Ever see a pre-CBS Fender in a pawn shop?

Discussion in 'Pre-CBS Strats (before 1966)' started by mikej89, Dec 3, 2021.

  1. mikej89

    mikej89 Senior Stratmaster

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    Just curious what the cut-off was for that sorta thing... Just guessing in the 70's and even EARLY 80's there might be a 1953-1964 Fender hanging on the wall for a fraction of the price nowadays adjusted for inflation...

    I guess what I'm really asking is "when did the prices start to go up like crazy on pre-CBS?"

    What even was it? Like $500 for a 1961 Strat slab board in 1976 lol? So using inflation calculator = $2430 in today's dollars. That was a ton of money in 1976 like buying a new CS but a far cry from adding a zero to the end of it and X2 lmao! :p
     
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  2. archetype

    archetype Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    I haven't seen a pre-CBS Fender in a pawn shop since the 70s.
     
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    Dadocaster Dr. Stratster

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    I've seen Fenders in Pre-CBS pawnshops.
     
  4. Antstrat

    Antstrat Dr. Stratster

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    There’s a bunch of vintage pawn shops for sale on Reverb.
     
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    Dadocaster Dr. Stratster

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    You can tell vintage pawnshops by the aroma.
     
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    Antstrat Dr. Stratster

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    And the mummified employees.
     
  7. mikej89

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    Can we go in 99/1 on that Ant!? :D;)
     
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    Antstrat Dr. Stratster

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    No.
     
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  9. Bazz Jass

    Bazz Jass Chairman of the Fingerboard Silver Member

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    @Fender753 found one not long ago for a a couple of hundred dollars. It happens....
     
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    train Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    Not around here . But you just never know when stupidity will show up.
     
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    CB91710 No GAS shortage here Double Platinum Supporting Member

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    Mid to late 80s.
    Japanese economy was a steamroller, and they had a crazy infatuation with Americana.
    Collectors started buying up anything old.
     
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    I've only ever seen a handful of pre CBS Fenders period. Anywhere.
     
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    A friend of mine had one he bought in a Pawnshop in Miami in the early 90ies. It came disassembled in a box. It was blonde with abalone inlays and a slab board, Pre CBS Headstock and Trussrodscrew at the pickguard. Very tiny neck, PU's had the coated wire.Back then I only knew it was old...
     
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    The middle guitar in my avatar is a modified '63 that I bought at a music oriented pawn shop in the mid 80's for just under $800. They had a few others in unmodified condition for a good bit more, around $1200 to $1500 as I recall. About a year later I bought a '73 from them for about $250 that I made the mistake of selling later.
     
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    Wayne D. Senior Stratmaster

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    I never seen or heard of one being in a pawn shop around here. But I remember at a flea market a lady was selling her husbands strat. All I can remember it was old cause I wasn't into guitars way back then. With the coming of the internet in the 2000's everybody knows what they have, even a karen.:D
     
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    People pay crazy price for what actually? They are not Stradivarius. I see strats as tools so ... But I like to hang around here just for the history lessons. I vintage my own gear and hope it will end in another musicians hands, hopefully, to little Phiu-x.
     
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    Not here. You might get an ok deal on an Am Std.

    I think they had to get smarter about guitars lately.
    Too many fakes coming in their doors.
     
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    Bazz is right, I found a 1961 in a pawnshop last year for $250. It happens but I had quite the perfect storm of circumstances in order to find this one. But I have found a few more at well under market price on craigslist. Usually not pawnshop prices, but I've found 3 for under $6,000 in various players grade conditions. That is probably the most likely place to find a deal on once these days.
     
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    Last summer I snagged a 1962 es 335 at a yard sale for 4k. Sold it a week later for 19k
     
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    in 1985, I got a 1965 Deluxe Reverb in a pawn shop in Champaign, IL.

    Paid $20 and it still smells like the shop owner’s cigars to this day.
     
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