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Well Played Gear Condition Grading System

About

We are pre-loved musical instrument experts and enthusiasts – and we only sell gear that we believe deserves to continue to be well-played. We’re transparent about the condition of our instruments, and by following our Well Played Gear Condition Grading System you’ll always know what level of quality you can expect.

Our Well Played Gear Condition Grading System involves the inspection and testing of our instruments in the areas of cosmetic quality and functionality. Whether it’s used or vintage, all Well Played Gear instruments are assigned a condition by our team of qualified experts. We put the Well Played Gear Condition Grading System together to provide our customers with a framework to help them navigate the world of used and vintage instruments.

Mint

Instruments in this category show no sign of imperfection. Mint graded instruments do not have a single defect and look like they just came off the assembly line. These items come with their original packaging. A flawless guitar, pedal, or amplifier that is as it was originally manufactured is an example of Mint condition. If you are in the market for a new instrument and don’t mind that it’s been out of the box, this gear is for you.

Excellent

Instruments in this category show little to no wear on most areas. Excellent graded instruments have been lightly played and may have minor finish wear that is not immediately visible. There are no problems or issues with playability or functionality of the instrument. A guitar with slight pick marks or an amp with a scuff are examples of Excellent condition instruments. If you want a near-new instrument at a great price, this gear is for you.

Very Good

Instruments in this category show minimal wear on most areas. Very Good graded instruments have been lightly played and may have wear that is somewhat visible. While there may be moderate signs of use that affect cosmetic appearance, they will not impact performance or functionality. Slight buckle rash, minor scratches, or small cosmetic blemishes are examples of Very Good condition instruments. If you are looking for playability and don’t mind minor flaws, this gear is for you.

Good

Instruments in this category show noticeable wear on most areas. Good graded instruments have been played often and may have apparent finish deterioration. While there may be moderate signs of use that affect cosmetic appearance, they will not impact performance or functionality. A binding crack or belt buckle wear on a guitar, dent on a pedal chassis, or road wear on an amplifier are examples of Good condition instruments. If you are looking for playability and can overlook the cosmetics, this gear is for you.

Fair

Instruments in this category show significant wear on most areas. Fair graded instruments may have been refinished or altered and could have visible scratches, dents, or original accessory replacements. These instruments work as expected in general, but may need some sprucing up, as the defects may start to affect functionality. A major cosmetic alteration to a guitar, faulty switch on a pedal, or an amplifier producing minimal output are examples of Fair condition instruments. If you can accept visible cosmetic defects and manageable structural flaws, this gear is for you.