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What's In Zach's Attic Today?

As of August 20th, 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 Guild T-50 'SB'    ON HOLD

The exceptionally cool hollowbody guitars keep on rolling in...here is the latest, a 1978 Guild T-50 thinline sunburst. Made in Westerly, RI during a well-respected era for Guild, it has a really nice vibe. Acoustically it's got warmth and decent sparkle on the trebles. The neck is comfortable with the slim nut width and shorter scale.

Simple setup plugged in with the single coil pickup and one volume and tone control. We've got it setup for .010-.046 gauge strings, it could be jazzed out more if heavier flatwounds were put on it. With a bit of grit in the sound, it really nails the raunchy hollowbody blues tone.

Excellent condition with the original Guild chipboard case. $899.00.

The specs:

  • Made in Westerly, RI in 1978
  • Full thinline hollowbody
  • 2-1/4 inch deep body with binding
  • Mahogany back and sides
  • Arched mahogany top
  • Single cream binding
  • Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • Dot inlays
  • Adjustable rosewood bridge
  • Guild harp tailpiece
  • Raised black pickguard
  • 1-5/8 inch nut width
  • 24.9 inch scale
  • Single coil pickup
  • 1 volume/1 tone control
  • Thin button chrome tuners
  • Original chipboard case included
  • Excellent condition

Eastman Uptown AR805ce

Another quality jazz guitar has found it's way into the Attic. Eastman is known for making good quality instruments at fair price points, this Uptown AR805ce is no exception. Overall in excellent condition with a couple minor marks, it's ready for that next jazz standard.

Acoustically it's got that jazzy tone, the neck feels nice and the ebony fretboard is smooth to play. The single floating pickup relays the acoustic properties nicely when plugged in. The single volume and tone wheels mounted to the pickguard are a nice touch. Excellent condition with a hardshell case included. $1,099.00

The specs:

  • Hand carved spruce top
  • Hand carved maple back and sides
  • Sunburst finish
  • 16 inch lower bout
  • Ebony bridge
  • Ebony fingerboard
  • Ebony pickguard
  • Single floating Kent Armstrong pickup
  • Pickguard mounted volume and tone controls
  • Cream binding
  • Gold imperial style tuners
  • Setup for flatwound .011-.049
  • Excellent condition
  • Hardshell case included

Vintage Ibanez FA-100

From a well-regarded era for Ibanez, here is a vintage 1979 FA-100 hollowbody. Basically a copy of a Gibson ES-175D, you can yield the same fat, warm, jazzy tones. We've set it up for D'addario EXL115W, .011-.049 with the wound 'G' string. Adding flatwounds would jazz it up even more.

The classic sunburst finish is attractive and overall the guitar is in very good condition. The strap button was moved from the side to the neck at some point. $899.00 with hardshell case included.

The specs:

  • Made in Japan, 1979
  • Copy of Gibson ES-175D
  • Full maple hollowbody
  • Sunburst finish
  • Mahogany neck with volute
  • Rosewood fretboard with block inlays
  • Fancy chrome tailpiece
  • Rosewood adjustable bridge
  • Cream binding
  • 4-ply black pickguard
  • Two humbucker pickups
  • Two volume, two tone controls with grips
  • Ibanez chrome tuners
  • Strap button moved from side to neck
  • Very good condition
  • Hardshell case included

G&L ASAT Junior II    NOW $899

Here we have a unique instrument from our friends at G&L. This particular guitar has an interesting story behind it. It was built in 2012 as more of a prototype for the Autumn Burst color over the Korina wood body. Apparently the color never stuck in their catalog so this particular finish is certainly more rare. It was gigged with by a few G&L employees for a while because they liked it so much.

Nice chunkier neck profile with the ebony board and 12 inch radius feels really good in the hand. The quartersawn neck is less prone to warping over time.The dual P-90 pickups really wail and we like the simplicity of the single volume and tone controls. The guitar at one point was dropped in the case so there is a repair by the input jack. With the black outer edges, it's not super noticeable. The graphite saddles were added as well at some point to prevent string breaking. All in all a unique instrument, $999.00 including U.S. hardshell case.

The specs:

  • Made in Fullerton, CA
  • ASAT body shape
  • Korina wood body
  • Autumn Burst finish
  • Quartersawn maple neck
  • Classic C neck shape
  • Ebony fretboard
  • 12 inch radius
  • Gloss light tint neck finish
  • Pearl white dot inlays
  • 1-ply black pickguard
  • Two G&L P-90 pickups
  • 3-way selector switch
  • 1 volume and tone black bell-type knobs
  • TonePros T3BT bridges
  • Graphite saddles
  • Repair by input jack
  • U.S. hardshell case included

Martin OMCPA3

Just traded in is another nice solid wood Martin, the OMCPA3. Part of Martin's Performing Artist line, it's a great all-around guitar. The OM body style is more comfortable than larger shapes, and the cutaway allows easy access up the fingerboard. Solid rosewood and spruce yields a full, balanced tone.

