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Need an Appraisal for Your Vintage Made-in-Japan (MIJ) Guitar or Bass?

As an advid collector of vintage MIJ guitars I get asked this question a lot: "What's my guitar worth?" I'm now offering a service where I'll provide you with an official appraisal of your guitar's value, on my letterhead. The appraisal will actually have two values listed: The Insurance Replacement value and a best-price eBay/Craigslist auction value.

I am a recognized expert in Ibanez and other MIJ guitars from the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. I can identify your guitar's date of manufacture (if it has a serial number), its model number, and provide recent eBay sales history to back up any appraised values I offer. In cases of very rare guitars, I can give you an educated evaluation of value and provide you with a good starting price should you decide to list a guitar for auction. I am brutally honest and won't low-ball you or inflate the value of any appraisal I give. If you would like to check my credentials, visit the Ibanez Collectors World Forum at http://ibanezcollectors.com/forum, where I am the number one member in terms of number of postings (approaching 10,000 posts); The Gear Page forum at http://www.thegearpage.comM, where I have over 1,000 postings; and my own website, where I have my personal collection on display at http://www.chucke.com/guitars. On ICW and TGP I am known as Chucke99.

My official appraisal will include:

  • A signed letter (hard copy) mailed to you containing the Insurance Replacement Value and eBay Selling Value for your guitar or bass.
  • Hard copy of relevant eBay auctions for the same guitar/bass model with their ending prices.
  • Email copies of the above.

If you would like to take advantage of this service, this is what I require:

  • High resolution pictures of the instrument in question (full shot front and back, body front and back, headstock front and back, serial number, neck front and back, and close-ups of the pickups, controls, tuners, and any other hardware.
  • An indication of the provenance of the item (are you the original owner, did you buy it recently, where you bought it, etc.
  • Itemization of peripheral items that come with the instrument, such as: case (original or replacement), case "candy" (brochures, warranty cards, etc.), extra parts (especially if you've replaced the pickups, tuners, or other hardware, do you still have the original parts available).
  • Detailed list of any modifications you know have been done on the instrument.
  • Closeup pictures of damage to the instrument (dings, cracks in the finish, binding deterioration, etc. Anything that could be relevant to value).
  • Your full contact information: Name, address, email, and (optional, but it will help if I have questions) a phone number.

The cost of this appraisal service is $35 per instrument. I accept payment via PayPal only. The first step is for you to contact me at chucke@chucke.com and specifically request the Appraisal service. We can correspond after that for you to send me the pictures and other information, and I can then provide you with my PayPal account information.

 
 

 
 

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