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Condition Ratings

Here at DGS we understand the struggle of purchasing a guitar without being able to lay eyes on it in person. While we are always happy to provide an in-hand description of a guitar over the phone, we want you to have the confidence to purchase an item sight-unseen. While we have traditionally used the “Gruhn Method” of condition rating, we are updating our rating system to match what is used on Reverb.com to help maintain continuity between our selling platforms. The following descriptions will help guide you in understanding the condition of our Used Items:

Mint (Formerly Mint)

For something to truly be mint, it needs to be just shy of Brand New. Mint items should include the original packaging in most cases. If there’s any sort of imperfection, the item should be listed in Excellent condition at best.

Excellent (Formerly EC+)

When something’s been used a bit but is still close to new, you can file it under Excellent. For newer gear, Excellent items should be free from blemishes and other visual defects. For vintage items, there maybe some marks here and there, but the item is still in the top echelon when compared to similar examples. All Excellent items should be 100% functional in every way.

Very Good (Formerly EC-)

Very Good describes items with perhaps a few more cosmetic imperfections than Excellent but is still in great condition overall. With a Very Good guitar, for example, you might find some scratches, buckle rash, or other minor blemishes but nothing that affects the playability or function of the instrument.

Good (Formerly VG+)

Good condition includes items that are in fine working order but have some visual imperfections here and there. A pedal with scratches and dents on its chassis, a guitar with some cracks in the binding, or maybe an old snare drum with some corrosion on the lugs could all be classified as Good. All of these items work just fine but have enough visual imperfections to only be in the middle of the scale.

Fair (Formerly VG)

This would be where the various nicks and blemishes start to actually impact the function of the item. Fair items mostly work fine but maybe have some minor functional issues. Say you’ve got an old archtop that’s totally playable but has some neck warping that render some dead spots on the upper registers. This could be considered Fair.

Poor (Formerly VG-)

Poor condition items have definite functional problems that will usually require some sort of repair. Perhaps this is an old acoustic guitar where the action is so high, it’s practically unplayable. Maybe it’s a keyboard where some of the keys just don’t work. It could an amp that powers on, but doesn’t generate any real volume.

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