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describing condition of vintage instruments

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by CaptainWally, Jun 4, 2001.


  1. CaptainWally

    CaptainWally Supporting Member

    Oct 21, 2000
    Sandy Eggo, CA
    question: I'm selling my late 70's P-bass. Relative to
    other instruments of that age, I think it in good shape.
    Of course if has some very minor scratches and wear,
    but no major cosmetic blemishes. If this was a 5 year
    old instrument I would describe it as "good", but for a 70's
    P-bass I would say Very Good+....however, I'm not sure
    of protocol...is this the right approach or does 'good' mean
    'good' no matter how old?

    (bass listed in FS if interested btw)
     
  2. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    California
    seeya in Miscellaneous...:D

    Will
     
  3. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    Elderly Instruments' grading is pretty standard in the market. Here are some of their grades that might apply to yours;

    EC/Excellent Condition = Very clean, might have some minor wear but very close to new condition

    VGC/Very Good Condition = Basically clean, might have some deeper scratches, pick wear or missing finish. Nothing real serious, no cracks, unless otherwise stated

    GC/(duh) = Solid playing condition, may have one or more repaired cracks or other cosmetic flaws

    They also use hyphenated grades for instruments that fall between, e.g., E-VGC, VGC-G, et al, and they use + and - signs after the letters sometimes for something slightly nicer or not quite as.


    Then there is the "eBay Grading System," "AG", which often means, "It's almost as good as I say it is" ;)