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As of August 6, 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.

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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".


Martin OMCPA4

Martin OM guitars are perhaps some of the most balanced-sounding, comfortable guitars on the market for a variety of playing styles. This OMCPA4 was designed with the performing musician in mind. Key features include the cutaway body for easy access up the neck, all solid Sitka spruce and sapele wood, a slim neck profile, and the Fishman F-1 Analog system. Enjoy either sitting around playing for oneself, with friends, or plugged-in at the show. Overall in very good condition, a few scuffs and marks here or there but nothing major. If you're looking for a great deal on a used Martin for the summer season, look no further! Offered at $1,099.00 with Martin hardshell case included.

The specs:

  • Made in U.S.A. in 2015
  • 000 body size with cutaway
  • Solid Sitka spruce top in gloss finish
  • Solid sapele back and sides in satin finish
  • Tortoise pickguard
  • Black binding
  • Black/white rosette
  • Mahogany neck
  • Richlite bridge and fretboard
  • Small pearl dot inlays
  • 25.4 inch scale
  • 1-3/4 inch nut width
  • Slim neck profile
  • Chrome tuning machines
  • Fishman F-1 Analog system
  • Very good condition
  • Martin 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

Fender Standard Telecaster

Fender's Standard Series guitars are the affordable workhorses of their line. Pretty straight-forward on this one: Alder body in midnight wine, maple neck, two single coils, one volume and one tone control. Overall in very good condition, there's a couple dings on the bottom of the guitar but the front is very clean. The neck has a bit of finish wear but there's plenty of fret life left. Fresh setup for .010's, asking $499.00 with gig bag included.

The specs:

  • Made in Mexico in 2005
  • Alder body
  • Midnight wine finish
  • 3-ply white pickguard
  • Maple neck and fretboard
  • Black dot inlays
  • 25-1/2 inch scale
  • 1-5/8 inch nut width
  • 21 med/jumbo frets
  • Chrome tuning machines
  • Vintage style bridge with individual saddles
  • Two single coil pickups
  • One volume, one tone control
  • Chrome knurled knobs
  • 3-way selector switch
  • Very good condition
  • Gig bag included

Fender American Deluxe Telecaster

Two stunning and awesome used Fender American Deluxe guitars have just arrived in the Attic! This model, the American Deluxe Telecaster, we here are very familiar with. When we were Fender dealers, this exact guitar was one of our stocking best-sellers. Not hard to see why, just a beautiful aged cherry burst finish. And with the complementary white binding, the guitar really 'pops.' Not only is is gorgeous, this guitar was meant to have features any player can appreciate. Starting with the comfort, the rear contour sits very nicely against the body and gives the guitar some weight relief as well. The other really nice body feature is the rounded neck heel which fits the hand much better as you traverse up the neck than the std. clunky 4-bolt. This first generation of the SCN noiseless single coils replaced Fender's long-time Vintage Noiseless set. They have an amazing clarity while maintaining less noise at higher volume levels which is a huge plus. The S-1 switching on the volume knob gives a series/parallel option in the middle pickup position, basically giving you more output and volume if needed. This was a top-of-the-line guitar from Fender at the time, right below their Custom Shop. It's in near mint condition with the plastic and flag decal still on the pickguard! We promise this one will not last, if you're looking for a super-duper Tele...don't wait!!! Offered at $1,399.00 in original Fender case with case candy included.

The specs:

  • Made in Corona, CA in 2006
  • Alder body with rear cutaway
  • Aged cherry burst finish
  • White binding
  • 3-ply pearl pickguard (plastic and flag sticker still on)
  • 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 tuning machines
  • Bone nut
  • Chrome stainless steel bridge with individual saddles
  • Two Fender SCN Tele noiseless single coil pickups
  • One volume, one tone control
  • S-1 push/push switch on volume knob for Series/Parallel in middle position
  • 3-way selector switch
  • Chrome knurled knobs
  • Straplok strap buttons
  • Near Mint condition
  • Original hardcase and case candy included

Martin 000-17SM

Another harder-to-find discontinued Martin model has just found it's way into the Attic. This attractive 000-17SM features solid mahogany back and sides and a solid Sitka spruce top with the nice light shaded gloss finish. The slotted headstock also catches the eye for the more traditional look. These style guitars often have a very wide 1-13/16 inch nut width but on this guitar Martin kept it at the more common 1-3/4 inches. Fantastic for fingerstyle, the basses and mids are very strong and warm sounding. A few years broken in now, overall in excellent condition with a couple marks on the top and light play-wear. Asking $1,499.00 with Martin hardshell case included.

Pictures coming soon!

