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As of September 23, 2022 we have the following used and vintage instruments in Zach's Attic:

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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".


Sigma SM-1S Mandolin

This mid-90's made Sigma A-style mandolin is a very nice deal for someone looking to get into the instrument without spending a lot.  The setup is fantastic on it, nice low action and easy to play.  The full laminate body is rugged and you shouldn't have to worry about it much in the colder months.  Also a plus to have the hardcase included.  Offered at only $199.99!

The specs:

  • Made in Korea in 1996
  • A body shape
  • Laminated spruce top
  • Laminated mahogany back and sides
  • Gloss finish
  • Black pickguard
  • Double cream binding
  • Black/white top purfling
  • Mahogany neck
  • Bound rosewood fingerboard
  • Pearl dot inlays
  • Chrome tuning machines
  • 14 inch scale
  • 1-1/8 inch nut width
  • 20 frets
  • Chrome tailpiece
  • Rosewood adjustable bridge
  • Excellent condition
  • Hardshell case included

Ibanez Artstar Semi-Hollowbody

An interesting older Ibanez Artstar model has just arrived.  This instrument seems to date to the 90's, made in Korea.  The bolt-on neck isn't as common for these style guitars but it's very stable and keeps the cost of the instrument down.  This budget-friendly guitar has a wide nut width paired with a slim neck carve.  The open humbuckers have a nice gritty tone to them.  Overall in excellent clean condition, fresh setup for .010's.  Asking $449.99 with a hardshell case included.

The specs:

  • Made in Korea
  • Semi-Hollowbody with center block
  • Vintage Sunburst gloss finish
  • Double cream binding
  • Black pickguard
  • Stopbar tailpiece
  • Tune-o-matic bridge
  • Bolt-on maple neck
  • Indian rosewood fretboard
  • Pearl dot inlays
  • Chrome tuning machines
  • 24.75 inch scale
  • 1-11/16 inch nut width
  • Slim neck profile
  • Two exposed humbuckers
  • Two volume/two tone controls
  • Black speed knobs
  • 3-way selector switch
  • Excellent condition
  • Hardshell case included

Gibson Chet Atkins Country Gentleman

Chet Atkins is one of the all-time great guitar players and he didn't just put his name on any old guitar.  This 1993 Country Gentleman is a fantastic instrument worthy of good playing hands.  Everything about it makes it play like a dream starting from the raw materials up through the finest detail of the fancy Schaller tuners, to the pickups.  The gold Bigsby is smooth as butter, the neck with it's 25-1/2 inch scale and 1-3/4 nut width plays differently than the typical Gibson short scale...really nice in the hand.  It's a nice homage to Gretsch that Gibson kept the thumbnail style inlays and the volume and tone control layout.  For how old this guitar is now it's in excellent condition with no major dings or issues, just very light finish play-wear.  The gold hardware is especially in great shape, one can tell this guitar was never abused and well cared for.  Fresh setup for D'addario EXL-115W .011-.049 with the wound 3rd.  These can reach prices up to 4K in the used market, offered at a great deal of $3,199.00 with Gibson hardshell case included. 

The specs:

  • Made in U.S.A. in 1993
  • Thinline semi-hollowbody with center block
  • Venetian cutaway
  • 17 inch lower bout
  • Laminated figured maple body
  • Root Beer finish
  • Dual bound f-holes
  • Black/white bound tortoise pickguard
  • Black/white bound tortoise armrest
  • Multi-layered black/white purfling front and back
  • Double white binding
  • Gold Bigsby vibrato tailpiece
  • Gold tune-o-matic bridge over ebony with pearl inlay wings
  • 3-piece maple neck
  • Ebony fingerboard
  • Pearl thumbnail inlays
  • 21 frets
  • Bone nut
  • Ebony headstock veneer with pearl Gibson logo and crown
  • Chet Atkins truss rod cover
  • Schaller fancy gold tuning machines with deluxe tulip heads
  • 25-1/2 inch scale
  • 1-3/4 inch nut width
  • Two Gibson humbuckers with gold covers
  • Two volume, one tone control
  • One master volume control
  • Black speed knobs
  • 3-way selector switch
  • Excellent condition
  • Gibson hardshell case included

Vintage 1967 Gibson Melody Maker D

We are very pleased to offer this awesome vintage 1967 Melody Maker D!  First of all, wow what a color!  The Pelham Blue finish is rare to come across and it has aged over time to develop a wonderful blue/green hue along with the finish checking.  The SG body style is of course a classic but it sounds much different paired with these snappy and glassy single coils than the traditional humbucker or P-90.  Another great feature is the Brazilian rosewood fingerboard which is very lively and resonant sounding, even unplugged.  The original bridge was replaced with a much more approachable Badass II bridge which makes palm-muting a breeze.  Overall it's in very good condition, all original except the bridge.  Most of the finish dings are on the bottom and sides of the guitar where it would have made contact with stands, etc.  The front and back are in nice shape, especially for it's age.  This color is definitely a stand-out for the collection, asking $2,999.00 with a vintage Gibson hardshell case included.

