Parts Bass Pricing Question...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by neddyrow, Jun 2, 2019.

  1. neddyrow

    neddyrow Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2011
    Cortland, NY
    My financial is sadly changing and I must sell of some gear to raise funds. I just finished building, along with my luthier, 2 parts basses that I am thinking about selling.

    I am a DB guy and don't know much about what basses are worth so I figured I'd ask for some help.

    I have one Fender MIM parts "jazz" bass. I put jazz in quotes because its a jazz body with a special precision bass neck - which is essentially the same as a jazz. Setup and sounds great with Nordstrand Vintage Hum-free jazz pickups.

    The other bass is a MIM precision bass. The neck is a 50s necks with a 1.75 nut and reverse tuners. Also sounds and feels great with Nordstrand Vintage Hum-free precision pickups.

    Here are the basses...


    I don't really want to sell them but i need some cash. I fear I won't get a lot for them. Should I go to reverb? Part them out? Sell as is? What are they worth? I don't expect a grand or anything near that but I'd like a ball park from you guys.


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  2. Bent77


    Mar 6, 2013
    Desert, Colorado
    I’d try Reverb, disclose that they are assembled from parts, not factory

    Set your price. If someone doesn’t like your price, they can send an offer for you to review

    Just make sure you get the cost for shipping correct. That can break you if you don’t have it accurate
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  3. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism

    At a guesstimate, they are probably worth in the $400+ range but a "quick" sale would happen in the $300~ range.
  4. neddyrow

    neddyrow Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2011
    Cortland, NY
    Was hoping someone would chime in closer to $600 but, I’ll take what I can get.
  5. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    Take a look at what MIM Fenders are getting here. I think the upgraded pickups (if you can include the original one with the sale) about equal out for the non-factory assembly.
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  6. That’s what I was thinking also. Look at what MIM basses have actually sold for, not just what people are asking, and that is a good starting point. You could, I suppose, ask a little high and take offers. Like someone else said, look into shipping costs first to.
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  7. tpaul

    tpaul Supporting Member

    Mar 19, 2011
    They are beautiful basses, sorry to hear that you have to sell them off.

    Sadly you will probably get more if you part them out. I would find that hard to do in your position, but there it is.
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  8. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    May 24, 2006
    A ‘Frankenbass’ is almost always a tougher sell. Much like heavily modded basses and kit basses. They may be as good or better than an off the shelf factory original. And they often are. But anybody who’s a brand name or collectible buyer is going to want theirs to be all factory original. And most modders have their own ideas about what mods they want - and mostly prefer to do it themselves either way. So parts basses fall into a no man’s land. Most times you’re lucky to recoup your investment.

    About the only time I felt I got most of my investment back on a parts or modded bass was if I sold it “as is” to someone I knew who tried it and wanted it; or when I parted it out because the individual premium components would fetch more sold by themselves than as part of an assembled bass.
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  9. B-Mac

    B-Mac Happiness is a Warm Puppy and a Great Bass Supporting Member

    Here’s an idea: become a supporting member here at TB and post these in the TB Classified

    Edit: I see you are a supporting member (as pointed out to me by @Warpeg), so why don’t you just post in TB classified and see what happens?

    I’m kinda liking that P-Bass, but not for 6 Benjamins
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  10. roller

    roller Supporting Member

    Mar 30, 2014
    Sell them whole... and give as many possible details on the parts as you can (year purchased, material, etc.).

    These look like great basses. Unfortunately, they may get lost in the high volume of instruments on Reverb and other online arenas.

    Maybe see if you can sell locally on Craigslist where you'll be up against less competition? You just might have what someone is looking for and you won't have to mess with shipping.

    Best of luck!
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  11. Warpeg


    Jun 20, 2005
    He is a Supporting Member.
  12. B-Mac

    B-Mac Happiness is a Warm Puppy and a Great Bass Supporting Member

    Oh, Duh! :wideyed:

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  13. mikeswals

    mikeswals Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    You'll probably get more out of them by parting them back out
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  14. Jscriv


    Feb 3, 2017
    Tonawanda NY
    I've been down this road. Put 700 in parts and get 300 back. Once people read parts bass they seem to think it's lower than low. Maybe here on TB you can get a decent value since you have a concentrated number of intelligent bassist. But it's a rough ride on Craigslist. I'll suggest reverb and the classifieds here. But the last parts bass I sold took about 6 months to move
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  15. This. Even though it's a beautiful bass that plays perfectly and has upgrades it's still a "frankenbass".
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  16. p12bassnut

    p12bassnut Supporting Member

    Aug 27, 2009
    Sell them here on TB ! No listing or seller fees and the buyers here are easy to work with !
    Good looking basses !
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  17. Warpeg


    Jun 20, 2005
    Parting them out would likely net you more money, but the trade off is that you’ll need to invest more time/effort into the sales & shipping process.
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  18. charlie monroe

    charlie monroe Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2011
    Buffalo, NY
    $6-700 for the pair, I’d guess.
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  19. Bent77


    Mar 6, 2013
    Desert, Colorado
    Issue with a modified bass is that not everyone considers your “upgrade” to be their upgrade. Some of these things are very subjective.

    So I personally don’t offer much on modded basses unless I can play it in person and really get a vibe
  20. Stewie

    Stewie Supporting Member

    Jul 3, 2013
    Near Boston
    I dunno, If I was looking for another Precision, it would be that one. Love the fat neck and monster tuners. I paid 4 for one that wasn't as nice, but it was sunburst and tortoise. Good luck with whatever you decide you decide to do
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