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    • coffeehound
    • By coffeehound 8th Jan 17, 8:02 AM
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    Best way to sell a guitar?
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    Best way to sell a guitar? 8th Jan 17 at 8:02 AM
    I'm looking to sell a late–'80s Fender USA Standard Stratocaster in slightly rough but original condition. It plays fine.

    How/where would you recommend selling it to get full market value? Since it is in less than brilliant condition I suspect people would shy away from it on ebay unless they happened to live near enough to try it first.

    Thanks for any suggestions.
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    • googler
    • By googler 8th Jan 17, 12:05 PM
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    eBay, Gumtree, Facebook.

    Google for 'guitars for sale' forums.

    If you're moving on to another, trade it in at your local shop for the next one, and drive the best deal you can.
    • interstellaflyer
    • By interstellaflyer 8th Jan 17, 7:46 PM
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    A lot of guitar player would consider a naturally distressed guitar as having a soul and some spend lots of money on deliberately worn and battered guitars, you are talking a 30 year old guitar, if it's been well played and gigged it will have a lot of wear and tear, nothing to wory about, personally I'd get it professionally valued rather than rely on Ebay or Gumtree.
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    • googler
    • By googler 8th Jan 17, 10:28 PM
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    personally I'd get it professionally valued rather than rely on Ebay or Gumtree.
    Originally posted by interstellaflyer
    Yes, but once it's been 'professionally valued', where would you actually sell it?
    • interstellaflyer
    • By interstellaflyer 9th Jan 17, 9:33 AM
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    Yes, but once it's been 'professionally valued', where would you actually sell it?
    Originally posted by googler
    Point I'm making is I'd make sure I knew the value before putting it on any internet where you are going to get chancers offering well below realistic money and as the OP clearly knows very little about guitars, is likely to get burnt.
    I hate football and do wish people wouldn't keep talking about it like it's the most important thing in the world
    • bertiewhite
    • By bertiewhite 9th Jan 17, 9:44 AM
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    Point I'm making is I'd make sure I knew the value before putting it on any internet where you are going to get chancers offering well below realistic money and as the OP clearly knows very little about guitars, is likely to get burnt.
    Originally posted by interstellaflyer
    Why are you assuming that? The OP already knows he wants full market value and is actually asking where best to sell it, not how much to ask for it.

    I bought a PRS Custom 22 a few years back and the seller (a friend) said that it had been valued at £3500 but in reality anything is only worth what someone is willing to pay for it. I paid £2200 for it in the end but there are examples on ebay for as little as £1800.

    OP - how about taking out an advert in one of the guitar magazines? That way you will be targeting a better audience and I'm sure the expense will justify the sale price.
    • coffeehound
    • By coffeehound 10th Jan 17, 7:30 PM
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    Thanks a lot for the replies; the info and suggestions have been helpful.
    • googler
    • By googler 11th Jan 17, 3:42 PM
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    Thanks a lot for the replies; the info and suggestions have been helpful.
    Originally posted by coffeehound
    If you have an eBay account, look for sold listings of similar guitars.

    A 1980 one is showing as £1230,

    Even component parts of 80s strats seem to be fetching good money - a 1988 neck for £317 , body for £164, set of three pickups £225 ...
    • Wookey
    • By Wookey 12th Jan 17, 1:49 PM
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    Sometimes local music shops will sell it for you for a small fee or percentage, does no harm to ask next time your in your local shop.
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    • Zzelonzi
    • By Zzelonzi 28th Apr 17, 10:43 AM
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    eBay. my friend always sells his stuff there
    • Dennis-ka
    • By Dennis-ka 25th May 17, 8:37 AM
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    The most popular and effective method of selling - is through the internet, and it doesn't matter what you sell. For example eBay is a good option.
    • interstellaflyer
    • By interstellaflyer 23rd Jun 17, 9:35 AM
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    The most popular and effective method of selling - is through the internet, and it doesn't matter what you sell. For example eBay is a good option.
    Originally posted by Dennis-ka
    Ebay is not a good option these days, in fact compared to what it used to be, it's crap, it is also very expensive for sellers, especially for higher value items like guitars.
    I hate football and do wish people wouldn't keep talking about it like it's the most important thing in the world
    • another casualty
    • By another casualty 18th Sep 17, 5:35 PM
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    I've bought and sold bass guitars on fleabay no problems .
    If you do cash on collection , no PayPal fees .
    I'd avoid gumtree tbh , as I've heard of a few time wasters etc
    Another thing to consider is a guitar forum to join .
    I've just spotted this , so it may be sold now .
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