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Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Martian, Oct 24, 2020.
From a guitar store mailer circa 1980...
That looks like an old add from Guitar Trader.
Ha! 1980 was right around the time I dropped the same $1200 on a brand new Ibanez double-neck. It held its value, but geeez, not like that Esquire.
Back then, Telecasters just were not on my radar, let alone a guitar with...only one pickup?! Who'd ever buy that?
Forget the Esquire show me the 51 tele for 1500.
Of course I bought a brand new Camaro z28 around then for less than 10K.
I used to get that mailed to me.
In the '80's, $4000 was an obscene amount of money for a late '50's Les Paul sunburst
In the 80s, I only played 1 pickup guitars - Strat style with one hum-bucker in the bridge. Or if I had a guitar with more pickups, they never got used! I had a one-pickup Charvel I really wish I still had now. Most missed guitar I’ve ever owned. It had a Kahler Strat-like fulcrum locking tremolo with fine tuners on the bridge. Simple like a vintage trem, but solid tuning like a Floyd rose. Wish you could still buy those.
I do have a Tele with only a humbucker in the bridge (chopper T). Would that be a fat Eqsquire?
In 1991 I held a 53 Goldtop in my hands and the store owner wanted 5 grand.
Crazy. Now they are close to that new!
Can't remember the number of shoulda/woulda/coulda's I let slip through my hands.Damn the bad luck...
Thats a neat ad !
Or the '65 Strat for $900 !!
Quite high for a fairly undesirable model. All those prices look high, actually.
My dad sold his '56 Strat for $800 around then – and it isn't like he was out for the quickest sale in the world.
When I was young you bought a Fender either new or used. I don't recall using the term "vintage." (Pre-CBS was common, tho.)
I figured it up a wile ago: if I had every guitar I've ever owned, the "collection" would have a retail value of $700-800K. But the "sell/trade one to get one" syndrome has been in play all my life, so my collection does not have a 1959 Gibson Super 400, 67 Barney Kessel, 62 ES335, 64 ES 345, 67 ES 335 12 string, 48 and 53 ES125, 57 ES125TDC, late 70s ES347, 67 Guild Artist Award, X550, X175, X170, mid 60s Starfire 12 String, 62 Strat, mid 60s Fender Electric 12 string, 1942 Martin D18, 1972 Gibson Dove anymore, as well as others that have slipped my mind over the years.
As a wise man once said, "Everything is relative." Other prices in 1980:
Cigarettes were about $1.00
A gallon of "leaded" gas was about $1.20
A ticket to a Dodgers game was $4.50
A new Chrysler Cordoba with "rich Corinthian leather" was $6745.00, a Subaru Hatchback was $3999.00
Shut up you lot and help me build this time machine
Decent Dodgers seats at $4.50 in 1980 money!
First Dodgers ticket prices I remember were seven or eight years later: $3.50 for the bleachers (the worst seats), and $6.50 for upper deck (considered the next worst by most).