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As of November 28th, 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.

The Minor Chord is a music store you can trust!

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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".


Martin 000X1AE

Durability and value represent Martin's X-series guitars. The solid Sitka spruce top will yield a good bright projecting tone. Folks tend to like the 000 size because of it's shorter scale. It's also noticeably more comfortable than a Dreadnaught, without being too small to lack volume.

Fishman's pickup system hides the volume and tone control wheels in the soundhole. X-series Martin's are in very high demand currently and the wait time on a new order will be months and months. This example is virtually unplayed in near mint condition. $499.00 with gig bag included.

The specs:

  • 000-14 fret body shape
  • Solid Sitka spruce top
  • HPL mahogany back and sides
  • Tortoise pickguard
  • Satin finish body and neck
  • HPL neck
  • Performing Artist neck shape with high-performance taper
  • Richlite bridge and fretboard
  • Dot inlays
  • 24.9 inch scale
  • 1-3/4 inch nut width
  • Chrome tuning machines
  • Fishman MX pickup system
  • Volume and tone control in soundhole
  • Near mint condition
  • 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 1963 Gibson Melody Maker D

We are very excited to offer this early 60's Gibson Melody Maker D. Even though it's got a refinished body, some changed components, it still absolutely rocks! It nails that sparkly clean sound, and can sound fantastically gritty as well. Nice medium carve profile neck with the wider nut width. All original clean examples are climbing in value, asking only $999.00 with gig bag included.

The specs:

  • Made in Kalamazoo, MI 1963
  • Thin 1-1/4 inch dual cutaway one piece mahogany body
  • Refinished body
  • One-piece mahogany neck
  • Medium C profile
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Dot inlays (1 replaced)
  • Melody maker black pickguard
  • Two single coil pickups
  • Two volume, two tone controls
  • Amber top hat knobs (replaced)
  • 3-way selector switch
  • Wrap around compensated bridge
  • 24.75 inch scale
  • 1-11/16 inch nut width
  • Schaller tuners (replacement)
  • Good condition
  • Gig bag 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

Wechter DN-8118 All-solid Dreadnaught

Essentially a copy of a Martin D-18, this Wechter DN-8118 is a lot of guitar for the money. Solid mahogany and spruce is a proven tone combination, delivering a big woody sound with the dreadnaught body shape. Frets were dressed with a Plek machine for tuning stability and intonation. The top has a nice aged-yellow look to it.

For $449.99 in the deluxe Wechter alligator-style hardcase, this is a solid choice for a solid acoustic.

The specs:

  • Dreadnaught body style
  • Solid spruce top
  • Solid mahogany back and sides
  • Tortoise pickguard
  • Black binding
  • Gloss body finish
  • Mahogany neck with diamond volute
  • Rosewood bridge and fretboard
  • Dot inlays
  • Plek'd frets
  • 25.4 inch scale
  • 1-11/16 inch nut width
  • Brass bridge pins
  • Vintage-style open gear tuners
  • Excellent condition
  • Wechter deluxe alligator hardcase with padded handle 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

Fender Limited Edition American Elite Telecaster FMT

We are very pleased to offer this eye-catching Fender Limited Edition Tele Elite featuring a figured flamed maple top in Black Burst finish. It's not just the look of the guitar but it's features that make it stand out as well. The striped ebony board is unusual for Fenders, as well as the bit wider 1-11/16 inch nut width. The rounded neck heel makes sliding your hand up the neck far easier and the individual chromed brass saddles makes for spot on intonation, and are better for palm-muting.

The noiseless pickups give you that quality tele single coil tone with less hum when turned up. The S-1 switching on the volume control gives a noticeable boost in the middle position when enacted. One small ding on the top, and one on the side but overall in excellent condition. Asking $1,599.00 in Fender hardshell case.

The specs:

  • Made in Corona, CA in 2017
  • Limited Edition model
  • Alder body
  • Flamed maple top in Black Burst finish
  • 3-ply black pickguard
  • Maple neck
  • Striped ebony fingerboard
  • Pearl dot inlays
  • C profile neck
  • 1-11/16 inch nut width
  • Bone nut
  • 25.5 inch scale
  • Rounded neck heel
  • Individual chromed brass saddles
  • Noiseless single coil pickups
  • 1 volume, 1 tone control
  • S-1 switching on volume control for parallel/series
  • 3-way selector switch
  • Locking chrome tuners
  • Excellent condition
  • Fender 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.