In the early to mid-80's, in Houston, I recall pre-CBS Fenders going for around $750 for say, a 50's Strat, less for Telecasters.I'm too young to have firsthand experience. I've read/heard many accounts that these older Fenders were not desirable at that time and that one could buy these classic Pre-CBS guitars, basses, and amps for as little as $100-$200 at that time.
For those of you that bought a Pre-CBS Fender in the early 80s and/or had a friend/bandmate that bought one… What model/year/finish was it? How much did it cost then? Were there any modifications or was it a refin?
What year do you consider the Fender Pre-CBS market really took off?
Just curious. Thanks!
I was with my friend in the early 70’s bought a 57 black beauty for 50 from a pawn shop..I have buddy who bought a '60 P in '73 I think he said it was. Paid 50 bucks for it. Guy wanted like 75 but all he and his buddy could come up with was 50. He still has his as well.
When I bought my '60 in early '76, there were the maple neck ones hanging up. THOSE were the ones that went up a lot, because of that. I remember them being around a grand (give or take, I don't remember exactly). They had some newer ones I didn't like much, and then I saw this older, beat up rosewood one. $250. I didn't even haggle, I was a kid, what did I know. The guy selling it said no one wanted the rosewood ones.Much of it helped by the cover of Derek and the Domioes album.