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As of December 29, 2020 we have the following used and vintage instruments in Zach's Attic:

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We're always looking for interesting used and vintage guitars, basses and other fretted instruments that need new homes. (Sorry, we don't accept used band instruments.)

If you have a used or vintage instrument that you think Zach might be interested in, bring it in and show it to him. (Call ahead to make sure he'll be in the store when you come.) If he likes your instrument we can work out a trade or buy it outright.

You can contact Zach by phone at the number above or via our Ask Us! page.

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Buying a used or vintage instrument can be a scary process. If you don't know what you're looking for, you can easily overpay or end up with an inferior (or even unplayable) instrument.

When you buy a used or vintage instrument from The Minor Chord we guarantee it to be as described. If there are flaws in the instrument that we know about, we'll tell you. If there are significant flaws we didn't notice and disclose, tell us within 30 days and we'll cheerfully give you your money back.

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Our Used and Vintage Instruments

Zach is our store manager and head instrument buyer. He hunts down the top quality used and vintage instruments that we feature here in "Zach's Attic".


Yamaha SLG-200N 'NT'

Standing out from the crowd, Yamaha's silent guitar resembles a modern work of art as well as a classical-style nylon string guitar with several cool features. The upper bout comes apart, held on by the two strap buttons. The gig bag is super-slim for exceptionally easy travel.

Play silently with a pair of headphones and let the world fade away, or plug in to your favorite amp, computer, etc. Nice to have the piezo/mic blend knob depending on what application it's being used for. Sweeten the sound with built in reverb and chorus.

Excellent condition, asking $499.00 with the custom Yamaha slim-profile gig bag. Two bonus items included: A set of headphones and a Sony SRS-T33 active speaker system!

The specs:

  • Silent Guitar classical body style
  • Detachable upper bout for easy travel
  • Mahogany body and neck
  • Rosewood bridge and fingerboard
  • 25.5 inch (650mm) scale
  • 1-31/32 inch (50mm) nut width
  • Yamaha SRT electronics
  • Built in tuner, E.Q., reverb and chorus
  • Piezo and mic pickup blend control
  • Headphone jack for quiet practice
  • 'Line Out' jack for live performance
  • Feedback resistant
  • Yamaha slim-style gig bag included
  • BONUS headphones included
  • BONUS Sony SRS-T33 active speaker included

Epiphone Sheraton II

Here's an eye-catching jet black Epiphone Sheraton II. Overall in excellent condition the black finish is not as common to find as the sunbursts, cherry reds, and naturals. A great instrument for rock/jazz/blues, it should handle most of what you throw at it. Freshly set up for .010-.046 strings, it needs a new cozy home for the winter. Asking $549.00 with hardshell case included.

The specs:

  • Made in Korea, 2005
  • Semi-Hollowbody with dual f-holes
  • Laminate maple body with mahogany center block
  • Jet black gloss finish
  • Cream binding
  • Tortoise pickguard with 'e'
  • Maple set neck
  • Bound rosewood fingerboard
  • M.O.P/abalone V-block inlays
  • Abalone vine headstock inlay
  • 24.75 inch scale
  • 1-11/16 inch nut width
  • Slim C neck profile
  • Stop tailpiece
  • Adjustable bridge
  • Two Alnico Classic humbuckers
  • Two volume, two tone controls
  • Amber bell knobs
  • Gold hardware
  • Excellent condition
  • Hardshell case included

Taylor GS Mini-e Bass

Taylor's popular GS-Mini guitar line has expanded over the years to include the GS Mini-e Bass. With the shorter scale, smaller body, ebony fretboard, and special phosphor bronze strings, it physically plays like a dream. It can be warm and subtle or punch and snappy if you lay into it. We've sold these over the years to bass players looking for something different and more portable. Excellent condition, offered at $599.00 in dedicated Taylor GS-Mini hardbag.

The specs:

  • GS-Mini body style
  • Solid Sitka spruce top
  • Laminate sapele back and sides
  • Satin finish
  • Mahogany neck
  • Ebony bridge and fingerboard
  • Dot inlays
  • 23.5 inch scale
  • 1-11/16 inch nut width
  • Chrome tuning machines
  • ES-B electronics
  • Excellent condition
  • Taylor GS-Mini hardbag included

Seagull Natural Cherry CW Mini Jumbo

Seagull guitars represent awesome value from our friends up north in Canada. We have been selling new Seagull instruments for many years now, here we have a nice Mini Jumbo with cutaway traded back in from the original local owner we sold it to. The Mini Jumbo is a good shape for heavy strumming attacks. Good bass response, and with the cutaway and wider 1.8 inch nut width, it does make for easier fingerstyle playing as well.