The specs:

  • Made in Nazareth, PA in 2015
  • 000-12 fret body shape
  • Solid Sitka spruce top with shaded gloss finish
  • Solid mahogany back and sides
  • Satin finish body and neck
  • Tortoise binding and pickguard
  • Select hardwood neck with slotted headstock
  • Modified low oval neck shape
  • Morado bridge and fingerboard
  • Small abalone snowflake inlays
  • 25.4 inch scale
  • 1-3/4 inch nut width
  • Engraved nickel open gear tuners with ivoroid buttons
  • Excellent condition
  • Martin hardshell case 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

Taylor 354-ce 12-String

It's been a little while since our last Taylor 12-string has come through. Here we have an excellent condition 354-ce dating to 2004. With so many Dreadnaught 12's out there, it's nice to find a smaller-bodied guitar to help ease the comfort of playing. The Taylor G.A. shape works great as it's definitely smaller than a Dreadnaught to play but not too small to lack overall projection. This would be a fun guitar to have in the collection if you already have 6-strings. Also a solid choice for the performing musician. The Taylor 'sweet' sound lends itself wonderfully to the 12-string format. Asking $1,199.00 with Taylor hardshell case included.

Here is a recording of the guitar:

The specs:

  • Made in El Cajon, CA in 2004
  • Grand Auditorium body shape with cutaway
  • Solid Sitka spruce top with gloss finish
  • Solid sapele back and sides with satin finish
  • Tortoise pickguard
  • Black/white rosette
  • Black binding
  • Mahogany neck
  • Ebony bridge and fingerboard
  • Pearl dot inlays
  • 25-1/2 inch scale
  • 1-7/8 inch nut width
  • Chrome tuning machines
  • ES-1 system with bass/treble/volume controls
  • Excellent condition
  • Taylor hardshell case included

Martin 000-28VS Vintage Series

A very hard-to-find Martin model has found it's way into the store. Martin's Vintage Series instruments are very well-regarded. This particular one dates to 2004 right before Martin made it's one millionth guitar. The 000-12 fret body shape pushes a lot of air and has incredible tone. With the also harder-to-find nut width of 1-13/16 inches, it lends itself beautifully to fingerstyle playing, every string is loud and articulate.

However the larger body shape can handle strumming very well with a more than adequate bass response in the guitar. We can honestly say that this is one to not wait on, who knows when the next may show up? As always we work hard to price things fairly in the market to get these wonderful instruments in your hands. Overall in excellent condition, fresh setup for lights. Offered at $3,199.00 in the original deluxe Geib Martin hardshell case.

Here is a recording of the guitar in finger-picking style:

Here is a recording of the guitar in strumming style:

The specs:

  • Made in Nazareth, PA in 2004
  • Martin's Vintage Series
  • 000-12 fret body style
  • Solid Sitka spruce top
  • Solid Indian rosewood back and sides
  • Herringbone top purfling
  • Black/white pattern rosette
  • Antique body binding
  • Full gloss body
  • Tortoise pickguard (added)
  • Ebony pyramid bridge (saddle replaced)
  • Mahogany neck with slotted headstock
  • Ebony fingerboard
  • Abalone 28-style diamond inlays
  • 25.4 inch scale
  • 1-13/16 inch nut width
  • Rosewood headstock veneer with Martin screened logo
  • Waverly open-gear individual chrome tuning machines
  • Excellent condition
  • Deluxe Geib Martin hardcase included

Vintage 1979 Guild G-37 'BL'

Rhode Island era Guilds have been and continue to be a favorite amongst our customers. The folks in Westerly, R.I. built very good durable and full sounding guitars. Here we have a 1979 G-37 'BL' model, a full size Dreadnaught with a solid Sitka spruce top and arched laminate maple back and sides. This guitar was well-played and has a nice full broken in tone. Dreadnaught boom and power but the maple also adds an element of clarity and brightness, especially to the mids and highs. Couple scuffs on the body, some finish checking on the back of the neck but doesn't affect the playability. Fresh setup for lights, medium action, this guitar can be strummed hard. Very good overall condition for a 43 year old guitar. K&K pure mini passive pickup installed, one of our favorites. Asking $999.00 with original hardshell case.

Here is a recording of this guitar:

The specs:

  • Made in Westerly, R.I. in 1979
  • Dreadnaught body size
  • Solid Sitka spruce top
  • Arched laminate maple back and sides in blonde finish
  • Tortoise pickguard
  • Cream body binding
  • Black/white rosette and purfling
  • Maple neck
  • Rosewood bridge and fretboard
  • Pearl dot inlays
  • 25.5 inch scale
  • 1-11/16 inch nut width
  • Chunkier 'C' neck profile
  • Heavy duty chrome tuners with tulip-style heads
  • Ebony headstock veneer
  • Pearl Guild and Chesterfield logo
  • Strap button added
  • Very good condition
  • Original 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.

