning? And why they seem to cost that much with respect to the AVRIs? Because they don't have the pickup covers??? Seriously, which kind of instruments we are looking at now? If i buy a MIM with nirtro lacquer finish I have the same stuff with the exclusion of the five patents writings on the headstock and of the vintage style HSC .... What's Fender's intent?