Nice natural look with the laminated maple back and sides and the solid cedar top. The AC1.5T pickup system with tuner delivers well-defined plugged-in tones. Excellent condition, asking $425.00 with hardshell case included.

The specs:

  • Made in Canada
  • Natural Elements series
  • Mini Jumbo body shape with cutaway
  • Solid cedar top
  • Herringbone rosette
  • Laminate maple back and sides
  • Maple binding and headplate
  • Maple neck
  • Rosewood bridge and fingerboard
  • M.O.P. dot inlays
  • 25.5 inch scale
  • 1.8 inch nut width
  • Open gear chrome tuning machines
  • AC1.5T pickup system with built in tuner
  • One local owner, sold here originally
  • Excellent condition
  • Hardshell case included

Vintage 1979 Fender 25th Anniversary Stratocaster     SOLD

Here's an unusual opportunity to not only buy a very cool collectible vintage Strat, but also have 100% of your money go towards a great cause! A very generous local customer has donated this guitar for us to sell to help out the music program at the Lighthouse School in North Chelmsford, a non-profit school for kids with a wide range of disabilities. The school has found that making music not only lets students express their emotions in a constructive way, but is also a strong motivational influence.

The guitar world was never the same after Leo Fender unveiled the revolutionary Stratocaster guitar in 1954. During the 70's, after Leo Fender sold the business to CBS, the company got away from the original Strat design. But at the end of the 1970s they went back to featuring the 4-bolt neck plate and staggered pole pieces on the pickups.

New features of that era include the end of the bullet-style truss rod and Sperzel locking tuners. Unique to this Anniversary guitar are the Anniversary logo written on the upper horn and the 1954-1979 Anniversary neck plate.

These guitars are notorious for finish issues. The original pearl white models were recalled and repainted, and the silver finishes are known to react and go bad as well. This particular example is overall in excellent condition, especially when you consider it's 41 years old. It looks like it was played very rarely then stored away for a long while. Some very light marks in the front finish and a mark on the back, probably a finish reaction with a strap.

The case is not original but looks to be a nice vintage 80's Fender case. We found a receipt from E.U. Wurlitzer in Boston in the case so our guess is that it was bought used in the early to mid 80's. The original whammy and strap are included.

Own a historic Fender Strat and feel good about spending the money! Offered at $1,999.00 with a vintage (non-original) Fender hardshell case.

The specs:

  • Made in U.S.A. in 1979, limited edition run
  • Ash body in Porsche Silver/Anniversary Silver
  • 'Anniversary' logo on upper horn
  • 3-ply black pickguard
  • 4-bolt neck
  • Maple neck and fingerboard
  • 21 frets
  • Black dot inlays
  • Larger headstock and logo
  • 25th Anniversary neck plate
  • 25.5 inch scale
  • 1-5/8 inch nut width
  • Medium C carve neck profile
  • Fender Sperzel locking tuners
  • Single coil pickups with staggered pole pieces
  • 1 volume, 2 tone controls
  • Black knobs
  • 5-way selector switch
  • Tremolo bridge with 6 individual saddles
  • Vintage non-original Fender hardcase
  • Excellent condition

Almansa 401-1/2 Half Size Classical

It can be difficult to find a good step-up classical guitar for the young player. Most small classical guitars in this country are starter instruments with laminated tops. The improving young classical player requires a guitar with a solid top for better tone and a higher level of workmanship for responsiveness.

The Almansa 401-1/2 is just such an instrument. Crafted in Spain with a solid red cedar top, this guitar has a short 544mm scale and slightly narrower 48mm nut width. That means it will fit the younger player comfortably but still deliver satisfying tone.

This guitar was originally purchased at The Minor Chord and has had one local owner. That player later graduated to an Almansa 'Senorita' (7/8 size) guitar and traded their 1/2 size model. It's in excellent condition. Offered at $399 with a padded gig bag.

