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So just how cheap were Fender offsets before they became popular?

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by Daddy Hojo, Oct 1, 2020.

  1. Dana Rudd

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    In about 1965 I purchased a brand new Duo-Sonic with case for $200.00. Traded it in on a new Gibson ES-330TDC with case in 1966, price was $400.00. Still have the Gibson.
    Didn't own another Fender until last year.
     
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    Still are.
     
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    Don't tell anyone otherwise - it keeps the price down for me! Love the short-scales models!
     
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    Yeah that's valid about the amps.

    Regarding necks, you can spec out an awesome neck to your preferences then have Danocaster (or whomever) age it. Feels even better than a vintage neck. So you get a great feeling neck on a modern guitar. I really like going this route. When I build my own guitars I usually leave the neck unfinished or an oil coating. These feel great compared to the heavy finish on factory necks.
     
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    I bought a used Fender Bullet around 1987, or so and I believe I paid about $200 or $250.
     
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    USA made guitars were never cheap in London, from the early '80's when I started playing, any Fender, Gibson, Gretsch or Rickenbacker was expensive new or used, even private sales.

    Fender Offsets were popular with the early '80's original Post New Wave / Alternative Indie bands, such as Echo & the Bunnymen, Orange Juice, Hurrah!, Cocteau Twins & The Cure.

    By the mid '80's many of the C86 era Indie bands were playing Jaguars & Jazzmasters, Mighty Lemon Drops, Spacemen 3 / Spiritualzed,Lush, House of Love, Felt, Ride & the the Creation label bands ect.

    Probably more importantly from mid '85 we had CIJ / MIJ Japanese Jaguars & Jazzmasters imports brand new in the shops. Most bands who used Offset Fenders had Japan made models. USA Originals were rare & expensive.

    All way before grunge happened........!
     
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