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Original price off Vintage fenders

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by lord toranaga, Feb 21, 2008.


  1. how much did a brand new jazz bass cost in 1966?

    just wondering?
     
  2. A brand new 3-tone sunburst P-Bass cost me $267.50 with a hardshell case in 1972. I don't know what a J-Bass cost in 1966, but that will give you a general idea.
     
  3. skaismyhero

    skaismyhero

    May 21, 2006
    Dayton Ohio
    :eek:






    Damn inflation.....
     
  4. mikeswals

    mikeswals Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    A Jazz was about $300 bucks.
    $300 back then was the equivalent of about $1100 bucks today. So essentially it's about the same as going out and buying a new one.
     
  5. thesteve

    thesteve

    May 28, 2007
    San Diego, CA
    Indeed...I always hear these tales about how a 1954 Fender Strat "only" cost $250...of course, that was over two months wages for a lot of people back then.
     
  6. in 66' my dad was making $75 a month as a sailor in the Navy
     
  7. In 1966, a Telecaster with hardshell case cost $214.50 at Art Kubera Music in Buffalo, NY. I was a high school kid and my summer job in a restaurant paid $1.125 / hour...$33.44 /week.
     
  8. droskobass

    droskobass

    Oct 8, 2007
    Montreal, Canada
    Former Part-Time, Non-Commission Employee MOOG Audio
    If you were to have invested that $300 in 1966 at 9% annual interest in an RRSP, you would have a balance of $11,195.26 today.

    if the interest rate was 10%: $16,429.11
     
  9. dbcandle

    dbcandle

    Jan 30, 2008
    Interesting. Based on this calculator: http://woodrow.mpls.frb.fed.us/research/data/us/calc/

    $267.50 in 1972 = $1,379.74 in 2008.
     
  10. droskobass

    droskobass

    Oct 8, 2007
    Montreal, Canada
    Former Part-Time, Non-Commission Employee MOOG Audio
    I'm not saying that prices have grown at that rate... but compounded anually in a tax sheltered investment...those would be the balances.
     
  11. Yes, but would the money fit into the hardshell case with the bass?
     
  12. sarcastro83

    sarcastro83

    Jul 27, 2007
    Toronto, ON
    which one was he, then? 538840653_452839dd1c_o.

    Kidding.
     
  13. droskobass

    droskobass

    Oct 8, 2007
    Montreal, Canada
    Former Part-Time, Non-Commission Employee MOOG Audio
    My Uncle has a 62 jazz that he bought used in 1968. He was looking for a p bass but no one had a used one for sale in Montreal at the time. He bought it for arround $180 and has played it ever since on thousands and thousands of gigs. It's had all it's finish worn off and his thumb has worn right through the entier pick guard (every layer).

    I think that to have been able to play the holy grail of basses for 40 years is about as awesome as it gets. It was probably destiny that that bass fell into his hands.
     

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