There seems to be an unwritten rule that "old is gold". I'll give you an example. In 1974 I bought a brand new Fender Stratocaster, sunburst finish, hardtail and 3-bolt maple neck. Including VAT the total cost was £202. At the time, the pre-CBS instruments were considered vastly superior and that the 3-bolt Strats were a bad idea. Now over 30 years later the same guitar would sell for anything over £1500. So what has happened in the last three decades to make this a desirable guitar? Well, nothing as far as I'm concerned. It's still a 3-bolt neck Strat that everyone used to avoid like the plague. I would much prefer to spend the £1500 plus on buying a new top-of-the-range Strat. I've played a few and they're better. Period. Simply put, I would not own another 3-bolt Strat. I would be buying a much better quality plank and, who knows, may be another 30 years or so will see the vintage price rocket!!
Are vintage Fenders worth the money?
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31 January 2008
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