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What's In Zach's Attic Today?

As of February 20th, 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.

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".

D'Angelico DAPGC10SBG

Just traded in we have a performance ready D'Angelico cutaway dreadnaught in Vintage Sunburst finish. With the fishman pickup system and e.q. controls, get ready to hit the stage. The cutaway allows for access up the neck for lead players. The art deco style appointments really make this guitar stand out. Fresh setup for .011-.049 strings for buttery easy action. Excellent condition with a hardshell case included. $375.00

The specs:

  • Dreadnaught body shape with cutaway
  • Mahogany back/sides/top
  • Vintage sunburst finish
  • Abalone style rosette
  • Mahogany neck
  • Cream binding body and neck
  • Rosewood bridge and fingerboard
  • Block inlays
  • Antique brass tuning machines
  • Old style D'Angelico headstock shape
  • Art deco style truss rod cover
  • Fishman pickup system with built in tuner
  • Controls for volume/bass/middle/treble
  • Hardshell case included

Taylor T5z Custom K

We're all thinking of that warm Hawaiian weather now a days here in cold New England. Perhaps this Taylor T5z Custom with it's gorgeous Hawaiian koa top can help you get there. The T5z thinline hollowbody is a bit more compact than Taylor's original T5 design. The neck is slim and smooth to play with the ebony fingerboard. A true hybrid guitar, depending on how you utilize it the guitar can yield both acoustic and electric tones quite well. In near mint condition asking $1,899.00 in the original Taylor hardcase.

The specs:

  • Made in El Cajon, CA
  • T5z thinline body style
  • Solid figured koa top with shaded edgeburst finish
  • Carved sapele hollowbody
  • Dual f-holes
  • Gloss finish body and neck
  • Sapele neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Spires inlays
  • White binding body and neck
  • 1-11/16 inch nut width
  • 12 inch radius
  • 24-7/8 inch scale
  • Jumbo frets
  • Gold hardware
  • Acoustic body sensor/neck humbucker/bridge humbucker
  • 5-way selector switch
  • Volume/bass/treble knobs
  • 3 strap buttons
  • Taylor hardshell case included

Epiphone G-400 SG Pro

The Epiphone G-400 SG has been around for a while now, this particular version is a recent limited-edition featuring the larger 1966 style pickguard. As a set-in neck model it gets more natural sustain than the cheaper bolt-on neck versions. The humbuckers can be coil split with the two volume knobs.

The cherry finish has always been the most popular finish of SG models, it's a classic. Overall in excellent condition with a gig bag included. offered at $299.00.

The specs:

  • Dual cutaway thinline solidbody
  • Mahogany body
  • Cherry gloss finish
  • Larger 1966 style 3-ply black pickguard
  • Mahogany set neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Peal trapezoid inlays
  • 22 frets
  • 24.75 inch scale
  • 1-11/16 inch nut width
  • Slim taper neck profile
  • 12 inch radius
  • Jumbo frets
  • Alnico Classic Pro and Classic Pro Plus humbuckers
  • Chrome pickup covers
  • Two volume, two tone controls, top hat knobs
  • 3-way selector switch
  • Coil split on volume controls
  • Stopbar tailpiece
  • Tune-o-matic bridge
  • Vintage keystone tuners
  • Gig bag included
  • Excellent condition

PRS S2 Mira

Lightweight, smooth, and it growls! Just in we have this PRS S2 Mira in the gloss black finish. The asymmetric shape sits comfortably against the body and under the right arm. The dual humbuckers are not super hi-gain rather have a nice warmth to them. Rock n' roll and bluesy tones are easy to dial in.

The controls are simple with the single volume and tone. The tone knob is a push/pull coil tap as well to thin out the pickup sounds. A couple minor scuffs but overall in excellent condition. $799.00 in PRS gig bag.

The specs:

  • Made in U.S.A. in 2014
  • Dual cutaway, asymmetric body
  • Mahogany body in gloss black finish
  • 3-ply black pickguard
  • Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • White dot inlays
  • 25 inch scale
  • PRS locking tuners
  • PRS adjustable wraparound stoptail bridge with brass studs
  • Two PRS humbuckers
  • Volume and tone control
  • Coil tap push/pull on tone control
  • 3-way selector switch
  • PRS gig bag included

Washburn HB-35-N

Washburn has been around a long time now and have always been known for budget-friendly quality instruments. The HB-35-N is a semi-hollowbody with a solid maple center block...Washburn's take on the classic Gibson ES-335.

The natural finish looks sharp over the flamed maple top. The dual humbuckers will give you a great blues/jazz/rock sound with plenty of beef. Excellent condition, fresh setup for .010-.046 strings. $449.00 in gig bag.

The specs:

  • Semi-Hollowbody with maple center block
  • Flamed maple laminate body
  • Natural finish
  • Full gloss body
  • Maple neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • 24-3/4 inch scale
  • Split block inlays
  • Two Washburn humbuckers
  • Two volume, two tone controls
  • Amber bell knobs
  • Stop tailpiece
  • Tune-o-matic bridge
  • Grover 18:1 tuners
  • Gold hardware
  • 3-way toggle switch
  • Excellent condition
  • Gig bag included

Taylor NS-34ce

Just in we have a harder to find Taylor acoustic/electric nylon-string model. The NS-34ce features a Grand Auditorium body shape with Venetian cutaway. This body shape has a nice full tone that smaller classicals can sometimes lack.

Built in 2003, it has seasoned nicely over the last 16 years. One local owner, sold here originally. Fresh setup for normal tension strings. $999.00 in original Taylor hardshell case.

The specs:

  • Nylon string model, made in El Cajon, CA
  • Grand Auditorium body style with Venetian cutaway
  • Solid Sitka spruce top
  • Solid Sapele back and sides
  • Satin finish back and sides, gloss top
  • Mahogany neck
  • Ebony fretboard and bridge
  • 25-1/2 inch scale
  • 1-7/8 inch nut width
  • Tusq nut and saddle
  • Ping gold tuners with Ivoroid buttons
  • Cypress rosette
  • Fishman pickup system
  • Bass/mid/treble/brilliance slider controls
  • Volume/feedback notch knobs
  • Phase switch
  • Original Taylor hardcase included

Taylor GS-Mini

Recently arrived is the popular Taylor GS-Mini. A nice compact travel guitar that doesn't lack in tone. A scaled down version of their Grand Symphony body style, it feels substantial and solid all the way around. This version is the straight acoustic with the solid Sitka spruce top.

This particular instrument was sold here originally to one local owner. $399.00 in the Taylor hardbag.

The specs:

  • GS-Mini body style
  • Solid Sitka spruce top
  • Sapele back and sides
  • Ebony bridge and fingerboard
  • Tortoise pickguard
  • Chrome tuning machines
  • 23-1/2 inch scale
  • 1-11/16 inch nut width
  • Taylor 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.