What was a Broadcaster worth in 1980?

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  1. BeelzeBob

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    Hey folks,

    I'm writing a novel, it's part of November Novel Writing Month. I'm sure it won't go far, it's very tough to get printed, but I want to do a good job nonetheless. One of my plot devices is that a character gets hold of a mint Broadcaster and finds out what it's worth. I've tried to look online, but I can't get a reliable figure. Does anyone know what it would be worth mint in 1980 and/or 1985? I realize finding a strong buyer has much to do with what the guitar would go for, but there must be someone who can come up with a good range. Thanks for any help with this, I appreciate it
     
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    At that time there was definitely a vintage movement - Hendrix mentioned it in a biography I have from around 1970 - but it was worth a fraction of today's value. A 58/59 Les Paul was still under $10k IIRC.

    I'd say sold prices of Broadcasters were much lower. Tele Standards in 1980 were well.out of fashion they could hang on the wall at a dealer for a while- people like Bob Weir and Randy Rhoads were busy popularising new names like Ibanez and Jackson. And Mighty Mite and Schechter were Hot.

    The boom started in around 85, I'd say. It still took a few years for any guitars to hit 5, then 6 figures. There will be guys here who know better than me.
     
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    They were in the $4k range if memory serves. There was an article in one of the musician magazines of that era in which they interviewed Stephen Stills and he mentioned that they were getting impossible to find and he had bought one years earlier. This was around 78-81.
     
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    You are going to be needing to look that up on the interwebs but you will have to do it on one of these
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    Actually I see your problem, when you do try to look it up you get overwhelmed by the current value of things, no one seems to reference past value at all.
     
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    My roommate had one of those!
     
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    My friends father had one at his business, it was portable and Geoff would bring it home and use it to catalog his albums, he had quite a few.
    It weighed a ton and had a 6" screen, we thought it was about the coolest thing ever.
     
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    I'm guessing they were went for around 1 to 2k back then.
    I used to play and drool over a 62 fiesta red strat in 1985 and that was priced in a store for about $3k. The store was pricey and in Australia where everything costs more.
     
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    Another post with no answer....sorry.

    When I finally watched the sequel to "Back to the future" 15 years after it came out.... The one where Marty takes a sports almanac back, so he can make big money betting (IIRC)

    I instantly fantasized about going back in time, and buying hundreds of telecasters, strats and Les Pauls that didn't suffer the chisel/router fate from an idiot (like myself) who NEEDED a Khaler/Floyd Rose. :p


    Obviously, the sports almanac was a far better idea.
     
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    I’m sure that @nacho, author of The Blackguard Book could help.

    His fascination with early Blackguards started then and he was studying and working in the USA when he bought his first Broadcaster.

    Send him a DM or an email.

    :) Peter
     
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    1980 wasn't that long ago, i'm sure someone here either bought or sold a broadcaster back then, knows someone who did or can remember the going price for one.
     
  12. Matt Sarad

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    I had one in 1974.

    $200.
     
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    I can't help on the guitar pricing back then, but as for the book. Get it written and edited and forget about trying to push it around at the traditional publishers, it's worse than getting 'a record deal'. It will shuffle through slush piles for a couple of years, if it does get picked up they take nearly two years for it to get on the street, you need to do the marketing, and they pay a 15% royalty. Or you self publish, have it live for sale in twenty four hours, still need to do your marketing, and get 70% royalty. I've known a few that, while writing more than one book in eighteen months, within that eighteen months they sold a million books at that 70% royalty. Someone in the traditional publisher were still waiting for their book to come out. Then the publishers are chasing them and they ask 'why do I need you?'. They are outliers but that's the path that can happen.

    The where, both ebooks and on-demand printed physical copies
    https://kdp.amazon.com/en_US/&tag=tdpri-20
    The how
    https://www.kboards.com/index.php?board=60.0

    Oh, don't use any lyrics or popular song references, that creates problems in publishing. Have the characters make their own content up.
    Cover imagess and fonts are very important.

    Good luck with the writing NaNoWriMo.

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  14. BeelzeBob

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    2-4K? Oh, boy, that's not going to work at all. I need this Broadcaster to be worth 30K at least. Would 1990 or 1995 work? Adjusting for inflation makes it a little tricky. It's not central to the plot, but being a guitar fan, I want to work it in.

    And thanks jvin248 for the info and links. I have a friend who got some Who lyrics printed in one of his stories, but it took six months of his publisher (Doubleday) asking to get it done. As much as I would like to reference songs, I'm staying away.
     
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    I remember passing on a 56 Telecaster for 800 in 1982, but it was a good deal. It seemed like a real Broadcaster was in the $1.5-2k range due to its rarity. 50's Strats & 58-60 Les Paul Standard were the collectible guitars of that time. You could buy a 59 LP Standard for $7-10k in those days. Mid 50's Strat was about $3-5k if in mint condition. I bought a mint 63 Jazzmaster & 64 SG Standard for little less that same day. Long since sold those guitars.
     
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    In 1980 Frank Lucido had a ‘58 ES 335 for $2,500. I almost bought it. He showed me his ‘59 Les Paul Standard. It had the most tiger striped top in Red I had ever seen. He said it was worth $48,000.
     
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    This is reasonable

    I think it depends on where the character in the book finds it I’m sure it wouldn’t have been unreasonable to find a broadcaster in a pawnshop for a couple hundred bucks or less in 1980 now if it was a budding vintage seller then I could see it easily being 1000 and up

    Also depends on part of the country
     
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    I wasn’t around then but I heard of 63 jazzmasters for 300 and same period jaguars for 200 or so

    Although in a time when no one wanted them

    Do you remember what you paid for the jazz?
     
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    I was actually offered one for 2,000 pounds around that time, never actually saw the guitar, standard Tele's were going for about 250.
     
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    4K is probably too high for the 80s except at specialty shops in LA, NYC, London, etc.

    $30K in the 90s? :lol:

    Actually that might work if it was played by Jimi Hendrix or Jimmy Page.
     
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