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man I wish my Telecaster was 6 years older........
By:  P. Briscoe (Non running-dog anti-imperial anti-Bush unapologist name-changer; 23132)
Posted on: 11-30-2019 10:25.
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Mine's a '75. Seriously thinking of selling it. But prices just aren't high enough.

Reverb.com average prices for one like mine are about 1.9-2.5K. Not bad considering the $300 I paid for it in '86.

However:

For the same model dated 1973, prices range 3-5K

For the same model dated 1969, prices range 7-9K.

The conventional wisdom is that after Leo sold his company to CBS in 1965, quality gradually fell off.

So the further away you get from '65, the lower the price.

The reality is that post CBS build quality was somewhat inconsistent due to lax controls. Doesn't mean every 70s Fender is a dog.

And while it's well documented that CBS made some questionable 70s design choices with the "higher end" models--Stratocasters, Teleaster Deluxe/Thinline etc, they pretty much left the standard Telecaster alone.

So there's really not that much difference between a '69 and a '75 standard Tele.

If I could get 7K I would sell in a heartbeat. It's just a slab of wood. You can get one just as nice brand new for $999 today.



Edited by P. Briscoe at 11/30/2019 10:31:37 AM