- Dec 26, 2013
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Having played guitar for 40 years, I've always been intrigued with the supposed "magic years" of certain instruments (and amps). When I got my 1961 Strat years ago I was told that '61 was a magic year at Fender. When I recently lucked on a 2002 Standard a few weeks back I did some research and kept seeing 2002's for sale stating that these were "magic years" for the Les Pauls. Is this just a marketing point for folks selling their guitars, or is there something special about certain years of Les Pauls? I do mean recent, not the 1959/1960/1968 changes that we are aware of. I've played good and horrible versions of guitars of the same vintage. For example, I dig 1967 VW Bugs (highly revered as the Magic Year) and have owned 3 great ones and 1 that I gutted and pushed over a cliff. That Death Bug did not belong on this planet.