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Is it more profitable to sell a bass as whole or part out?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by rstellar13, Mar 19, 2014.

  1. rstellar13

    rstellar13 Sarcastic Panda

    Sep 2, 2012
    Allentown, PA
    Im looking to sell a few of my bass, and I'm wondering if it is cheaper to part out or sell. Thoughts?
  2. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Depends on the bass. You have to factor in how desirable the parts are to buyers vs the whole bass and make a guesstimate. You also have to factor in the extra work and shipping costs involved in a partout. No clear answer on this one, I'm afraid.
  3. M0ses


    Sep 11, 2009
    Eastern Wisconsin
    In general I would guess you'd make more on the bass as a whole. It is certainly a lot more efficient.
  4. R&B

    R&B Both kinds of music: Rhythm AND Blues! Supporting Member

    Parting out seems to yield more cash. Personally, I find it distasteful. I play, and prefer, intact basses. Yet I do buy parts on occasion...so that must make me an enabler.
  5. Baird6869

    Baird6869 LET'S GO BLUE JAYS...(in 2016)...LET'S GO!!

    Depends. I agree that parting out a great original vintage bass can be wrong, but I personally built a 1972 Jazz by buying parts and would part it out if I ever sold it. I wouldnt feel right about selling it as all original even though it could likely pass for it.