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Vanity purchase?

Discussion in 'Vintage Tele Discussion Forum (pre-1974)' started by SpookyElectric, Jan 22, 2021.

  1. DaveGo

    DaveGo Tele-Meister

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    Born in 1953 so my only hope of owning a birth-year guitar involves either picking the right six numbers, winning a wrongful injury case or dying and being reincarnated into Joe Bonamassa. I've got a magic '67 transitional maple-cap Tele which is appropriate because it represents my "birth" year of a life-long struggle to learn to play. Still learning. Still playing (badly) everyday.
     
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  2. jvin248

    jvin248 Doctor of Teleocity

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    Birth year guitars are a popular thing ... but I'm more interested in guitars I wanted when I was a teenager. Those have a lot more meaning. As for the birth year, just sort the change in your pocket to find the coins minted in your birth year to satisfy that craving.

    The previous comment about buying a modern/recent Pro II is solid advice.

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  3. Wallaby

    Wallaby Friend of Leo's

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    I would personally opt for the Custom Shop guitar, I think it would more of a care-free experience than a used or vintage guitar.

    That said, I frequently buy used or parts guitars and fix them up myself, which I enjoy. You might too!
     
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  4. teleman1

    teleman1 Friend of Leo's

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    You say you have the coin? Which means I want the best guitar I can get within my budget. If you had disposable income, you wouldn't be shopping, you would have it already.Unless you have disposable income, buying a birther guitar is a compromise. It means quality and performance are 2nd rate, not even to looks, but the age of the guitar. So unless you have $25,000 to spend without a wince, shut up, and start shopping logically instead of the birther compromise. Your just operating in vain.
     
  5. teletail

    teletail Friend of Leo's

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    I wish I could like this more than once. I get so sick of the whining about 70’s guitars.

    Three of the nicest basses I’ve played were 70’s Fenders. Frankly, a much played 70’s Fender is probably going to be a good guitar because a crap guitar wouldn’t be played regularly for 50 years.

    As you point out, the only way to tell if a guitar is good or not is to play it. There were good and bad guitars made every single year.
     
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  6. G.Rotten

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    I'm in a similar situation. I spent most of my adult life pretty cash strapped but in the last couple years things have gotten a little easier for me.

    I also have always wanted a guitar from my birth year but mine is 76. I haven't come across anything from Fender or Gibson that I actually like & both companies were doing some things that a lot of people (including myself) aren't fond of. There are some interesting and or obscure guitars that did come out of the era but nothing that I would consider a keep sake for me being as I'm really only interested in Teles, Strats, Les Pauls, SGs & 335's. None of which I like from those years.

    With the prices being what they are for those years & my not really liking any of the main designs of the day, I've come to terms that I will likely not have a birth year guitar to keep. I'd rather have 2 "better" guitars from any other years.
     
  7. loudboy

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    The Tele in my photo is my birth year, 1957. I lucked out, because it's also a really great guitar.

    I got it in the Fall of 1976 when I was a senior in college, gigging heavily, and you don't want to know how much I paid for it. <g>

    At the same store, they had also just got in a 1959 Strat that was mint with OHSC and case candy. They wanted $900 for it, couldn't swing that and the Tele.
     
  8. Guitarteach

    Guitarteach Doctor of Teleocity

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    I’d be spending money on the best player rather than a year.

    That said, I have a ‘63 Casino and have a ‘63 car.. I just need a ‘63 amp to complete the triptych and turn up to gigs with the lot for the hoot.
     
  9. Chicken Curry

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    Just the year? Nah, not worth it. If you can find the year and exact date (I don't know if you can), then I would say yes, get it! Provided there was nothing wrong with the guitar or not too expensive like vintage guitars.
     
  10. gitold

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    I’m a 1954 baby and I bought a birthday guitar last year. These old EPI arch tops are real bargains and the New York pickups are really unique and sound great. E71CC2CD-27E8-4AD6-868C-F9332B849008.jpeg CE5F5205-2A3E-4E62-A4B7-F7043F2EFF95.jpeg
     
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    I did it years ago, got a 1971 Les Paul Deluxe in goldtop.

    Loved the guitar, but I am a player and a gigger and was more thinking on not scratching the guitar that having fun. Sold it, got a cheaper beater instead and never looked back
     
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    I’d get whatever you want, those early 70’s fenders are gonna be the next to skyrocket since all the pre cbs are out of reach

    Might as well get it while you can afford it

    73 isn’t a bad year but that’s the year they strayed away from traditional, adding an extra string tree and changing the body shape a bit
     
  13. 985plowboy

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    I am all for owning a birth year guitar.
    I would want it to be at least a decent guitar.
    I do not have anything from ‘68 except the coins I run across.
    I reckon my collection is worth near 2 bucks!
    And best of all the value is holding steady.
     
  14. Bob M

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    I understand the birth year itch. Mine is 1952. Initially I thought that it was going to be difficult to find something realistic but low and behold I stumbled on a ‘52 ES 125. It is in really good condition and it’s a great living room player. My last 10 working years provided me with the extra cash to indulge. I could afford an occasional miss. Your situation seems a little different. I would consider buying the best player I could. Birth year guitars will always be out there.
     
  15. Skamania

    Skamania Tele-Meister Gold Supporter

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    Some of the custom shop guitars are more than the 70s guitars. I’d go with 70s guitar that speaks to you and is as nice as you want to pay. What is always in the back of my mind is once I buy it I now own it. It may take time to sell it, maybe months. Some of the new ones are nice even MIM. Good luck!
     
  16. Matthias

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    Fenders seem to have only got that much worse after about the mid 70s, when the CBS drive on cost got extra aggressive. And then, the heavy, poorly contoured bodies are the weakest link.

    Early 70s were still OK. Yes, about ‘72 they moved to cast hardware for some parts and yes, pickups were wound weaker from the late 60s. But Teles don’t even suffer from the sometimes finicky 3-bolt neck. Most eras have lemons. As always, best to try one before you buy. The narrow/chunky neck profiles on the models that sport those aren’t for everyone (I can’t recall what exactly came on the standard Tele) but I love them!

    The decision you have is that all eras are more variable in quality than today’s precision-made instruments. IMHO now is a second golden age for Fender USA (except for colour choices!).

    So why do I own a bunch of CBS guitars? Easy. I’m obsessed with 60s/70s guitar designs. Do I want an original or repro? I get more pleasure from an original that links me to the era and is a direct part of that history. And CBS Fenders are not all that expensive if you shop well.
     
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  17. Robert H.

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    1970’s Teles can be very good. I owned a ‘72 which was excellent after I switched the 1 Meg pots to 250k - my taste. Great sound. But guitars vary. Will the one you’re looking at inspire you to play? That’s the Q for me.
     
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  18. baldbones

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    I’m in a similar situation. 1966 though, so I’d like Coronado or a Duo Sonic..not sure why.
    It’s crazy really for all the reasons listed...and unaffordable for me at least
    But if you have the cash buy it and if you don’t like it sell it!
     
  19. Dan German

    Dan German Doctor of Teleocity

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    I see your point, but the problem for me is that the guitars I wanted when I was a teenager are absolute crap. Not only because it was the ‘70s, but because I had appalling taste then.
     
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    Tab Benoit has been playing the same 72 Tele Thinline since the early 90s and he does alright with it.
     
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