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To give you an idea of the range of cool and interesting instruments you might find in Zach's Attic, here are some used and vintage instruments that have found new homes:

Click on one of these instruments or just scroll down for photos and more information.

Do you have a used or vintage instrument that's looking for a new home? Contact Zach by phone at the number above or via our Ask Us! page.

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Archives From the Attic

Vintage Vega FR-5 Banjo

Here is a very cool piece of local history. This Vega FR-5 banjo was made right here in Boston in the 1960's and purchased there as well. It's overall in very good condition with some honest play wear. The lightweight open back design is easy to hold and has plenty of volume. Well broken in with a vintage sound all it's own.

Fresh setup and cleaning, it's ready for your best Pete Seeger renditions! Offered at $499 with original chipboard case included.

Click here to see what this banjo can do.

The specs:

  • Folk Ranger model
  • Made in Boston, MA
  • 1960's era
  • Open back design with 7-ply maple rim
  • 27 inch scale
  • 22 frets
  • Maple neck with ebonized fretboard
  • Original tuners
  • Original chipboard case included

1972 Rickenbacker
'4001' Bass

If you're a fan of vintage Rickenbacker basses, this one deserves a look. It's a beauty, with its JetGlo gloss black finish, checkerboard binding (in great condition), and crushed pearl fret markers.

Toaster-style neck pickup, massive bridge pickup, and full Ricky-style dual output wiring.

This guitar is in excellent condition for its age. We include the original Rickenbacker hardshell case.


1974 Gibson ES-335

The Gibson ES-335 is the classic Gibson hollowbody.

Ours is a vintage 1974 model in better-than-excellent condition. By its appearance, it has been played very little. It must have spent most of its 40+ years in its hardshell case under someone's bed!

Everything appears to be original, including the fluted "amp-style" control knobs.

We include the genuine Gibson hardshell case.

50th Anniversary
Custom Shop
Masterbuilt Strat

This is a very special Fender Reiussue guitar - a limited-run model that was available only in 2004 to commemorate the 50th year of Stratocaster production.

The 2004 Masterbuilt reissue series is the most accurate copy ever produced of the 1954 original. Each Custom Shop master builder was asked to study an early original Strat and to personally build a reproduction. Each of the Masterbuilt Strats is subtly different depending on the builder, just like the originals.

Our Masterbuilt Strat was made by Greg Fessler in the Fender Custom Shop. It features a two-piece ash body with an original-style two-tone sunburst finish in checkered nitrocellulose lacquer and a one-piece U-shaped maple neck with a 7.25 inch radius. The plastic parts are made of period-correct high-styrene ABS and the pickguard is .070 inch PVC.

The 50th Anniversary Custom Shop Masterbuilts are truly special guitars and are highly sought after! Our example is a player's guitar, not a collector's guitar - the original owner clearly loved this instrument and played it often, resulting in the expected dings and scrapes. But it has been cared for properly, is clean, and plays superbly.

We include the original black hardshell case, the official paperwork signed by Greg Fessler, the whammy bar, and bridge cover. (Unfortunately, we do not have the "poodle" show case that probably also came with the instrument.)

This is your chance to own a truly exceptional Strat at an affordable price!

1973 Martin D-35

If you've been looking for a vintage Martin at a great price, this one deserves a look.

It has a beautiful three-piece solid rosewood back, solid rosewood sides, and a solid Sitka spruce top. The 1-11/16 inch nut and chunky V-profile neck give this instrument a beefy feel.

This D-35 is in excellent condition and has had only one local owner. We include the Martin "Blue" hardshell case.

Blues Jr III 'FSR'

The Fender Blues Jr has always been a winner: True all-tube tone, a genuine spring reverb, a sensible 15 watt power rating, manageable weight, and an affordable price.

This 'FSR' model was a limited edition with a unique tweed case covering and wheat grille cloth. The speaker is a Special Design Italian Jensen.

As you can see in the photo, it's in great condition.

1995 Gibson
Les Paul Standard

Guitars with gloss black finishes look sharp - but they tend to get scratched up pretty easily, killing the effect.

This Les Paul Standard, however, has been treated well and still looks sharp. In fact, it's so shiny we had trouble taking pictures of it!

The guitar is equipped with nice 490R and 498T humbucker pickups. The tuning machines and output jack have been replaced, but otherwise it looks original.

With only one local owner, this Les Paul is in excellent condition - a great way to own a genuine Les Paul electric.

We include the hardshell case.

