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Everything You Need to Know to Sell Your Pre-Owned Guitars and Basses

Guitars and basses both conjure images of popular music from rock and roll to jazz and everything in between. Popular among novices and professional players alike these instruments have helped to create and shape popular music since the eighteenth century, with their more primitive predecessors dating back centuries. The pre-owned market for these instruments is vast and potentially lucrative depending on what you are trying to sell. Follow this short and useful guide in order to create the most effective listing to help you sell your guitars and basses.

What details must I include in my listing when selling guitars and basses?

Clear communication is key for attracting serious potential buyers in this market. Begin by giving a description of the instrument itself, such as “12-string cutaway acousto-electric guitar” or “5-string fretless electric bass,” in the title of your listing and the name of the manufacturer. Follow this with specifics of the model, such as left-handed, signature model, etc., and the year of production. Conclude with a statement about how much use the instrument has seen and what its current condition is.

How do I determine a fair price when I am selling my guitars and basses?

Due to the sheer size of this market and options for affordable guitars and basses, you will find a wide range of prices for instruments identical or similar to yours. You might consider consulting a professional appraiser, or you can also visit local dealers to see what newer versions of similar models will fetch, keeping in mind that value is heavily dependent on the instrument’s condition. Be honest in your assessment lest you signal to potential buyers that you are either ill-informed or just plain greedy.

How many photos should I include to effectively sell guitars and basses?

Always include wide shots of the front and back of your guitar or bass. Include a close up of the head stock that will show the manufacturer, model, and serial number. Also include any close-ups of any damage or blemishes that your used guitars and basses might have, regardless of how insignificant you might think it is. Full disclosure of your instrument’s condition will avoid the buyer returning their purchase when they find that the description does not match the instrument 100%.