Even the good ole times were better then in the good ole times...
Price was not the issue discussed. What was discussed is getting your money's worth. Of course things cost more nowadays...DUH......The issue is that a Tele or any guitar should be ALL THAT IT CAN BE AT ANY COST. Having Tele 1's and Tele sub minus 1, 2, 3, 4...is not a good thing. A specific guitar should be "near perfect" without the need for cheaper versions of the same guitar. If $2000 today is equal to the $150 I paid way back when so be it. If you need to make cheaper versions of a Tele (or any model) just don't call it a Tele.Guitars cost a lot of money back in the day. That standard Tele would cost around $1500+ in today's dollar. Also, there are several price points making them more accessible to the person wanting to pick up the guitar and learn.
I like options. This has gotta be a troll, or uninformed post.
Right from the horses mouth.How TF do you guys remember exactly how much you paid for a guitar 50 years ago?