The Guitar Market, A Fair Price

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by Lo Blues, Feb 16, 2009.

  1. Lo Blues

    Lo Blues Member

    Oct 15, 2008
    There's been a few threads lately comparing the quality of a guitar to it's price. For example should the '59 Les Paul be a 1/4 mil, or is the custom shop worth 10 times it's overseas counterpart etc.

    I would like to know what people think fair or realistic prices should be. And yes the guitar market is what it is because of supply and demand and the present economy etc. but so is the housing market and I'll bet ya that's gonna get a lot more realistic really soon. So what should it be? Just in case you weren't sure about the current figures here's a few:

    Les Paul Std 2008- $2,699.99
    CS 1959 VOS Les Paul - $5,583.08
    American Std Strat- $999.99
    American Std Tele- $999.99
    AVS Telecaster- $1,499.99
    AVS Stratocaster- $1,499.99
    CS '56 Stratocaster - 2,820.80

    1959 Les Paul Standard $100,000-$750,000
    1952 Telecaster and 1957 Stratocaster- $50,000-$500,00
  2. ugacrow

    ugacrow Member

    May 30, 2008
    What "should" prices be?

    Whatever the market dictates. Supply and demand sort it out just fine. I "wish" that all guitars were cheap or free, but that's not gonna happen. I can decide what a guitar is "worth" to me personally, but that doesn't mean it "should" be that price.

    That's a really vague, open-ended question that only an economist with perfect information could really answer correctly.
  3. sqadan

    sqadan Member

    Jan 24, 2008
    In my cave, with my power animal
    The Gibson / Fender Custom Shop reissues are way overpriced IMO. I bought my R7 from a local dealer who gave me a VERY good deal and it was still hard to swallow.

    But the latest prices are totally absurd.... $5,500 for an R9??? You can get a Collings City Limits for a grand less... and it's a much higher quality guitar, with Lollar pups to boot.

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