Ibanez AS-83L 'VLS'

Here's a hard-to-find lefty semi-hollowbody.

Nice flamed maple and durable laminated-wood construction. Two ACH humbucker pickups and an ART-1 bridge. Short-scale neck.

This guitar is in excellent condition. We include the nice Ibanez hardshell case.

American Standard
Precision Bass

The Fender Precision Bass is an icon and a must-have instrument in any bass player's arsenal with its legendary and unmistakeable tone.

This is your chance to own an American Standard P-Bass at a great price. Alder body with a traditional sunburst finish, maple neck with a rosewood fretboard, and a high-mass vintage style bridge for lots of sustain.

It's in excellent almost-new condition. We include a padded gig bag.

1965 Framus
5/150 Star Bass

Here's a vintage 60's-era bass similar to the model famously played by Bill Wyman of the Rolling Stones.

The Framus Star Bass, with its thinline hollow body, was originally developed in the late 1950's to deliver an acoustic-like tone in a more portable instrument. Strung with flatwound strings, it succeeds nicely, delivering a distinctly 'thumpy' bass sound.

Our instrument has a 'Black Rose' sunburst finish, two oval-style pickups with individual switches, and the 'Star Bass' signature tailpiece. It is in very good condition given its age and everything on the instrument looks to be original.

The cracks you see on the headstock are only in the faceplate, not in the structure of the headstock. The ultra-thin and very playable neck is still stable and straight, probably thanks to its multi-laminated construction.

Unfortunately, we do not have a case for this instrument.

Vintage DeArmand
'Guitar Mike'
Archtop Pickup

We think this pickup dates from around 1948 - a perfect match for the archtop guitars of the Big Band era.

This one is very clean, has all its components, and is in good working condition.

Pair this pickup with the 1949 Kay archtop below and you're ready to join a big band rhythm section!

Washburn XB-500
5-String Bass with
'Coffin' Case

Want to make a statement? Pick up this nice Washburn 5-string bass with the included 'coffin' case!

The gloss black finish is in great shape. Two Washburn humbucker pickups, active preamp electronics, master volume, pickup-fader, and two tone controls.

This bass is priced to sell... an easy way to get into a 5-string.

Custom Shop
'63 Relic Strat

The Fender Custom Shop is known for its very special instruments.

This Strat is a modern Custom Shop guitar built to 1963 Strat specs.

The neck profile and body shape are copied from the 1960's model, so it has a different feel from modern Strats.

The look is pure 1960's too, with a genuine nitrocellulose finish in a very '60s Shell Pink. The pick guard has that mint-green cast typical of vintage Strats, the tuners are the correct style for the period, and there are many other cool vintage appointments.

The folks in the Custom Shop even wore down the finish on the neck at the first position, added belt rash on the back, and created a few dings around the edge of the body. This guitar looks genuinely road-worn (but not overly so) and except for the Custom Shop logo on the headstock could probably pass for a genuine vintage 60's piece.

We include the Fender brown hard case and all the 'case candy' that originally came with the instrument.

1948 Kay K-42 Archtop

Here's a great old Kay classic from the heart of the big-band jazz era - back before pickups and amps, when guitars had to be BIG to be heard over the rest of the band. Amazingly, this archtop has been in the same owner's hands since 1950! And we've seen the photo to prove it.

The K-42 features a solid spruce top with a 17 inch lower bout and maple back and sides. The bridge and fretboard are rosewood, and it has a trapeze tailpiece. The neck has a hefty baseball-bat profile that sits nicely in the hand.

The pick guard is old but apparently not original. Some of the tuning machine knobs have been replaced due ot breakage (not uncommon with material this old) but the machines themselves are still original.

If you're a rhythm player, this guitar really nails the bright, choppy, comping sound that was so essential to the big-band rhythm section. Single-note melodic lines are not the fullest sounding, but they cut through nicely. Overall, for short money, this is a very nice old piece.

We include the vintage hard case.

Fender Standard Jazz Bass

What more can we say - the Fender Jazz Bass is one of the go-to instruments for any bassist. This one is a very clean Fender Standard model in a classy gloss black finish.

Martin OOO-18

If you're looking for a smaller-bodied all-solid Martin at an affordable price, you have to play this OOO-18.

The OOO-18 is a comfortable instrument with a scale length of 24.9 inches and a 1-11/16 inch nut. Solid Sitka spruce top, solid mahogany back and sides. The fretboard and bridge are rosewood.

This guitar was originally sold at The Minor Chord and is in excellent condition.

