I recently started a thread on the safest way to ship a guitar. Well now I'd like to know what everyone uses to get one appraised. Should I try local or internet?
Definitely go local. There is a lot more to appraising a guitar than just the model and brand.
Even thought a guitar looks fine and sounds fine, a good luthier can tell how much is left in the truss rod, if there are any structural issues, if the guitar needs to be humidified etc. things that you could never know from the information on the net.