The specs:

  • Made in Spain
  • 544mm (21.4 inch) scale
  • 48mm (1.88 inch) nut width
  • Solid red cedar top
  • Layered mahogany back and sides
  • Open-pore (satin) finish
  • Indian rosewood fingerboard
  • Binding around top
  • Gig bag included

Martin GPCPA4 Shaded

The quality used gear just keeps on arriving lately to the store. This particular Martin GPCPA4 Shaded was sold here originally to one local owner. Well maintained and cared for it's in excellent condition. The Grand Performance shape is a good choice for both strumming and fingerstyle playing.

It sits a bit lower on the lap than a Dreadnaught with it's slimmer waist but still gets the boomy sound that a Dreadnaught can convey. The gloss top in the shaded finish stands out a bit more than the typical natural top. The Fishman F1 Analog system sounds very nice plugged in.

We keep saying it but don't delay on used Martins if you see them available...they go quick! $1,349.00 in Martin hardshell case.

The specs:

  • Made in Nazareth, PA in 2016
  • Grand Performance body size with cutaway
  • Solid Sitka spruce top in Shaded finish
  • Gloss top
  • Solid Sapele back and sides in satin finish
  • Scalloped X-brace
  • Tortoise pickguard
  • Black binding
  • Select hardwood neck
  • Performing artist neck shape with high-performance taper
  • Richlite bridge and fretboard
  • Dot inlays
  • 25.4 inch scale
  • 1-3/4 inch nut width
  • White Corian nut
  • Compensated White Tusq saddle
  • Chrome tuning machines
  • Fishman F1 Analog pickup system
  • Excellent condition
  • Martin hardcase included

Vintage ca. 1968 Gibson EB-2D Cherry Bass

Thunder away your classic Jack Bruce or Glenn Cornick bass riffs, or your R&B funk on this super-sweet Gibson EB-2D! Made ca. 1968 it appears to be in excellent original condition. The eye-catching cherry finish on a Gibson semi-hollowbody is immediately recognizable.

This is the two-pickup version Gibson made with the huge neck-position humbucker and bridge-position mini-humbucker. The baritone boost switch is a nice feature to have, dialing in a fatter tone when you push it in.

This is a rare bass to find locally, and in such nice condition. Very minimal wear, set up for medium action. Plays nice with the short scale. Offered at $2,499.00 in the original Gibson hardshell case.

The specs:

  • Made in Kalamazoo, MI ca. 1968
  • Laminate maple semi-hollow body with iconic cherry gloss finish
  • Center wood block
  • 5-ply black pickguard
  • Cream binding
  • Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • Dot inlays
  • Gibson humbucker in neck position
  • Gibson mini-humbucker in bridge position
  • Two volume, two tone controls
  • 'Witch Hat' style knobs
  • 3-way selector switch
  • Baritone boost switch
  • 30.5 inch scale
  • 1-1/2 inch nut width
  • Bridge cover with mute included (in case)
  • Schaller open gear tuning machines
  • Pearl Gibson headstock and crown logo
  • Original Gibson hardcase
  • Excellent condition

Epiphone Les Paul Quilt

Step up from your beginner electric or go for your first Gibson-style instrument with this eye-catching Epiphone Les Paul with its Yellowburst quilted maple top. Approaching 20 years old now, built in their Korean factory, it's held up well. Freshly set up for .010-.046 strings, nice low action, ready to channel your inner Slash riffs.

There are a few light scuffs, including one on the top, but overall this Les Paul is in very nice shape. Offered at $499.00 with hardshell case included.

The specs:

  • Made in Korea in 2003
  • Les Paul single-cutaway body style
  • Mahogany body
  • Quilted maple top with Yellowburst finish
  • Cream binding body and neck
  • Maple neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • Pearl trapezoid inlays
  • 24.75 inch scale
  • 1-11/16 inch nut width
  • Medium C profile neck
  • Stopbar tailpiece
  • Tune-o-Matic bridge
  • Two humbuckers
  • Two volume, two tone controls
  • Amber 'top hat' style knobs
  • 3-way selector switch
  • Grover chrome tuning machines
  • Pearl Epiphone headstock logo
  • Gibson truss rod cover
  • Very good to excellent condition
  • Hardshell case included

Vintage Squire by Fender 80's Telecaster Japan

It's been a little while since our last made in Japan vintage Fender has come through. This mid 80's telecaster is in great shape and should make someone looking for a tele very happy. Only a couple very minor marks, it looks almost new. The black finish with the maple neck and fingerboard is a solid visual look. Twang away with the two single coils, slimmer neck profile on this one. All original $699.00 including a hardshell case.

