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buying used

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by CrazyWallaWalla, Jul 1, 2008.

  1. CrazyWallaWalla


    Aug 16, 2006
    My friend's cousin is selling his MIA Fender P that he bought in January, apparently its in near perfect condition, and he wants $750 for it. I plan to play this bass Friday, but I want to know in advance what to check it over for specifically so I don't get burned. Any and all input is much appreciated.

    I tried searching for it and couldn't really find anything, but from experience I know that someone who is far better at finding these things will promptly pop in with a wise crack and a link, so thanx in advance.
  2. prsbass


    Oct 13, 2006
    The first thing I do is search for another one just like on eBay, craigslist, Gbase, etc.
    If I find one and it's priced the same then I move onto things that are important to me pickups, frets, feel, tone, feel, etc
    I'd ask if the bass has ever been serviced.
    If all the parts are original.
    If I'm comfortable turning a truss rod, and the seller is cool, I'd turn it 1/4 turn in both directions to be sure it's not frozen or the threads aren't gummed up. If you've never turned a truss rod I wouldn't suggest trying it on somebody else's bass.
    If all those things check out then I'd maybe ask if they would sell it for $700 cash right now. I make I sure I have the cash in case they say yes. Well, that's if they're asking $750. I don't like to low ball as it seems to turn people away and IMO it's kind of a lame thing to do. I like to offer something that is fair to both parties.
    Just my 0.02 cents
  3. With a bass that new you're probably not going to find much wrong structurally unless the bass has been abused. Check that the volume and tone pots turn smootly and that there aren't any obvious flaws with the bass.
  4. M5Yates


    Feb 7, 2005
    Austin, TX
    That price is good if the bass comes with a hard case.
    It's still under warranty, so I wouldn't mess with the truss rod.
    Just make sure you like the way it plays and sounds.
  5. CrazyWallaWalla


    Aug 16, 2006
    I've already brought him down from $875, and apparently, he bought it and just wasn't into it, he didn't really end up playing that much as he loves his two other basses (Corts). All in all, this bass is exactly what I want, colour and all... but will the warranty transfer over?
  6. stflbn


    May 10, 2007
    Best thing about buying used:

    If you buy at the right price and you don't like it you can easily get your money back, or keep any loss to a small minimum.

    Research some just like it and what they sold for, then make your decision smartly.
  7. M5Yates


    Feb 7, 2005
    Austin, TX
    As long as he has (or can get) the original sales receipt.
  8. Dbassmon


    Oct 2, 2004
    Rutherford, NJ
    Check for dead spots.... notes that choke and die or unpleasant overtones. Any of those conditions is a deal breaker regardless of price. IMO