New: The instrument is “new” – it has not had any owners yet, but may have very minor wear from being played in a music store. For example, this may include evidence of use on the pickguard.
Mint: The instrument and its case are all-original, complete with hang tags, certificates (if any) and all original documentation. The instrument should show no wear. Basically, it should be in the same condition that it was when it left the factory or Luthier’s shop.
Excellent: It should be clear that the instrument is all-original and well maintained with no repairs. Light wear may be visible but without significant blemishes or damage. One exception can be considered within the description of “Excellent” – a professional fret replacement providing that the new frets match the size and shape of the original frets.
Very Good: The instrument shows sign of normal wear and some minor cosmetic flaws (dents and scratches). It can be assumed to be all-original unless stated otherwise. The instrument should be in good playable condition.
Good: The instrument should be in good playable condition but with evidence of wear including scratches, dents and scrapes. There may also be evidence of repairs and replaced parts.
Fair: The instrument may be generally playable but with clear indications of wear, repair and/or replaced parts. ‘Fair Condition’ may also imply that the instrument needs some work to improve its playability.
Playable: The instrument has had significant repairs and/or modifications, and significant wear and tear, but is in playable condition without further modifications or repairs.
Poor: One should assume that an instrument in “Poor Condition” needs repairs.
Wall Hanger: This category is used for instruments and equipment that do not work but may have desirable parts or might be used as “wall hangers” for atmosphere.