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300US$ for a secondhand beginner set bass. Is it a good deal?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Eryka Remy, Jan 23, 2013.


  1. Eryka Remy

    Eryka Remy

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    I'm given an offer : IbanezGIO bass, unknown series, 5 strings, bought in late 2008, used only for a year by a very attentive guy, then ABANDONED till now + fender rumble 60 amp, bought 2008, abandoned + case + stand = 300US$. Is it worth the price? If possible, can you estimate the market price for each item with such condition? Thanks!
     
  2. armywalaby

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  3. fourstringbliss

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    That's actually a decent price given all you're getting. A new bottom level GIO fiver is $200, plus you're getting a practice amp, case, stand, etc. If you like the bass and you're a beginner then it seems like a decent deal. See if you can get them to go down to $275 or so.
     
  4. smcd

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    The bass can be had for under $200 all day, and the amp under $150. The GIO line is beginner level stuff, but entirely functional. As a complete starter package, no fuss-no muss, $300 is about right. You may do better if you buy the items individually, but it will take time, and that has value.
     
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  6. fourstringbliss

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    This ^
     
  7. bassteban

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    Sounds like a fair deal for new, but I wouldn't pay that for used stuff. Even in good shape there is no warranty. Pass
     
  8. fourstringbliss

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    Good point.
     
  9. zachoff

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    I wouldn't wish a GIO on my worst enemy.
     
  10. madurolover

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    I wouldn't pay it, not worth it to me
     
  11. smcd

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    Do you think you could buy that setup new for $300?? Bass:$200, Amp:$250, Case:$100, Stand:$10 So now you're at $560, add state tax, and you're close to $600. Now add in your driving around time and gas expense. Over $600. And you're going to pay over double the asking price just for a warranty??!! That's crazy. A warranty for what? The amp? It's an '08, it's unused, and it's solid state. Plug it in and play it. If noise comes out of it, you're fine.
     
  12. smcd

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    I'm curious - say you have $300 to set yourself up with a beginner's 5-string kit. The amp should be 60w or better. Must have a case and a stand. Given that, what would YOU do?
     
  13. zachoff

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    $175 for the bass on craigslist.
    $100 for the amp on craigslist.
    $20 for a stand at GC.
    $5 for a bomber of good beer.
     
  14. zachoff

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    Also, not sure why you're specifying 60W+... At that price, you're going to get a practice amp and 30W through a 1x10 isn't going to be much quieter than 60W through a 1x10.
     
  15. smcd

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    Apples to apples, 60w combo to 60w combo.



    That craigslist scenario doesn't seem realistic to me. Unless Ibanez GIO 5'ers - with case, and Fender 60w amps are perpetually available everywhere at all times. In that condition and at those prices.
     
  16. hover

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    Is this the one the anger issues kid had? ;) is the amp all stabby?

    Is this poster in fact the same person? ;) genuine curiosity, this being your first post and all.
     
  17. zachoff

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    It's entirely possible if you're not stuck on getting a certain brand. Here's some from my local. Figure Boston has an even greater supply:

    Amp: $150
    http://denver.craigslist.org/msg/3561024756.html
    Amp: $75
    http://denver.craigslist.org/msg/3560308148.html
    Amp: $165
    http://denver.craigslist.org/msg/3504364354.html
    Amp: $100

    Bass: $125
    http://denver.craigslist.org/msg/3557244646.html

    You're getting entry-level stuff, man. I wouldn't sweat the brand names & condition. If you stick with bass you'll grow out of it pretty quickly and want something better. If there's nothing like this in Boston, wait a week or so. There will be.
     
  18. OneMoreRobot

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    Indeed, if you wait for the right stuff on Craigslist you could probably find a better deal. I've found that people who have one posting with a lot of different stuff also tend to have better deals.
     
  19. Kmonk

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    You stated U.S. dollars so I assume you live in another country. Whether or not this is a good deal is determined by the prices in your country. In the US this would not be a good deal. However, in some parts of the world it might be a great deal.
     
  20. inthevelvet

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    Not a ripoff, but certainly not deal of the century. If I needed this setup, I'd offer them 250 and probably walk away if they wouldn't take it.
     
  21. bassinplace

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    Sounds like a fair deal to me. Not good, not bad. If it were me, I'd keep shopping around for a better deal.
     

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