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Bass blue book?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by birdxofxprey, Jan 2, 2007.

  1. just out of curiosity, is there a bass equivalent of the kelley blue book? or are we TBers basically it?
  2. I'm sure there is a definitive referece book somewhere but a quick & dirty way to check bass values is to go to EBay and check out the completed auctions of a given model.

    You'll have to do some further investigation of the individual basses in those auctions but this method will give you a general overview of what the market will bear and what people are paying.
  3. basspraiser

    basspraiser Jammin for the Lamb! Supporting Member

    Dec 8, 2006
    Chicago - NW Burbs
    Check this out....you can look a specific guitar up on line for $3.99 or you can buy the book (kind of expensive) if you do not need it on a regular basis:


    This company has books for a lot of different items (i.e. computers , electronics, etc).....he gets his data from dealers and brokers....it also gives three different values (retail, trade-good and trade- average)....have not really analyzed the instrument pricing but their computer guide seems to be reasonable (I use it in my business all the time)...I beleive there is a different volume for "collectible guitars"....also, I ran into a guide at Borders not long ago, but do not know the name of it....was $30 or so and came out annually - maybe another TBer can fill in my mind blank here.....
  4. Engine207

    Engine207 Losing faith in humanity...one call at a time.

    Jul 10, 2008
    Higley, AZ
    Holy thread revival, batman! Thank you "search" button!!!

    I have found two such guides:

    I was ready to pull the trigger on a nice looking MIM Fender Jazz Bass V. The dude wanted $350 (+shipping) for it, but I checked in BlueBook of Electric Guitars, by Zachary R. Fjestad and S. P. Fjestad, where it booked out at $275 to $325. Then I looked at the 2009 Official Vintage Guitar Magazine Price Guide by Alan Greenwood, where it booked at $175 to $300. So I figured $270 would be about the average of them all, and represented a fair compromise.

    I'm a big "deal-chaser" and figgered that paying more than the average would be like buying a used car for more than it's blue-book or buying a home for more than the appraisal.
    Given the economic times in which we live, and the "necessity" of bass guitars for the average Joe, it wasn't really a lowball offer. So I asked him, "other than your feeling, where does the $350 number come from?" To which he replied, " We research everyday what items sell for on ebay, craigslist and what the new prices are. They fluctuates daily on gear. As far as pricing, $350 with a case is a pretty fair price considering they are $599.99 with out a hard shell case brand new."

    Since the bass in question is a 2000, there were no "comps" to pull from eBay or Craigslist". I was prepared to go $300, but decided to pass and see if he had any greater sense of urgency after a few weeks of dust gathering and overhead accumulation...

    So what's the deal? Are these pricing guides the standard or are they trash?

  5. oldrookie


    May 15, 2007
    Avon, IN
    A local shop uses one as an excuse to offer $180 for a six-month G&L Tribute L2000. No idea what the book was, but I wasn't convinced.
  6. RickenBoogie


    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    Vintage Guitar Price guide. Excellent resource, basses, guitars, amps, even effects pedals.
  7. Engine207

    Engine207 Losing faith in humanity...one call at a time.

    Jul 10, 2008
    Higley, AZ
    I think that's the "Greenwood Guide", as it's called. Would you guess that is a legit resource as far as determining a fair price, especially in the absence of current eBay/CL comps? This guy was justifying his price of $350 by comparing his 2000 to what I would pay for a new one ($599) and "the Fender price increases" and all that...

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