Quote Originally Posted by ch willie View Post
I wonder if you're both right. While prices are relatively the same, I've read somewhere that more people now have salaries and so more can afford to buy instruments at that price.
you can type median income followed by the year in google and you will find the results very quickly.

I took the price in that year and calculated what percentage of that year's median income it represented.

you will find that as a function of that income, an Gibson CS R9 is the most comparable instrument in price to a standard stratocaster with case in 1954.

food for thought.