Originally Posted by projectapollo
There seems to be a real question to the quality of the CBS era Fender products in this time era. Profit over quality. This lead to Japanese high quality copies and the eventual Fender Japan deal, shutdown of the Fullerton Plant, buy out of the company, etc.
So, what do I look for in a $1500 1977 Fender to be sure I'm not paying for scarcity vs quality?
The general rule of thumb on MIA Fender is:
- anything before around 2008 == collector's item
- anything 2008 or later == gigging instrument.
Your hands, arms and ears will thank you if you only shop for vintage Fenders as a collector. If you want to actually play it at gigs and recording sessions and such, get a new one.
So something from 1977 I'd only look at as a collector; I'd expect it to be otherwise a truly horrible thing to play (and it sounds like that's what you discovered anyway on this one).