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Why Trade or Sell With Us?

If you’re looking to sell your gear, Guitar Center makes it safe and easy. Our team of experts will evaluate your gear, make you an offer on qualifying items and pay you same-day.

We’ll Pay the First $1,000 in Cash*

Sell your gear and get paid in cash for the first $1,000, plus a check (in select stores) or Guitar Center Visa® Prepaid Card** for the remainder. Or, use your trade-in credit toward an upgrade and get a discount on something new.

Save Time and Money When You Sell With Guitar Center

  • You don’t have to worry about packing or shipping gear
  • There’s no waiting for potential bids or buyers
  • We don’t have any secret fees like some other sites
  • No sketchy meetups with a stranger in a parking lot


Plus save 10% on something new

when you trade in used or vintage gear for trade credit
***View Exclusions and Limitations Below

How It Works

1. Tell Us What You Got

Start with our easy online form to let us know what you’re selling. Have a collection to sell? We’d love to hear about it. Then, choose to schedule an in-store appointment, or have an associate contact you. Rather just come in? You can do that, too.

1. Get Your Gear Ready

Before you bring you gear in, give it a good clean and make sure you have all of the parts gathered and ready to go.

2. Bring in Your Gear

Next, you’ll come into your local store so we can get a closer look at your gear. We’ll give it an expert evaluation, then potentially make you an offer on qualifying items.

3. Get Paid

We’ll pay you for your gear same-day. Depending on your location, you’ll get either cash, check, prepaid card or trade-in credit. Make sure to bring a valid ID, too.

Ready to sell?

If you’re good to go, just bring your gear into your local store so we can get a closer look at what you’re interested in selling. We’re here anytime (during store hours, of course).

Your Health & Safety Is Our Top Priority

Rest assured that you can safely come in to trade or sell gear. We are continuing our increased safety and cleaning measures, including social distancing, throughout our stores.

See more about our in-store health & safety protocols

FAQs

What kind of gear can I sell or trade in?

We buy used guitars, basses, drums, amps, keys and MIDI, folk and traditional instruments, recording gear, effect pedals, DJ gear, live sound equipment and more.

However, the following items do not qualify for trade-in:
Acoustic pianos, custom-built cables or snakes, copyrighted material (software, books, videos and DVDs), computers and consumer electronics, snakes and switching systems, analog tape recorders, wireless units, guitar parts, strings, drum sticks and drum heads, upright acoustic basses, large recording and live sound mixers, studio furniture, lighting gear, drum hardware (low end), turntables (other than Technics), stand-alone digital hard disk recorders, DAT and CD recorders, and band and orchestra instruments.

How do you determine the value of my gear?

Guitar Center has decades of experience fairly evaluating used and vintage gear for purchase. When you bring your instrument in, an associate will evaluate the piece based on several factors, including condition, historical sales data, market desirability and current stock levels.
For vintage gear, we have a dedicated group of experts who are available during all Guitar Center open hours to assist in evaluations. We take pride in our acquisition process and are firmly committed to making fair market wholesale offers.

How much does Guitar Center pay for used gear?

All payments for gear sold at Guitar Center are made same-day. We’ll pay the first $1,000 in cash,* and the remainder will be paid with a check or Guitar Center Visa® Prepaid Card.**

Does Guitar Center pay cash for used gear?

Yes, Guitar Center pays the first $1,000 in cash* for used and vintage gear. However, because of legal restrictions, these stores do not pay out cash: Greensboro, NC and Rockville, MD.

How long does it take to get paid for my gear?

You’ll get paid on the same day that you sell your gear. You can also apply your trade-in credit to upgrade to something new.

I don’t have a Guitar Center near me. Do I have to come into the store to get my gear evaluated?

Unfortunately, Guitar Center does not buy gear without an in-hand inspection at one of our locations.

Do I need an appointment to sell gear?

You do not need an appointment to come in and sell or trade in your used and vintage gear. We’ll buy your gear anytime—during open store hours. You can also check our website for information about upcoming Used Gear Buying Events. However, having an appointment can speed up the process. You can fill out our online form to tell us what you’re selling and schedule an in-store appointment. If you want to chat first, an associate can contact you to discuss your gear or the process in more detail.

