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Old 04-29-2018, 02:56 PM
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Originally Posted by jwayne View Post
From Elderly (bases grading strictly on cosmetics:

MC Mint Condition : when we say mint, we mean mint. No wear, like new out of the box.
EC Excellent Condition : Very clean, might have some minor wear, dings, scratches, or finish cracks, but otherwise very close to new condition.
VGC Very Good Condition : Basically clean, might have some deeper scratches, pick wear or missing finish. Nothing real serious, no cracks, unless otherwise stated.
GC Good Condition : Solid playing condition, may have one or more repaired cracks or other cosmetic flaws.
FC Fair Condition and PC = Poor Condition : Indicate that the instrument may have some problems, usually described.
Elderly does sometimes use a"combined rating" which I saw on their website.
For me, I would have to have specifics on the cosmetics. To me "Excellent" does not include finish cracks or dings unless they are virtually undetectable and very few in number.
It's all very subjective...depends on who's looking.

According to their system, my guitars are all EC/M. (Excellent, mint.) and that would include playability.
Martin D18
Gibson J45
Gibson J15
Fender Copperburst Telecaster.
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