We include the original Martin hard case.

PRS SE Santana
First Edition

The Paul Reed Smith SE line is manufactured in Korea under strict PRS design and quality controls. They are fine instruments and an excellent value.

This one is from the first generation of SE Santana guitars and a little different than the current Santana models. The 25 inch scale length of this instrument, for example, is similar to the rest of the PRS line. (Current SE Santana models are built to a slightly shorter scale.) The fretboard markers are abalone in a striking diagonal design. Both pickups are covered humbuckers.

Not many SE Santanas were made with this deep, rich teal green finish.

We include a new padded gig bag.

Vintage 510

Here is a fantastic example of an early Taylor. This all solid mahogany and spruce dreadnaught dates back to 1986, just 12 years into Taylor's existence as a company. These guitars were built a little differently back then with a one-piece mahogany neck and a rosewood fingerboard.

The guitar is in excellent condition with no cracks and hardly any play wear. It has a lovely,clear sound after all these years. This nice dreadnaught won't last long!

We include the original Taylor hardshell case.

National Style '0' Squareneck

This squareneck is a single-cone resonator with a biscuit bridge, slotted headstock, and rolled f-holes. It is set up for open-'G' tuning.

The body is in excellent condition with an elegant palm tree design engraved on the front and back and very little pitting of the metal.

We include the hardshell case.

Casino NA

A recent addition to Zach's Attic, here's a full hollowbody based on the Gibson ES-330 design. This one is in maple with a natural finish and parallellogram inlays on the rosewood fingerboard. The pickups are "dog ear" style P90's.

Jazz, blues or rock - this guitar does them all surprisingly well. And with it's hollow body, it's light enough to enjoy playing standing up - a real advantage when you're playing a long gig. And it even sounds decent unplugged!

The guitar is in excellent condition and includes the Epiphone hardshell case.

Gibson ES-165
'Herb Ellis'

Looking for a nice hollowbody? This ES-165 guitar is modeled after Herb Ellis' single-pickup ES-175. It has a maple body with a vintage sunburst finish and gold-finish hardware.

The guitar was purchased from Gruhn Guitars in Nashville in 1998 and is in excellent condition. We include the Gibson hard case.

1966 Gibson J200

What a great find for The Minor Chord! Here's a vintage one-owner Gibson J-200 from 1966. That was a great period for the music scene, and the J-200 was the acoustic of choice for many high-profile artists of that era.

This J-200 has a big maple body, maple sides, a 3-piece maple neck, a spruce top, and a rosewood fretboard with gorgeous mother-of-pearl crown inlays. The moustache-style bridge has pearl block inlays and a gold plated Tune-o-matic intonation adjustment mechanism with bone saddle blocks.

More specs: Gold-finish art deco tuners with a tulip cover design. Red pickguard with an engraved floral pattern. Sunburst finish. 1-11/16 inch nut width. Ebony veneer on both front and back of the headstock.

This is the kind of instrument we love to find for our customers: A well-loved and often-played guitar in what appears to be absolutely original condition. The nitrocellulose finish looks great after all these years. There are, of course, some playing and wear marks but the guitar is structurally sound - no cracks, no warping, no bellying. Even the pickguard is still firmly attached to the spruce top.

And oh yes - this guitar has that huge Gibson sound one would expect: A crazy-strong low end but with a crisp clarity. This guitar is an absolute beauty, and one of our customers will be very privileged to be its next owner.

We include the original Gibson hard case in excellent condition with a nearly unworn plush orange interior.

Tony Franklin Fretless P-Bass

If you are looking for a fretless electric, give this one a close look. Fender built it to the specifications of Tony Franklin, one of the truly great session bassists.

With a C-profile maple neck and an unfinished ebony fretboard, the Tony Franklin siganture P-Bass plays like a dream. And it sounds great, too, with more tone versatility than a standard P-Bass. This flexibility comes from a combination of the traditional P-Bass split pickup at the neck position and a custom Tony Franklin signature pickup at the bridge with adjustable poles and ceramic magnets.

And if the session folks suddenly throw a chart at you in Eb or D, you're covered. This bass has a special Hipshot Bass Xtender tuner on the E-string that can instantly drop your bottom string to an accurate D tuning!

We include the hard case.

Vintage ca. 1929 National Tricone Style 4

Here is a truly remarkable early example of National's resonator product line. The serial number, engraved on hte back of the neck below the headstock, dates this instrument circa 1929.

