Price comparison with income from '57-'05

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Youngspanion, Dec 14, 2005.

  1. Can some of the older gentlemen from the bass community tell us something? If we compared average income from say 1957 to the price of a new Fender P bass of the same year and then looked at todays average income compared to a new Fender P bass of today, how would we fare? Is it safe to say that a Standard p bass is compatible or is it closer to an American standard?

    In other words, is the American made as affordable today as it was in '57 or is the Standard MIM price closer to what you'd be paying for an American p bass in '57?
  2. As a percentage of income, I think the American Series are better deals now than back in the day. I paid $267.50 for a brand new 1972 P-Bass with a hardshell case in 1972. That would be roughly the same as paying $2,500 today.
  3. RunngDog

    RunngDog Supporting Member

    Jan 22, 2003
    Chicago, IL
    Not really sure what the answer is in terms of % of income, but the value of the dollar today is roughly 1/7 what it was in 1957. To be exact, $100 in 1957 had the same buying power as $709 in 2005. So if the 1957 equivalent to a US-made Fender P (street price today of $1,000) sold for any more than about $140, then a US-made P is more affordable today than it was in 1957.

    Anybody know or remember the price of basses in the 50's / 60's?