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Warwick Basses and Depreciation?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by AndrewM, Nov 25, 2013.


  1. AndrewM

    AndrewM Supporting Member

    Feb 10, 2013
    I was just curious as to why Warwick basses seem to take a rather large hit when it comes to their depreciation. Used Warwicks go for a much lower percentage of their original price than most other basses, it seems. This shocks me, as the German-made Warwicks are amazing instruments. Could anybody shed some light on this for me?
     
  2. Webtroll

    Webtroll Rolling for initiative Supporting Member

    Apr 23, 2006
    Austin, TX
    A lot of instruments take a hit when sold, not just Warwicks. Spectors, Alembics, almost anything that isn't overly hyped or rare+in demand.
     
  3. kevteop

    kevteop

    Feb 12, 2008
    York, UK
    They're just massively out of fashion.

    Who buys new basses anyway? Is it the people who buy new cars? :confused:

    I'm still very happy with my '91 Thumb and still don't really understand how I paid under £700 for it.
     
  4. AndrewM

    AndrewM Supporting Member

    Feb 10, 2013
    I know that everything depreciates. It just seems like warwicks drop to like 60% of their original value, if not lower. Other instruments seem to retain more of their value, at least having looked at the classifieds.
     
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  6. Splods

    Splods

    Oct 7, 2012
    Adelaide, SA
    The only instrument brand that really holds its value is Fender. They have all the hype, and about 60 years of music featuring their instruments behind them.