Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Sydney Australia
Re: Best Current Guitar Investment
Late seventies Strats and Teles - particularly the model generally dubbed the "tuxedo", which had a black scratchplate and white knobsm pickup covers etc - this was only made for I think one year, then all the parts changed to black plastic. Get a custom colour (ie: anything other than sunburst), and CHANGE NOTHING - not even the squalid Fender frets - for maximum investmet value, the guitar has to be mint, in the original (also preferrably mint) case with hang tags, instruction manual etc.
There is a vast difference between a guitar bought purely for investment and an instrument to actually play - you'd never want to play an unmodded seventies Strat, in fact they are close to unplayable, as they come factory fitted with dweeby frets and a monel metal trem which will NOT stay in tune, no matter what you do to it, but in terms of an affordable investment instrument, you can't do much better.
YOu can still sometimes pick up L or Pre L Jazzmasters - again, a great investment opportunity (when you compare what you'll pay to a similar vintage Strat), but I'm not sure you'd actually want to do anything with it other than start a Dinosaur Jr tribute band .........