Heck yeah, we're buying gear and making trades! Contact one of our Vintage Buyers to organize a trade by mail, or to make an in-store appointment!

If you’re looking to sell or trade your gear, then you’re looking in the right place. Whether it’s new, vintage, mint condition, or well-loved, we’re prepared to make you a fair offer based on up-to-date comps that reflect the current market value.

We’ve been buying new, used, and vintage gear from all over the U.S. since the 1990s (that’s right, before the internet!), so we’ve got the process down. We’ll evaluate it, tell you exactly how much we can sell it for, and exactly what we can give you for it in cash or trade value. That’s all there is to it. It’s transparent, and it’s easy. Just fill out this evaluation form to get started. Our buyers will contact you with the next steps and help walk you through it, but it might go something like this:

Once you fill out our evaluation form, we’ll promptly assess what you have and get back to you with offers. You can then ship us your gear. Once the gear arrives safely, we’ll mail you a check, or we can transfer you the money via Paypal.

Rather get paid in advance? We’ll have you create a listing on When it’s ready, we’ll make an offer, and you can accept to get your payment right away.

However you choose to get paid, how you ship your gear is important to us. We can’t help you pack it, but we can give you some helpful tips to ensure your stuff gets here safe and sound. 

If you have additional questions regarding the sale or trade process, or if you would like to get the ball rolling, call, click, fill out our evaluation form, or stop in today. Our vintage buyers are always happy to help.

C’mon! Show us what you got!

-The team at the Chicago Music Exchange

Looking to sell a collection? There are very few buyers who are interested in or able to purchase an entire vintage guitar collection. But we definitely are interested!

Contact us to discuss your collection today (773)-525-7773


Contacting us through the evaluation form (also on this page) is the quickest way to sell us your gear but you can also email us or call us at (888) 686-7872 or (773)-525-7773

Send us as much information as you can including make, model, year, serial, condition, and photographs. Tell us where you acquired the instrument and how long you have had it. Was it played by a prominent musician? From a famous collection?! Let us know.­ We would love to hear!