Appraisals from Gruhn Guitars
Your musical instrument is more than just a piece of wood -- it's an investment. A written appraisal from Gruhn Guitars protects your investment by establishing the value of your guitar in the current market, which is valuable information for your banker, insurance agent and your peace of mind.
George Gruhn has been buying and selling used instruments since 1963, and Gruhn Guitars, established in 1970, was the first store devoted to vintage and used instrument sales. He is recognized worldwide as a leading expert on vintage guitars, mandolins and banjos. He brings over 50 years of experience to an instrument appraisal, as well as the decades of experience of the Gruhn staff members.
Online Appraisal Service
Appraisals are available by uploading the following to our secure appraisal site. Please see the online appraisal submission form further below:
- Front and back photos of the instrument (required). Additional photos can be uploaded in order to include detailed photos if necessary. Please limit file size to 25MB.
- Serial number
- Description of modifications, repairs and other issues not apparent from photos
- Credit card information for $50 appraisal fee (US customers only - For international orders, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Mailing address
- Email address
Upon completion, a copy of the appraisal will be sent to you by email and the original appraisal will be sent via USPS. If you prefer to request an appraisal by regular mail, please include the items listed above along with a check or money order for $50 in U.S. funds.
For appraisals requiring the examination of 10 or more photos, a higher fee may apply. Please contact us at 615.256.2033 or email@example.com to discuss.
In Person Appraisals
Appraisals are available at the shop during regular business hours for a $75 fee. This detailed appraisal will provide a significantly higher level of service and certainty than one done from photos alone since your instrument will be thoroughly examined by our repair staff and evaluated in-hand by George Gruhn.
We can provide a complete, in-depth appraisal, including in-hand examination and authentication of all components of the instrument. For pre-CBS Fender instruments and most pre-Norlin Gibson Les Pauls, the fee is $225. Please contact us at 615.256.2033 or firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an appointment.
Upon request, we will provide an appraisal at no charge for any instrument you buy from us within two years of the purchase date.
We buy, sell and consign instruments, so if your instrument is for sale or if you're thinking of selling, please let us know. If you decide to sell or consign your instrument with us, we will refund the appraisal fee.
Gruhn Guitars - Online Appraisal Service
Gruhn Guitars specializes in vintage and used fretted instruments including guitars, basses, mandolins, banjos, ukuleles and amplifiers. Appraisals are written by George Gruhn and the Gruhn Guitars staff. Our fee of $50 is payable by credit card through our secure payment site. Please fill out the form below and upload your photos, then click "Save" to proceed to the next page to provide your mailing address and billing information.