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What's In Zach's Attic Today?

As of December 7, 2022 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".

Vintage 1980 Guild D-40 Bluegrass Jubilee

Here is another Rhode Island made vintage Guild classic:  The D-40 Bluegrass Jubilee.  One will guess they call it that because it's meant to be strummed hard amongst friends whilst belting out your favorite tunes with a pint nearby!  The solid mahogany and Sitka spruce is a great proven wood combination.  This particular guitar is a nice players-grade example.  There are no structural issues or cracking, just some honest play and finish wear from years of enjoyment.  The sound is very full and broken in with a nice strong bass response, this guitar is meant to be strummed aggressively. Recent bridge re-glue and fresh setup for lights by Steve Morrill guitar repair.  If you're in the market for a nice vintage broken-in Dreadnaught with some rich New England history, this D-40 may be for you!  Offered at $1,099.00 with original hardshell case included. 

The specs:

  • Made in Westerly, R.I. in 1980
  • Dreadnaught body size
  • Solid Sitka spruce top
  • Solid mahogany back and sides
  • Gloss finish
  • Tortoise pickguard
  • Cream body binding
  • Black/white rosette
  • Mahogany neck with 'C' profile
  • Rosewood bridge and fretboard
  • Pearl dot inlays
  • 25-1/2 inch scale
  • 1-11/16 inch nut width
  • Grover chrome tuning machines
  • Ebony headstock veneer with pearl Guild and Chesterfield logo
  • Strap button added
  • Good condition
  • Original manual/warranty card included
  • Original hardshell case included

PRS S2 SC250

We remember selling these S2 models for a while here at the store.  It's a nice way to get a U.S. made PRS at a fraction of their CORE guitar prices.  This SC250 features a gorgeous flamed maple top over mahogany in a dark cherry burst finish.  This is a traditional winning wood scheme for a Les Paul style guitar.  The neck feels great with it's medium carve and rounded heel to fit the hand nicely.  The PRS humbuckers are warm and articulate and can be coil-tapped via the push/pull tone knobs.  A guitar like this is approaching 2K now new, this one is in excellent clean condition.  Offered at $1,099.00 in a deluxe PRS gig bag.

The specs:

  • Made in U.S.A. in 2014
  • Single cutaway solidbody
  • Mahogany body
  • Figured maple top
  • Dark cherry burst finish
  • Mahogany set neck with rounded heel
  • Indian Rosewood fretboard
  • Bird inlays
  • 25 inch scale
  • 1-11/16 inch nut width
  • Medium neck profile
  • PRS locking tuners
  • PRS stopbar tailpiece with brass studs
  • Two PRS humbuckers
  • Push/pull coil taps (tone controls)
  • Two volume, two tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch
  • Excellent condition
  • PRS bag included

Fender 50th Anniversary Stratocaster

Here's a nice opportunity to get a more collectible Strat at a good value.  Made in 2004 to commemorate 50 years of the Strat, this guitar has a combination of vintage and modern features.  The nice wide-grain ash body paired with the classic 2-tone sunburst finish looks fantastic.  Another vintage feature is the 1-ply white pickguard and vintage-style tuners.  Fender chose on this model to use their modern style bridge, pickups, wiring, switch, radius, etc.  Plugged in the ash body really gives the overall sound a great cut-through-the-mix tone.  In good condition, the nitro finish on the back contour of the guitar reacted to the weather at some point and had to be touched up.  The front of the guitar is very clean, some honest play-wear in the finish but not much.  Because of the finish issue, the guitar is priced under 1K.  If you dig the look of a classic 50's Strat but want more of a modern player, this guitar could be for you.  Fresh setup for .010's it feels great with nice action.  Asking $999.00 with the Fender deluxe tweed hardshell case included. 

