Is this American Standard worth it with fret wear?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by SoulReflection, Dec 4, 2017.

  1. SoulReflection

    SoulReflection Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2017
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  2. American Standards are nice basses IME - never owned one but played several and did like them - but they are not exactly rare and I'm reasonably certain that you can do better price-wise. Patience is a virtue.

    My $0.02 only...
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  3. Ampslut


    May 15, 2017
    Barrackville WV
    The fret wear looks minimal to me but I think the price is a bit high.
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  4. SoulReflection

    SoulReflection Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2017
    Thanks, George.

    I have seen them for less, but I was wondering about the fret wear...I have never played a bass to the point there was noticable fret wear, so my question was more towards "what do you do to fix it?
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  5. Slater

    Slater Leave that thing alone.

    Apr 17, 2000
    The Great Lakes State
    “Minimal” fret ware is no big deal, but needing a fret leveling and crowning really soon means about a $200 price drop.
  6. SoulReflection

    SoulReflection Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2017
    Thanks...I don't know anything about fret wear but, if it's minimal, I can only think that it been listed for nine months, on consignment, with no incentive to sell?
  7. Well, the price has supposedly been lowered if I'm reading the ad correctly and it's still more than I would pay for that bass...
  8. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 16, 2008
    Washington, Utah
    John K Custom Basses
    IMO, that one has minimal fret wear and shouldn't really have an effect on the price, albeit he's asking a bit too much for it. a slight level, recrown and polish of the frets would make it pretty much like new and shouldn't cost more than $120 to do by a competent luthier. unless they know how to do it properly, i wouldn't recommend having it done though, since many repairmen/luthiers that i've seen take too much off of the frets and it would've been better to just leave them alone.
  9. SoulReflection

    SoulReflection Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2017
    I agree with you on that...
  10. SoulReflection

    SoulReflection Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2017

    Thanks for that...
  11. jaybones

    jaybones Inactive

    Mar 4, 2015
    Kelleys Island, Ohio
    Those frets aren't really worn other than its been played.

    Price is high, keep looking.
  12. BobKos

    BobKos Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2007
    Offer him $800. The frets aren't an issue, but the price is as has been previously stated.
  13. I wouldn't pay over $800 for an American Standard unless it's NOS.
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  14. dxb


    Dec 25, 2016
    Yeah, price too high. Reverb lets you make offers though and since its been on there for 9 months they may be willing to take less.
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  15. Mosfed


    Apr 21, 2013
    Washington DC
    Partner - CCP Pedals
    Way expensive
  16. Fret wear is minimal, don't worry about it. At most you'd want to get the frets level (part of a set up), and it'll be good for many years.
  17. levelling etc should cost a LOT less than that.

    And if you learn to do it yourself... a lot less ;) it's not a big deal.
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  18. chris_b


    Jun 2, 2007
    Those frets will be fine for years to come.
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  19. bassstrangler


    Mar 2, 2015
    Way too much money, I would offer her $800 and she pays shipping. I'm pretty sure that's a woman's thumb in the picture.
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  20. Spidey2112


    Aug 3, 2016
    Maybe... but I can guarantee it's not Tina Weymouth's thumb, with her giant sized man-hands...

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