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 40 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:
• Front and back photos of the instrument (up to five photos can be uploaded
in order to include detailed photos if necessary). Please limit file size to
• Serial number
• Description of modifications, repairs and other issues not apparent from photos
• Credit card information for $50 appraisal fee
• 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.
Detailed Photo Appraisals
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 Appraisal Service
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. Though it is not necessary to schedule an appointment, it is best to contact us by email or by phone in advance.
For pre-CBS Fender instruments and most pre-Norlin Gibson Les Pauls, we can also provide a complete, in-depth appraisal, including authentication of all components of the instrument for a fee of $225. Please contact us at 615.256.2033 or firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an appointment.
Gruhn Guitars offers complimentary appraisals for any instrument purchased from us.
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.