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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-15-2002, 11:48 PM Thread Starter
 
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how much can i get for a 81 strat?

i can purchase one in very good shape very cheap, do you know how much can i get for it? thanks!
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-16-2002, 08:06 AM
 
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There are too many variables in Strats to be able to give a fair estimate. The early '80s weren't exactly a great time in Fender's history, and you don't hear Strats from that era being highly sought after.

Can you tell us more about it? Is it a run-of-the-mill production model, or is it something custom or special from the factory?
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post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-16-2002, 02:20 PM Thread Starter
 
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actually is a pretty standard red one. the thing is i don't think i'll get a 'vintage' or 'collectible' item, but i can buy it for US$250!!!!! in VG condition.
i want to see if i can get a good benefit from that (sell it for 800 or something?) and buy something more jemsitely-correct

if i'm gonna make 100 bucks, it's not worth the trouble
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The early 80's weren't great years for Strats. They don't bring nearly as much as pre-1980 big headstock models do. The only way that you'd really have much of a chance of making money would be if it were a Custom Shop model (which weren't really available in the early 80's).

A USA-made Standard Strat would probably max out around $350-400 in mint shape (to the right person)

If anything, it'd probably be a pretty good deal if you would like a Strat for yourself. It'd add some nice variety!
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post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-16-2002, 04:55 PM
 
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Even the '70's strats go for $200-$350 used.
It really has to be mint, a limited run, or an oddball (a la Katana, Performer, or Elite) to have serious value.
No, I don't think you could sell it for much more than you're paying for it.

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Wow, Drew! Let me know where you're buying 70's USA Strats for $200-350! I'd love to pick up a dozen or so! [/quote]
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post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-17-2002, 06:54 PM Thread Starter
 
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update: the guitar is a '90

any change?
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post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-17-2002, 10:26 PM
 
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Wow, Drew! Let me know where you're buying 70's USA Strats for $200-350! I'd love to pick up a dozen or so!
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Ok, so maybe that was a little exaggeration- how's $300-350?
And where?- Daddy's Junky Music. Twice I've gone in with folks who bought late 70's strats for that price. Yea they're used and not in the greatest shape, but a solid guitar at a good price. I've found that the later, mid 90's American Standard line holds its value much better.

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post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-18-2002, 08:27 AM
 
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I've been doing the whole "Strat-thing" for a good 10 years or so, and have been through everything from a pre-CBS '63 Sunburst to a Custom Shop set-neck Strat, and haven't seen more than maybe 1 or 2 pre-1980 Strats for under $500. And they've been beat to hell at that. That's cool if you've found a couple, but it's hardly the norm. Check out EBay this moment, and I'm sure you'll find that most ALL-ORIGINAL, USA-made 70's Strats in decent shape are bringing well into the $500+ range.

The 90's USA Standard Strats are mass-produced to a MUCH greater degree than any of the previous USA Made Strats. Production was moved to the Corona, CA factory from the much smaller, outdated Fullerton, CA facility. As a result, there are countless thousands more USA Standard Strats from the 90's. Best-case scenario is that a '90 Standard Strat would bring roughly the same as a decent, big-headstock 70's model in comparable condition. Generally though, if you take a 90's Strat in great shape and pit it against a '75 Strat in great shape, the '75 will bring an easy $300+ more than the newer model. Supply and demand: there is a far greater supply of recent models, thus driving their value down. There are somewhat fewer of the older models (especially in comparable condition), so the prices remain higher.

Just have to be sure your comparing apples to apples.
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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-18-2002, 03:53 PM
 
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I guess I've just had phenomenal luck
In addition to those 'finds', in 1995 I picked up a mint 1983 Tele Elite for $320. A friend got his Strat Elite for $400. Now people are asking $800 for them on eBay. I didn't know prices had changed so much in the past few years!

But trust me, I believe you! I have been out of the 'Stratosphere' for a while now... the Strat Ultra and Tele Elite have been sold, and all the Fender books put away.

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