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Discussion in 'Let's Talk Vintage' started by Ken, Mar 16, 2011.
Nice touches to a classy beauty Lester...like pearls and a rolex on a hot blonde
I bought a super lead for 200 bucks in 1977. ampeg 4x12's were 100 bucks. Used. I went to college and traded the Marshall for a PV classic 50 2x12 combo. Stupid stupid stupid.
I know a few bad decisions got made back in the day when a "big, heavy and loud" non master Marshalls got traded for something "new" and "convenient". I couldn't afford a Marshall until the MV days so I lucked out but had several friends that made some bad trades. One guy I knew had a '68 LP Gold Top (reissue) and a Marshall half stack. Traded it in on a "cool" new Boogie style amp made by Acoustic (see link below), I can't remember the exact details of the trade but I don't think he got much else beyond the new amp! Another friend traded his Plexi on a Music Man combo. Hindsight is 20/20
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My friend that owned this 1959 here traded it in on a TEAC 2340 recorder:
1973 50 watt JMP $ 450.00 in 1983 from music store in PGH, PA.
In the 80's I managed to spend £50 for a 1971 50watt Marshall 2x12 Combo and £150 for a 1978 hard tail Strat - Still got both of 'em.
I sold my JMP 2203 in 1983 for $500 AUD
I got my 1970 Metal Face Super lead for $300.00 in 1982 from a friend of mine.
I would love stop by the bank then visit 1980. You could get the Best of Marshall, Fender, Gibson and about anything you wanted then and it wasn't all beat to hell. The Analog Recording stuff was on it's way in and at a super premium though, even for the Fostex stuff, 1/2" 16 Track 1985 E16 $9,000. OUCH.
Cool thread, David
The good Old days....in 1970 I bought a 68 Fender Strat for $135 used..in 1973 I bought a 100 watt Super Lead for $525 ( a little high back then from a rip off music store...but they were impossible to get and I had to wait a month)....1970 a used basketweave 4x12 for $325..for $300 a Gibson es175 in 1973..they were all sold back in the 70's when hard times came...
Marshalls were hard to find here in Cincy in 1980 and the ones you did find were overpriced..one store wanted over $1000 for a hundred watt head and $1000 for a 4x12 cab which was a big rip off
I read this thread and it's making me sick how disgusting the prices are now... and how finicky the modern musician will always be. Giving up on the tried and true to go on to the next big thing.
Most everybody that I knew back then ,that owned a Marshall, bought 'em new. I hink guys were shellin out about a grand for a new 1/2 stack at the time
I bought my fawn 2203 in a pawnshop for $300 in 1990
got my jcm800 2204 1/2 stack new in '81 or '82 for $950.
fender deluxe reverb in 79 or 80 for $285 new
fender american made baby blue strat in '79 for $350 new.
Seems to be the same with many other industries/hobbies. It's also a double-edged sword. On one hand, the price mongering makes your next acquisition a royal PITA. On the other, it protects your investment (for as long as the market holds). This is why I don't do "investments." Anything has value potential, but nobody knows what the next Rhoads/EVH will pick up and inspire millions of fans to scramble for. Also, whether in our lifetime or not, tube amps will at some point become worthless (by market, not necessarily by example), as technological advancement makes them clumsy oddities that become more labor than labor of love.
While this is true AV .. ya gotta feel sorry for our friends down under in Australia .. their prices for gear are unphukkinbelievably expensive !!!
i had a little guitar shop in oz in the late 80`s through the 90`s, mostly used equipment and we sold alot of used marshalls...it was a good time to be a marshall fan in the late 80`s because a lot went for rack gear and brought their head and old gear in for trade...most of the gear i still have today i picked up in the late 80`s when traded on rack gear and 80`s guitars etc..prices on new gear at the time were crazy and was one of the reasons we decided to open the shop..
I bought my 2203 full stack new in '83 for around 12-1300 as I recall...but back then that was a helluva lotta money
In 1982 i bought a 79' JMP 2204 for $375.
I paid $350.00 for my first Marshall in 1982. It was a 1980 50 watt JMP.
I paid $450.00 for my 1974 LP 20th Anniversary Custom about the same year.
At 57 I'm lucky if I can remember to put on both fucking socks. I do remember fondly Buying a Les Paul Custom '72 in Cherry sunburst, Gold hardware in late '71 for $620. NEW with CASE.
They should STILL be that price. 2-5K for a Lester is fucking ridiculous.