You can get some idea by the physical condition. If its beat to crap you have some idea of the overall treatment its received.
Then play it. Put it through its paces. Does everything work, etc. For a cabinet or a bass I will play every note to check for odd cabinet resonances, high frets, etc.
Does the seller come across as a scumbag?
Ask a lot of questions.
Does the seller have any kind of a track record on Ebay or TB?
Ultimately its a used item and there's always risk.
If you want to minimize risk, buy new and pay the premium.
I feel more like I do now than I did an hour ago.
Last edited by ddnidd1 : 08-28-2013 at 02:44 PM.