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  • What do you think of this Fender Lead II?

    This is at my local store:1980 Fender Lead II all original (except for the the case).It plays great and looks good.Just a few scratches but overall it looks pretty clean.$550 is the lowest they will go.Think it's worth it?

    One chord is fine. Two chords is pushing it.
    Three chords and you're into jazz
    - Lou Reed

  • #2
    Not really. I don't understand the fascination with these...I learned to play on one when I was 15....it made it to some early gigs...but I dumped it as soon as I could. Not really a great instrument.
    Somebody say something.

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    • #3
      Ok,thanks.
      One chord is fine. Two chords is pushing it.
      Three chords and you're into jazz
      - Lou Reed

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      • #4
        I played a Lead III back in the early '80s and it was great. I'd grab this if you like it.
        Guitars: Ampeg Dan Armstrongs, Fender Telecasters, Stratocasters, Epiphone Les Paul, G-400, EG-1275, Dots, Gibson SG, Squier Stratocasters, Telecasters, OLP MM1s, etc.Amps: Marshall JCM 2000 DSL 50/1960A, Ampeg VL-502/VLA, Music Man HD150 212, etc.Effects: Vox ToneLab SE, etc.Influences: Keith Richards, Mick Taylor, Ronnie Wood, Paul Kantner, Eric Clapton, Rich Robinson, Jimmy Page, Pete Townshend, The Edge, etc.

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        • #5
          Too much!

          For $550 ( likely even less) you can get an 80's MIJ Strat that will ghetto stomp that thing.
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          • #6
            $550 is too high IMHO. That isn't a bad guitar though.
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            • #7
              Ok,thanks everybody.I never saw one before and I just had no Idea what it was worth.
              One chord is fine. Two chords is pushing it.
              Three chords and you're into jazz
              - Lou Reed

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              • #8
                Nice guitars and cheap for a fender USA but yeah i think they go for cheaper on ebay from time to time.

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                • #9
                  I wouldn't buy it for half that.

                  edit: a NICE Contemporary Strat would stomp that for less.
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                  • #10
                    Funny, I remember when these were new. Seems like just yesterday in some ways. Time flies, indeed.
                    Guitars: Ampeg Dan Armstrongs, Fender Telecasters, Stratocasters, Epiphone Les Paul, G-400, EG-1275, Dots, Gibson SG, Squier Stratocasters, Telecasters, OLP MM1s, etc.Amps: Marshall JCM 2000 DSL 50/1960A, Ampeg VL-502/VLA, Music Man HD150 212, etc.Effects: Vox ToneLab SE, etc.Influences: Keith Richards, Mick Taylor, Ronnie Wood, Paul Kantner, Eric Clapton, Rich Robinson, Jimmy Page, Pete Townshend, The Edge, etc.

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                    • #11
                      Bono used to play one.
                      2001 Gibson Explorer 1976 RI
                      1979 Fender Stratocaster
                      1983 JV Stratocaster 70s RI
                      2005 Fender Jazzmaster
                      1997 Epiphone Les Paul
                      2007 Custom made Thinline Tele

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                      • #12
                        I put these and similar second string Fenders in the same category as the Gibson Sonex, Marauder, S-1, 335-S and RD Artist. Good guitars that often go overlooked.
                        Guitars: Ampeg Dan Armstrongs, Fender Telecasters, Stratocasters, Epiphone Les Paul, G-400, EG-1275, Dots, Gibson SG, Squier Stratocasters, Telecasters, OLP MM1s, etc.Amps: Marshall JCM 2000 DSL 50/1960A, Ampeg VL-502/VLA, Music Man HD150 212, etc.Effects: Vox ToneLab SE, etc.Influences: Keith Richards, Mick Taylor, Ronnie Wood, Paul Kantner, Eric Clapton, Rich Robinson, Jimmy Page, Pete Townshend, The Edge, etc.

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                        • #13
                          I put these and similar second string Fenders in the same category as the Gibson Sonex, Marauder, S-1, 335-S and RD Artist. Good guitars that often go overlooked.


                          Yeah,I thought it looked interesting











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                          One chord is fine. Two chords is pushing it.
                          Three chords and you're into jazz
                          - Lou Reed

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                          • #14
                            I've been watching the Lead series for a while now (got my eye out for a lead III) - the market price over here seems to be creeping up a fair bit recently. I have not seen a decent Lead II for much under $1,000 in about 6 months.

                            For that price, I'd buy it.

                            Some examples:
                            http://www.digimart.net/pub_gk_list.do?org.apache.struts.taglib.html.TOKEN =21540ba3d4c1e42b7d8b9bd6fefcf53c&subSearchEnter=t rue&keywordAnd=Fender+Lead+II&x=0&y=0

                            (100,000

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                            • #15
                              If you like it then it is worth it.

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