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boogiemantoo
03-16-2009, 07:58 PM
What is a 1979 25th Anniversary Strat worth? I have one in original shape with all of the goodies, I suspect original strings even. I know the question is subjective, but can we find proof of the real value of an almost mint example intact with everything , certificate , warranty, cord etc the whole nine yards.

Glide
03-16-2009, 08:12 PM
Mine wouldn't move at $2.6k and it is as mint as they come. And includes the 1979 Fender Bridge magazine, certificate, all tags, owner's manual, cord, warranty, trem, ashtray cover, and has spent 30 years in a case with ZERO greening as these were prone to do. An untouched time capsule. :)

It's going back until the market comes back - and I may end up keeping it even then - :)

http://www.vintagestrat.com/79strat1.gif

XKnight
03-16-2009, 08:59 PM
I almost bought one of these when they first came out. I remember playing the guitar and instead bought a new Dean Z. Both guitars have appreciated in value nicely. I wish I had purchased both and kept them.

As for value in today's market, I'd say you can probably get $1500 for a mint example. Probably more if you find the right buyer.

Tweedledee
03-16-2009, 09:18 PM
There was one on the Chicago Craiglist for a long time that went through several price reductions. If I remember correctly, the last one was around $1500 so I assume that is what it ended up selling for. I've seen them listed anywhere from less than $1500 to almost $3000, but they don't seem to sell at the high end of that scale.

There's one on eBay now with a Buy It Now price of $1395:

http://rover.ebay.com/ar/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?mpt=%5BCacheBuster%5D&adtype=1&size=1x1&type=4&campid=5336128656&toolid=10001&mpre=http%3A%2F%2Fcgi.ebay.com%2F1979-Fender-Anniversary-Stratocaster-Silver_W0QQitemZ230330750528http://cgi.ebay.com/1979-Fender-Anniversary-Stratocaster-Silver_W0QQitemZ230330750528 (http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?type=3&campid=5336128656&toolid=10001&mpre=http%3A%2F%2Fcgi.ebay.com%2F1979-Fender-Anniversary-Stratocaster-Silver_W0QQitemZ230330750528)

One did sell for a little over $2k that seems to have been mint:

http://rover.ebay.com/ar/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?mpt=%5BCacheBuster%5D&adtype=1&size=1x1&type=4&campid=5336128656&toolid=10001&mpre=http%3A%2F%2Fcgi.ebay.com%2FVINTAGE-1979-Fender-Anniversary-Strat-Electric-1-OWNER_W0QQitemZ370170987734http://cgi.ebay.com/VINTAGE-1979-Fender-Anniversary-Strat-Electric-1-OWNER_W0QQitemZ370170987734 (http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?type=3&campid=5336128656&toolid=10001&mpre=http%3A%2F%2Fcgi.ebay.com%2FVINTAGE-1979-Fender-Anniversary-Strat-Electric-1-OWNER_W0QQitemZ370170987734)

Based on those two, I would say the value at the moment is somewhere between those prices.

treeofpain
03-16-2009, 09:53 PM
$1500ish seems fair in today's environment. Keep in mind that they made a TON of these guitars, not just in 1979 either. Also, since they were "Anniversary" editions - the first marketed collectible strat, a lot of them were kept in very nice condition.

While these are cool guitars and will always have some appeal, I think you will be waiting a while for the prices to get beyond $2k. There are just so many cool guitars competing for the dollars at that price range. Just my 2 cents...

Tweedledee
03-16-2009, 10:13 PM
$1500ish seems fair in today's environment. Keep in mind that they made a TON of these guitars, not just in 1979 either. Also, since they were "Anniversary" editions - the first marketed collectible strat, a lot of them were kept in very nice condition.

While these are cool guitars and will always have some appeal, I think you will be waiting a while for the prices to get beyond $2k. There are just so many cool guitars competing for the dollars at that price range. Just my 2 cents...

Excellent points. Personally, I would spend $1500 on a good non-Anniversary edition '79 Strat before I spent that much on the Anniversary edition. That huge "ANNIVERSARY" logo emblazoned across the body actually makes it much less appealing to me. I think if they would have just made them in the limited edition silver color but put "25th Anniversary" on the neck plate they would be worth more. Otherwise they kind of scream out "Don't play me! I'm for collectors!" which detracts from the appeal, at least for me.

Cody
03-16-2009, 10:18 PM
A white mint one would probably fetch more than the silver, but they would have to be exceedingly rare by now... most of them flaked badly.

boogiemantoo
03-17-2009, 06:52 AM
Thanks TGPers! I Have seen them in bad shape for 1395 and mint for 3695. So I have no real answer.As everything else they are worth what someone is willing to pay for them.

Fender says 9500 silver bodies were produced total so that makes them collectable and $2K won't buy much strat since the price increase so I won't take mine to market at this time because I feel 70's strats are next to jump like the 60's did about 13 years ago when I sold my 68-69 strat for $1475 in about 5 minutes, wish I had that puppy back along with my 63 melody maker from high school. Such is life, thanks guys

mc5nrg
03-17-2009, 03:27 PM
9500 isn't exactly a low production run.

THebert
03-17-2009, 03:40 PM
Mine wouldn't move at $2.6k and it is as mint as they come. And includes the 1979 Fender Bridge magazine, certificate, all tags, owner's manual, cord, warranty, trem, ashtray cover, and has spent 30 years in a case with ZERO greening as these were prone to do. An untouched time capsule. :)

It's going back until the market comes back - and I may end up keeping it even then - :)

http://www.vintagestrat.com/79strat1.gif

I just have to say that is nice, really really nice. :dude