First, I want to say that I'm not a troll - I'm really interested in getting more information. I have a couple of old Fenders - a 58 Precision and a 67 Jazz. I have one more on the way (59 Precision) and have no desire to play anything else. I find them to be really special - the current productions for the most part can't compare. I am hoping to understand more about what makes them that way. I have a few ideas - wondering if they are on point and if there may be some that I am missing... 1. I read an article with Abigail Ybarra saying that with the move to CBS came the move away from hand-wound pickups. She would go from making 15-16 pickups a day to "hundreds" and that she felt the machine wound pickups were inferior. 2. I know Fender used Brazilian Rosewood on their earlier instruments. Not sure when they stopped doing so on their production instruments, but assume it was late 60s like a lot of other guitar manufacturers. I also know their earlier fingerboards were "slab" but they moved away from that - not sure if they did so because it produced a better instrument or if it was somehow cheaper and/or easier. 3. I understand Fender moved away from Nitro finishes to Poly at some point too - again, not sure when. Don't know what (if any) affect it had on the tone, but certainly know it has an impact on the "feel" Two other things I suspect, but am less certain of: First is that it seems clear CBS was interested in scaling up and moving toward mass production. Not sure if this was a good thing or bad thing in terms of quality of the instrument. I have to think it was bad, but with modern manufacturing techniques, maybe it produced higher quality and better consistency - but with what I am seeing from current Fender production, I'm not sure this is the case. I also have to think with this scaling came an influx of new labor, with all of the problems that usually brings. Second is that instruments just sound better with age. I am convinced that is the case with acoustics, but part of me has to believe the effect may be less so with electric instruments. But as wood structure changes, the wood reacting to years of being played and (maybe) changes in the magnetic qualities of the pickups - who knows? Thanks - I look forward to hearing from people "in the know"!