TIPS 101 • Buying Used

Today’s tip involves buying guitars, amps, pedals, and other music gear used. Buying used is often a good option to save money and stretch your musical budget. It helps to know the product / item and what to look for regarding potential issues. Buying from a local music store or surfing craigslist is a good option that lets you try gear out before you buy it, however always remember to exercise caution when meeting up for gear you find on craigslist. When in doubt, take a pass. Buying online is often a good option, especially when items are hard to find locally – i.e. that rare or unusual effects pedal. Sites like eBay and Reverb have tons of great used gear (and some new gear). Check out the feedback for the seller and see how others have rated their experience. Sometimes it’s a good idea to send a message before you bid or purchase online. Once again, make sure you exercise your judgement and use caution where necessary. If something is too good to be true or doesn’t look right, feel free to take a pass. When done right, the money you save buying used can really add up over time!

eBay – http://www.ebay.com

Reverb – http://www.reverb.com