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is this unethical?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Hevy T, Mar 20, 2014.

  1. Hevy T

    Hevy T Supporting Member

    Jan 11, 2011
    Lethbridge, AB Canada
    I have a mim jazz and a geddy jazz. I thought about swapping the necks and bridge then selling the geddy body with the mom bridge and neck.

    Is this wrong to then sell the geddy body and mim Neck and bridge as a mim fender jazz?
  2. Gorn

    Gorn Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    You should sell it as a bass with a Geddy body with an MIM bridge and neck.

    If you assemble it well and price it accordingly, I see no reason not to describe it as what it is.
  3. elgecko


    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA
    Is the mom bridge hot?

  4. bass12

    bass12 And Grace, too Supporting Member

    Jun 8, 2008
    Montreal, Canada
    I played in Lethbridge once... I think it's best to be honest with this kind of thing. When it comes to basses people like to know exactly what they're getting. I certainly wouldn't be happy if I was your buyer and I found out that you'd made the switch. That, to me, would be grounds for a return and a negative feedback rating.
  5. bass12

    bass12 And Grace, too Supporting Member

    Jun 8, 2008
    Montreal, Canada
  6. cnltb


    May 28, 2005
  7. tangentmusic

    tangentmusic A figment of our exaggeration

    Aug 17, 2007
    Honesty is never unethical.
    Let any potential buyer know exactly what he's looking at.
  8. Rumblefisher

    Rumblefisher Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2007
    Astoria, NY
    all you have to do is list the change as you did in this post and you are good to go :)

    i guess it is mim either way, but how would you feel if you bought a MIA "Fender" that you later found out had a Squier body, for example?
  9. GM60466


    May 20, 2006
    Land of Lakland
    it is done all the time
  10. IPA


    May 5, 2010
    Wouldn't it be a funny world if people paid by how well things played and sounded, not by what they were assembled out of?

    Disclose and you're fine. A great deal of the charm of Fenders is the ability to mix match swap and create combinations of parts that you like, IMO
  11. smcd


    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA
    Why bother attaching the MIM neck to the Geddy body? Save yourself the assembly and setup headaches and sell the parts separately. You'll probably end up making more money.
  12. Rocktometrist


    Oct 3, 2012
    That's assuming things like long-term stability aren't a factor.

    Poorly-aged wood can sound and play great at first, until it warps and becomes unplayable after 6 months. Basswood is a fine tonewood, but it's soft and dings easily--so if a buyer treats their instruments roughly, they may want to make a different choice.

    So, yeah, I'd like to know what I'm buying and what it's made out of--because even if the seller doesn't think it matters, a buyer might.

    There's no harm in being honest--and if you think there IS harm in being honest (i.e. a lower sale price), then it seems you would be concealing the truth for personal financial gain, which sure sounds unethical, anyway...
  13. Hevy T

    Hevy T Supporting Member

    Jan 11, 2011
    Lethbridge, AB Canada
    Typed and spell checked on my tablet. Must turn off auto correct :)

    I believe you are all correct in full disclosure just wanted another opinion thx