Whenever I (or possibly you) look back at old videos of the bands I love, for some reason whatever guitar/gear they are using, I tie the guitar/player/sound to that snapshot of time. I was a teenager in the 60's, and in every band I played in, EVERY guitarist always wanted the newest model guitar, either brand new or used, they could afford at the time. As the years have passed I notice a love of those then new model guitars that are now old Going out on a limb here, but I would bet that the majority of guitarist who prefer the vintage guitars over the current new ones are most likely older individuals that have a direct connection age/era wise with that gear. But then I ask myself if I was a teenager now, would I want an old/vintage guitar, or would I want to buy a new one, and when I think on it, I probably would do the same thing the teens/players in the 60's did, and that is to buy the newest new or used guitar/gear models I could afford. Please note that I'm sure there will be exceptions to the question, but I'm speaking from a general rule point of view So three questions: 1) If Jimi Hendrix had just turned 26 TODAY (when he started using a Strat), would he use a 1968 one, or a newer one? 2) Will whatever current model guitar/gear that the current youths favorite band are using today be considered vintage in 50 years as well? 3) If vintage guitars are "better" than new guitars, how can Fender/Gibson/etc. stay in business selling "inferior" new guitars?