looking for tips for listing guitar online

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  1. macryan

    macryan Member

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    Because my '73 SG Special has taken over my guitar life....I am considering listing my '05 R9 Les Paul. Just not using it and for long gigs...it's just too darn heavy for this old geezer. I assume Reverb . com is the best site for this....any suggestions regarding the online process. Thanks. If this is in the wrong forum please move to the correct one.
     
  2. Daniel.S

    Daniel.S Well-Known Member

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    eBay is another option.
     
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    Susihukkanen Well-Known Member

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    Here in Finland muusikoiden.net is the best alternative. But I assume you are not living here ;-)?
     
  4. Colnago

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    Include good quality photos in your ad, not fuzzy/out of focus ones.
    Show closeups of any damage.
     
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  5. Neil from Ottawa Canada

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    Lots of folks won't even consider buying without photos,in the original ad you post. State the degree of fret wear, and describe any dings or scratches. Explain what "R9" means. Make it clear "no trades" if that's the case. Set a firm price and state it is firm, and expect lower offers anyway. State whether or not it comes with a case. State whether or not you are the first/second owner. Weigh it and state the weight. Good luck.
     
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  6. macryan

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    Thanks all.....this is a hard one....I'd like to keep it but I don't use it.....leave in t ithe case or let someone enjoy the heck out of it....no real sentimental attachment...but it is an LP.....oh the quandary.
     
  7. PermissionToLand

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    Yes, photos are what will sell the guitar when it comes to selling online. A good description is important, but the pictures are what will make somebody fall in love with your guitar and just have to have it.

    Particularly with a Les Paul, you want the light to bounce off that carved top and highlight those curves:

    HPIM4112 med2.jpg
     
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    Welcome to ETSG!

    An R9 is worth considerable money, so one question that always
    arises is: "Is this a fake?"

    Not only would clear photos help a prospective buyer be assured that
    your guitar is genuine, but you might offer other provenance to
    "serious inquiries only." Bill of sale, clear photo of serial number, or an
    appraisal in writing by a qualified and verifiable appraiser.

    I recently sold an old Martin this way, and when I was negotiating with
    the buyer, I sent him some mp-3 files of what the instrument sounded
    like, in a good studio. ( I was using it on a project at that time, so this was easy).

    A modern Les Paul might not need the "professional appraisal" like
    my 1936 Martin did, but fake R-9s are out there in plenty, so buyers
    will be wary. I would be. Les Paul buyers are a finicky lot, so
    clear photos and honest descriptions of any damage would be
    a must.
     
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    double post..

    info on the weight and any modifications
    are also essential.
     
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    As long as I was looking at the nice carved top everything was fine, but then I noticed the crooked background and it made me a bit queazy ... :rofl:
     
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  11. macryan

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    LP-05.jpg Here is the subject. It is sweet.....still on the fence.
     
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    Ooooh ! Quintessential LP color. Beauty !
     
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  13. Colnago

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    Trim those strings and support the neck please.
     
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    Hot damn! I bet it tastes like caramel...
     
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