By Michael Casamento
To most people, owning the “genuine article” is the only thing that will suffice. As a guitar player, and one who appreciates classic “vintage” instruments, I can fully understand this point of view.
I can’t think of a single guitarist who wouldn’t absolutely adore playing a real 50’s Les Paul or Stratocaster. However, becoming the proud owner of a true vintage instrument does have its drawbacks.
First of all, there’s the price of admission. The increasingly strong demand for vintage instruments has driven their prices through the roof and out of reach for most of us. Top quality, well taken care of original instruments from the 50’s and 60’s can approach the cost of a new car, or in some cases a small house!
Another problem facing vintage instruments is their questionable reliability. Although they were built to stand the test of time, a vintage instrument will almost always prove to be more delicate and fragile than a later, more modern version.Continue reading The Pros and Cons of Vintage vs. Reissue When Buying A Guitar