Now that this instrument is a few years old and lovingly played, it's starting to season nicely. The Fishman F-1 Aura system has more than meets the eye and can dial in some fantastic plugged in sounds.

The built in chromatic tuner is also a plus. $1,349.00 with the original Martin hardcase included.

The specs:

  • OM body shape with cutaway
  • Solid rosewood back and sides
  • Solid Sitka spruce top with gloss finish
  • Richlite bridge and fingerboard
  • Select hardwood neck
  • Performing Artist neck profile
  • 1-3/4" nut width
  • Mother of pearl dot inlays
  • White body and neck binding
  • Chrome tuning machines
  • Tortoise pickguard
  • Fishman F-1 Aura system
  • Martin hardshell case included
  • Excellent condition

Vintage 1968 Fender Telecaster with Bigsby

Just in on consignment we have a fantastic vintage 1968 Fender Telecaster with the original factory installed Bigsby. Ash body in the popular blonde finish, it's got some honest play wear but looks and plays great! This seems to be one of the last with the original telecaster wiring scheme. The neck pickup has been replaced which drops the value a bit but the bridge pickup is original and cuts nicely. The middle selector switch position is full and beefy.

The neck has a nice even C profile consistent up the neck. It fits beautifully in the hand and is very easy to play. The Bigsby is nicely worn in and is smooth to use. The original frets have plenty of life left, the guitar set up beautifully for .010-.046 strings.

These Tele's with the factory Bigsby are not easy to find and do not come through often, let alone are offered up for sale. At $3,799.00 with the original Fender hardcase, we have priced it to move. Do not wait on this one, who knows if another will arrive anytime soon...

The specs:

  • Ash body in Blonde finish
  • Maple neck and fretboard
  • Factory installed Bigsby
  • Original bridge pickup
  • Replacement neck pickup (no cover)
  • Late 1967 CTS pots
  • Original Telecaster wiring scheme
  • 3 Jan 68B neck date
  • 3 ply white pickguard
  • Original tuners
  • Original volume and tone knobs
  • Original selector switch (no tip)
  • Original bridge (no cover)
  • String trees replaced
  • Original Fender Hardshell case

Greg Bennett AB-11ce/AM

It's amazing how many cool bass guitars have come through the shop recently. Most have gone away, but here's a sweet Greg Bennett design AB-11ce/AM. This is a one owner, excellent condition instrument that's been well cared for.

Some acoustic basses are thick and difficult to get around, but with the 3 inch body depth, it's much more comfortable. Plugged in the Fishman system works great with separate sliders for volume, bass, middle, treble, and brilliance.

The hardshell case is also in excellent condition. Nice low action it plays great. This is a hard bass to find and we expect it to move very quickly at $499.00.

The specs:

  • Acoustic/Electric bass with venetian cutaway
  • Quilted maple back/sides/top
  • Amber finish
  • 3 inch thick body
  • 16 inch lower bout
  • 11-3/4 inch upper bout
  • 30 inch scale
  • Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Chrome tuning machines
  • Fishman pickup system with E.Q.
  • Hardshell case included

Vintage 1964 Guild Mark II

Here's a wonderful 1964 Guild Mark II classical guitar from the 1960's folk era. Overall in very good to excellent condition, it's seen some playing time but it's structurally sound and nicely worn in. Open tone with a nice low end despite being a solid top instrument.

The 3-piece neck provides added strength so the neck remained true despite all the years, and the medium carve is nice to wrap your hand around. The longer 25.5 inch scale is unique and interesting for a classical-style instrument - it does affect the sound and playability compared to shorter scale instruments. Beautifully figured Brazilian rosewood fretboard.

The 'D'-string tuning machine is slightly bent but it works fine and doesn't need to be replaced. Check out the very cool case as well. This is a very good deal at $599.00

The specs:

  • Made in Hoboken, NJ in 1964
  • Mahogany back and sides
  • Solid spruce top
  • Brazilian rosewood fingerboard and bridge
  • Three-piece mahogany neck
  • 25.5 inch scale
  • 2-inch nut width
  • Tortoise binding front and back
  • Black and red themed rosette
  • Slotted headstock
  • Nickel tuners with white buttons
  • Original deluxe chipboard style case

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

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.