The specs:

  • Made in Japan ca. 1984-87
  • Alder body in black finish
  • 1-Ply white pickguard
  • 1-Piece maple neck and fretboard
  • 21 frets
  • Black dot inlays
  • Slim C neck profile
  • 25.5 inch scale
  • 1-5/8 inch nut width
  • Two single coil pickups
  • Six individual bridge saddles
  • One volume, one tone control
  • 3-way selector switch
  • Gotoh chrome tuning machines
  • Excellent condition
  • hardshell case included

Rickenbacker 4003 Fireglo

A classic electric bass guitar has found its way into the Attic. Immediately recognizable and played by countless players, the Rickenbacker 4003 is a must-have in your collection. Slim body, attractive Fireglo finish, signature Ricky cut-through bass tone. This one dates to 1997, has only a couple of very minor scuffs, and is in excellent original condition. Offered at $1,699.00 in hardshell case.

The specs:

  • Made in Santa Ana, CA in 1997
  • Maple body in Fireglo finish
  • Maple neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • Shark Tooth triangle pearl inlays
  • Cream binding body and neck
  • 1-ply white pickguard
  • Rickenbacker bridge with dial up mute
  • Two single coil pickups
  • Chrome bridge pickup cover
  • Two volume, two tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch
  • Standard or Ric-o-sound stereo inputs
  • 33-1/4 inch scale
  • 1-11/16 inch nut width
  • Schaller Deluxe open gear tuners
  • Excellent condition
  • Hardshell case included

Vintage Epiphone FT-133

Here we have a nice comfortable 000 size Epiphone FT-133 from their 1970's-era Japanese factory. The solid spruce top has warmed nicely due to its age. The block fretboard inlays have a rounded TV-like pillow appearance to them. There are a couple of dings on the headstock but overall this guitar is in very nice shape.

Affordable and certainly vintage, offered at $349.99 in a chipboard case.

The specs:

  • Made in Japan, 1970's
  • 000 body shape
  • Solid spruce top
  • Mahogany back and sides
  • Bolt on neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Rounded block pearl inlays
  • Herringbone rosette and purfling
  • Black pickguard with 'e' logo
  • Rosewood bridge with adjustable saddle
  • 24.9 inch scale
  • 1-3/4 inch nut width
  • Pearl Epiphone headstock logo
  • Chrome tuning machines
  • Very-good-to-excellent condition
  • Chipboard case included

Eastman AC-220 Solid-top Dreadnaught

Eastman is known for their budget-friendly value instruments. The AC-220 is a good mid-level dreadnaught with laminate rosewood back and sides and a solid Sitka spruce top. Ideal for a heavy attack, strum your favorite chords and sing! Nothing too fancy, just an all-around good guitar. Asking $399.99 in a hardshell case.

The specs:

  • Dreadnaught body shape
  • Solid Sitka spruce top
  • Scalloped X-bracing
  • Rosewood back and sides
  • Cream binding
  • Tortoise pickguard
  • Satin finish
  • Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood bridge and fingerboard
  • Dot inlays
  • 25.4 inch scale
  • 1-3/4 inch nut width
  • Chrome tuning machines
  • Excellent condition
  • Hardshell case included

Taylor GC3

Just in we have an easy playing and super comfortable Taylor GC3. The shorter scale is ideal for playing on either knee, and the 1-3/4 inch nut width is great for fingerstyle. Sapele and Sitka spruce are a solid combination that yields very nice tones. Taylor is known for their easy playability and with a fresh setup, this one is no exception. At some point there was a pickup that's been removed, only the end pin was replaced, no changes to the wood. Overall in excellent condition. Asking $849.00 in Taylor hardshell case.

