Vintage Guitar Values in the 2020 Vintage Guitar Price Guide
Posted on December 02 2019
The 2020 Vintage Guitar Price Guide book is here! I've used this price guide to help dial in on a value for vintage guitars from Gibson, Fender, Epiphone, Martin, Guild, Gretsch, and everywhere in between. It's even got value estimates for vintage amplifiers, mandolins, banjos, bass guitars, pedal steels, lap steels, and vintage guitar effects. If you're looking for values on your vintage guitar or amplifier then I recommend getting professional help (I would love to help! You can contact me here: Sell My Vintage Guitar) as well as picking up a Vintage Guitar Price Guide. You can pick one up for yourself here: The 2020 Vintage Guitar Price Guide on Amazon.
Are you looking for help with a vintage guitar value? The Price Guide is not a very good replacement for a professional's help in connecting a fine guitar with a quality buyer. You can contact me here to sell pictures and information about your vintage guitar or amplifier: Sell My Vintage Guitar.
The Vintage Guitar Price Guide attempts to aggregate pricing data from guitar dealers to assign a value to different used and vintage guitars. It's fun to look up your guitar in The Guide and see how what you paid years ago compares to what's listed in the guide. It's tempting to think that your guitar would be worth that price range, and it's possible that it is, but remember that the value listed is for guitars in excellent condition with all original parts. It's the price range that a professional with a very expensive selling infrastructure might use. I think the Price Guide is a useful tool but only another data point, not a rock solid price range that shouldn't be questioned. A vintage guitar's value is based off of a function of supply and demand, not what a book says. Personally, I like using the guide to determine which guitars have a more or less favorable function of supply vs demand compared to other guitars.
One caveat with the guide is that very low production models may only have a few tracked sales in the almost two decades since tracking for The Guide began. Therefore, the value range is more of a reflection of what happened in the past and not a suggestion for what that guitar might be worth. I would recommend comparing those guitars to close alternatives along with the guide value. That might help get a little closer to what the real value might be. Or, you could reach out to a professional to help evaluate the guitar and find a buyer for it in that price range (might I suggest me?) I've been using The Guide as a data point for quite a few years now but I think I've lost a few years! I still had a good time looking through previous years and attempting to spot trends. Pick up a copy of the Vintage Guitar Price Guide 2020 for yourself here!