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What's In Zach's Attic Today?

As of April 13th, 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.

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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".


Epiphone ES-295

Released by Gibson in 1952, the original ES-295 was a stunning guitar in its gold finish and immediately recognizable. Epiphone for a short while decided to release a limited number of these guitars in three different finishes.

There is a walnut and wine red finish, but the metallic goldtop version we feel is the most stunning. Easy playing slim neck, the P-90 pickups have plenty of warmth for jazzy tones but can also bite in the bridge position. The Bigsby vibrato is nice to have on occasion. We hate to say it's about looks, but one can't deny the gold finish paired with the split parallelogram inlays and the floral cream pickguard is awesome! Epiphone marked it as a 2nd but the flaws are minor cosmetic.

The guitar plays and sounds fantastic, setup for flatwound .011's. Original hardshell case included.

The specs:

  • Full hollowbody, laminated maple back/sides/top
  • Metallic Goldtop finish
  • Maple neck, rosewood fretboard
  • Two Gibson USA Dogear P-90's
  • SlimTaper 1960's "D" neck
  • 24.75 inch scale length
  • 12 inch Radius fretboard
  • Bigsby B70 Vibrato
  • Perloid split Parallelogram inlays
  • Floral graphic cream pickguard
  • Gold speed knobs
  • Pinned bridge with Tune-o-matic saddles

Collings Waterloo WL-14L

We are very pleased to offer this freshly traded in Waterloo WL-14L by Collings Guitars. Built more in the dimensions of the classic budget guitars of the 1920's and 1930's, over the decades those instruments have grown in popularity. Extremely lightweight body, chunkier 'V' neck, great sound and feel that Collings is famous for.

This model is offered either in X bracing or ladder bracing. Ours is the ladder braced model which Collings describes as providing: "woody and open tone, with midrange honk that's perfect for fingerstyle blues." Fantastic looking guitar as well with the old style sunburst and tigerstripe celluloid pickguard.

Original hardshell case included. These are very hard to find in stores and we guarantee it won't be here long!

The specs:

  • Handmade in Austin, TX by Collings Guitars
  • Smaller body style reminiscent of 1920's and 1930's instruments
  • 19 1/4 inch X 14 3/4inch X 4 1/4inch body dimensions
  • Solid mahogany back & sides
  • Solid Sitka spruce top
  • Vintage-style sunburst
  • Ladder bracing
  • Mahogany neck with prominent 'V' shape
  • Ebony bridge with drop in bone saddle
  • Rosewood fretboard with dot inlays
  • 24 7/8" scale length
  • Ebony nut, 1 3/4" nut width
  • Tigerstripe celluloid pickguard

VOX AC30CC1

Just arrived to the Attic is this AC30CC1 all-tube amp - lighter in weight and much easier to manage than the regular AC30 model.

The AC30 is one of the all time classic tube amps and is normally configured with two 12 inch speakers. But in this model VOX chose to utilize a single lighter-weight Celestion 'Neo Dog' speaker. Its neodymium magnet is about half the weight of competitors' speakers.

You'll have plenty of tonal options with the Normal and Top Boost channels, both with dual inputs. The genuine spring reverb and tremolo are classic effects.

Very good condition, works great, ready to rock 'n' roll!

The specs:

  • Classic AC30 tone in a smaller and lighter package
  • Made in mid 2000's
  • Single 12 inch Celestion 'Neo Dog' speaker utilizing a lighter neodymium magnet
  • Normal and Top Boost channels
  • Spring reverb and Tremolo
  • 3 mini toggle switches to enhance tone
  • 4x EL84 power tubes
  • 3x 12AX7 preamp tubes

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

Epiphone 'Joe Pass' Emperor II

The latest guitar to arrive in the attic is the very popular jazz guitar: The Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor II. Handmade hollowbody guitars go for huge money so the Joe Pass model for decades now has been a go-to for the student or working musician.

We've had a few of these come through but this one looks fantastic in the heritage cherry sunburst finish. Its thin body and neck profile make it easy to wrap around and play.

Plenty of tonal options with the dual humbuckers paired with the volume and tone controls. It's missing the pickguard but we feel the sunburst finish looks great without it. Non-original Gretsch hardshell case included.

The specs:

  • 2005 model, made in Korea
  • Heritage Cherry Sunburst finish
  • Full hollowbody with single cutaway
  • Laminated maple back/sides
  • Arched bound select spruce top
  • 3 piece maple neck
  • Rosewood fretboard with block inlays
  • 24.75 inch scale
  • Trapeze tailpiece
  • Adjustable rosewood bridge
  • Two humbuckers
  • Two volume, two tone controls
  • Gold-finish hardware
  • Missing pickguard
  • Non-original hardcase included

Loar LM-590-MS

Freshly traded in, the Loar LM-590-MS has been our best-seller of recent years. It's a reliable, all solid f-style mandolin at a very reasonable price. Nice cut through, bright sound, will certainly be heard in the jam circle. Well cared for and humidified, it's in excellent condition. $499 with Original hardshell case included.