The specs:

  • Made in Kalamazoo, MI in 1967
  • Mahogany solidbody SG body style
  • Pelham Blue finish
  • 1-Ply white pickguard w/faded logo
  • Pots matching 37th week 1967
  • Mahogany neck
  • Brazilian rosewood fretboard
  • Pearl dot inlays
  • 24.75 inch scale
  • 1-9/16 inch nut width
  • Kluson Deluxe tuners with white buttons
  • Black headstock with gold Gibson logo
  • Badass II bridge (replacement)
  • Two single coil pickups with white covers
  • Two volume/two tone controls
  • Amp-style knobs
  • 3-way selector switch
  • Very Good condition
  • Vintage Gibson hardshell case included

Ovation 1124 Classical

In the market for a classical guitar you can plug-in at the gig?  Consider this Ovation 1124, a budget-friendly durable guitar that can get the job done.  There is a crack in the spruce top but it's stable.  Fresh setup for normal tension strings, it has nice easy playing action.  It's great to have the adjustable truss rod on a classical when you need to make adjustments.  The medium size bowl is not cumbersome to play either sitting or standing.  Because of the top crack the guitar is priced to move quickly at only $399.00 with the original Ovation hardshell case included. 

The specs:

  • Made in U.S.A.
  • Medium size bowl
  • Solid spruce top with gloss finish
  • Bold rosette pattern
  • Black/white purfling
  • White binding
  • 5-piece mahogany/maple neck
  • Rosewood bridge
  • Slotted headstock
  • Adjustable truss rod
  • Chrome tuning machines with pearl buttons
  • 640mm scale
  • 1-7/8 inch nut width
  • Piezo pickup
  • Two strap buttons
  • Good condition
  • Ovation hardcase included

Vintage 1988 Dobro Model 36 Roundneck 'The Rose'

Here's one you won't find everyday, a wonderfully warm sounding vintage 1988 Dobro model 36.  Overall it's in excellent condition with minimal play-wear.  Setup with D'addario EFT-17 polished phos. bronze strings for open 'G' tuning with medium action for either standard or slide playing.  The Rose engraved design is gorgeous on the front and back of the instrument.  If you've always wanted a vintage metal bodied resonator but don't want to pay the high price tag for a pre-war model, this could be just for you.  Offered at $1,499.00 with hardshell case included.

The specs:

  • O.M.I. era
  • Hollow chrome-plated bell brass body with dual f-holes
  • 'The Rose' engraved motif front and back
  • 10.5 inch single cone resonator
  • 14" lower bout
  • Biscuit bridge
  • Trapeze tailpiece
  • Grover nickel tuning machines
  • Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • White dot inlays
  • 24.75 inch scale
  • 1-7/8 inch nut width
  • Dobro lyre headstock decal
  • Excellent condition
  • 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'

Jerry Jones Neptune Baritone Longhorn

If you're looking for something unique for your collection, you must check out this awesome Jerry Jones Neptune Baritone Longhorn! Jerry Jones established himself as a top luthier and builder in Nashville over the decades. He brought back many Danelectro classic models but tweaked them to be better built for the modern player. This particular body style, the Longhorn, is one of the most recognizable shapes and rarer to find. Easy access up the neck, and it has that very cool unmistakable Longhorn look. Tuned B-B below std. E tuning the tones it produces are rich and snappy. An excellent choice to have in the collection for a different flavor, like a 12-string. These are no longer made and have increased in value as the decades have rolled on. This particular instrument is in overall excellent condition and very clean. The setup is great and it sounds incredible! Asking $2,799.00 with U.S. hardshell case included.

