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Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Stiles, Sep 12, 2019.
I am probably biased but I would say the AV series.
The 72 custom is pretty rare..
Rare as hen's teeth and definitely the best Fender telecaster EVER made.
A wha...? Pleas illuminate.
Thank you. Respectfully not sure what’s so desirable aside from being a really nice looking modern 50s type. Is it the neck?
I have had literally hundreds of teles ,50s,60s,70s,CS ,this SMOKES them all .
Most of the sound of course comes from pickups but the neck is sublime too (nice round U shape ,not to skinny,not too fat)
It FEELS and sounds exquisite and , contrary to most vintage teles,is very balanced across all strings, super twangy on the wound strings but nice and full in the unwound ones.
The AV series is really nice and there is a limited supply but there are also so many custom shops floating around. That will probably keep the AV value from ever going too high.
Maybe. Not so sue about the 3 tone sunburst but I have a pristine Surf Green 62 AVRI. About 500 made. Beautiful and it looks like it has just come off the production line. There was a turquoise blue one as well not so many Made. This is one I keep in its case though I’d prefer it to be out because it only gets play when I decide to pull it out. I better keep it clean I think.
I'd buy a 62 burst double bound right quick, if it had a neck like my AV64.
I had a NOS Dakota Red GE Smith that I bought 4 or 5 years ago from Chuck Levin’s over the phone. Dude misquoted me the price but he was cool and actually stuck to it - $1,000.
7 lbs even.
I wish I had kept it and stripped the neck like GE did with his . Stickiest neck ever.
But , there was a price blip a couple years ago and people were getting $2500+ for them and I bit , and took the money and ran !
Great guitars but not in stock form.
Yes, the '62 AVRI. Scarce, beautiful, and a player.
The problem (for me) with most CS guitars is that they are factory distressed. CS. N.O.S. are, sadly, rare guitars (and I have owned two over the years, one of which is my #1 guitar in my avatar, and the other of which I really regret selling). I would always seek out an AV alternative to CS, if it existed. They are generally as good in quality IME, just perhaps a bit heavier across the board, and with much better N.O.S. finishes (which I think most people will appreciate more than factory relics, in time).
It used to be that you had to go CS for the nice Flash Coat/Thin Skin finishes and accurate reissues, but that changed with AV. Then they took it away once they realized they had pretty much outdone themselves with that line.
I think the custom color, and especially limited edition, AVs are going to be heavily sought after in 20 or 30 years, especially in clean condition (because they wear so easily, just like the originals on which they are based). The limited edition colors with matching heads were usually made in batches of approximately 300. My '65 Shoreline Gold Strat is one of 291, for example...but it already has some finish checking, and I live in an extremely mild climate (Los Angeles) and have never traveled with the guitar. My '65 limited edition Blue Ice Metallic Jaguar already has checking as well. With those finishes, you just look at them the wrong way and you get paid back with a ding, scratch, swirl, dulling, haze, or checking line. They're already fairly rare in super clean condition. They're going to be way more so in 20 or 30 years.
Jim Kelly, Carmine St Guitars. I would like to have one of his Teles.
Actually, the Squier vintage Modified Telecaster Custom II P90 might get desirable (same with the ‘51). Same with the Black Dove.
You really can't predict stuff like this ... I wouldn't buy any guitar as an investment ... Including vintage, new, celebrity owned, autographed, rare, special edition ...
My vote goes to the Muddy Waters Tele. Great guitar and not produced that long.
It'll probably never happen, but I'd love to get one of those Bowery Pine Teles.
The vintage market for models after the early 70s has not taken place thus far. I doubt it will unless vintage dealers create it. Going to be hard to do.