Click here to see this mandolin in action!

The specs:

  • F-style Mandolin
  • All solid hand carved maple back/sides
  • All solid hand carved spruce top
  • Maple neck with rosewood fingerboard
  • Compensated adjustable ebony bridge
  • Bone nut, 1 1/8 inch width
  • Grover tuners with pearloid buttons
  • Tobacco sunburst
  • Satin finish
  • 1 local owner, sold here originally

Acoustic Image
310BA Contra

Acoustic Image amplifiers are made in the USA and have quite a following among serious bassists looking for solid acoustic tone.

But these great amps are not just for bassists. They do a fantastic job for acoustic guitars and for jazz electric players too.

Three design factors contribute to this popularity:

  • First, the down-firing woofer (only 10 inches!) encourages your low tones to flow across the floor. This means consistent loudness not only for the band (even a 20-piece big band) but also your audience.
  • Second, the generous power rating (this Contra is 300 watts) means that the attack transients that are so important to your tone are reproduced faithfully.
  • And third, it's compact and portable - the entire rig fits into a floor tom-tom case!

This particular amp is a "Series I". It's been played and shows some cosmetic wear but is in excellent working condition. This is a rare chance to get an AI amp for an affordable price! Check out the online discussion forums, then come in and play it - it won't last long. Click here to hear and see it in action.

PRS Custom 22 Semi-Hollow
With Premium Top

We are very excited about this newest arrival to the Attic. Those who are lucky enough to own one of these top-of-the-line PRS guitars know how much goes into the build quality of these fine instruments.

The carved maple bookmatched 10-top (that means absolutely top grade, if you're wondering) is stunning in the Orange Tiger finish. At first glance you might doubt that this is a semi-hollow guitar, since it doesn't have the usual f-holes - but pick it up and you'll know right away: Very lightweight, comfortable even after hours of gigging, and more resonant than a solid-body.

The Dragon 2 humbuckers have plenty of beef in positions 1 and 5. The in-between 2-4 positions can dial in nice quacky tones as well. The fixed bridge is nice for those who don't ever use a whammy and gives you more sustain.

One local owner, near-mint condition, and a great price. This one won't last long!

Includes the original rectangular hard case and tags.

Click here if you would like to see a demonstration of this instrument.

The specs:

  • Core Series, built in 2002
  • 10-top upgrade, beautiful two-piece bookmatched carved maple top
  • Orange Tiger finish
  • Mahogany chambered body
  • Mahogany neck, 25-inch scale, beefier profile
  • Rosewood fretboard with bird inlays
  • Dual PRS 'Dragon II' humbuckers
  • Aged-look hardware
  • Fixed bridge
  • Volume, Tone and 5-way Selector knobs

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

G-K/Hartke Bass Rig

Here's a killer pre-owned bass rig: The legendary (and no longer manufactured) Gallien-Krueger 800RB solid state head paired with a Hartke 115XL 15-inch cabinet.

The G-K head is bi-amped, which means you have the option of separate power amps (and controls) for two cabinets - 100 watts for the highs, and 300 watts for your lows.

Driven by the G-K head, the Hartke 15-inch metal cone cabinet has enough 'oomph' to let your bass really move your listeners!

The head and cabinet are available as a package or separately.

Harmony Rocket
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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

Vintage 1967 Epiphone Riviera

This very easy-on-the-eyes 1967 cherry-red Epiphone Riviera just arrived at Zach's Attic, and it's a beauty.

Made in the original Gibson Kalamazoo, Michigan factory, these are very desirable vintage guitars. The Riviera is a pretty tough to find model, especially in the cherry red finish which was only offered after 1966.

The specs: Classic thinline semi-hollowbody, bound body and neck, mahogany neck, rosewood fretboard with parallelogram inlays, original pickguard (the 'E' has come off), original Kluson deluxe tuners, and a 1-9/16 inch nut width.

It seems that this guitar was modified in the late 1960's to be more of a '335' style instrument. The original 'Frequensator' tailpiece has been replaced by a trapeze tailpiece. The original mini-humbuckers were also changed out for full size humbuckers.

Although these changes may not make a collector happy, the good news is that whoever did it kept period-correct parts on the guitar. The trapeze tailpiece looks to be from the 60's era. The humbuckers carry Gibson patent numbers from the late 60's and are therefore valuable in their own right.

The guitar is in excellent condition. It was well cared for and stored in a good climate. Very minimal fretwear with plenty of life left. All of the white binding has aged beautifully.

Unplugged, the guitar is very resonant and a joy to just sit on a stool and play. Plugged in, it sounds fantastic with the Gibson humbuckers, it can be loud and bright or warm and mellow. Bottom line is it sounds authentic vintage. The neck may be slim for some people but it makes playing chords very easy. The depth of the neck is a medium profile.

A vintage triangular hardcase is 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.