How to Post a Guitar on eBay

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Guitars are some of the most popular items to buy and sell on eBay. Whether someone is looking for a practice guitar to get started with or a quality guitar for her collection, here are some ways to help buyers know exactly what you are selling.

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Things you need

  • Guitar you are selling
  • Digital Camera
  • eBay Account

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    Test your guitar to make certain it sounds right. If you have an electric guitar, test all of the volume, tone and switch knobs.

  2. 2

    Clean your guitar.

  3. 3

    Take notes on every nick and small dent you find on the guitar. Even if your pictures show the nick, buyers will want added warning in the auction before they buy the guitar.

  4. 4

    Measure any significant scrapes and scratches for length.

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    Inspect the neck and fretboard. Take notes on any damages you find.

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    Find a clear space. Make sure there are no pictures or furniture in the way.

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    It is preferable if you have a guitar stand to photograph the guitar on. If not, a clean table will do.

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    Take a picture of the whole guitar and any cases that you might be selling with it. This is your Gallery Photo, the one everyone sees before clicking on your auction.

  4. 4

    Take a close up picture of the body of the guitar.

  5. 5

    Take a picture of the bottom edge of the guitar.

  6. 6

    Take a picture of the output jack if your guitar is electrical.

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    Take a close up picture of the bridge.

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    Take a close up picture of the saddle if your guitar is acoustic.

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    Take a picture of the pick guard.

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    Take a picture of each pickup if your guitar is electrical.

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    Take a picture of the sound hole if your guitar is acoustic.

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    Turn your guitar to the side and take a picture of where the fretboard attaches to the body of the guitar.

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    Keep your guitar facing sideways to you and photograph the neck and fretboard.

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    Face the guitar toward yourself again and photograph the front portion of the fretboard.

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    Take a picture of the nut and headstock.

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    Turn your guitar around and photograph the back side.

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    Now go through and photograph all nicks and scratches that you found during your inspection.

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    Upload your pictures onto your computer.

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    State the Make, Model and Year of your guitar at the top of your auction.

  2. 2

    Write down all of the nicks, scratches and damages you found during your inspection. Include all measurements if you need to.

  3. 3

    Write down all known specifications for your guitar. This includes what body shape the guitar is and the type of wood is used for the body, neck and fretboard. This also includes all tone, volume and toggle switches if you are selling an electric guitar.

  4. 4

    State at the bottom of your auction everything that your auction includes. If your guitar comes with a strap or case, state so here.

  5. 5

    Upload your pictures into your auction. Note - some eBay auction management sites only allow a certain number of pictures for free. You may have to pick and choose which pictures are most important or pay extra for additional pictures.

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    Preview your auction. If you are satisfied, submit the auction.

Tips and warnings

  • You won't always be able to find information on your particular model of guitar. If you cannot discover the type of wood used for the body, neck and fretboard you can move past that step.
  • DO NOT forget to measure the length of scratches on your guitar. You do not want to have to refund money and have it returned to you if the Buyer feels it was not properly mentioned in the auction.

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