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Chuck's Vintage Ibanez Guitar Collection


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, 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 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 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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