I've been a Custom Shop guy for some years and only recently got into older teles. I had a '73 which was significantly 'better' than any of the newer ones I've owned and now I've had the '67 for 3 weeks and I am amazed at it's tone and feel. But I pose the question-WHY? Same design, same wood and (basically) same electronics as the new ones - so how can they be so different? Dryer wood? Oxidized electronics? I can't find any significant reason why their tone and playability can differ so much from the best Fender has to offer today. I have a degree in piano restoration and owned a piano store for years -I have rebuilt old Steinways, Mason & Hamlins, Baldwins, etc.- the new pianos are clearly superior to the old ones- better glues, woods and moving parts - so why doesn't that logic pertain to vintage guitars? Yes, I know it's an age-old question, but I would really like to hear thoughts from the experts here on TDPRI.