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What's In Zach's Attic Today?

As of October 12th, 2018 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.

Our Guarantee

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".

Marshall DSL40C

Here is an opportunity to grab a really great condition Marshall from their well-respected DSL line. A nice size tube amp with one 12" Celestion speaker. Plenty loud enough to crank with a full band or dial it back wattage wise with the power cut option down to 20 watts.

There are basically two different clean stages and two different gain stages. Sparkly cleans to high gain setting can all be had with this workhorse. One local owner, near mint condition, footwsitch and amp cover included. $499.00

The specs:

  • 40 Watts all tube power
  • One 12" Celestion speaker
  • 4 different channel stages
  • Reverb
  • Tone shape button
  • Power cut option to 20 Watts
  • Footswitch and amp cover included
  • One original owner
  • Near mint condition

Epiphone Dot

Just traded in is this eye-catching barely used Epiphone Dot in cherry sunburst dating from the late 90's.

The ES-335 style semi-hollowbody is one of the all time great electric guitars, well known for its versatility. Rock out on high gain settings with minimal feedback, get those warm full cleans and smooth jazzy sounds by sculpting the volume and tone knobs.

Well cared for and in excellent condition, non-original hardshell case included.

The specs:

  • Made in Korea, 1999
  • Bright cherry sunburst finish, full gloss body
  • Copy of the classic Gibson ES-335 semi hollowbody
  • Stop tailpiece
  • Tune-o-matic bridge
  • Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays
  • Medium C profile neck
  • Dual humbuckers
  • Two volume, two tone knobs
  • Three way selector switch
  • Excellent condition
  • Hardshell case included

Martin D-18

Just traded in is this classic Martin D-18. Really there's not too much we could say that hasn't been said before. This is one of the all-time best dreadnaughts. Full body, full sound, great feel.

This particular one has been setup by the previous owner for low-action fingerstyle playing. Easy to press down all those-high-up-the-neck bar chords. We liked the way it played so much we decided to keep the setup the way it is. Anyone who wants an easy playing mahogany dreadnaught will not be disappointed.

Excellent condition, original hardshell case included.

The specs:

  • Built in 2014
  • Classic Martin Dreadnaught
  • All solid mahogany back and sides
  • Solid Sitka spruce top w/aging toner
  • Ebony bridge and fingerboard
  • Scalloped bracing
  • 25.4 inch scale
  • 1 3/4 inch nut width
  • Abalone inlays
  • Butterbean style tuners

Vintage 1960 Guild X-50

You just never know what will come through the door! Amazingly, a customer just consigned another vintage hollowbody similar to the 1959 Gibson ES-125 that just arrived in the Attic. The new arrival is a Guild X-50.

A full hollowbody with a slimmer body than the ES-125, the X-50 features a single P-90 style single coil pickup with the same simple single volume and tone controls. The neck is a mid-profile shape, very easy to wrap around and play. The guitar has a gorgeous lightweight vintage feel to it. Excellent for blues, jazz, folk rock.

Guild was founded in 1952, and these earlier models are very collectable. The guitar appears to be all original with the exception of a second strap button. Overall in very good condition, it's certainly been played, but those years of play have resulted in a rich, well broken in tone. Offered at $1,199.00 with an Access bag included.

To hear this vintage guitar in action click here.

The specs:

  • Full hollowbody
  • Arched Spruce top with f-holes
  • Mahogany back and sides
  • Sunburst finish
  • Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fretboard with pearl dot inlays
  • 1 and 11/16 inch nut width
  • Trapeze tailpiece
  • Raised black pickguard
  • Original nickel tuners
  • One single coil pickup
  • One volume and one tone control

Gibson 1959 ES-125

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

Fender Special Edition
Standard Stratocaster

Mexican made Fenders have long been their workhorse instruments. The standard line is nice if you don't want to shell out the money for an American made guitar.

The glossy neck makes it pop a bit more than earlier satin neck finish models. Typical Strat setup with 3 single coil pickups. Five different selector switch positions will give you a great variety of tones.

This is a one owner trade in, excellent condition. $549.00 with gig bag included.

The specs:

  • Made in Mexico
  • Alder body
  • Black finish
  • Maple neck and fretboard
  • Vintage-tint gloss neck
  • 3 Fender single coil pickups
  • Aged white knobs and pickup covers

Fender Blues Jr.

We don't really need to say too much about this amp, it's already one of Fender's all-time best-selling models. Great middle of the road size where it can be turned down sweet and low, but can certainly crank when dimed.

The "fat" switch is a nice feature in that it does what the title of the amp you a bluesy grit with some gain but not over-the-top wailing distortion.

This particular one is an older version, one owner, in excellent original condition. Functions perfectly. Come check it out soon before it's gone!

The specs:

  • 15 Watts tube
  • 12 inch Eminence speaker
  • 3 X 12AX7 tubes
  • 2 X EL84 tubes
  • Spring reverb
  • Fat switch
  • Black tolex with silver grille

Vintage Danelectro Model 122 'Cadet' Amplifier

Another early vintage tube amp has found it's way into the Attic. Small, lightweight, and snarly! Simple design format with the rear panel controls, turn it on, crank it up, and you'll hear that old tube tone.

