Buy and Sell Guitars – The New, Easy, and Safe Way

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You might remember our friend Scott Olson over at Seymour Duncan – he’s the one who gave us expert advice on swapping out pickups a few months back – and he’s been busy with something else – helping folks swap out guitars.

Scott has launched a new web site to do one of the things that the internet does best, putting buyers and sellers together.

Once the first gleam of an idea appeared in Scott’s eye, it took several years of planning to realize the dream of selling your Ibanez to the kid down the street or searching the world for that rare LP Black Beauty, in one place.

Although all the planned features aren’t implemented yet, the site is up and running at

Here’s how it works:

To search for guitars, enter brand, model, year, and distance into the search engine and peruse the wealth of “LP Customs” down the street, across the country or around the world! Search engine upgrades are in-the-works so advanced features like used, new, electric, acoustic, bass, and price range will soon be available. What really makes the whole thing cool is this: the site uses Google Maps for a visual presentation of guitars for sale. A little Bass, LP, or acoustic guitar icon appears on the map at the site of a listed guitar. Click the icon and the info pops up in a small window, including a ‘message’ button so you can email the seller.

If you know anything about Google Maps, you know it can pinpoint your house if you let your browser use your location. If you’re listing a rare ’57 Tele, listing the location for it on the internet would be far from wise. Sellthisguitar is the only website to use Google Maps and purposely scramble the actual location so would-be thieves are stopped cold. Your safety, and the safety of your guitar when you aren’t home, is assured. Sellthisguitar wants to be the safest place to buy and sell guitars, not just the most efficient.

If you’re a seller, forget the local paper. You now have a global resource to put your guitar in front of as many buyers as possible. Upload your info and a picture of the guitar – you are in business. SellThisGuitar takes care of the rest, all at no charge. (I put a guitar up to see how it worked. Took me less than 5 minutes, and they sent me a confirming email with a link to delete the listing if I wanted.)

Guitar Stores

One of the most exciting planned features is the Guitar Store (example image). Brick and mortar music stores will be able to upload all of their inventory to Sellthisguitar. This feature is still not completely ready but we got a look at the prototype. This will be really cool, guys. Imagine… not having to go into several sites to look for that guitar of your dreams, but having them all come to you. Let’s say you want to see all the Fender Strats in your area. All the individual seller’s Strats will appear (as little icons), but so will all the Strats in music stores. Now you can email the seller or the store who has your future Strat, no muss, no fuss, no gas to run around town.

Browsing Guitars

Another cool thing is the browse feature (example image), not quite ready either – but we’ve seen a screen shot. You can browse around the world to just see what people are selling. Maybe not too useful but sometimes you just want to drool over some beautiful guitars. We get browsers from all over the world at Guitar-Muse, why not see what they’re playing across the ocean?

Here’s a helpful feature for the seller: In the bottom left corner, there’s a little thing called the Guitar Spotlight. When you upload a guitar for sale, your guitar enters a lottery for the spotlight guitar which appears on the front page. Click on the picture and the site jumps right to your location and brings up your info so people can contact you. You have to upload a picture to be eligible for this feature, but you’ll probably want to do that anyway.

Sellthisguitar is a one-of-a-kind website where buyers and sellers can come together for the benefit of both. Even if you aren’t in the market, the site is really fun to play with! Be sure to check it out at

Doug Knight

Our “Man on the Street” reporter, with his “What’s New in Music Stores?” series, resides in Coos Bay, OR. You can find him on Friday nights at The Small Events Center at OrCoast Music in Coos Bay.

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