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Discussion in 'Vintage Tele Discussion Forum (pre-1974)' started by StoogeSurfer, Feb 28, 2013.
Now, lets fight about what is or isn't vintage, LOL.
REAL relics here.
Nothing is vintage. It's all used. I think the best guitars and mandolins are being made now.
I think the jury is out. I've not played a modern Tele that is as toneful as my old ones. We'll also need to wait and see if these new ones age as well.
I also have a 1917 F4, it's pretty special and I've not heard a modern mando as good as it is.
I own a '51 and have played dozens of 50s Teles.....been posting on this board since I was 18, I just turned 33, and I love vintage Telecasters....I love them madly, but there's some real stinkers out there. They are DEFINITELY more consistent now. And, in my opinion, that's a good thing.
It's all about price, provenance, and condition.
The bad news is that a bad vintage guitar costs as much as a good one.
The good news is that a good vintage guitar doesn't cost any more than a bad one.
Well put. We can't deny that a nice example of a golden era Tele is just as good as it gets. Unfortunately, not all of them are "nice examples".
and keep in mind, I've played modern production Teles and CS guitars that are complete lifeless duds. Just horrible, some of them. I've never found a "new" Tele that is quite as good or better than my old ones. Many years ago when I acquired the whiteguards I have, I played them, listened to them and concluded they were great examples. I wouldn't own a dud, regardless of condition or provenance... the first priority for me is the tone and playability. My whiteguards are refretted, some have new nuts but all the rest, is all original. They are players and great ones at that. New Teles may be more consistent but they are eclipsed by old Teles that are right. That's my experience anyway. Your mileage may vary.
Agree 100%. There is such variation from guitar to guitar. Some have that magic, while many many many more don't.
The good ones are meant to be played while the bad ones usually end up being locked away and displayed in one of those fancy plexiglas display cases.
Yeah, just like Roy's "Nancy" ...
But this subforum should really be renamed "Telecaster Porn Forum"!