I've owned three silver Deluxes: late 70's, '72, and '67 (yeah, it's silver!). When I had the late 70's and the '72, I usually used the late 70's one. It sounded really good with a Weber speaker. The '72 was really nice and in mint condition, but I didn't grab it as often. Now I just have the '67, and it is really good. Conclusion: properly set up and serviced, 'most any era can sound fine.