Cream City Music LOVES used gear - and we’re recognized nationwide as one of the best places to sell and trade your old musical equipment.
We believe that someone selling us their gear is just as important as someone who is buying gear from us. We are committed to providing you a fair, honest, and transparent selling experience that we feel can't be beat.
No matter the make, model, or condition, we are interested in buying your used or vintage guitars and gear that you may be trying to sell. We know that your gear has value, whether it be a vintage Les Paul or a recent model Boss effects pedal - and we're willing to give you an offer that you'll love.
Let us show you why we're the best in the business. You won't be disappointed.
What Kind of Gear Does Cream City Music Buy?
We buy just about any kind of stringed instrument under the sun - guitars, basses, mandolins, ukuleles, lap & pedal steel guitars, and more. Our team of experts also have deep knowledge of all manner of instrument amplification, effects, vintage synthesizers, and vintage drums.
We pay up to $250,000 for single instruments or entire collections. If you have something for sale, we would love the opportunity to purchase it from you.
What Sales Will Cream City Music Consider?
Cream City Music will provide the best offer no matter the size of your collection. From single item sales to entire collections, Cream City Music is more than happy to provide you a reasonable offer.
We live and breathe guitars, so we look forward to any opportunity to discuss adding more gear to our constantly growing collection.
Selling a Single Guitar or Piece of Equipment
Whether they’re one year old or twenty years old, we love buying individual guitars and other amazing gear. Just bring in your instrument or fill out the form below so we can identify a strong offer for your used gear.
In order to provide an offer, our expert will combine their years of knowledge with some market research in order to identify the market value, all while considerationing the condition and wear of your instrument.
No matter the brand or model, we would love to add your used guitar or equipment to our collection.
Selling Entire Guitar Collections or Musical Estates
Are you looking to cash in on your collection of instruments and amps? Are you a family member in charge of handling the musical estate of a loved one who has passed on? We're here to help.
In order to purchase your collection in person, Cream City Music will travel almost anywhere in the United States. To set something up, just give our collections expert, John Majdalani, a call toll free at 1-800-800-0087 for more information.
We can make you an offer of up $250,000 same day. If you have a collection to sell, we are the professionals to contact.
Selling Vintage Guitars
Vintage guitars are Cream City Music’s speciality. Anytime we can, we will jump on any opportunity to get our hands on a true vintage guitar.
History-rich brands such as Gretsch, Fender, Gibson, and Ibanez pass through our doors everyday and are on display throughout our showroom. We’ve had guitars from every era and add to our vintage collection daily.
We are dedicated to providing a strong offer for your vintage gear and would love to add your guitar to our showroom.
Selling Used Guitars in Need of Restoration
With the help of our Master Luthier, Ron Jones, Cream City Music is able to buy and restore a wide variety of vintage guitars in varying conditions.
Depending on the condition of the guitar or gear, Cream City Music will offer a fair price based on the estimated value in its current state and the amount of labor needed.
If you have gear that you are looking to sell, but that needs work done, Cream City Music would be more than happy to check out your collection.
Selling a Used Guitar Online
Not a local? No problem.
Cream City Music has done business with customers from all over the country. We want to make selling your guitar as easy as possible, and are dedicated to providing the best possible service when it comes to your online transaction.
Give us a call toll free at 1-800-800-0087 or fill out our form below and we can help facilitate the safe shipment or pick up of your gear. Cream City Music has years of experience shipping valuable instruments of all sizes and can help get you the full worth of your gear.
Common Questions About Selling Your Guitars or Equipment
We know parting ways with your favorite gear can be difficult, so Cream City Music is hear to make the process as painless and easy as possible. Our staff can help answer any questions you may have.
Looking for some answers? Check out a few of the common questions we get about selling used guitars.
Does Cream City Music Really Pay Top Dollar?
Lots of guitar shops advertise that they pay top dollar for your used gear only to offer you .40 cents on the dollar or less for your prized piece. We think that is the wrong way to do business.
Our philosophy is to qualify the current market value for your gear and make you a strong, fair offer. Our expert buyers specialize in understanding the value of your used equipment and providing you with payment in hand the same day.
The Cream City Music team also provides market-accurate evaluations and free appraisals.
What If I Don't Live in Milwaukee - or in Wisconsin?
We have customers all across the world and if you have something you would like to sell or trade to us, we will help you facilitate the safe shipment of your gear no matter the size or value.
In some cases we can even provide you with the shipping materials you'll need to get your gear to our shop, along with a prepaid shipping label.
Who Does Cream City Music Buy Gear From?
Our collection has been shaped from individual sellers and gear gathered from guitar shows. We love dealing with musicians and their gear, so we welcome “walk-ins”, online sellers, and even those living across the country.
If you are looking to sell your gear, just let us know by filling out the form below!
What Makes Cream City the Best Place to Sell Music Gear?
We could talk for days about our excellent customer service and highly talented staff, but we believe the most genuine promotion comes from our own customers.
Check out what some previous customers had to say about their selling experience at Cream City Music:* all customer reviews pulled from from Customer Lobby, an independent 3rd party review site.
“The high-end vintage 0-21 Martin I wanted required multiple trade-ins for me to even consider pulling it off and Joe was about as patient and honest and generous as a human could be. End result... I am STOKED with the Martin and beyond pleased with the way I was treated as a customer.” - Mike J. - Enumclaw, WA
“I have been trying to get my hands on a Gretsch Brian Setzer Hot Rod for some time. The problem was, I couldn't sell the two other Gretsch's I owned, to get the money for the new one. In the past, most music stores only offered what i would consider pawn shop trade in prices. I took a chance and called Cream City after seeing some B stock Gretsch's on their website. Long story made short, they made me an offer I couldn't refuse. Not only did Ben offer me very close to what I was looking to sell them for locally, he even sent me the boxes to ship them.” - Freddy F.
“[Cream City Music] couldn't have been more pleasant or efficient to deal with, got a beautiful vintage guitar for a great price, and was able to trade in a vintage guitar of mine for a fair price. Very pleased. Thanks John. Got here ASAP and was nicely packed!” - Scott A. - Brooklyn, NY
Our collections expert, John Majdalani, can help answer any questions you may have about selling your gear or collection. Just give us a call at 1-800-800-0087 or fill out the form below.
Let us know what you have for sale and we will contact you same day or within 24 hours - guaranteed!