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Demo basses?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Baryonyx, Dec 13, 2005.

  1. Baryonyx

    Baryonyx Banned

    Jul 11, 2005
    Marathon Man
    So whats the deal with Demo basses? Looking on Basscentral, they're a lot cheaper than the "non demo" models. Whats up with them? Are they ones that the shop buys in and allows you play?

    I thought this might be what they are, but then, how do you decide on whether or not to buy a $6000 Alembic if you can't play it first? Can someone explain this to me?
  2. Eilif

    Eilif Supporting Member

    Oct 1, 2001
    "Demo" basses are usually floor models that were subject to lots of customer touching and may be slightly scratched or some such. Almost any bass you buy from a store may have been played before you (unless you saw it unwrapped from it's shipping box), but usually demo instruments have often been on the sales floor for a long time and they most often show the wear.

    The other use of "demo" is for a piece of gear that the manufacturer owns and lends to the store for use as a "demonstration model" hence the term "demo". often times that product makes it's way into the stock of the dealer. It may be after a specified length of time, it may be purchased by the dealer for a special price, or it may simply be an item that is discontinued and the dealer is allowed to sell the item.

    Hope this helps.
  3. Baryonyx

    Baryonyx Banned

    Jul 11, 2005
    Marathon Man
    ah, thanks for clearing that up!