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What are great basses with a really low resale value?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Tupac, Jan 2, 2012.


  1. Tupac

    Tupac

    May 5, 2011
    Used bass prices are not created equal. Fenders for example, have a high resale value. Now what are some great basses (or companies) with a really low resale value that you can make a huge saving by buying used?
     
  2. lowendgenerator

    lowendgenerator

    Mar 26, 2006
    CHI/NWI
    Ibanez has HORRIBLE resale value, even for their higher end stuff.
     
  3. pnut166

    pnut166

    Jun 5, 2008
    alabama
    Can`t beat used Peaveys
     
  4. USA Peaveys are an astounding value. IOW, they have a horrible resale value.

    Great basses for the money, though.
     
  5. tminus10

    tminus10 Supporting Member

    May 1, 2011
    Seattle
    I'd say Alembic. Alot of them, like the Essence for example, have a retail price of over $7000 but sell used for around $2000 give or take. Thats a pretty big difference.
     
  6. Epitaph04

    Epitaph04 Always overcompensating Supporting Member

    Jul 5, 2010
    SoCal
    Warwick?
     
  7. Sometimes I feel anything but Fender (and MIJ Squiers ) have horrible resale values... Maybe EBMMs also have good resale values. SX have good resale values as they are cheap already :).
     
  8. jmattbassplaya

    jmattbassplaya Looking for a gig around East Islip, NY!

    Jan 13, 2008
    Yep. a $5,000 new bass will maybe catch $2,000 used.
     
  9. RNV

    RNV

    Apr 13, 2010
    Loxahatchee, Fl
    fEARful (I endorse them, not visa versa)
    Carvin
     
  10. xxx666

    xxx666

    Jan 12, 2008
    Australia
    Endorsing Artist G&L Guitars
    I would say G&L but its all about supply and demand.... and here in Australia the strength of the Aussie $$$ has driven the price of nearly every brand down new & used.....
     
  11. Gibsons arent the greatest reseller, its hard to get 900$ for a 1500$ t bird.
     
  12. tabdog

    tabdog

    Feb 9, 2011
    Westone

    Tabdog
     
  13. USA Peavey
     
  14. SlingBass4

    SlingBass4

    Feb 28, 2009
    Kansas City
    A custom specked Carvin gets NO love when selling. I never can get over how a USA bass with quality components and craftsmanship can have such rotten resale. Peavey USA is probably a close 2nd. I often wonder where peoples heads are when they buy something off-shore that doesn't compare, just because it's the flavor of the week :rollno:
     
  15. G&L used to be the absolute best buy on the used market. They are still low compared to Leo's other vintage instruments but they certainly have gone up. I think the days of finding an early 80's L-1000 for $600-$700 are over.
     
  16. AltGrendel

    AltGrendel Squire Jag SS fan.

    May 21, 2009
    Mid-Atlantic USA.
    Wishbass
     
  17. Rip Topaz

    Rip Topaz

    Aug 12, 2005
    Willow Street, PA
    Beta tester for Positive Grid
    Not true. Most Wishbasses end up refinished, and some of them go for over twice the original price.
     
  18. GBassNorth

    GBassNorth

    Dec 23, 2006
    SoCal
    Just about any Warmoth bass will bring back penneys on the dollar in a resale.

    Some basses you just don't buy brand new if you can avoid it due to a $3000 to $5000 loss in value from new to used, Alembic and German Warwicks come to mind. Seems just about any bass is going to drop about 50% or more in value once used so if you think you'll ever sell it, buy it used and save yourself a lot of money.
     
  19. fjb62

    fjb62

    Aug 27, 2010
    I agree, Carvins, for being such a quality instrument, have really poor resale.
     
  20. kellyrojo

    kellyrojo

    Feb 16, 2011
    South Carolina
    Peavey and G&L for sure........warmoth true too
     

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