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As of Febuary 12th, 2019 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".

Vintage Gibson ES-355TDSV

We are more than excited to get a classic Gibson model in on trade. Here we have a 1977 Gibson ES-355TDSV stereo varitone model. These do not come around often as most folks tend to hold on to these guitars for quite a while.

The original humbuckers sound fantastic plugged in, not too hot like a lot of modern ones. It's missing the pickguard and maestro vibrato arm but overall it's in very nice players condition. No major issues or cracks, a small wear mark on the back of the neck. The gold hardware has oxidized a bit but the guitar cleaned up nicely.

Fresh setup for .010-.046, we know this will go quick. Slimmer nut width is very easy to wrap around, plenty of fret life left. Channel your inner B.B. King or Chuck Berry! Offered at $2,499 including the hardshell case.

The specs:

  • Made in U.S.A in 1977
  • Classic Gibson Semi-Hollowbody
  • Multi-bound body
  • Arched maple top with f-holes
  • Maple back & sides
  • Dark cherry/walnut finish
  • Mahogany neck with volute
  • Ebony bound fretboard
  • Pearl block inlays
  • Fancier Gibson headstock design
  • Two Gibson humbuckers
  • Maestro tailpiece, missing vibrato arm
  • Tune-o-matic bridge
  • Amp style knobs
  • Originally stereo, wired now for mono
  • Vari-tone rotary switch
  • Gibson tulip style tuning machines
  • Gold hardware
  • Missing pickguard
  • Hardshell case included

Martin HD-28

Sometimes a customer purchases an instrument, then a little while later decides on a different shape, wood, etc. When this happens, it's a great opportunity for the next customer get a fine deal. Originally bought from us only a few months ago, this HD-28 was traded back in towards a smaller body style. With minimal playing time on it, it's in near mint condition.

The HD-28 is a full sounding rosewood/spruce dreadnaught that has nice articulation with the scalloped bracing. Plenty of boom and power. Now selling new for over $3,000.00, we're offering this barely used one at $2,199.00 in the original Martin hardcase.

The specs:

  • Dreadnaught body style with gloss finish
  • Solid Indian Rosewood back & sides
  • Solid Sitka spruce top
  • Herringbone trim
  • Forward-shifted X brace
  • Scalloped bracing
  • Ebony bridge and fretboard
  • Pearl circle inlays
  • Modified low oval neck shape with high-performance taper
  • 25.4 inch scale
  • Nickel open gear butterbean tuners
  • 1-11/16 inch nut width
  • Near mint condition
  • Hardshell case included

Fender Flea Jazz Bass

Here's a very cool bass just traded in, the Fender Flea Jazz Bass in the roadworn shell pink finish. Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers is one of the most recognizable bass players in the world. This model is based off of his personal 1961 Jazz Bass heard on several of their albums.

Shell pink is a color that just isn't that common so it's nice to see from time to time. The stacked controls are a nice feature, and the Vintage '64 pickups are a bit more unique sounding than a stock setup.

It certainly has a nice vintage-style vibe to it for sure. We're stocked up on nice used basses in the Attic right now, however with how unique and cool this one is, we expect it to sell fast. Offered at $799.00 with gig bag included.

The specs:

  • Made in Mexico
  • Jazz Bass body style
  • Alder body
  • Shell pink roadworn finish
  • Maple neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • U shape neck profile
  • 7.25 inch radius
  • 34 inch scale
  • 1.5 inch nut width
  • Dual Vintage '64 J Bass single coil pickups
  • Stacked volume/tone neck and bridge controls
  • Vintage style bridge with threaded saddles
  • Custom Flea scratched neck plate
  • Gig bag included

Carvin LB-70

Just traded in is this Carvin LB-70 bass in Koa wood. Reminiscent of an Ibanez SR series bass with its long dual cutaway horns, sleek body, etc. Easy to play with its slim neck, smooth satin finish, and ebony fretboard.

The active electronics are punchy with nice EQ settings. These are custom instruments and the used price does not reflect how nice the instruments are. Very good condition, with the original hardshell case for $649.00

The specs:

  • Made in U.S.A.
  • Solid Koa body
  • Koa neck with rounded heel
  • Slim neck profile
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Dot inlays
  • 24 Frets
  • Dual pickups
  • Active electronics
  • Black hardware
  • Hardshell case included

Washburn Force 8 Bass

This is a very nice 1980's-era Washburn Force 8, a solid instrument for short money. Essentially a P-Bass copy, the serial number indicates it was made in Japan in 1983. (The 80's are considered a good era for Japanese guitar building.)

