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Time Capsule Telecaster ~ Would you pull the trigger?

Discussion in 'Other Guitar Discussion' started by ToneFidelity, Oct 21, 2017.

Is it what we call a deal?

  1. Are you stupid? Go buy it now!

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  2. Meh...

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  3. Hell no.

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  1. LOSTVENTURE

    LOSTVENTURE Strat-O-Master

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    For $800 you can get a new Baja. More versatility and the best pickups that Fender offers.
     
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  2. Stratoman10

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    That one reminds me of my first one, a 74 same color but a maple board. I'd love to have another one like it but i'd have to do a little homework on the price
     
  3. ToneFidelity

    ToneFidelity Strat-Talker

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    Yes, but I don't want a Baja.
     
  4. Neil.C

    Neil.C Most Honored Senior Member

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    That's a fair bit of money and I guess that is why you are musing as to its resale value.

    I do love the idea of a time machine guitar but is a '73 Tele really worth that sort of money as a player?
     
  5. ToneFidelity

    ToneFidelity Strat-Talker

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    Exactly. I buy, trade and sale a lot. I like the idea of trying as much as guitars and amps as possible. I always buy keeping in mind that I will sale it down the road. Might be a month or a year.
     
  6. balston11

    balston11 Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    A Sunburst 72 in nice condition went for £1500 on Ebay earlier this year.
     
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    railroadman Senior Stratmaster

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    Sarnodude Senior Stratmaster

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    The OP is in Canada, so 3000 cdn is approx 2400 usd.
    So, based on Reverb prices, it looks like a good deal . Providing it plays well, of course.
     
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  9. Cerb

    Cerb Anti conformist reformist Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Will you have a chance to play it? Like @heltershelton said, they are hit and miss. There must be a reason it has been left in the box for 40+ years, no?
     
  10. Sarnodude

    Sarnodude Senior Stratmaster

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    The best-playing guitar I ever owned was an early seventies tele. I stupidly sold it a long time ago while I was a poor student. I still miss it. It felt like a well worn pair of sneakers.
     
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  11. Uncle Bob

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    Could be it needed a setup
     
  12. Lone Woof

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    That is one of the best looking Tele body/fretboard combos ever.

    Are you able to try before buying? If it plays well, sounds good and doesn't have any sloppy 70s build flaws, I'd definitely buy it. Although not considered as a highly collectible era, a good one is still a good one. And prices for fenders of that era are going up.

    The case alone could easily fetch $400 if its condition is as good as it looks in the photo.
     
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  14. carver

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    the price is decent, but I would have no need for a 3k telecaster...

    for 3k I can get another strandberg easily, or I could get a custom made.

    no point in dishing out for an old guitar.

    Hardly looks like it was played. thats always an issue to me when it comes to old instruments.

    mint condition? must be mint for a reason... it surely isnt mint because it was someones main player.

    just because its "old" doesnt mean its good.
     
  15. carolinaeasy

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    You would be shocked at what people will do. A guy I know has a 1969 Gibson SG and a 1969 Gibson SG EB-4 in the cherry and black pickguard configuration that have been sitting in his closet since he got them as a 14-year-old for Christmas all those years ago. He just never got into playing the guitar period, but wouldn't sell them. I did a set up for him and played them and they are rock solid and fine guitars. He just won't sell or play them. But he has no kids and was an only child, so he knows I am willing to buy them when the time is right.

    My thoughts are buy this tele if you can afford this tele. You will flip it and make cash, but before you do I would greatly appreciate a PM.
     
  16. tealsixtysix

    tealsixtysix Senior Stratmaster

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    I'd be interested, but I'd hesitate. My experience with old Fenders is that the ones that are in mint-unplayed condition often turn out to have been unplayed for a reason.
     
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    You forgot to add in your opinion. I personally hate the S1 switching, twisted tele neck pickup and don't really like BSB, Sunburst or Black and don't like guitars with maple necks. I would take that vintage Tele all day over a Baja.
     
  18. Robins

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    I love the look and I am not a Tele fan. The condition is absolutely stunning. It is blonde and has a rosewood fretboard(love the combination).
    I think you can make money by just buying and selling if you don´t like it.
    It is a lot of money but most probably the only chance to get you a Tele from that year in that condition.
    But for that kind of money you could get a refinished white Strat from eBay or even original paint if you are lucky.

    All the best,
    Robin
     
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  19. ToneFidelity

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    Yes I will have a chance. The explanation is quite plausible; Seller is 64 years old, bought the guitar when he was a 20 years old student. Played it at home only for 15-20years. Been sitting under the bed since then. He haven't play for a long time and now he selling his house to move in a condo.
     
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    If it feels good (fingers crossed) go for it!
     
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