So being born in the early 60s, the objects I tend to gravitate towards are those from my formative years. I don't really have a connection with the 50s and by the 80s my tastes have formulated somewhat. I've always sought out in a pragmatic sense, tools to use rather than those which are too precious. This is an econonic rationale but somehow I don't feel the desire to accumulate, the want to create is much stronger. If I have enough money to afford some time to indulge in a creative pursuit that for me is all I want. The 60s and even the 70s LPs are mostly out of my price range and even though they are (better) as a tool than later ones I can't justify the cost. 80s LPs are at the end of the spectrum as far as the connection goes but I've shifted my criteria to accomodate them. As a tool to create the list is - firstly does the tone resonate with me? - that's something that can be tweaked but it has to be right to start with. Secondly - technically do all the electrics work? Is the action right for me, does it buzz anywhere? Etc quite simply does it function as it should so I don't develop any bad habits to accomodate an issue. Interestingly my LP is bright compared to my D28 so the tone journey has been to be working out how play the LP like an acoustic ie: get the dynamic range through the bass to the trebles. Amplification has added a large factor into this as it magifies nuances unheard in an acoustic (wolf notes in the bass for eg.) I've found humbuckers on another level in this sensitivity whereas single coils tend to be more forgiving. Last Friday night I decided to go back to using fingers as the attack on the strings with a plectrum was hard to control. (Never used a plectrum before but spent the last few months going down that path using increasingly softer plectrums to take some of the brightness out of the tone). I'm getting the sense that I can now control the brightness, have effective fingertip damping and like an acoustic, I can use my right hand to attain dynamic range. So back to topic, this lil 83 is $1000AU cheaper than a 70s version and performs like a sonic trouper. I think it's going to be a really good work horse, the rest is up to me to elk out the best tones it's got. If someone gave me a late 60s LP and it spoke to me I would use it as it was intended and not be precious about it but that's unlikely to happen. Would I choose it over the 83? If it was lighter possibly but hard to say.