The specs:

  • Made in U.S.A. in 2004
  • 50th Anniversary of the Stratocaster (1954-2004)
  • Ash body
  • Two tone sunburst finish
  • 1-ply white pickguard
  • One piece maple neck
  • 50th Anniversary neck plate
  • C profile neck shape
  • Black dot inlays
  • 25.5 inch scale
  • 1-11/16 inch nut width
  • 9.5 inch radius
  • 22 med/jumbo frets
  • Tremolo bridge with whammy bar
  • Three single coil pickups
  • One volume, two tone controls
  • 5-way selector switch
  • White knobs and covers
  • Good condition
  • Tweed hardshell case included

Fender Aerodyne Jazz Bass

This Fender Aerodyne Jazz Bass is very sleek. Crafted in Japan in 2004, it's definitely lighter than the typical J-Bass. The gloss black finish is bad-ass to behold, especially with the matching color headstock. Fender streamlined the look of this bass by omitting the fingerboard fret markers, only side dots. The Indian rosewood slab fretboard looks great paired with the black. Another great look is the smoked chrome hardware on the tuners, knobs, neck plate, and bridge. The front of the body and neck are very clean, a few belt marks in the finish on the back. Overall in excellent condition, asking $799.00 with hardshell case included.

The specs:

  • Crafted in Japan in 2004
  • Dual Cutaway lightweight J-Bass body with carved top
  • Gloss black finish
  • Cream binding
  • J-Bass style bridge with individual saddles
  • Maple neck
  • Indian rosewood fretboard
  • Side dot inlays
  • Matching color headstock
  • 34 inch scale
  • 1-1/2 inch nut width
  • Smoked chrome open gear tuning machines
  • One split coil, one single coil pickup
  • Two volume, one tone control
  • Smoked chrome black metal knobs
  • Smoked chrome hardware
  • Excellent condition
  • Hardshell case included

Deering Boston 6 Banjo

If you're a guitar player who's always wanted to play banjo but didn't want to learn a whole new instrument or tuning, this may be the banjo for you! This instrument is just darn convenient - you pick it up, tune E-E and play what you already know on the guitar.

Of course the sound comes across as a banjo but having all six strings brings out the lower register as well.

This is a quality U.S. made instrument with quality components. Deering purposely kept the instrument lighter weight as well for those who play standing up for a long while. $1,699.00 with Deering hardshell case included.

The specs:

  • Made in U.S.A.
  • 6-String Banjo based on their 'Boston' 5-string model
  • Tuned like guitar E-E
  • 3-ply poplar/mahogany resonator
  • Satin finish
  • Nickel plated 3/16 inch steel rim
  • 11 inch rim diameter
  • Beveled steel tension hoop
  • Butterfly 24 piece flange and shoe
  • Deering nickel armrest
  • Deering nickel 6-string tailpiece
  • Mahogany neck with satin finish and slim D shape
  • Ebony fingerboard
  • Pearl dot inlays
  • Ebony nut
  • 1-3/4 inch nut width
  • 26-1/4 inch scale
  • 22 nickel silver frets
  • Excellent condition
  • Deering hardshell case included

Fender Custom Shop 1960 Stratocaster NOS

Freshly arriving is another fantastic Fender Custom Shop Strat. This model is the 1960 New Old Stock with a unique aged Sonic Blue finish over a very lightweight alder body. The aged Sonic Blue to the eye seemingly has a bit of Surf Green in it, a nice color not found too often. Overall in excellent original condition, there's a bit of finish swirling on the rear body contour but no dings or cracks. With the lightweight body, slab rosewood fingerboard, vintage size frets, and a great setup, this guitar feels and sounds awesome! We've had a number of quality 60's inspired Strats in over the years and this one really nails the vibe. Original brown U.S. hardshell case with case candy included. Offered at $3,399.00.

The specs:

  • Made in Corona, CA in 2015
  • Fender Custom Shop New Old Stock model
  • Lightweight Alder body
  • Aged Sonic Blue finish
  • Nitrocellulose lacquer finish
  • 3-ply mint pickguard
  • Maple neck
  • Slab Indian rosewood fretboard
  • Medium C neck profile
  • White dot inlays
  • 21 vintage size frets
  • 25-1/2 inch scale
  • 7.25 inch radius
  • 1-5/8 inch nut width
  • Bone nut
  • Vintage-style tuning machines
  • Fender spaghetti logo
  • Custom Shop decal back of headstock
  • 3x Fender single coil pickups with staggered pole pieces
  • One volume, two tone controls
  • White knobs and covers
  • 5-way selector switch
  • Vintage-style tremolo bridge
  • Whammy/bridge cover included
  • Excellent condition
  • Brown U.S. Hardshell case included with original 'case candy'

Fender American VG Stratocaster

    Price Drop to $1,099!