Do I need an appointment to sell gear?

You do not need an appointment to come in and sell or trade in your used and vintage gear. We’ll buy your gear anytime—during open store hours. You can also check our website for information about upcoming Used Gear Buying Events.

How does the trade-in or selling process work?

Once you’re at the store, an associate will evaluate your gear and assess the item(s) based on condition of the piece, historical sales data, market desirability and current stock levels. If we make an offer and you accept it, we’ll pay for your gear same-day.

Can I trade in my used or vintage gear for something else?

Yes, if you want to trade in your gear for something else, you can use the credit toward your purchase.

I’ve filled out the online form, what happens next?

Once you’ve filled out the online form telling us what you’re selling, you can schedule an in-store appointment or request that an associate contact you by phone or email. Then, you’ll bring your gear into the store for an expert evaluation and, if an offer is made and you accept, you’ll walk out with payment that same day.

This optional offer is not a MetaBank®, N.A. or Visa® product or service.

*Cash payment is based on availability and varies by store. Due to legal restrictions, cash payment is not available at these stores: Greensboro, NC and Rockville, MD.

**Cards are issued by MetaBank®, National Association, Member FDIC, pursuant to a license from Visa U.S.A. Inc. This card can be used everywhere Visa debit cards are accepted within the U.S. only. See an associate for details.

***Exclusions and limitations for discount offer: $500 maximum discount. Not to be used in conjunction with other coupons, promotions or offers. No cash value. Excludes already discounted and clearance items, price matches, used/vintage, tax/shipping charges, scratch and dent, gift cards and musician services (Pro Coverage, Repairs, Rentals and Lessons).

Products from the following manufacturers are excluded from discount offer: A Designs, ADAM, ADAM Audio, Aguilar, Allen & Heath, Alvarez, Ampeg, Antelope Audio, Apogee, Apple, Arturia, Ashdown, Ashly Audio, Avantone, Avid, BAE, Barefoot Sound, Beetronics FX, Blackstar, Bose, Boss, Burl Audio, Caparison Guitars, Catalinbread, Chapman, Crate, Cusack Music, D'Angelico, D.W. Fearn, Dangerous Music, Dean Markley, Deering, Duesenberg USA, Earthquaker Devices, Earthworks, Electro-Harmonix, Elysia, Empress Effects, Epiphone, Ernie Ball Music Man, EVH, Fender, Fender Custom Shop, FOCAL, Focusrite, Fostex, Friedman, Fulltone, Fulltone Custom Shop, Gallien-Krueger, Gibson, Gibson Custom, Godin, Golden Age Project, GoPro, HeadRush, Heritage Audio, iConnectivity, ISP Technologies, iZotope, JHS Pedals, Johnson, Keeley, Kemper, Korg, Kramer, Kurzweil, Kush Audio, LaChapell Audio, Lag Guitars, Lakland, Lewitt Audio Microphones, Lindell Audio, Lucida, Mackie, Manley, Marshall, Martin, Meris, METRIC HALO, Millennia, Milkman Sound, Mojave Audio, Moog, MOTU, Native Instruments, Neumann, Nord, Novation, Orange Amplifiers, Paiste, Pettyjohn Electronics, Phoenix Audio, Primacoustic, PRS, Palatino, QSC, Radial Engineering, Randall, Rane, Reloop, Reverend, RME, Rockett Pedals, Roland, Roland Cloud, Royer, Ruach Music, S.E. Shires, Savannah, se Electronics, Seagull, Sennheiser, Sequential, SERATO, Shure, Slate Digital, Slate Pro Audio, Slate Media Technology, Softube, Soundbrenner, Source Audio, Spector, Squier, Steinberger, Steven Slate Drums, Strandberg, Studiologic, Supro, Suzuki, Taylor, Teenage Engineering, Telefunken, Teletronix, The Loar, Toft Audio Designs, Tone King, Tube-Tech, VHT, Voodoo Lab, Vox, Walrus Audio, Wampler, Warm Audio, WESTONE, Xotic Effects, Yamaha, ZT, Zvex.

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