How much were guitars back then, like the 60's n 70's

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  1. funkmaster

    funkmaster Member

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    i heard somewhere that guitars were like 100 bucks for a Supro. today i have to pay well over 1000 for a brand new LP with binding. I'm probably wrong so can somebody tell me how much fenders, gibsons, rickenbackers. etc much were? just the big name stuff but feel free to include how much the guitars you bought back then were. thanks!
     
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  2. XKnight

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    Don't forget to factor in inflation over the last 40-50 years. What you'll find is that your typical Fender and Gibson guitar is actually cheaper today.
     
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    If I'm not mistaken, the '59 LP sold for around $350 new, which was a lot of dough back then.

    In the 70's strats and teles sold for $400-$500, while Les Pauls were in the $750-$1000 range.
     
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    I bought my 1966 strat new in 1967. I still have the tag...$231 with the case.
     
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    How much would that be in "adjusted" currency?
     
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    I bought an Ibanez Roadstar, my first "new" guitar, in 1982 for about $400. It was Japanese made, a super strat in the Char[FONT=arial,Arial,Helvetica]vel-style family.

    I wouldn't look to pay more today for the same exact guitar.



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    Pray tell, where did you hear this?
     
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    I paid $535 for a Les Paul Custom in 1977
     
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    I used an online inflation calculator and $231 in 1967 is worth $1,493 in today's dollars. I have no idea how accurate that calculator is, but I do know that you can buy a new American Fender Strat for around $1200 or less.

    Here is the calculator link: http://data.bls.gov/cgi-bin/cpicalc.pl
     
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    A new '74 Strat with case was $325 at my local music store. I couldn't afford a Strat and an amp, so I bought a new '74 Mustang for $160 with case.

    BTW-None of my friends nor I wanted our first guitar to be one of those old used guitars from the '60's or God forbid from the '50's...we wanted a brand new guitar made in the '70's!

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    I agree... I bought my first "good" guitar in 1973. It was a late 60's telecaster I got for $250. I paid $325 for a '67 SG, and about the same for a '70 Les Paul custom. That was a lot of money back then.... almost a month's wages for me. If I recall, my new Twin Reverb was about $300, but I picked up a '55 tweed Twin Amp for $100 (wish I still had that one!)
     
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    whoops! should fix that. I meant supro not les paul. I'll fix that so to not confuse others
     
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    The LP Junior was $132 in 1959.
     
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    Have to disagree. There was no Gibson Custom Shop back in the 50s so it would seem fair to compare a regular production LP made in 59 to a regular production LP made today if we are talking about price points.
     
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    I bought my first '74 SG Standard for $300 which was full retail.
     
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    1977 - new strat $375
    1981 - New Les Paul Custom (silverburst) $650
     
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    Your concept of 70s prices is rather inflated.
     
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    Made in 67 SG Standard w/Maestro Vibrola, and "Plush Archcraft Case", purchased new in 1970 from Sam Ash, $252, all inclusive. I still have the original receipt.
     
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    Generally, Fenders and Gibsons were more expensive back in the day than they are now.

    Relative to average income at the time, naturally.
     

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