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March 5, 2010 6:57 AM Subscribe
When purchasing a vintage electric guitar, what are the primary things I should be looking at to judge quality in terms of both value AND playability?
posted by spicynuts to sports, hobbies, & recreation (16 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I'd like to treat myself to a 40th birthday present - namely a telecaster from the 70s. This will be primarily for playing, not for hanging on the wall to impress people. My gut in the month or so I've put into looking is that the vintage guitar market might be a little like the baseball card market...rife for fraud. Any insight into what I should look for in a 5 to 10 minute inspection to clue me in that the price might be inflated or the pedigree overstated would be helpful. Here are some other things I'd like help with:
1) what should I be looking for fret-wise to know how much life the frets have left in them, other than just playing and gauging action and buzz?
2) is it ok to request the dealer take the pickguard off to show me the pickups and wiring so I know that any claims about originality of electronics can be visually checked?
3) anything else I should pay attention to in order to gauge claims of "10% original"?