3090 S. Bascom Ave

San Jose, CA 95124

Call Now: 408.377.5864

Hours: M-F: 10-7, Sat: 10-6, Sun: 11-6

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Whether you're looking for a great deal on previously enjoyed gear, want to get some cash for your used music equipment, or want to trade in your old instrument for something new, the Swap Shop has you covered. See our Buy, Sell, and Trade guides below for details.







We take in hundreds of used and consignment pieces every month, so check in frequently to see what rare gems we have in stock. Though our specialty is guitars, you'll also find great deals on used amps, pedals, drum sets, keyboards, microphones, live sound equipment, and recording gear. Just look for the tags with one of these logos:








Looking to get some cash for your used gear, but don't want to hassle with the legwork? No problem. Our used gear specialists will work with you to get the most value out of your used gear. We offer two options for you to sell your gear:


Option 1 - Consignment: This method gets you the most money for your sale. The process is simple. You and one of our buying managers will work together to come up with a sale price for your item, and when it sells we will write you a check for 75% of the final selling price. After ten days of the item being in our showroom, customers can make offers, which you can approve, reject, or counter...AND, should you decide to use your check towards the purchase of another item in our store, you can apply 85% of the final selling price towards your purchase!


Option 2 - Store Buy: We will buy your used gear. By selling directly to us, you get your money right away; however, unlike the Consignment Method, there is not a clear cut percentage that we pay out for used gear. As items change in value, condition, and popularity, so does the amount of money we can reasonably offer for an item. There is a risk associated with all used gear we take in to sell. Sometimes things break, need repairs, arrive with missing accessories, or simply don't sell. When we buy gear, we take two things into consideration: what is a reasonable selling price and how long we think it will take to sell. Those two factors together help us determine how much we think we can sell an item for and how much to pay for used gear. Simply put, the harder it will be for us to sell an item, the less money we can offer; the easier it is to sell, the more money we can offer. The range can be as low as 30% of what we price an item, for slow movers, to 75% for highly sought after items. Most items we buy fall somewhere in the middle at 50% of the final selling price. As always, we have to see the item before we can make an offer. We recommend calling us (408.377.5864) to arrange a time for us to check out your used musical equipment, or simple bring it buy the shop for an appraisal.


Trade in your old guitar for a new one! We take trades on all kinds of musical equipment, which you can use as credit towards the purchase of another item in our store. Just like the "SELL" section above, you are essentially selling your gear to us as a Store Buy, only when trading towards a new piece of gear, you get an additional 10% of the used item sale value.

The Swap Shop Move:

You may have noticed some changes - and we thank you for your patience while we reorganize. Don't worry: we continue to buy, sell, and consign quality used musical equipment (and rent), now under the same roof as the new and vintage instruments in the Main Showroom. Why you ask?


1. Faster service: The full staff of Guitar Showcase will now be available to help SwapShop customers.

2. A broader knowledge base: All of the gear and all of Guitar Showcase's experts will now be in the same place.

3. Less legwork: All shopping can now be done in one building, and all questions new gear, consignment, lessons, or rental - can be handled at the front counter.

4. Simpler paperwork: Trade-ins and other procedures will be handled more efficiently.


The old SwapShop building will now serve only as a warehouse and rental loading bay. (Lessons will continue unchanged upstairs). So remember - next time you visit Guitar Showcase, head straight for the Main Showroom...and you can still ask for Bert if you want to!


Our goal 100% of the time is to ensure our customers have a great experience when doing business with us, so there are a few things we want you to know about used gear for when you decide to sell.


1. We do not give estimates or appraisals without physically inspecting the item. We know it can be a drag to load up your amp, keyboard, or drum set and drive across town for an appraisal, but we can not know an item's condition or exact value without thoroughly inspecting it first. This ensures that the seller gets an accurate appraisal, the buyer gets a quality product, and we maintain the integrity of our estimated product values.


2. Price guides do not necessarily reflect the actual price at which we can sell your item. Often times there is a discrepancy between what a vintage guitar buying guide or used gear guide says an item is worth and what customers will pay for an item. Think of used gear sort of like used cars. Edmunds, Kelly Blue Book, and the National Automobile Dealers Association will all have different estimated values for used cars, but at the end of the day, the real world value is only as much as people are willing to pay. It all comes down to supply and demand.


3. All gear is not created equal. While we try to carry everything the modern musician could want, our forte is guitars. Things like band instruments and acoustic pianos just aren't what people come in to buy from us. Drums sets must be complete and in good condition.


4. We only take in quality, working gear. Please be sure your item is as close to showroom ready as possible when you bring it in. Dust it off, polish it, find the power supply, and make sure all the major components are working properly before we see it. This makes the item more attractive to buyers and easier for us to sell.

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