Tony's Strat purchase got me thinking. People with birth years such as I (1957) are kinda limited with this. a 1957 Gold top... or a Telecaster... or a Strat are ridiculously expensive. Even if I had 20K I can't see spending that on one of these. So what are the options? Gibson, Fender and Gretsch are pretty much out of the running. I found this 1957 Magnatone on Reverb for 'only' $4000. There are also Silvertone/Danelectros in this price range. So what is your affordable birth year guitar?