It appears to have Japanese hardwood on the back and sides and a flamed maple top with single cream binding. Lightweight overall, nice chunky soft-'V' neck profile, maple neck and fretboard. Single black P-Bass style split pickup. A very 80's-style Washburn headstock logo.

This bass definitely does not lack tone! It's straightforward like a P-Bass, plug it in, dial in your volume and tone knob and away you go! A plus is that it's not too heavy to stand with so this would make a really good everyday gigging bass. Nice rectangular tweed hardshell case included.

The specs:

  • Built ca. mid-1980s
  • Thick dual-cutaway body style
  • Flamed maple top with sunburst finish
  • Cream binding
  • Maple neck and fingerboard with black dot inlays
  • Chunkier V-profile neck shape
  • P-Bass style split pickup
  • One volume, one tone control
  • Chrome hardware
  • 3-ply white pickguard
  • Tweed hardshell case included

Taylor 310-ce

Just in time for the Holidays, another Taylor has found it's way into the Attic. The 310-ce was in the Taylor catalog for many years and was their most affordable U.S. made acoustic/electric dreadnaught with a cutaway.Taylor's in general are bright sounding guitars, and nowadays the dreadnaught has fallen out of favor in their line. So if it's a larger, boomier sound you're looking for, paired with Taylor's signature easy playability, this could be your instrument.

Setup with a fresh set of light gauge strings, it has noticeably great low action all the way up the neck. The new 300 series with cutaway V-Class Taylor's go for $1,999.00 now. Offered at $1,199.00 in excellent condition with original hardcase. This is a one owner guitar, sold here originally.

The specs:

  • Made in the U.S.A in El Cajon, CA
  • Dreadnaught body style with cutaway
  • Solid Sapele back and sides
  • Solid Sitka spruce top
  • Mahogany neck
  • Ebony bridge and fingerboard
  • Satin finish back and sides
  • Gloss finish top
  • 25.5 inch scale
  • 1-3/4 inch nut width
  • Pearl dot inlays
  • Tortoise pickguard
  • ES electronics
  • Excellent condition
  • Taylor hardshell case included

Vintage Banjolele

This special little banjolele was brought in by a local customer who has had it for many years. Upon inspection, we didn't see any maker's marks or names on it. However, the quality of build is very high and it was obviously made by a talented luthier. Our best guess is that since employees who worked for an established company like Martin or Vega were often allowed to build an instrument from time to time for themselves or family, this instrument is probably one of those. It dates to early in the 20th century when banjo and mandolin orchestras were prevalent.

It has survived extraordinarily well, appears to be mostly original and still plays with good action. Offered at $299.00

The specs:

  • No known maker, likely built ca. 1920's
  • 22-1/2 inches long from top to bottom
  • Mahogany V profile neck
  • Ivoroid fretboard and headstock
  • Rosewood and birdseye maple resonator with inlay pattern in middle
  • Engraved flange
  • 17 brackets
  • 8 inch banjo head
  • Original tuning machines
  • Note: Paint smudge on resonator

Vintage 1966 Fender Vibro Champ Amp

This little Fender classic tube amp has just arrived into the Attic. These vintage Vibro Champ amps have been a staple of the small tube-amp world for a long time now and they are proven winners. Excellent for practice and portability with its lower wattage and lightweight frame.

The advantage of an amp this size is that you can crank it full tilt to harness its natural overdrive sound without blowing out the walls. Different electrics will cause it to break up at different overdrive levels as well. Dating to 1966 and with the original speaker, it's ready for its next journey.

Offered at $749.00 including a later-era Fender amp cover.