The specs:

  • Made in U.S.A. in 1990's
  • Tuned B-B
  • Longhorn body style
  • Masonite/poplar hollow body
  • Clear pickguard
  • Coke bottle headstock
  • Indian rosewood fingerboard
  • Pearl dot inlays
  • 30 inch scale
  • 1-11/16 inch nut width
  • 24 frets
  • Vintage-style nickel tuners
  • Two Jerry Jones hand-wound Lipstick pickups
  • 3-way selector switch
  • One volume, one tone control
  • Black knobs
  • 'Danelectro-style' bridge with compensated rosewood saddle
  • Rare model
  • Excellent condition
  • U.S. hardshell case included

Martin HD-28

Made just last year, this is a great opportunity to grab a barely used HD-28. This particular guitar has excellent boom, warmth, and projection...can't imagine someone will be disappointed with it's sound. A couple of extra's the previous owner installed were the Waverly high-ratio open gear tuners for added tuning stability and a passive K&K Pure Mini pickup, one of our favorites here. Plugged-in this guitar sounds incredible as well. There's a reason the HD-28 is one of the flagship go-to Martin models and the price of a new one seems to be rising every year. Offered at $2,699.00, it's in excellent condition with Martin hardshell case included.

The specs:

  • Made in Nazareth, PA in 2021
  • Dreadnaught body shape
  • Solid Indian rosewood back & sides
  • Solid Sitka spruce top with aging toner
  • Herringbone trim
  • Gloss body finish
  • Ebony bridge and fingerboard
  • Diamonds and squares inlays
  • Bone nut and saddle
  • Forward shifted X-brace
  • Scalloped bracing
  • 25.4 inch scale
  • 1-3/4 inch nut width
  • Modified low oval neck shape
  • Waverly High-Ratio open-gear tuners with butterbean knobs (replaced)
  • K&K Pure Mini passive pickup installed
  • Excellent condition
  • Hardshell case included

Taylor 310

Fresh to arrive in the Attic is a familiar Taylor model, the 310. This particular guitar was sold here originally, the owner just didn't give it the playing time they would have wished over the years. So that means we have an excellent plus condition Taylor at some nice savings to you! Taylor necks are known for their easy playability with their slim carve, smooth satin finish, and quality ebony fingerboards. Nice low end boom from the Dreadnaught body shape but still has that signature clear Taylor sound. Offered at $1,099.00 in Taylor hardshell case.

The specs:

  • Made in El Cajon, CA in 2014
  • Dreadnaught body shape
  • Solid Sitka spruce top
  • Solid sapele back and sides
  • Tortoise pickguard
  • Black body binding
  • Black/white rosette and purfling
  • Mahogany neck
  • Ebony bridge and fretboard
  • Pearl dot inlays
  • 25-1/2 inch scale
  • 1-3/4 inch nut width
  • Compensated saddle
  • Chrome tuning machines
  • Two chrome strap buttons
  • Excellent plus condition
  • Taylor hardshell case included

Epiphone Les Paul Special

The Gibson Les Paul Special has a loyal following all it's own. It has been offered over the years in either single or double cutaway body formats. Here we have a mid 90's Epiphone made by Samick in Korea double cutaway version in the attractive Cherry gloss finish. A solid guitar for sure with it's 1-3/4 inch thick mahogany body and set-in mahogany neck. The P-90 pickups really match this guitar well (like an SG) in that the mahogany brings out a wonderful bite and growl in the sound when paired together. A few key upgrades on the guitar makes sense: upgraded pots, selector switch tip, strap buttons, speed knobs. If you're in the market for a rockin' mahogany electric guitar, this is a fantastic deal! Asking $599.00 with deluxe Epiphone hardshell case included.

The specs:

  • Made in Korea in 1994
  • Double cutaway solidbody
  • Mahogany body in Cherry gloss finish
  • 1-3/4 inch thick body
  • 3-Ply black pickguard
  • Mahogany set neck
  • Indian rosewood fingerboard
  • Pearl dot inlays
  • Chunkier neck profile
  • 24.75 inch scale
  • 1-11/16 inch nut width
  • Chrome tuning machines
  • Pearl Epiphone logo and crown headstock veneer
  • Gibson truss rod cover
  • Stopbar tailpiece
  • Tune-o-matic bridge
  • Two P-90 pickups with black covers
  • Two volume, two tone controls
  • Black speed knobs (replaced)
  • Volume and tone pots (replaced)
  • Chrome 3-way selector switch tip (replaced)
  • Strap buttons (replaced)
  • Excellent condition
  • Epiphone hardshell case included

Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster

As mentioned with the American Deluxe Tele, here is the other to arrive simultaneously: The American Deluxe Stratocaster, dating to 2006. This was a great era for Fender with good quality control. We sold many Fenders here at the store at that time. The ash body paired with the striking aged cherry burst finish is very pleasing to most. This was a top-of-the-line Fender model, right below their Custom Shop. The rounded neck heel is a great feature, fitting the hand wonderfully as you gain access up the neck. The SCN noiseless single coils replaced Fender's Vintage Noiseless set, they sound excellent with great clarity and best of all they're quiet at higher volumes! The S-1 switching on the volume knob is a cool feature that combines the neck and bridge pickups together for some interesting extra sounds. All-in-all a total package Strat from looks to playability. In excellent condition, asking $1,399.00 with hardshell case included.

