#1
Howdy,

I'm looking to sell a guitar for the first time since Daddy's Junky Music (New England music store chain) closed down years ago. I knew the staff at both of my local DJMs and they would frequently give me good deals.

Given the current state of the used guitar market, I was wondering which would be the best way to sell my Gretsch Electromatic 5122 (The double cut model)

- Guitar Center is currently selling them for $500-$550. I'm looking for at least $400 cash. Should I even bother?

- Single cut models are going on Craigslist for around $500. I work 30 hours a week and attend classes full time at a college an hour from where I live. This doesn't leave me much time to pull of a deal with somebody on CL. Is it worth the effort?

- Any chance a pawn shop gives me a decent deal?

- Is Ebay a pain in the ass? How does shipping effect stuff? Will it sell?

Thanks for any responses.
UG's Prodigal Son
#2
Don't bother with GC or pawn shops, they'll offer you $300 or less. eBay is fine but you're going to have to ship it, which I don't see as any more convenient than meeting a guy for 10 minutes over a weekend sometime to get cash for your guitar.

Craigslist people are weird but it's usually the best way to go. You can try Reverb.com too but personally I'd rather sell a guitar in person for cash than spend the time to find a box, pack, and ship it and then hope it shows up all in one piece.
#3
If you go Craigslist, just make sure you meet them in a public place and don't let them know where you live.
#4
I'd recommend reverb.com too. They've been pretty sold for me. You can also ask what you want for the guitar and still take offers.
#5
I prefer CL, cash and carry only. Shipping is a hassle and pawn shops will give you $100.
I'd make sure to clean it up nice, take good pics, and clearly define terms of sale. Always ignore weirdos, all lowball offers, and wait for a real buyer with full cash in hand.
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#6
i have purchased a few guitars from guitarsandeffects.com and they were great

or reverb or ebay

or IMO best yet CL every other way you need to ship it.

$400 would be CL. everything above you would ending it out and taking a hit from shipping and fees for consignment or buying your guitar cheap.

pawn shops would probably sa $<$300
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