  • 5 watts all tube
  • Vibrato
  • Two inputs
  • Volume, treble, bass, speed, intensity controls
  • Original 8 inch speaker
  • Two 12AX7 preamp tubes
  • 6V6GT power tube
  • 5Y3GT rectifier tube
  • Red jewel light
  • Excellent condition

Peavey Foundation Fretless Bass

Attention bass players: Have you thought about going fretless? Here is your chance with this Peavey Foundation fretless bass dating to 1991. Made in the U.S.A. it is a solidly built instrument with plenty of life left. More like a jazz bass, the neck is slim and easy to wrap around. Ultra smooth playability with the fretless fingerboard. The line fret markers are a nice visual aid.

This is a great deal on a U.S.-made instrument at $350.00. Gig bag included.

The specs:

  • Made in U.S.A in 1991
  • Double-cutaway poplar body
  • Sunburst finish
  • Bolt-on maple neck
  • Rosewood fretboard with pearl dot inlays
  • 34 inch scale
  • Fixed bridge
  • Two single-coil pickups
  • Two volume, one tone control
  • Chrome hardware

Vintage Hagstrom 'Viking I' Hollowbody

We are excited to offer this rare 1960's Hagstrom Viking I hollowbody. Brought in by one of our local customers, it has that worn-in vintage vibe that so many players are looking for. The top of the guitar near the neck pocket was damaged long ago, but it was fixed expertly by the late luthier Jim Mouradian. This guitar is fun to just sit around and plunk on unplugged. Plugged in, although it's light and thin, it has a good depth of warmth to the tone as well.

Any decent electric from the 1960's typically commands a decent price. Because of the repaired top, we have priced this guitar to move fast at $499.00. Gig bag included.

The specs:

  • Made in Sweden ca. 1965-66
  • Thinline hollowbody with f-holes
  • Slim profile neck
  • 1-5/8 inch nut width
  • Rosewood fretboard with pearl dot inlays
  • Hagstrom tailpiece
  • Metal bridge with adjustable saddles
  • Two single coil pickups
  • Two volume, two tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch
  • Six original in-line tuners
  • Cream binding

Vintage Sunn 1X15 Bass Cabinet

Just arrived in the Attic - this early 70's 1X15 inch Sunn bass cabinet. Back in the 60's and 70's, Sunn was one of the top bass amp and cabinet manufacturers. Sturdy pine cabinet, very good condition with minimal wear, and it's not a huge cabinet compared to other 15-inchers. The speaker is located on the left side of the cabinet so when you tilt it onto its side feet, the speaker is right off the floor to dispense the sound. Very nice full and clear tone.

We have our G/K MB200 head set up to power the cab and it sounds great! The speaker only has an 80 watt rating, but it's mounted in an efficient open-vented cabinet so it still makes lots of noise. You won't need (or want) to put tons of power through it. Bassists out there...if you're lacking a 15 inch speaker in your rig and appreciate things vintage, this is a great deal at $349.00.

The specs:

  • Built in early 1970's
  • Pine cabinet
  • Single 15 inch Sunn Transducer 158B speaker
  • 80 Watts
  • Measures 26" height, 24" wide, 15" deep
  • Four wheels
  • Tilt feature with four feet for stability off the wheels

Gibson 1959 ES-125    Special clearance price $999

Freshly traded in, we're excited to offer this vintage 1959 Gibson ES-125. A full hollowbody with f holes, this guitar can be enjoyed acoustically while just sitting around. These 50's dog ear P-90 pickups have an excellent full/meaty tone. Roll back the tone knob and get those jazzy sounds, make it brighter and the sound can yield much more treble and snap.

The neck is a nice chunky profile without being baseball bat sized. Nicely worn in, plays great. We have it setup for regular electric .011-.049's. Putting on bronze or flatwound strings will immediately beef up the tone and we will accommodate a setup of the customer's choosing.

The input jack was relocated from the side of the guitar to the top. There is an older (well done) neck heel repair. The trapeze tailpiece appears to be non-original and the pickguard is missing. Because of this we have priced the guitar accordingly at $1,099.00.

A non-original Gibson deluxe hardshell case is included.

The specs:

  • Arched maple top with f holes
  • Maple back
  • Mahogany sides
  • Sunburst finish
  • Adjustable rosewood bridge
  • Trapeze tailpiece
  • Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays
  • Dog ear P-90 pickup
  • 1 volume, 1 tone control
  • Kluson deluxe tuners
  • Missing pickguard
  • Input jack replaced to top
  • Neck heel repair
  • Non-original Gibson hardshell case 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 dow