A very interesting Fender Strat has just arrived in the Attic, the American VG Stratocaster. At first glance it's the ever-popular 3-tone sunburst with maple neck but this guitar is much much more!

The built in Roland VG pickup works with the two smaller control knobs enabling some interesting combos of sounds with the simple turn of a dial. The tuning selector knob goes between: Bypass regular std. tuning/Drop D/Open G/DADGAD/Baritone/12-string. The Mode selector knob goes between: Bypass normal Strat/Ash-bodied Strat/Telecaster/2-humbucker Strat/Acoustic. When these VG modes are activated the 5-way switch works in conjunction with them to open up a multitude of options.

This guitar wasn't made in huge numbers and it's still a great feeling American made Strat whether you use the extras or not. Overall in excellent clean condition with only a couple marks. Originally offered at $1,499.00, Now $1,099.00 including a Fender hardshell case with locking latches.

The specs:

  • Made in Corona, CA in 2007
  • Alder body in 3-tone sunburst
  • 3-ply parchment pickguard
  • Maple neck and fretboard
  • Black dot inlays
  • 22 med/jumbo frets
  • 25-1/2 inch scale
  • 1-11/16 inch nut width
  • 2-point synchronized vibrato bridge
  • 3 Fender single coil pickups
  • Roland VG pickup
  • 5-way selector switch
  • One volume, one tone control
  • Tuning selector control
  • Mode selector control
  • Parchment knobs and covers
  • Battery indicator light
  • Chrome tuning machines
  • Excellent condition
  • Fender hardshell case with locking latches included

G&L ASAT Special Deluxe

    Price Drop to $1,199!

Along with our selection of new G&L instruments, we're always on the lookout for quality used G&L's as well. Just in we have an excellent condition and very attractive ASAT Special Deluxe. On this particular guitar the swamp ash body is paired with a highly figured flamed maple top which is accentuated wonderfully with the Cherryburst finish.

The neck profile is a nice medium carve, not too thin or thick. The Jumbo M.F.D. single coils are very nice pickups, not too far from a P-90 with a bit less bark and a bit more sparkle. They sound really nice either clean or with some grit, and the volume control reacts super well in conjunction with the pickups. Overall in very clean excellent condition, Originally offered at $1,299.00, reduced to $1,199.00 with G&L hardshell case included.

The specs:

  • Made in Fullerton, CA
  • ASAT body style
  • Swamp ash body
  • Flamed maple top
  • Cherryburst finish
  • Hard rock maple neck
  • Indian rosewood fingerboard
  • Pearl dot inlays
  • 1-5/8 inch nut width
  • Medium C profile neck
  • Saddle-lock bridge with individual saddles
  • Two G&L Jumbo M.F.D. single coil pickups
  • 3-way selector switch
  • One volume, one tone control
  • Chrome knurled knobs
  • Chrome tuning machines
  • Graphite string retainer
  • Excellent condition
  • G&L hardshell case included

Almansa 401-1/2 Half Size Classical

It can be difficult to find a good step-up classical guitar for the young player. Most small classical guitars in this country are starter instruments with laminated tops. The improving young classical player requires a guitar with a solid top for better tone and a higher level of workmanship for responsiveness.

The Almansa 401-1/2 is just such an instrument. Crafted in Spain with a solid red cedar top, this guitar has a short 544mm scale and slightly narrower 48mm nut width. That means it will fit the younger player comfortably but still deliver satisfying tone.

This guitar was originally purchased at The Minor Chord and has had one local owner. That player later graduated to an Almansa 'Senorita' (7/8 size) guitar and traded their 1/2 size model. It's in excellent condition. Offered at $399 with a padded gig bag.

The specs:

  • Made in Spain
  • 544mm (21.4 inch) scale
  • 48mm (1.88 inch) nut width
  • Solid red cedar top
  • Layered mahogany back and sides
  • Open-pore (satin) finish
  • Indian rosewood fingerboard
  • Binding around top
  • Gig bag 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.