Markets for Used Basses

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Gully Foyle, Dec 11, 2014.

  1. Gully Foyle

    Gully Foyle

    Sep 28, 2014
    Near Boston
    Hi Everyone,

    So, I know of some places that have decent selections of used gear to browse, there is of course our own classifieds, ebay, elderly, bass nw, craigslist, and gbase (which is just hard to find stuff on), music go round (seems like mostly crap)

    any other sources folks know of?
  2. mikeswals

    mikeswals Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    Those are pretty big resources to find a lot of used gear on. Is there something very specific you're looking for? Sometimes I have thrown in a google search for a very specific bass and it came up.
    And don't forget
  3. Gully Foyle

    Gully Foyle

    Sep 28, 2014
    Near Boston
    I try to avoid GC and musicians friend, Bain Capital does not need my money.

    Yes, hunting medium scales, so very limited availability, hence looking to expand the net

  4. Johnny Alien

    Johnny Alien Supporting Member

    Jan 24, 2003
    Harrisburg, PA, USA
    Guitar Centers used sites often has great deals and their 30 day return policy makes buying used much less risky.
  5. lordraptor1


    Dec 8, 2014
    however they seem to have weird pricing practices. as an example I was looking up a 6 string guitar I am selling to get an idea of pricing and I saw one ( different color though) listed on GC for 199.99 and another one in a different GC store same color and everything for half that and another GC store in yet another state had it for less than that. so make sure you go through their listings relly good and get the cheapest and have them ship it to your location. if you are thinking of selling to them I would suggest one of the following:

    wait till they have an event for 15% off new purchase with trade in and do that ( of course use the crappiest thing you can find LOL)
    take it to your local pawn shop. ( they get their pricing the same way a pawn shop does by looking up sold listings on fleabay and giving you 20% of that, then they will take the item you bought and sell it for what it is currently listing/selling on fleabay ( which is why they have varying prices on used gear all over the place).

    it is different for vintage in my closest GC they only do vintage on Fridays and you show them the item they get pics to send to a guy in California who makes the call. but I have heard he favors certain brands and specific items ( basically thing US brand name only with the exception to marshall stuff and for the love of god don't take him a vintage peavey VTM-120H and matching 412-MS cab with celestion G12k-85 speakers cause he will quote you 50.00 for the whole rig LMAO ( oops got off topic ROFL)


    Aug 16, 2013
    GC screwy pricing??? I got this for $800 a few years back:

    It's a 77 USA BCRich Mockingbird with case that only needed a couple of knobs replaced!!!!!
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  7. lordraptor1


    Dec 8, 2014

    ok lets use your example, imagine 3 different stores having that EXACT SAME THING and all 3 were different in price going from 800 to 1200.00. point is their pricing is screwy and NON standardized through their chain of stores and it is best to look at different store locations, buy from cheapest, and ship to your store ;)
  8. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    Thanks for the heads-up. I figured GC was some faceless greedhead corporation, should have known MF went that way too. I liked MF when they were getting started, but they obviously changed ownership at some point, started getting too "slick".
  9. NicJimBass

    NicJimBass Flossin'? I thought your name was Munson!

    Nov 22, 2004
    Lancaster, OH
    This is both good and bad, depending on your viewpoint. If there were standardized pricing, yes, some things would no longer be overpriced, but, at the same time, some things would no longer be UNDERpriced either. I've been able to find some screaming deals, mostly based on GC not being aware of what they were selling. The stuff that is overpriced usually sits for a long time, then gets a price cut, so either way, it works itself out.
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  10. NicJimBass

    NicJimBass Flossin'? I thought your name was Munson!

    Nov 22, 2004
    Lancaster, OH
    You mention craigslist... are you aware of Allows you to search every craigslist in the US, plus eBay and Amazon, all at once.
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  11. jim777

    jim777 Tarantula Lobbyist

    Aug 7, 2006
    South Jersey also allows you to search all of craigslist, ebay, kijwhjateveritis and others as well. I've had decent look looking for oddball synthesizers with that one.
  12. Awesome Sauce

    Awesome Sauce Already tired tomorrow

    Dec 21, 2011
    NW Chicago 'burbs
    Bain hasn't owned GC, MF, etc. for quite some time now.
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  13. raventepes


    Jan 7, 2012
    Reno, NV
    You can get lucky on Reverb every once in a while.
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  14. Maxdusty


    Mar 9, 2012
    Michigan USA
    Also don't forget pawn stores....
  15. radmin

    radmin Supporting Member

    Jun 23, 2006
    Columbus, Oh
    I see a lot of good stuff at bass shop. It's a regular stop for me.
  16. SanDiegoHarry

    SanDiegoHarry Inactive Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2008
    San Diego, CA
    Here. Join up. Get decent deals on VERY well maintained gear. I have yet to be let down by a TB purchase. Not one.
  17. Gully Foyle

    Gully Foyle

    Sep 28, 2014
    Near Boston
    of course...the first thing i listed...
  18. Gully Foyle

    Gully Foyle

    Sep 28, 2014
    Near Boston
    yeah, i want that to be true, but around here at least, there are almost no pawn stores, and when i see basses, they seem to be uniformly overpriced junk. i think the greater boston area is just not a pawn shop hotbed
  19. SanDiegoHarry

    SanDiegoHarry Inactive Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2008
    San Diego, CA
    Nor is So Cal. All the pawn shops are picked over by local stores.
  20. HardNHeavy


    Apr 17, 2014
    Ebay, pawn shops and 48th st. custom is where i bought all my basses back in the 80's and still play all three