Guitar Conditions and What They Mean…

Brand New:

Brand New condition is that the item is in the same flawless condition as it was when it left the factory floor, and is covered under the manufacturer’s original limited warranty.


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


When something’s been used a bit but is still close to new. For modern gear, Excellent items are almost entirely free of blemishes and other visual defects and have been played or used with the utmost care. For vintage items, there may be some marks here and there, but the item is still in the top echelon when compared to similar examples. All Excellent items are 100% functional in every way.

Very Good:

Very Good describes items with more cosmetic imperfections than Excellent but are 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 condition includes items that are in fine working order but have some visual imperfections here and there. A guitar with some cracks in the binding, or maybe some corrosion on the hardware 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.