New American original '70s or actual vintage custom

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  1. jlott

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    I can buy the vintage one for a few hundred more. Is it superior, or inferior to the new one? I guess the actual '70s may hold its value better? Who knows. They both sound amazing in the videos I've watched. Gonna buy one of them, just don't know which. What do you guys think. Real deal or reissue? Thanks
     
  2. tele12

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    Playing them would probably be a good idea if possible.
     
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    There are no '70s Tele Customs near me. I'm near Detroit and as far as big cities go, it's garbage.
     
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    I don't even think I could try a reissue out in Michigan with the state on retail lockdown.
     
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    No comparison. Get the real deal. New guitars cannot compare to vintage original.
     
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    I have a 74 and 78. I’ve also owned the reissue USA. All three have their own voice. The vintage style frets are an issue for some. Not a problem
    for me. You’ve really got to play them. That’s a lot of money for a guitar.
    I prefer the vintage. Makes for a better investment. The vintage
    guitars have their own “mojo”. They have a depth of personality not found in the newer guitars..I’ll stop there before the kids send me of to the old folks home. I’ll say it again, you really should play them first,
    let them come to you.
     
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    Buying for investment?
    - if so buy the genuine vintage guitar: in the next few years at least its resale value will be higher.

    Buying to play?
    - if you can play them both then do, and buy the one that feels best to you.
    - if you can’t play them then buy the new guitar: quality will be much more consistent so it’s less of a gamble, and you have more comeback if there’s a problem or it just doesn’t work for you.

    Spec-wise the AO’70s has a 9.5” fretboard radius and the vintage will be 7.25”. Consider whether that is a dealbreaker for you one way or the other.
     
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    not all “old” guitars/fenders are good guitars

    Old guitars will appreciate in value though

    I bet the new one plays just as good if not better

    Aren’t the new ones finished in nitro? Vs the old one being poly

    Edit: I just checked and the A.O 70’s are nitro finished
     
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    If you're buying to primarily play and/or gig I'd get the best deal on a reissue you can. If it's a conversation piece/strictly home/investment buy the best cond most original vintage one you can find. Of course a vintage player can get gigged - dings and non-original means you can change it however you want.
     
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    One more vote for “play them first”. It’s fair to say that quality control wasn’t exactly Fender’s strong suit in the ‘70s. But if ends up being one that was made on a good day, the vintage one would be well worth the extra money.
     
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    That’s a pretty sweeping statement!
     
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    No way to address this productively.

    You have to play them. Full stop.

    In the little sample I’ve seen the “Fender 70s QC issues” are overblown.

    Regardless, these are not machine factory produced widgets to .0000001 thousands tolerances. Lotta hand work on the vintage and the AO.

    Each guitar will be its own entity. And how you react to each will be different than everyone responding.

    I have a beat up ‘73 and a beat up ‘78. Each is superb. Both are under 7.5lbs. Love them.

    Picked up an AO at a shop. Seemed really nice.

    I prefer 7.5 radius.
     
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    If I was going for a reissue, I would check out originals if they're affordable. You might get a 'better' guitar if you go for the new one. But nothing wrong with wanting to own an original and so much about the guitar is your relationship with it as well as the playability. One bonus is if you get a nicely played-in 70s original, you might find the neck more pleasing to play.

    What is sure that if you get a reasonable deal on a 70s, you can sell it for the same amount, subject to the market changing, and it might go up. The AO is worth 30% less as soon as you've paid for it.

    If you're neutral on the old vs new, it's less of a worry to buy new online.
     
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    You statement is funny because it could be construed as you calling the mentioned city as garbage. When I was there, Detroit seemed like a nice city, sure alot of the normal huge city stuff, but not bad.
     
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    Well I've lived near it for 48 years, worked in it for 20. Aside from sports and a few okay concert venues, it is indeed a dilapidated falling apart hunk of crap! Zero music stores within the city. Compared to Chicago or NYC? Yes garbage. Glad you like the description though
     
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    I lived outside Detroit (Ypsilanti) from '05-'10, and I can confirm.

    If you can't play both (or either), then I'd spring for the original first. If you can get one for just a little more, I would start there. If it doesn't work for you, it'll be easier to sell it, get your money back, and get a new AO.

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    One thing for sure is the 70’s Custom needs to be original all the way from the turners to the pots, if it’s not it will greatly devalue the guitar’s resale value. And in my opinion the tonal quality.
    The new USA Customs are not anything like the vintage. Their great guitars, you can’t go wrong with a new but you can with a vintage.
    That’s why so many of us are saying you got to play it.
     
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    Update. Didn't buy a Tele. Bought a '64 Coronet. Always wanted a vintage Junior. Prices now are too steep. Found this one in great condition for a good price. Awesome rhythm guitar.

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    Always wanted one of these, how cool is this thing? Congrats!
     
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    Looks nice! Enjoy.
     
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