The specs:

  • Made in El Cajon, CA
  • Grand Concert body style
  • Solid Sitka spruce gloss top
  • Solid sapele back and sides
  • Cream binding
  • Mahogany neck
  • Ebony bridge and fretboard
  • 24-7/8 inch scale
  • 1-3/4 inch nut width
  • Tusq nut and saddle
  • Chrome tuning machines
  • Excellent condition
  • Taylor hardcase included

Michael Kelly ST-AB4 'NA'

We've had a few Michael Kelly used instruments come through the Attic, here we have an excellent condition steel string acoustic bass. It's nice to have the option to be heard unplugged if you're just sitting around jamming or songwriting. The Fishman Classic 4 pickup system is now out of production but it does the job well with plenty of E.Q. tweaking if need be. With the cost and size of an upright bass, give this affordable more manageable ST-AB4 some thought. Offered at $399.00 in a hardshell case.

The specs:

  • Made in Korea
  • Acoustic steel string bass
  • Solid spruce top
  • Mahogany back and sides
  • Cream binding
  • Abalone rosette
  • Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood bridge and fingerboard
  • Abalone dot inlays
  • Chrome tuning machines
  • Fishman Classic 4 system
  • Volume, bass, mid, treble, brilliance controls
  • Excellent condition
  • Hardshell case included

Alvarez AJ-60 SC/12 'Nat' 12-String

Along with the Guild, we had another 12-string come through recently. This Alvarez AJ-60SC is a nice mid-level solid top 12 with plenty of volume. Lots of E.Q. options with the pickup system including phase and feedback control. The built in tuner is certainly a handy feature to have on a 12 string.

Looking to layer your acoustic sound or stand out from the 6-string crowd? Give this one some thought. $399.00 in Access hardbag.

The specs:

  • Made in Korea
  • Jumbo body shape with cutaway
  • Solid Engelmann spruce top
  • Laminate maple back and sides
  • Cream binding
  • Maple neck
  • Rosewood fretboard and bridge
  • 1-7/8 inch nut width
  • Abalone rosette
  • Black pickguard
  • Chrome tuners
  • System 600T MKII pickup with lots of E.Q. controls and built in tuner
  • Excellent condition
  • Access hardbag included

Common problems with used instruments

We see a lot of used instruments at The Minor Chord and a few common issues seem to show up in many of them. If you are thinking of buying an instrument on the private market, make sure you can spot these common flaws.

Lifting bridges

Most bridges on acoustic guitars are simply glued to the guitar top. If the glue joint starts to separate you are looking at a dangerous guitar. Six steel strings exert a huge tension on the bridge, and if it suddenly comes loose it can seriously injure anyone nearby. The staff at The Minor Chord has seen this happen - so we always inspect the bridge of an acoustic guitar before restringing it.

Piece of paper under a lifting bridge

Piece of paper under a lifting bridge

If you can slip a sheet of paper under the bridge of your guitar (see picture) you should relax the string tension immediately and bring the instrument to us for inspection.

An experienced luthier can remove a bridge and reglue it, but the time and labor involved makes the process too expensive for beginner and intermediate guitars.

High action

The distance between the strings and the fingerboard is called the action height. If the action is too high the guitar becomes hard (or even impossible) to play because it takes too much effort to press a string against the fingerboard. In addition, the guitar will probably not play in tune because each string has to be stretched so much (which raises its pitch) as it is pressed down.

Proper action height depends on two factors: The alignment of the neck and the height of the saddle (the point at which the strings rest on the bridge).

Electric and steel-string acoustic guitars usually have a truss rod running down the neck that can be used to adjust neck alignment. Classical-style guitars with nylon strings typically do not have a truss rod, and the only way to realign the neck is for a luthier to remove, shim and reinstall the neck - a major operation. The same operation is required on electrics or steel-string acoustics if the truss rod doesn't have enough available play to achieve the needed adjustment.

Saddle height is easily adjusted on electric guitars using a very small allen-head wrench. The saddles on acoustics and classical nylon strings may simply lift out of the bridge and can be shaved or shimmed to achieve the correct height. If these adjustments cannot bring the action height to a playable level, an expensive neck reset is required.

A low action height is desirable for easy playing but the action cannot be lowered so much that the strings start buzzing against the frets. Inexpensive guitars tend to have uneven frets, which means that the action height cannot be brought very low at all. Resetting or dressing the frets can even them up but it is a time consuming and expensive process, worthwhile only for valuable guitars.

All of these adjustments related to action height are fussy and interrelated. It's best to leave them to an experienced luthier, which means it is usually not economical to rescue an inexpensive guitar having these problems.