By Ryan Gabrinetti, Burbank Shop Manager
Hell has frozen over. The day has finally come — you realized you have too many guitars. Your storage unit is overflowing and your wife is threatening divorce. You need to get rid of at least part of your collection but don’t know where to start. There is always the Craigslist route, but then you are stuck dealing with strangers poking into your business at all hours, not to mention having to wait around and refresh those listings every two weeks. You can always look for top dollar on an online sales platform, but then you have to deal with fees, shipping, and insurance if something goes wrong. What is the most painless way to turn that closet stuffed with cases into cash in your pocket?
The best option, practically speaking, is to sell your instruments as a collection. Taking the lump sum and walking away is probably the best thing your could do for your mental health since picking up guitar in the first place. We might be more than a little biased, but the best place to sell your collection is definitely your local Mom and Pop shop. Corporate big box stores can be frustrating and faceless, and truth is, they don’t pay out as much as smaller dealers (like us!). Being able to deal directly with a shop owner and knowledgable staff will definitely leave a better taste in your mouth than screaming over “Sweet Child o’ Mine” at the regional manager of a Rock n’ Roll Supermarket somewhere in Hollywood.
Are you interested in selling your guitar collection? Contact us here!
Before you make the journey over to the shop with your trunk filled, take inventory of your stash and note all of the details you know of like swapped pickups, electronics, repairs — even shoot over a few pictures beforehand! The more transparent you are, the easier the job is for us and the more likely we’ll all be parting ways happy. It (really) helps to have a ballpark price in mind for the lot— doing a little research on sold listings online can give you a good idea of what the market is and we’ll usually pay a high percentage of those numbers. You might be interested in consolidating your collection, and we will almost always do better in trades toward your new workhorse!
If you’re looking to lighten your load and save on marital stress, selling your guitars as a collection is a great way to go. It doesn’t matter if its three guitars or thirty, you’ll have some more closet space and we’ll have new inventory so everyone wins. A large amount of our best stock comes from well-curated collections, and one of the best parts of this job is finding a well-loved guitar its next home.
Interested in learning more? Call us at one of our four locations or contact us here!