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Guitar Valuation

Posted by Richard Thomas on 11th Oct 2023

Fretboard Fortune: Find Out How Much My Guitar is Worth

Posted by Richard Thomas, 12th October 2023

How to find out how much my guitar is worth?

Whether you've stumbled upon a hidden gem in your attic or are simply curious about the value of your beloved musical instrument, understanding its worth is a common concern we deal with here at Rich Tone Music.

Using our many years of experience, we're here to guide you through the process of appraising your instrument accurately. In this blog, we will explore the essential steps to help you determine the value of your musical instrument, so you can make informed decisions, whether you're planning to sell, insure, or simply satisfy your curiosity.

Sell Your Gear at Rich Tone Music

If you are looking to get your Guitar Valued with a view to possibly selling, or using as a trade in against other item(s) then why not use Sell Your Gear - for a FAST, FREE, NO OBLIGATION QUOTE. We normally reply the very same day Mon-Sat between the hours of 9-5.

The process is transparent and easy to do. We will tell you what we think we'll end up selling the guitar for as a 2nd Hand/Used guitar, and what we can in turn pay you.

Payments are normally made via Bank Transfer - where possible the very same day.


Research, Research, Research

The first and most crucial step in determining the value of your musical instrument is thorough research. The following aspects should be on your checklist:

Instrument Identification: Begin by identifying the make, model, and serial number (if applicable) of your instrument. This information is crucial as it directly impacts its value.

Historical and Provenance Details: Any historical information about your instrument, such as previous owners or notable performances, can add value. Research its history, if possible.

Assess the Instrument's Condition

The condition of your musical instrument significantly affects its value. Examine it meticulously:

Physical Condition: Inspect the instrument for any damage, wear, or signs of aging. Be sure to note any repairs or modifications.

Functionality: Is the instrument in good working order? Does it produce the intended sound without issues?

Identify The Type and Brand

The brand and type of your instrument are key factors in determining its value. Some brands are highly sought after and are associated with quality. Knowing the brand and model helps you gauge its worth accurately.

Check Historical Sales

One of the most effective ways to gauge the value of your musical instrument is to look at historical sales data. Several online platforms and auction websites provide a wealth of information on recent sales. Pay attention to instruments similar to yours, which will give you a ballpark figure for your own instrument's 2nd Hand retail value. Our very own 2nd Hand Guitar sections on our web site are also excellent to use in guides to estimated retail selling values.

Seek Expert Advice

If you have a valuable or rare instrument, it's wise to seek expert advice. Consulting with professional appraisers such as ourselves, or experienced musicians and collectors who specialise in your instrument type can provide you with an accurate assessment of its worth. We are awlays happy to discuss guitars with you and give you a quote to buy your guitar, or work out a Part Exchange deal for example.

Join Online Communities and Forums

Online forums and communities dedicated to your instrument type can be invaluable resources. Members often share insights into the current market value and provide guidance on where and how to sell your instrument. Our advice is to always be cautious with peer to peer transactions especially when buying outside of a marketplace with no Dealer Back Up and Warranty, and where the end customer is not known to you.

Consider Market Demand

The market demand for specific instruments can vary over time. Popular instruments may command higher prices due to high demand, while less common ones may have a niche market. Be aware of these market dynamics.

Be Realistic

It's essential to manage your expectations. The sentimental value of your instrument may not align with its market value. Be open to adjusting your expectations based on current market conditions. It also worth considering how timescale of getting paid is relevant to you. Selling a guitar privately may take weeks/months. Selling to a reputable dealer through Sell Your Gear, for example, could be done within the day! Retail stores will need to pay a trade price which is normally will be less than the final selling price of the guitar. Retail stores will have to cover Vat, Corporation Tax, Rates and other Fixed Costs, staff salaries etc, and therefore will need to make a margin. The benefit to the end customer is a speedy, hassle-free transaction.


In your quest to determine the value of your musical instrument, patience and diligence are your allies. Research, consult experts, and keep an eye on the market to make informed decisions. Remember that the worth of musical instruments can change over time, so periodic assessments are a good practice. Armed with this knowledge, you can confidently navigate the world of musical instrument valuation and make the most of your musical treasures.