The blues greats Sears and Roebuck!

Interesting argument: it was the availability in the early 1900s of cheap, plentiful guitars – purchasable from catalogs – that fueled the rise of blues music.

There was no Delta blues before there were cheap, readily available steel-string guitars. And those guitars, which transformed American culture, were brought to the boondocks by Sears, Roebuck & Co. … Guitars first appeared in the catalog in 1894 for $4.50 (around $112 in today‚Äôs money). By 1908 Sears was offering a guitar, outfitted for steel strings, for $1.89 ($45 today), making it the cheapest harmony-generating instrument available.

2 Responses to “The blues greats Sears and Roebuck!”


  1. John Saleeby

    Yeah, but in 1908 a set of turntables and a microphone cost $500,000 (Around $1,200,00 in today’s money). So wassup with that shit, bitch?

  2. JULIAN


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