The specs:

  • Made in Corona, CA in 2006
  • Ash body
  • Aged cherry burst finish
  • 3-ply pearl pickguard
  • Maple neck and fingerboard
  • Rounded neck heel
  • Abalone dot inlays
  • 25-1/2 inch scale
  • 1-11/16 inch nut width
  • 22 med/jumbo frets
  • 9.5 inch radius
  • Deluxe chrome locking tuners
  • Graphite nut (replaced)
  • Two-point tremolo bridge w/whammy
  • Three Fender SCN noiseless single coil pickups
  • One volume, two tone controls
  • S-1 push/push switch on volume knob for extra pickup sounds
  • 5-way selector switch
  • Parchment covers and knobs
  • Straplok strap buttons
  • Excellent condition
  • Original hardshell included

Martin D-15M

Here's your chance to grab a barely used, all-time best-selling Martin! The D-15M for decades has been a go-to model for us along with the smaller 00-15M. Folks love that it's U.S. made, all solid mahogany, and an understated satin finish and trim. It's all about the feel and sound with these, a nice boomy tone thanks to the mahogany top. Sold here originally, previous customer decided they wanted to change to a smaller-bodied guitar. Overall in excellent condition, offered at $1,199.00 in Martin hardshell case.

The specs:

  • Made in Nazareth, PA in 2021
  • Dreadnaught body style
  • Solid mahogany back and sides
  • Solid mahogany top
  • Satin finish
  • Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood bridge and fretboard
  • Diamonds and squares abalone inlays
  • Modified low oval neck shape
  • 25.4 inch scale
  • 1-11/16 inch nut width
  • Nickel butterbean tuning machines
  • Hardshell case included

Vintage Yamaha FG-612S 12-string

Fresh in is an exceptional vintage Yamaha FG-612S dating from the early to mid 1980's. We see a lot of Yamaha guitars come through here both old and new and we can tell you that this is one of the finest to come along in a while. It was stored properly by the previous owner and it really shows in the easy playing action and overall condition. This was a mid to higher end model of it's day, featuring some very nice appointments like the black/white/purpleheart purfling, rosette, and back stripe.

The neck is a bit chunkier than it's modern version and fits in the hand beautifully when playing. The sound is fantastic, full, bright, and cut-through-the-mix. Setup for D'addario EJ-38's, if you're looking for a vintage 12-string that's a great value, check this one out! Offered at a very reasonable $599.00 with a brown hardshell case included.

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The specs:

  • Made in Taiwan, 1980's
  • Dreadnaught body shape
  • Solid Sitka spruce top
  • Laminate rosewood back and sides
  • Cream body binding
  • Black pickguard
  • Black/white/purpleheart rosette, top and back purfling
  • Maple/purpleheart back center stripe
  • Mahogany neck
  • Bound rosewood fretboard
  • M.O.P. diamond inlays
  • Rosewood bridge
  • Bound rosewood headstock with pearl Yamaha logo
  • 25-1/2 inch scale
  • 1-7/8 inch nut width
  • Yamaha Japan chrome tuning machines
  • Excellent condition
  • Brown hardshell case included

Fender Deluxe Nashville Telecaster

This particular Tele model was one that we always stocked here when we were Fender dealers. It's a fantastic versatile offering, what sets it apart from most Tele guitars is the extra Strat-style middle pickup and the 5-way selector switch.

Currently these models are using Vintage Noiseless pickups but in 2006 Fender was still using their Tex-Mex single coils. These pickups are known to have the clarity and snap of a single coil but with a bit more bite. Think of that Stevie-style Texas blues sound.

The 3-tone sunburst with the tortoise pickguard and maple neck is a classic look. Fresh setup and some fret work just done. Overall in excellent condition, priced at $749.00 with a Fender hardshell case included.

The specs:

  • Made in Mexico in 2006
  • Fender 60th Anniversary headstock emblem
  • Alder body in 3 Tone Sunburst
  • Tortoise pickguard
  • Maple neck and fingerboard
  • Black dot inlays
  • 25-1/2 inch scale
  • 1-5/8 inch nut width
  • Vintage-style bridge and tuning machines
  • 21 med/jumbo frets
  • Two Tex-Mex Tele single coil pickups
  • One Tex-Mex Strat single coil middle pickup
  • 5-way selector switch
  • One volume, one tone control
  • Chrome knurled knobs
  • Excellent condition
  • Fender hardshell case included

Fender Rumble 350

The Fender Rumble 350 features 350 watts of solid state power through two ten inch speakers and a Piezo horn. Having the caster wheels certainly helps move the amp around and the black metal grill was designed to be very rugged. This was just traded in and was a customer's primary bass amp for many reliable years. For large venues the XLR Line Out is a nice feature to go direct through a house system. Overall in very good condition, asking $324.99.

