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Would you Buy a Used Bass From Guitar Center?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Deoindra123, Feb 6, 2013.

  1. Deoindra123


    Jan 25, 2013
    I'm thinking about getting a squier vintage modifed bass from Guitar center that used and they say its in excellent condition! But im afraid something bad might happen when i buy it! What would you do?
  2. ironfistx


    Feb 5, 2013
    Do you mean ordering it from their website or buying it in person?
  3. Mastermold

    Mastermold Supporting Member

    May 5, 2008
    Orange County, California
    Look it over before you buy it.
  4. Gorn Captain

    Gorn Captain Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2011
    My best, favorite, and most often played bass is a used guitar center find. Some of their used prices are ridiculous, some are perfectly reasonable. Go for it. Worse case scenario, return it.

    Edit, mine was an in store purchase. If you buy it online,they'll charge you to ship it to either you, or your local store. If you're buying it from a guitar Center store that's in another state, call them to buy it because the shipping cost over the phone for some reason is less than the shipping cost online.
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  6. bampilot06


    Jan 10, 2013
    And get the warranty
  7. Kmonk


    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan Strings
    Most of the used basses I have purchased over the years have come from Guitar Center. I found their prices to be inconsistent but have also found some great deals.
  8. mournblade


    Nov 19, 2006
    Roanoke, TX
    Bought a very cherry 84 Warlock II bass. It was in time capsule condition, and probably 500+ less than it would have gone for on Ebay. Best thing about GC, 30 day return policy.
  9. singlemalt

    singlemalt Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2007
    White Salmon, WA
    In person or online?

    In person, check it over carefully, play it, make a lower offer and take it home. Inquire about their return policy. Pay with a credit card in case of a dispute.

    Online, pretty much the same except for the first part. You do that after it arrives.

    Guitar Center has it's many detractors, but they've always done right by me.

    Oh yeah, good point, they will ship things to your local store. I often order on the phone with my local store, and go pick up when it arrives. This saves me both shipping and sales tax, as I pick up in Oregon. They might have a charge for shipping a used item, but you'd pay that anyway, and if it's not cool you can walk away or bargain for a discount.
  10. Gorn Captain

    Gorn Captain Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2011
    Also, before you buy anything used from any retailer, check the TB classifieds.
  11. I've bought two used basses from a local Guitar Center, the basses are fine and the transaction was easy. Both basses were in-store purchases.
  12. Dave W

    Dave W

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    I would. They have a 30 day return policy so there is nothing to worry about.
  13. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    +1 you can't beat it nothing beats buying on in person and if it doesn't work out or you find out it needs work back she goes.
  14. smcd


    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA
    Would I buy from GC online? All day, every day.
  15. kai_ski


    Apr 14, 2007
    SLC, UT
    I have, and would purchase used gear from GC again.
  16. Yes, i've bought several used Basses from Guitar Center. (although i'd buy from a Mom and Pop store first...)
  17. I bought one of the best basses I've ever owned, which is also the best p bass I've ever seen/heard at my local gc. It was used, about 4yrs old, I'm brand new 10/10 unplayed condition, with the original case, and every single piece of the case candy, brand new, still in the plastic. It was like buying a brand new bass. If they would've told me it was brand new I wouldn't have known otherwise until I checked the serial number. The price was EXCELLENT.
  18. svt1233


    Jan 15, 2012
    I'm about to buy a bass online from a guitar center and have it shipped to my local guitar center for pickup. The best part is the 30 day return policy
  19. Ron G

    Ron G

    Mar 16, 2009
    Portsmouth, VA
    +1, Have it delivered to the nearest [GC] that way they can take care of any problems.
  20. cfsporn

    cfsporn Supporting Member

    Aug 20, 2011
    New York City
    I have. 3.5/5 times, it has gone very well.
  21. Habilis

    Habilis Supporting Member

    Jan 4, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    I have bought 3 used basses from Guitar Center in the past year or so. However, they have all been bought from stores not near me and then shipped to my local store. For some happy reason, they have all arrived in great shape, looking better than any of the used items in my local store. Perhaps conscientious employees clean 'em up before they leave NJ or FL or wherever. I've returned two of them for reasons of taste, not quality, and have had no problem doing so. I guess what I'm saying is that if you are OK with the price then it's not much of a gamble.

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