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Vintage Question

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

  1. ryco


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

  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


    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 Supporting Member

    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


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

    Mojo-Man Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2003
    I believe it 30 years.