Appraisals | Sell, Trade or Consign
| Instrument Descriptions | Ordering
Information | Shipping Charges | International
Sales | Packing Tips | Want File
We will provide a written appraisal of your instrument
for a fee of $50. If we do not have the instrument in hand, we require a clear
front photo, back photo, and serial number of the instrument. If you choose to
sell or consign your instrument to us we will refund the appraisal fee. Upon request,
we will provide an appraisal at no charge for any instrument you buy from us.
We also offer an online appraisal service.
We buy instruments outright, trade for instruments and take instruments in on
consignment. Please contact us at 615.256.2033 or firstname.lastname@example.org
to discuss an instrument you wish to sell or trade. Please DO NOT SHIP any instrument
to Gruhn Guitars without authorization.
We use the following terms to describe the cosmetic condition of our vintage instruments:
Mint (M), Near Mint (NM), Exceptionally Fine (EXF), Excellent (EXC), Very Good
(VG) and Good (G). In applying these descriptions, we take the age and availability
into consideration. All instruments are structurally stable and in good playing
order unless otherwise clearly specified. We do not normally handle instruments
in below average or poor condition. Some instruments have been repaired, but space
prohibits a complete description of all work. If you would like an in-hand description
of any instrument, please call us Monday - Friday from 9:30am to 5:30pm and Saturday
from 9:30am - 2:30pm Central time.
1. Order by email or telephone. We have a high inventory turnover rate,
so please send no money until we have confirmed the instrument is still available
and is on hold for you. An instrument on hold for you will not be sold to anyone
else at any price, so do not ask us to hold an instrument for you unless you are
definitely buying it. We will hold an instrument for one week (U.S.) or two weeks
(International) only to allow time for your payment to arrive. If your payment
does not arrive on time, the instrument will be put back into active inventory
and we will be unable to accept orders from you in the future.
2. To make payment. Give us your Mastercard, Visa or American Express account
number and expiration date (except for international customers, see note below)
OR transfer funds directly (call for routing instructions). You must specify to
your bank that all banking charges are for your account OR send a cashier's check
or money order (U.S.) or bank draft in US$ (International) directly to us. Personal
checks will not be accepted. All orders and payments should include your name,
street address, telephone number, instrument inventory number, and any special
delivery instructions. Send payment for the full price of the instrument plus
shipping as outlined below. We ship by prepaid air to destinations not shown on
the chart below and we will be glad for you to specify the freight company you
prefer for international shipments. We do not ship instruments by mail, and we
cannot ship to APO or FPO addresses. If there will be no one home to accept a
package during business hours, we suggest you have your instrument sent to your
business or to a friend who will be at home.
International customers (including Canada), please note: We do not accept
credit cards for international sales. Established international customers, please
3. Partial payment: A deposit of 25% of the price of an instrument may be
made within the initial hold period, with the balance due in full in 30 days.
Deposits are non-refundable and instruments are not returnable when payment is
made this way. Credit cards are not accepted for deposits.
4. Your instrument will be shipped when payment in full is received. If we
expect any delay in shipping, we will try to let you know when you place your
order. Generally instruments are shipped within a couple of days of receipt of
payment. When you receive your instrument you have 24 hours to examine it. If
you are not satisfied, call us immediately to let us know you are returning it.
You will be given an authorization number to write on the carton, and we will
expect to receive the rejected instrument in a timely manner. We will refund the
price of the instrument as soon as it arrives at Gruhn Guitars in the condition
it left our shop. You are responsible for the cost of freight both ways. If your
transaction involves a trade, and you reject the instrument we send you, we have
the choice either to return your trade instrument or refund the cash value allowed
for it in the trade deal. Unless otherwise agreed, you the customer are responsible
for all risk of loss or damage in shipping. There is no approval for new instruments,
as they are warranted by the manufacturer. All Gruhn shipments are insured and
any return shipment must also be insured. International shipments are sent with
complete and accurate commercial invoice that reflects the price paid for the
(Elec. Hollow, Archtops)
(uke, violin, some laps)
|East of Rockies, Ground
|East of Rockies, 2nd Day
|West of Rockies, 3-day select
|West of Rockies, 2nd Day
|48 states, Next Day
|AK, HI, PR, Canada
||Call for price
||Call for price
||Call for price
For items or total shipments over $1500, there will be an additional
UPS insurance charge insurance at the rate of 70 cents per $100.
Because of international agreements governing the transportation of certain
species of wood and all species of pearl across international borders, the following
conditions apply to any instrument sold by Gruhn Guitars and shipped to anywhere
other than a US address.
Brazilian Rosewood: There is an addtional chargeto cover the
cost of the necessary permits and processing to legally ship an instrument with
CITES materials (Brazilian rosewood) outside the United States. This includes
any Brazilian rosewood on the instrument including backs and sides, fingerboards,
headstock overlays or bridges. Shipment will also be delayed for as much as
30 to 90 days to allow for governmental processing.
Pearl: There is an additional charge to cover the cost of
processing/shipping and permit fees. The inspection and permitting process could
result in a shipping delay of several business days. This includes frequently
used pearl dot inlays.
Gruhn Guitars wants to be certain that all international regulations are met
so there is no potential for legal issues to taint your enjoyment of an instrument
purchased from us. Though shipment delays as a result of these international
agreements are beyond our control, we will make every effort to get your instrument
to you safely and in as timely a manner as possible while still conforming to
governmental policies and procedures. Due to import regulations set by each
individual country, sales/shipments of instruments with Brazilian rosewood and/or
pearl will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. We appreciate your understanding.
If you are shipping an instrument to us, please check our Packing
Tips to help ensure the instrument will not be damaged in transit.
We maintain a Want File to help customers find specific instruments. If you wish to be listed in our want file, write or phone with complete information -- make, model, year, condition -- on the instrument(s) you want. A request for a "good solidbody Gibson guitar," for example, is too general. A "good Les Paul Standard, late 50s, sunburst finish," is the type of request we can put on file. We will notify you whenever we have what you want. There is no fee or obligation.