When did Les Paul Juniors become $1500 guitars?

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  1. bigfoamfinger

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    Yeah, I was looking at SG juniors and they are also going for that. I don’t get it either, it’s just about as much for a SG standard. I’m only buying used from here on out, let someone else take the hit on buying new and maybe I’ll get one closer to a reasonable price.
     
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    Early/mid 90’s?

    I’m sure TV’s went up first.
     
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    With inflation, that would have been $975 in 1999.
     
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    Yup, it’s called inflation. According to inflation calculators, $1500 in 2019 is roughly equal to spending only $165 in 1957.
     
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    Yep, I only buy Gibsons used. $1500 can get you a lot of Gibson (or something else) in the used market.

    Right, but it's funny how Gibson seems to take the most advantage of this (over other manufacturers), especially given their questionable build quality
     
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    I wouldn’t say that… A lot of other manufacturers increase their prices as well due to inflation and increasing costs.

    Bottom line… Play authentic
     
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    I just want to make Mark proud
     
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    My grandfather never got used to idea of a cup of coffee costing more than a nickel.

    And he passed away (106) before Starbucks even came along.
     
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    Then don’t buy a new Gibson. What companies don’t raise their prices annually or every other year?? Doesn’t seam like a healthy business model to me. Increasing employee pay (happy employees make much better guitars I’d assume) logistics, other costs etc. Someone has to pay for that.
     
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    Mentioned several times already in this thread. Doesn't take away from the possibility that Gibson takes advantage of it. If they don't, then why don't we complain about the pricing of other guitar manufacturers like we do Gibson?

    Also, $1500 for a basic guitar, no binding, and one pickup would be more reasonable if Suhr (or other quality builders) made it. The fact that it's Gibson who has very questionable QC makes it worth mentioning
     
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    The field of economics doesn't revolve around what TGP members complain about.

    Check the prices of USA made non custom shop Teles.
     
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    I just picked up one of these. I’m really enjoying it. I paid a bit less ... perhaps someone on this board will get an even better deal on it at my estate sale. :)
     
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    Never said it does. However, combine astronomical pricing, spotty QC, and recent terrible PR: what do you get? They just continue to alienate themselves in a bad way among the community
     
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    LOL, what do you not understand about the fact that Jrs have always cost about the same? BTW, only people who desperately want, but are too poor to afford, a Gibson complain about Gibson's prices in online forums; those who are genuinely not interested in Gibsons don't waste their time.
     
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    Nitro finish, made in USA, with the authentic logo and serial number for $1500? Great deal, IMO.
     
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    Okay so it's just another Gibson bashing thread. If you just titled it "I don't like Gibsons" you could have saved us all some time.
     
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    I own a LP Custom, '63 Reissue 335, '61 Reissue SG. Swing and a miss. Sorry bud

    Quite the opposite. I actually love Gibsons
     
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