"Vintage" Status

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by jdieh1, Jan 12, 2009.

  1. jdieh1

    jdieh1 Guest

    Nov 28, 2007
    Queensland, Australia
    So when does a bass officially become "vintage"? How old does it have to be? Or doesn't it matter what age it is, is it just looks or wear?

    All opinions are welcome...
  2. atoni


    Jan 23, 2004
    Helsinki, Finland
    Endorsing Artist: Salo Guitars
    Nowadays pre 80's basses IMO
  3. HalfManHalfBass


    Jan 21, 2003
    I remember being told by someone (I think they worked in the buying / selling musical instrument industry) that any instrument over 20 years old qualifies it to be called 'vintage'.
  4. Pedulla?


    Nov 18, 2008
    St. Louis, MO
    I'm pretty sure its after twenty years that a bass is officially deemed vintage.
  5. As soon as the marketers think they can get away with it...
  6. DanielleMuscato


    Jun 19, 2004
    Columbia, Missouri, USA
    Endorsing Artist, Schroeder Cabinets
    I consider vintage to be pre-1985. CBS-era Fender seems vintage to me, and that's when CBS sold Fender to Bill Schultz et al. I might consider late '80s to be vintage... it depends on the item. I wouldn't consider '90s to be vintage yet, even though we're getting close to the 20-year mark on 1990 instruments.

    It really does depend on the item, though. I wouldn't consider even a 30-year-old double bass or piano to be vintage. My piano was built in 1921 and I don't really consider that vintage (it looks just like pianos made today).
  7. LanEvo


    Mar 10, 2008
    The rule with cars is 25 years. That's how old they have to be to qualify for vintage racing.
  8. Baryonyx

    Baryonyx Inactive

    Jul 11, 2005
    Marathon Man
    And here was me thinking this was going to be about Status Graphite basses from the 1980's!
  9. mynameisandyb

    mynameisandyb Guest

    Jul 20, 2008
    I have a Status "Silhouette Series" bass.

    My idea is that it was made when Status made Pbass copies before they were a proper pioneering bass company.
  10. Baryonyx

    Baryonyx Inactive

    Jul 11, 2005
    Marathon Man
    It's true, Status used to make P and J basses! Fender32 used to have one of their jazz basses with a carbon fibre neck.

    This started back when Rob Green started the company out as "GMT" (Green Machine Technology). Also, the first typically "Status" basses were called "Strata" before the designs were rebranded as Status Graphite!
  11. GM60466


    May 20, 2006
    IMHO any bass made before 1965.

  12. Zoidberg523

    Zoidberg523 Guest

    May 26, 2008
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
    +1 (And for cheaper insurance!) I'd say about the same on basses.
  13. Baird6869

    Baird6869 Supporting Member

    As stated above, the official "antique" or vintage status for cars and many other antiques is 25 years..... so 1984.
  14. Eilif

    Eilif Grooving under the MDW runway.

    Oct 1, 2001
    Yup, 25 years.
  15. Brian D

    Brian D

    Dec 2, 2004
    Dublin, Ireland
    I'd say 25 years old, the same as with cars. That would mean that one of my basses is vintage as of this year. :smug:
    Thankfully it's a few years until I'd be considered "vintage"! :D
  16. chanson

    chanson Supporting Member

    Even though it is technically 25 years or more to be vintage, a 80's or 90's model will never really seem vintage to me. Personally, when I think "vintage", I think of anything up to 1979.
  17. professor_bills

    professor_bills Guest

    May 17, 2006
    ST Pete Florida
    That makes me double vintage plus... Dang I must be expensive:hyper:
  18. drden

    drden Guest

    Nov 11, 2008
    Troy, NY
    ebay says pre-1980

    and ebay is always right :smug:
  19. mikezimmerman

    mikezimmerman Supporting Member

    Apr 29, 2001
    Omaha, Nebraska
    I think it depends on your age. 80's basses can't be "vintage" because it seems like only a few years ago (1979) that I was buying my first bass, so if an 80's bass is "vintage", that would make me ... oh well, you get the picture. ;)

  20. Thunderitter

    Thunderitter Bass, the final frontier... Supporting Member

    Jun 6, 2007
    As a child of the 80's I don't think of that as vintage, yet!

    For me it's pre-70s. The early 70s slot into the twilight zone for me!:D