With a German silver body and neck wrap, the Style 4 was the top of the line in its era with an engraved chrysanthemum design on top, back and sides - and even on the back of the neck nearly to the headstock. It has a T-bar bridge and diamond inlays on the fretboard.

And yes... it has the beautiful warm broken-in sound one would expect. Just awesome!

The tricones on this instrument have been replaced and are not original.

We include a hardshell case.

National RM1 Resonator Mandolin

This is the loudest mandolin we've ever heard - but still a really nice balanced-sounding instrument with a strong voice from low to high.

This mando has a single cone and biscuit-style bridge, a nice 3-piece walnut back, walnut sides, a flame maple top, an ebony fingerboard, a solid peghead and a unique bridge design that is easy to restring. This will be a unique addition to some lucky mandolin player's collection.

We include the hard case.

Williams 600-Series Pedal Steel

Williams is a respected maker of pedal steel guitars based in Minnesota.

This instrument is from their Widebody Single 600 Series. It has a flame maple body, 10 strings, 3 pedals, 4 knee levers, and one riser (Bb). Triple-raise, triple-lower changer mechanism. It is set up in E9 tuning with Emmons-style lever assignments: LKL raises the E strings to F natural and RKL lowers the E strings to D#. Extra tuner nuts are provided.

The pickup has a three-position selector switch for coil taps.

There are a few nicks in the finish but overall this pedal steel is in excellent condition. We include the original extra-sturdy road case.

Gold Tone Beard Dobro

This is a great-sounding yet affordable Gold Tone model 'PBS' dobro. The mahogany body is imported, but the instrument features a US-made Beard single cone and spider. It has a rosewood fretboard and Paul Beard's signature on the peghead.

This instrument is an excellent starting point for someone who wants to explore the world of dobros.

We include a chipboard case.

National Style 0 12-String

It's hard to find National resonators in a 12-string model. This round-neck 12-string has a single cone with a biscuit bridge, palm tree Hawaiian etched design on front and back, and ebony fretboard. The 2-inch nut works well for fingerstyle playing. The setup is at a compromise action height for either regular or slide playing.

We love this guitar - it looks stunning and it really nails that old-time 12-string sound!

We include a hardshell case.

Music Man 'Big Al' 5-String Bass

This bass is ready for anything! Five strings. Attractive mahogany body. Massive bridge for great sustain. Three single-coil pickups, switchable to passive or active mode. Passive mode has a traditional tone control; active mode has an unbelievable 4-band EQ.

Combine active and passive modes, three pickups, and 4-band EQ and you have tons of different tonal possibilities!

We include a hardshell case.

Fender American
Deluxe Strat

If you play lefty, you know how hard it is to find decent left-handed guitars. Here's a real beauty - an American Deluxe Strat with all the extras.

Noiseless N3 pickups. S1 switching to give you extra options with pickup selection and phasing. Rounded heel for comfortable playing in high positions. Locking tuners. Beautiful 3-color burst finish.

This one is going to go quickly!

We include the Fender hardshell case.

1994 Martin
OM-40 LE

This guitar was a Martin Guitar of the Month in 1994. Only 20 of these were made with the sunburst finish. We got this one from the estate of an astute collector in New Hampshire.

It has a beautifully bookmatched rosewood back, rosewood sides, and a spruce top. The appointments are worthy of a Guitar of the Month: Double pearl inlays on the front binding and rosette, finely detailed snowflake inlay on the ebony tuners, and a multi-color herringbone center stripe on the back.

And if you like a thicker neck, this Martin is for you with its meaty V-shape profile.

We include the Martin hardshell case.

1988 Martin
HOM-35 Brazilian

This Herringbone OM-35 is labelled "0 of 0" inside the sound hole. We believe it was a prototype for the similar (but not identical)1989 Guitar of the Month model. Only 60 of that 1989 model were eventually made to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the OM body style (1929-1989).

The sides and three-piece back are beautiful even-colored Brazilian rosewood - practically impossible to find today. The rosewood is set off nicely by the fine herringbone trim.

The headstock is a bit more rounded than recent Martin OM's, more true to the orginal OM design. The tuners are a small gold button design.

This guitar has a beautiful clear, balanced sound. It is in excellent condition, with the protective plastic film still on the pick guard. There is some minor finish checking as might be expected in a 25-year-old instrument.

We include the Martin hard case.

Hot Rod Deluxe III

This classic gigging amp was originally sold here at The Minor Chord and has had only one local owner. It is in excellent condition. We offer it at hundreds less than an equivalent new amp.

The original two-switch foot pedal is included.