If in 1999 I bought a bass for...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Smooth_bass88, Jul 22, 2021.

  1. Smooth_bass88

    Smooth_bass88 vaxx!

    Oct 31, 2006
    Western Hemisphere
    If in 1999 I bought a brand new US Fender Jazz Bass for $679 (I did exactly that), kept it in good but used condition, what's a fair asking price for this bass in 2021? Bass is long gone... just curious because some things I'm seeing these days make me go "whaaaaaaaat?"
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  2. lug

    lug Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2005
    League City, Tx
    Eleventybillion and 1 dollars.
  3. jmattbassplaya

    jmattbassplaya Supporting Member

    Jan 13, 2008
    Oh man, I got a good deal for a couple Modulus basses and sold them for a nice profit. Had I kept them longer and sold them in today’s market I could probably have gotten anywhere between $500-$1,000 more than what I sold them for. Heck, even some of my Fenders would have netted me a couple hundred extra.
  4. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    Depending on finish and any wear I'd think you could get close to what you paid for it or maybe a bit more but if you account for inflation the amount you paid for it in 1999 will have less buying power today.
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  5. jd56hawk


    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    $900 to $1,200.
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  6. Warpeg


    Jun 20, 2005
    All I can say is that this recent wave of inflation has made it a great time to be a seller, but a terrible time to be a buyer. :D
  7. I’d also guess, as I have said before- the sellers market won’t be here forever. For those with classic instruments to sell-I’d sell sooner rather than later. When all these boomers go to the great beyond and their families sell their huge guitar and bass collections, you will see guitars that today would sell for 10k going for less than 5, just because the supply will overwhelm demand. Today’s 30 and 40 year olds won’t be snatching up classic guitars in the next decade or two, which is exactly what caused prices to blow up in the last few decades. That’s my prediction.
    I agree with post #5 as to current price.
  8. funkifiedsoul

    funkifiedsoul Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2007
    Yes, but are they selling at those prices?

    Honestly I'm not really the one to comment as I haven't been eyeing prices lately, but I did have a couple nice jazz basses up for sale a few months ago, (Sadowsky NYC and a US G&L), both priced to sell, they didn't budge. Probably makes me a tad bias.
  9. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    You probably could get your money back, if it is in good condition.
  10. RichSnyder

    RichSnyder Columbia, MD Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2003
    About $1150 depending on color and condition. Do you have a pic?
  11. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    Right now? On Reverb? $22,870. Reverb is off the rails.
  12. bearhart74


    Feb 26, 2009
  13. kmon

    kmon Supporting Member

    May 11, 2009
    Chocolate Disneyland
    A grandish…I don’t think you’re gonna get any vintage premium on a 99
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  14. Hand slap

    Hand slap

    Feb 14, 2016
  15. Honestly the most I see that era of Fender US jazz basses go for are like 1400. But mostly sell for around 900-1100. I wish I had a crystal ball to see what basses would sky rocket in price because it always seems to be the ones I least expect. Especially lately…
  16. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

    I owned a 2002 MIA P-Bass bought new ($739.00) that I gigged the heck outta and then sold in 2015 for $950.00. If that’s any guide. Had all the case candy, and some rash and a few dings.
  17. JeezyMcNuggles

    JeezyMcNuggles Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2018
    Santa Maria, CA
    I suck, but nobody really notices
    I'd probably pay 7-800 depending on condition
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  18. caasi91


    Sep 18, 2009
    SF Bay Area
    The prices for Fenders have become a joke to be blunt.
    Of course, considering inflation its not like they used to give them away but compared to today's used asking prices... its a great time to be a seller! Ive seen well kept American Standards go for $1100-1300 recently.

    A little over 2 years ago I sold off a USA Geddy Lee (in very nice condition) for $825 locally. It took almost a year for someone to make an offer at $900. People are paying $1500 used for those now since they're $2,000 new now....
    besides the net gain I also kick myself for letting go of such a nice Fender.

    I agree with selling off some of your less used Fenders quickly since I also think that staying indoors has a lot of bassists more on the hobby have probably built up a collection.
    Maybe we'll be able to snatch some up at reasonable prices once things have gone back to normal and people would rather put that money towards travel.
  19. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Inactive

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    I just looked at Revern sold listings. Plenty seem to have sold in the $950-$1200 range, Lots sold for $600-950. Some went for $1200-$1400, and I'm not referring to American Deluxe 5s (because they were tripping me up at first).
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  20. mikeswals

    mikeswals Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    Is that the old era Am Standard with the S1 switch?
    All those old Am Std's before the 2008 redesign are ho hum and not alot of desire. So about $1000.