Dating a chinese made fender guitar
This might help explain the price differential between a 68 and a 78 but it doesn’t do much to explain the differential between a 59 and a 68.The guitar boom that followed the Beatles to America was a cultural tidal wave.There are quantifiable reasons for their market values.I never took an economics course but the simple rules of supply and demand are at work here along with other, less tangible market forces.The 335 market would be vastly different with thousands of additional, desirable wide nut 335’s available to satisfy the demand (the total for 65-68 is over 13000).OK, granted a 67 isn’t a 59 with a narrow nut-there’s the Indian rosewood board, the poly wound pre T (cheaper than enamel wire) and then t-top pickups and the chrome hardware (more durable than nickel) but still, they are more similar to a 59 than they are to a 78.It took longer to install a stop tail than it did to install a trapeze. More important was the decrease in the nut width, dictated largely by competition from Fender where thinner meant faster (and we all wanted to be faster).
Judging by the characteristics of these three years, the conclusion is pretty clear. But there has to be more to it than that or Gibson would have simply kept on with what they were doing.
I believe I could take a 67, put on a set of early patents, a stop tail and re-neck it with a wider mahogany neck and present you with a guitar you would swear was a 64 and you’d like it a lot.
The big dollars that 58-64’s command is not arbitrary.
It is no secret that the quality in 67 is not as consistent as it was in 59.
But, the quality was still quite good and apparently Gibson was able to handle the huge increase without ruining the product.