I have to admit that I got caught up in the vintage guitar fad and purchased two semi-vintage teles a 77' w/maple neck and a 78' with a rosewood neck. Neither of them were built real well and both of them were heavy. The 77' was stock and made a MIM tele look like it was built in a custom shop. The neck pocket extended pass the neck the pickups were severly ear piercing and had to roll the tone off a bit to play it. It was totally cool looking with lots of mojo but to make that dog hunt I would had to of switched pots/pickups (not a big fan of those either) which would have some what lessen the value. Now I have a mark jenny relic and a MIJ 68' beck tele and I'm twangin' away. Did I get a few bad examples or are the 70's teles really nothing special other than there age? Why would anyone drop $250 on a late 70's tele pickup when you can get a voodoo or blackguard set instead?