Advice for trade offer

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by MVACCARO, Jul 30, 2021.



    Dec 15, 2013
    So I was approached by a friend of a friend who offered a trade and I'm calling on you my beloved not so Hivemind to weigh in. He's offering a MIM mustang bass for my Gibson SG. Is this a fair trade? Or is this one a bad deal and should I turn it down?
  2. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

    Depending upon Gibson’s age, condition, I’d ask for cash too. MIM is well made in any category but their prices stay somewhat flat for resale…with (very) few exceptions.
    ajkula66 likes this.
  3. P Cheen

    P Cheen Alembics and parametric mid knobs scare me.

    Apr 4, 2015
    Southern Oregon
    Unless the Gibson is beat up, there should be cash coming your way.
    geof_ and ajkula66 like this.
  4. What the previous posters said.

    Can you tell us a bit more about the SG so the price difference between the two can be evaluated ?


    Dec 15, 2013
    So my Gibson is a 2006 in pretty great shape no dings or dents some light scratches from play no buckle rash. All original parts. The mustang is a ventera (not sure if I spelled that right) and that's what makes it a comparable trade (according to him) his is also light ware and all original parts.
  6. elgranluis


    Feb 14, 2003
    Vail, CO
    Which one sound better to your ears?

    If this is your only bass , I’d keep the Gibson.
  7. Lowendchamp


    Jun 27, 2021
    Shelton WA
    I dunno that Gibson SG sound is pretty sweet. My AP Mustang would probably be a fair trade but if you do it I would ask for cash too.
  8. WillyW

    WillyW l’art pour l’art, fonction de baise Supporting Member

    Dec 10, 2019
    What model SG?

    I can’t see a vintera bass being worth more than $500 used.

    A standard SG is worth at minimum $800.
  9. A brand new Vintera Mustang is $950.

    A brand new SG Bass is $1500.

    Enough said.

    I'm with @WillyWonka here. There's a minimum of $300 difference between the two in that particular scenario.


    Dec 15, 2013
    Thank you all for your input. I'm going to say thanks but no thanks. Your input as normal is well appreciated.
  11. Rip Van Dan

    Rip Van Dan DNA Endorsing Artist Supporting Member

    Feb 2, 2009
    Duvall, WA
    Depends on condition of your SG but your SG was much more expensive new than that MIM Mustang Bass. He needs to put some cash with that bass to make an equitable trade. Here are the new prices on each for 2021:
    Fender MIM MUstang bass (new) - $699
    Gibson SG guitar (new) - $1499 to $1999 presuming you don't get into specials and limited editions.​

    So it looks like his bass new is half the value or less than your SG is new.