What amps (new or used) could 400 dollars have bought in 1977 ?

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  1. d l x r e v e r b

    d l x r e v e r b Member

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    Back in 1977 , what new / used guitar amps ( combo, or head plus speakers) could have been bought with 400 dollars hard earned in those days ? Although primarily about Fender please comment on other brands as well. The time period would be a new or used purchase between 1977 to 1980.

    I grew up in a small town with little selection of new or used amps, and internet sources (eBay, Gear Page Emporium, CraigsList, etc) certainly did not exist anywhere. As my first amp in 1977 as a teenager I came across an excellent condition used Kustom Kasino Little Joe transistor head with 4X12 cabinet ---- a large size rig to look good , loud, a lot of knobs,
    previously owned by a local guitar hero, and best of all was the size was in the spirit of many rock stars' large concert stacks of the era.

    Over the years I have always wondered what else I could have bought with the hard earned money as my first amp if having a better selection of amps and some experienced advice.
     
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    slider313 Silver Supporting Member

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    A used blackface Deluxe Reverb was in the $400. range in '77.
     
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    Bought new Music Man 130HD (2x12" combo) for $450 in '77. New '77 LP Std. was $550 in '78. Could have gotten better deals at Rhythm City in Atl. I bought lots of stuff from them later on.
     
  4. Rob Eadgbe

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    Four bills was a lot of money in those days. IIRC I was making $3.00 an hour in my first job back then. I paid $400 for a brownface Fender 4x10 Concert and a National Les Paul copy at about that time. That was my first amp, and I still have it. I wouldn't part with it for what I paid for it though.
     
  5. d l x r e v e r b

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    Rod Eadgbe ,

    Yes, 400 dollars was indeed a lot of money in those days.

    Adjusted for inflation, $ 1442 is the 2007 equivalent of 400 dollars in 1977.

    I earned the amount be delivering morning newspapers by foot seven days a week for many, many months in all weather.
     
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    In 77 I bought a 65 BF Deluxe w/the original JBL for $200.00 . Got stolen in 84. Damn, I wish I still had that amp. Wayne Krantz plays through one. Every time I see him play I remember how good those amps sound and My heart breaks. But luckily I finally found an amp I like more than that one. (see sig.) Oh, and I bought a new Les Paul Custom in 77 for $630.
     
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    right--i guess the question is "$400 1977 dollars or $400 2008 dollars translated to 1977"? $400 2008 dollars would be something like $125 in 1977, and the answer was "not much". :roll

    check out http://www.xprt.net/~benboom/ampprices.htm. very interesting read.


    cheers,
    wade
     
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    I know what you're planning, doc! Just remember to take me with you!

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    I had an Alamo in 1977. I also had a es-330
     
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    In 1979 I bought a '60 Strat and a BF Vibrolux for $500. Already had a BF Deluxe that cost me $100. That was a hell of a rig.
     
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    Leonc Wild Gear Hearder Gold Supporting Member

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    I had a blond bassman and matching 2x12 that I picked up for next to nothing. Like 75 - 100 bucks. I had an Ampeg Reverb-e-Rocket that I got for about 100 bucks or so. I bought my older Ampeg VT-40 for well under 400, from what I recall.
     
  12. Dana Olsen

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    In '74-'75 the going rate for a BF Bassman was $250-$300. Blonde ones were $25 more, and that's with cab, all orig.

    In '74 I bought a mint condition Blonde Bassman cab for $180 - from Ace Music in Santa Monica, and that included 4% tax. I already had the head ($140), and that, IIRC, was the first time I'd EVER spent over $300 for an amp and cab.

    We caught up fast though - started buying Marshalls and Oranges, and they were up in the $500-$600 range, with cabs.

    Talk about the good old days, Dana O.
     
  13. KennyM

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    Just about any BF Fender could be had for less than $400. Deluxe Reverbs were easily $200. I think I only paid $400 for a 100 watt Marshall and the same for a Basketweave cab with g12h30's greenbacks in it. Going price for a used LP was about $450 as were most guitars then. I paid $650 for a 64" Strat sometime around 78' or 79'. In 1980 I paid $1500 for my brand new Dumble.

    Things have gone up a little since then :jo
     
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    I bought 2 blackface deluxes for $400 in 1978, you could by a twin reverb for $400. A couple years earlier I bought a 66 SG for $200 and bandmaster blackface head for $45 and a 2-15 bassman bottom for $50 and and a new walnut ES335 for $350. Later I got a Les Paul Deluxe for $225.
     
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    If you wanted to blues/roots/low-gain/country in 1977. If you wanted to play crunchy hard rock, well...best get a used Marshall.
     

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