With an amp this size, the type of guitar plugged into it really affects the sound. A Strat or Tele with single coils will keep it cleaner with a slight bit of grit at full volume. A strong P-90 or humbucker brings out much more of the natural tube gain when cranked.

This old-timer is a bit noisy when you're not playing but that doesn't matter when the volume is up.

A great value for the price, and a totally different sound than a Fender, Vox, Marshall, etc. Offered at $299.00

The specs:

  • Circa 1960
  • 6 Watts
  • Three-tube circuit
  • 1 x 6 inch original speaker
  • Picture frame cabinet with white sparkle finish
  • Dark grille cloth
  • Original leather handle
  • Rear control panel
  • Two inputs
  • 1 volume, 1 tone knob
  • Excellent condition

Fender 2007 American Deluxe Stratocaster Ash

The American Deluxe guitars were the top of Fender's American line for some time. These are excellent sounding and playing instruments. The ash body paired with the tobacco sunburst finish looks great. The Samarium Cobalt Noiseless pickups eliminate much of the hum that single coils are known for. The contoured neck heel is a nice feature when fitting your hand higher up the instrument.

The S-1 switching works by enabling a capacitor for some interesting pickup combinations. Basically there are 10 selector switch settings instead of the typical 5. The stainless steel block saddles are ideal for palm muting, and the 'drop-in' style whammy bar is much smoother than the standard twist-in bridge version

Schaller locking tuners keep your tuning stable. Excellent condition with minimal play wear. Original Fender hardshell case with locking latches included.

To hear this Strat in action click here.

The specs:

  • U.S.A. made in 2007
  • Ash body
  • Tobacco Sunburst finish
  • Maple neck with 'C' profile
  • Rosewood fretboard with Abalone inlays
  • Samarium Cobalt Noiseless pickups
  • S-1 switching system
  • Contoured neck heel
  • Schaller locking tuners
  • Two point tremolo system
  • Solid stainless steel block saddles
  • Fender hardshell case with locking latches included

Vintage Fender Silverface 'Drip Edge' Vibrolux Reverb Amplifier

We are thrilled to offer this highly collectable 'drip edge' Fender Silverface Vibrolux Reverb. Dating to around 1968, it's from a classic era for Fender tube amps. The aluminum drip-edge front panel was only offered for a short time on several Fender amp models making these a bit more prized.

Just serviced by our tube amp technician, it's ready to rock. 40 watts of all-tube power really cranks but won't blow your head off like a Twin Reverb can. The two original Oxford 'Fender Special Design' 10 inch speakers sound fantastic and can handle pedals easily. The genuine spring reverb is lush and the vibrato shakes like it should.

There have been several classic Fender tube amp models in the Attic recently and they've all sold quickly. This is a special opportunity and these amps are hard to find. Bring your favorite electric down and give it a try!

Click here to hear this vintage amplifier in action!

The specs:

  • Early Silverface 'drip edge' model c. 1968
  • 40 watts all tube
  • Twin original Oxford 'Fender Special Design' 10 inch speakers
  • Normal and Vibrato channels with dual inputs each
  • 'Bright' switch on each channel
  • Spring reverb and vibrato
  • Normal Channel: volume, treble, bass
  • Vibrato Channel: volume, treble, bass, reverb, speed, intensity
  • The original red jewel light has been replaced with a blue one
  • Excellent condition, no tears in the grille cloth

Blackbird Rider

Carbon fiber instruments have grown in popularity. Fighting the weather & humidity poses a struggle for many folks, and a carbon fiber guitar might be the solution. At only 3 lbs, this Blackbird Rider could truly be brought anywhere. Hiking, boating, walking, it will work and it sounds really good. Surprisingly full for a "paddle-style" body shape. Plugged in the pickup delivers a full/warm tone. This is a hard to find, unique guitar and is no longer being made in the steel string version we hear. Grab it and have your own adventure!

Click here to see what this travel guitar can do.

The specs:

  • Full composite body and neck
  • Micarta bridge and fretboard
  • 35.5 x 10.5 x 4.25 inch dimentions
  • 1 3/4 inch nut width
  • Weighs only 3lbs!
  • Gotoh black tuners
  • MiSi pickup with volume and tone controls
  • Access gig bag included

Harmony Rocket

We've had a few Harmony guitars come through Zach's Attic and this Rocket is in especially great shape. Made in the 60's in the USA, they are a good alternative to spending thousands on another hollowbody name. There's a certain 'plunkiness' to their sound that people tend to like. Lightweight and certainly vintage, it's a nice find! Includes a hardshell case.

The specs:

  • H54 model with vibrato unit
  • 40-1/2 inch length, 15-3/4 inch width, 2 inch thick body
  • Short scale neck
  • Single cutaway
  • Celluloid binding
  • White pickguard
  • Two volume and two tone controls
  • Gold-finish hardware

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.