The specs:

  • 350 Watts
  • Two 10" special design speakers
  • Piezo horn with on/off switch
  • Vented cabinet and metal grill
  • Metal corners and removable caster wheels
  • XLR Line Out
  • Effects Loop
  • Headphone input
  • Overdrive channel with gain and blend controls
  • Punch and scoop buttons
  • 6db cut button
  • 4-band E.Q. (Bass/Mid/Mid/Treble)
  • Aux input
  • Very good condition

Breedlove ABJ250/SM4 Acoustic Bass

Bass players check out this very nice Breedlove ABJ250/SM4 acoustic bass! In excellent condition, ready for un-plugged practice at home or jamming with your acoustic friends. Loud enough to be heard in the jam circle and when it's time to plug in, the Fishman Classic 4 Bass system provides nice E.Q. sound-shaping options with easy slider controls.

Fresh cleaning, new strings, and setup, it plays and sounds great. Particularly the hand-rubbed neck finish feels ultra-sleek in the left hand. Asking $649.00 with Breedlove deluxe hardshell case included.

The specs:

  • Jumbo Acoustic Bass body with cutaway
  • Solid spruce top
  • Laminate mahogany back and sides
  • Satin finish body
  • Black body binding
  • Atlas series bracing
  • Abalone rosette
  • Mahogany neck
  • Hand-rubbed neck finish
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • Small offset pearl dot inlays
  • 34 inch scale
  • 1-11/16 inch nut width
  • Rosewood pin-less string-through bridge
  • JLD Bridge Truss system
  • Grover chrome tuning machines
  • Fishman Classic 4 Bass system
  • Slider controls: volume/bass/mid/treble/brilliance
  • Excellent condition
  • Deluxe Breedlove hardshell case included

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

Gold Tone PBR-D Paul Beard Sig. Roundneck Resonator

If you're in the market for a quality roundneck resonator guitar, come check out this Gold Tone Paul Beard Signature Deluxe! The U.S. made cone and spider contribute to it's very warm overall sound, just what you want in a guitar like this. Overall in clean excellent condition, the maple bound body and neck is a nice touch. The hearts and flowers inlays also look great on the ebony board. Setup for light gauge strings and medium action for either traditional or slide playing. $799.00 with gig bag included.

The specs:

  • Roundneck resonator body style
  • Curly maple back/sides/top
  • Tobacco sunburst gloss finish
  • Maple binding
  • Genuine U.S. made Beard cone and spider
  • Paul Beard 6-string tailpiece
  • Maple w/ebony bridge
  • Maple neck
  • Bound ebony fingerboard
  • Hearts and flowers inlays
  • 25 inch scale
  • 1-3/4 inch nut width
  • Chrome tuning machines
  • Excellent condition
  • Gig bag included

G&L ASAT Special Deluxe

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, offered at $1,299.00 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

Takamine TC-135SC

    Price Drop to $1,299!

Another interesting guitar specimen has arrived in the Attic. This Takamine TC-135SC is a crossover nylon-string classical with some interesting features. The longer scale neck allows for strumming the instrument harder, the 1-7/8 inch nut width is a bit slimmer than a traditional classical but still wide enough for ease of fingerstyle playing. The solid spruce and rosewood will get the player a nice balanced and projecting sound.

Plugged-in is where this guitar gets really interesting. The CTP-2 Cooltube system Takamine uses features a vacuum tube that can be blended at different levels with the preamp to 'warm' up the sound. A built-in tuner, E.Q. sliders, and an auxiliary input make it a very versatile guitar amplified. Overall in excellent condition, Was asking $1,499.00, Now $1,299.00 in hardshell case.

The specs:

  • Hybrid crossover nylon-string
  • Classical size body with Venetian cutaway
  • 14-fret neck to body
  • Solid spruce top
  • Solid Indian rosewood back and sides
  • Full gloss finish
  • Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood bridge and fretboard
  • 25-1/2 inch scale
  • 1-7/8 inch nut width
  • Gold tuning machines with orange buttons
  • CTP-2 Cooltube pickup system with built-in tuner
  • Excellent condition
  • 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.