I have built a new website, it is a guitar classified site and I want to have a Terms of Service for it. What the best way to obtain one? Write it yourself after reading through other similar websites ToS's or any other methods I should know about?
Reading others is a good way of getting some perspective on items that are important. You will also want to make your own list of the items that are important. Having a lawyer review is very important if you want to have it be a solid TOS.
You could go both ways... Jack, if you need to start something do your best homework on the market and see what other hosts are including as key in their TOS. This way, you have something up. You should have a lawyer look it over, but remember... it can bite you if you don't have one do so. But yes, a great way to begin is to first see what others are saying as key, structuring your guide along those and putting something together yourself.
That will save significant time for your lawyer to look over and also save you some money with them (depending if they charge you or not). Good luck!
Don't know if it helps, but in the UK we have what we call www.oyez.com it is a website where you can download "standard legal contracts" that are professional written by lawyers and will give you legal protection. For example if you want to write a lease or some other legal document or some standard terms and conditions for a contract. I imagine that you could find the same kind of site in the USA, and by using that would be at least better than nothing. I would guess that if you found a TOS for a big multinational guitar website company or something similar that that must be giving you decent protection.
Good luck anyway. If your in the USA I think you have to be more careful than in the UK as you guys can get sued for looking at someone the wrong way or by passing wind too close to someone on a train and you will end up in court
You can get started by getting ideas from what other hosts include in their TOS. After that, think of the stuff that you want to include/exclude, and write it. If not, hire a lawyer, it will be best written by lawyers, than you (unless you're a lawyer).