Aaaaaahh Dreams of Vintage Telecasters.......

jamison162

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How do I go about verifying, valuing a couple of late 70's Fender Teles?

These two were out of this world, what a real Tele is supposed to be. I've never much been into the whole Tele thing, but these two have changed my mind about them.

Now the question is how does a great playing, sounding vintage Fender compare to a custom build from Grosh, Suhr or Anderson??
 

straightblues

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You can build your own tele for much cheaper than getting Suhr or Anderson. Guitar Mill, Warmouth, and others make great bodies. Allparts, Warmouth and others make great necks. Or if you are on a tighter budget you could buy a MIM Fender, put a Glendale Bridge and some Don Mare pickups and a little bit of setup work and you will have a great playing very vintage sounding guitar. A great bridge and great pickups are essential for great tele tones. Teles are a lot of fun to mess with and done right, you will get great results.

Guitar Mill
http://guitarmill.com/

Warmoth
http://www.warmoth.com/

Glendale
http://www.glendaleguitars.com/

Don Mare
http://www.buckcannon.com/
 

treeofpain

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Late 70's teles are pretty easy to confirm. People aren't really copying them (yet), so if the serial numbers and other features look legit, it's probably legit. Check for any signs of mods or molestation, check pot date codes, stamps on the neck or neck pocket, bottom of pickups, case, etc.

As far as the value vs boutique, they should be easier to sell in the future, but the value is, of course, unknown. They are pretty high priced now, and the overall market is sorta flat right now. I personally would not be paying the going rate for one, as I think there's as much opportunity for them to go down as up.

If you are buying it because you like it, then the investment value is a secondary consideration. If you think you will kick yourself later because you didn't buy that special guitar, then find a way to make it happen.
 

jamison162

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Well, these were both under $3,000 and they said they would deal. I'm not interested in "building" a tele. Re-sale value stink and I may or may not end up with something comparable. With my limited tele experience I've just got to go with what "speaks" to me. I'll go play a bunch of current Fenders and the local Suhr etc. and then re-evaluate.
 




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