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Vintage Question

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by ryco, Nov 6, 2005.


  1. ryco

    ryco

    Apr 24, 2005
    97465
    How old does an electric bass have to be before it's considered vintage?
    60's 70's 80's early 90's ?

    Opinions?
     
  2. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD

    Feb 20, 2005
    Seweracuse, NY
    Vintage usually means 20-25 years.
     
  3. deaf pea

    deaf pea

    Mar 24, 2005
    Cuernavaca 1 hr S Mexico City
    Seymour Duncan/Basslines SMB-5A Endorsing Artist
    I would think that a Fender bass from the '50's or early '60's ("pre-CBS") would qualify as "vintage" . . . it really depends on the make and model. A MMSR (NOT Ernie Ball) is vintage. A G & L made while Leo Fender was there is vintage. and so on . . . . .
     
  4. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    "Vintage" is just high-falutin' speak for "old." For example, I now refer to myself as "vintage."
     
  5. There is such a problem because people confuse the word "vintage" with "old."

    A vintage instrument is one that has qualities that make it desirable. Fender stopped using nitrocellulose lacquer in 1968-69. Jazz basses started having block fret markers in 1966. Prior to 1965, rosewood fretboards were made of Brazillian Rosewood. Fender changed ownership in 1964-5. What would make a 1974 Precision "vintage?" The thick poly finish? The 13 pound weight? While a 1974 P is old, and a 1964 P is old- only one is consindered "vintage" just because of it's age and it's proximity in time to another.

    *I'm not saying that every 1974 P is a dog or anything, but any high prices are based mainly on age, not on the inherent qualities of a bass made in 1974.
     
  6. johnbegone

    johnbegone

    Sep 16, 2004
    Chicago, IL
    For automobiles, 20 years is the point when something becomes vintage. I generally don't think of stuff in the 80's as vintage though, 70s and before.... so vintage.
     
  7. bassturtle

    bassturtle

    Apr 9, 2004
    As a dumbed-down generalization, this is correct.
     
  8. Mojo-Man

    Mojo-Man Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2003
    :cool:
    I believe it 30 years.