^ I'm pretty much in agreement with rob5755 on this one. In 1975, I bought a brand-new Telecaster Custom for somewhere around $500- sunburst, maple neck. It was one of the 3-bolt neck models. I liked the sound of the Seth Lover humbucker quite a bit, but I didn't really like the guitar all that much. You could pull the neck out of alignment very easily. I traded it in after a few years and ended up with an brand-new Strat that I really loved, especially after I put a Duncan vintage pup in the bridge position. In 1983 I moved to a blonde 1966 Tele with a rosewood fretboard. I replaced the pups with Duncans and that was an absolutely wonderful and sweet guitar. So... IMHO, a brand-new American Tele is a better ax that most mid 1970's models, especially the ones with the 3-bolt neck. If you're going to spend $4000 then buy two brand-new Teles- an American Deluxe and an American Vintage 52, and then buy a Fender Deluxe Reverb RI with the money left over! (and then treat your lady to a nice dinner with the money you still have left) The only reason I would buy a 70's Tele would be if I actually held it in my hands and it was a great ax, worth 2x the price of a new one. Either that or buy it as an investment, as maybe in 2020 it'll be worth $15,000.