Competition Mustang, appr. value?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by T-Bird, Jun 21, 2008.

  1. Hi.

    There will be a blue/white one available soon and as I don't use evilbay that much, I can't look into the completed auctions.

    The bass in question is without matching headstock so early 70's? Nowhere near mint, but very playable and no case.

    Any old instruments are rare here in scandinavia and the prices they ask are accordingly. But as my customers have pointed out when trying to sell them anything, if I ask too much, they'll just buy it from somewhere else (=import via the net.)

    Any links, estimates etc appreciated.

  2. Around 700 US I believe based condition. YMMV
  3. sonicvi


    Jun 10, 2005
    Houston, TX
    I'd say more like $1200-1300 depending on condition.
  4. DeanT

    DeanT Send lawyers, guns and money...

    The competition version command a premium over the regular Mustangs. I would say $1,400 would be my top price if it's in extra great consition.
  5. Hi.

    Thanks guys, even though I don't particulary like what I'm seeing ;).

    The estimate fenderhuz gave, was more to my liking.

    If my memory serves me right these same basses were going for well below 1K a couple of years back. I might be mistaking as Fenders really aren't my first choice, when it comes down to the preferred design.

    I just have to see what the price will be when the store-owner comes back from his holiday.

    But thanks anyway.

  6. DeanT

    DeanT Send lawyers, guns and money...

    The competition versions are "rarer" than the standard versions, so they command a bigger price. The original Mustangs generally sell for $800-$1,000 on eBay. The reissues sell for about $800 new.
  7. The only Mustang I've seen, similar to the one you're describing, is this:


    It's from 1969, and has been for sale at a Swedish store for quite some time now. The asking price is roughly €1700, which I think is too much. And as it's been on display for such a long time, it seems as if I'm not the only one who thinks so.

    The looks of that Mustang, however, is to die for.
  8. BobKos


    Apr 13, 2007
    Sorry, but under $1K for a 70's competition in decent shape is low. I have one and have been following prices of late. You should figure at least that much or more depending on condition.
  9. DeanT

    DeanT Send lawyers, guns and money...

    According to the Blue Book, Mustangs in 98% original condition go for $1,350 for the 1966-1969 versions, $1,100 for the 1970-1978 versions and $900 for the 1979-1983 versions. For Competition versions in the same condition, add 10%. So, a Competition in good condition, deending on the year, is worth about $1,000 - $1,650.
  10. capnjim


    Mar 13, 2008
    Having owned a couple of old Mustangs, I tend to watch them on eBay. You won't get a competition for 1000$. Usually 1200-1500 depending on condition
  11. DeanT

    DeanT Send lawyers, guns and money...

    True. What something's worth and what it goes for on eBay are usually not the same thing (for better or worse, depending on your viewpoint).
  12. Hi.

    Thanks again for the replies.

    The few I managed to find here were in the 1400€ region. Those weren't competitions though. There seems to be also a mysterious one for mere 5500€ :eek:. Now that has to be something special ;). No pics can be found, the links don't work etc.

    What I don't understand is how once an entry level instrument can suddenly be so expensive. Grunge?

    The 60's Höfner 182 I have is quite similar (Strat shape with 2 staple HBs). Those are rarer, older, and some even claim that they sound better. Those usually won't bring half the $ Mustangs do.

    There's just something about that bass that immediately caught my attention. And I usually don't care for Fenders.

    I'll keep You posted and try to get some pics.

  13. BobKos


    Apr 13, 2007
    I could be wrong, but I think this is a situation whereby people remember wanting one of these basses 40 years ago but not having the loot at that time. Now the loot is there and the want is still there, so they are selling for more than they otherwise would.

    I think there's alot of the same nostalga in the 60's car market right now.