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 Guitar valuations  updated 13/2/2016

I am often contacted by people asking "what is my guitar worth?"  Unfortunately I am not an expert on vintage guitar valuation, but there are a number of useful resources that can be used to gain an estimate of instrument value.  Below I have listed a number of resources, starting with free ones, then on-line subscription services, followed by books.  The final method is to take the instrument to an 'expert' for guitar valuation.

Free guitar valuation resources

Prepal the worlds largest online listing of used musical instrument prices, updated every day.


Free valuation service by Kenn Gordon

Kenn Gordon is a UK Luthier and owner of Gordon Guitars. He also has a great interest in vintage and rare guitars as well as a Guitar researcher who has worked with several notable writers on Guitar magazines and books.
Kenn offers a FREE valuation service to any person/trader or retail outlet as to the used prices on any guitar. Send him 
accurate details and 6 quality pictures of:
Full front
Front Body
Front Headtock
Rear Headstock
Full rear 
Rear Body

He also requires where possible the Year,Make and Model (I know this is not always avail but he can extrapolate from pictures in most cases)

The Country Of Origin

Also provide an  accurate description of the condition along with any breaks and or repairs and any modifications if known

This is a FREE service via email until he gets a website up and running and when that is done it will still be Free.
Prices quoted will be on current Market Values of what Guitars Actually SELL for and not what people tend to ask for them. To access this service please go to Guitar Valuation.com


Check the value of your guitar at on-line stores eg.

eBay -  Simply the largest buy and sell location for musical instruments.  Follow your instrument type here over a period and you will get a good indication of value.

Gbase is a US based aggregation service for musical instrument stores. Values are on the high side but provide a useful start.  Here are a bunch of other stores that sell vintage and used guitars.


Forums are possibly the best source - especially if the forum has a specific focus on the item of interest to you. eg. Unofficial Martin Forum

Join the Vintage Guitar forum. Note that you do not necessarily need to participate in a forum.  Many forums have buy and sell pages and these contain useful info from enthusiasts.  If people are paying the asking price on these forums you know they are on the market. 


On-line pay services

Blue Book Publications

The Orion Blue Book

For $US50 Gruhn will provide a quote online


Reference books to buy

Official Vintage Guitar Magazine Price Guide This guide is published annually and is highly recommended as it covers all types of guitars and a significant range of amps and effects in a single volume.  Not as comprehensive as the Blue Book range below but fantastic value and a book worth having in any event.

Blue Book Publications:

Blue Book of Electric Guitars , Zachary R Fjestad

Blue Book of Acoustic Guitars , Zachary R Fjestad

Blue Book of Guitar Amplifiers , Zachary R Fjestad

This series is the bible for music stores and is likely to be the book turned to when you are talking to an employee of a music store.


Real people and music stores

If you are being asked to pay a significant amount for a valuation check that the store you go to is not simply referencing one of the above resources. You can probably do that yourself. Do not assume that an employee in a guitar store knows anything about the value of used instruments.  

If the store is in the business of buying and selling used instruments or sells on consignment - then that would move them up the knowledge ladder, however.  Here is an incomplete list of some vintage guitar sellers.

Good luck ;) and watch out for fakes