Here is a recording of this guitar:

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

Taylor Academy 10

Designed with the beginner in mind, or just a more affordable Taylor model, the Academy 10 is a super comfortable feeling and playing acoustic guitar. The Academy dreadnaught shape is less wide, deep, and a shorter scale than the typical dreadnaught shape. This along with the armrest bevel feature, ebony fretboard, and slim nut width make it super slick to play. Signature bright and projecting Taylor tone. Excellent condition, asking $499.00 in Taylor gig bag.

The specs:

  • Made in Tecate, Mexico
  • Academy Dreadnaught body shape
  • Arm bevel feature
  • Solid Sitka spruce top
  • Layered sapele back and sides
  • 4-5/8 inch body depth
  • Mahogany neck
  • Ebony bridge and fretboard
  • Italian acrylic dot inlays
  • 24-7/8 inch scale
  • 1-11/16 inch nut width
  • Nubone nut
  • Micarta saddle
  • Satin finish body and neck
  • Chrome tuning machines
  • Excellent/Near Mint condition
  • Taylor gig bag 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

G&L L-2500

Bass players looking for a 5-string come check out this striking Blueburst G&L L-2500! Basically Leo's next evolution of the bass, there's a lot of user options at your disposal with the tri-tone active/passive system. Special ordered here originally, overall it's in very good condition with a couple good dings and some honest play-wear.

The quartersawn maple neck is a great feature in New England helping prevent warping of the neck over time. Go from passive familiar tones to punch-you-in-the-face high output active slapping on this bad-ass bass guitar. Like all other companies, G&L is facing big price increases these days. Grab one used and save! Offered at $1,499.00 in U.S. hardshell case.

The specs:

  • Made in Fullerton, CA in 2016
  • Swamp ash body in Blueburst finish
  • Quartersawn maple neck
  • Indian rosewood fretboard
  • White pearl dots
  • Clear satin neck finish
  • G&L Ultra-Lite tuners
  • Bone nut
  • 1-3/4 inch nut width
  • 12 inch radius
  • Med/jumbo frets
  • Two G&L M.F.D. L-Series humbuckers
  • Tri-tone active/passive system
  • Chrome knurled flat-top knobs
  • Saddle-lock bridge
  • Very good condition
  • Original 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

Epiphone Casino

Casino models are experiencing another surge in popularity these days thanks to the 'Get Back' Beatles program. A comfortable thinline full hollowbody it won't weigh you down while standing and jamming. The dual dogear P-90 single coils will get a crisp clean twang and bite, but also excel in gritty bluesy/rock situations. Built only last year it's in like new excellent condition. Asking $649.00 in gig bag.

The specs:

  • Thinline full hollowbody
  • Laminated maple body in vintage sunburst finish
  • Full gloss body
  • White pickguard
  • Double cream binding
  • Mahogany set neck
  • Slim taper neck profile
  • Bound Pau Ferro fingerboard
  • Pearl parallelogram inlays
  • 24.75 inch scale
  • 1-11/16 inch nut width
  • 12 inch radius
  • Trapeze tailpiece
  • Tune-o-matic bridge
  • 2x P-90 single coil pickups with chrome covers
  • 2x volume, 2x tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch
  • Vintage-style tuners
  • Excellent condition
  • Gig bag included

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

2001 Gibson ES-335 Custom

An absolute stunner of a Gibson has found it's way into the Attic! Here from a good friend of the store, this guitar was custom ordered from Gibson in 2001. The figured maple with the wine red finish is just exquisite to behold. Gibson was known for having some excellent sets of maple around this time.

The upgraded ebony fingerboard helps the guitar play ever-so-smoothly and actually does sound a bit different than a stock ES-335 with a rosewood fretboard. The gold hardware really matches well with the wine red finish, this guitar really 'pops.' The only small changes were graphite saddles added to the bridge and straploks. This guitar is in Near Mint condition, unbelievably clean for a 20 year old guitar. The '57 Classic humbuckers sound wonderful, there's a reason the ES-335 is respected the world over.

An equivalent Custom Shop model of this caliber now would run well over 5K likely. If you're looking for a show-stopping ES-335, come check this beauty out! Offered at $3,750.00 in original Gibson Custom hardshell case.

The specs:

  • Made in U.S.A. in 2001 in Gibson's Custom Shop
  • Thinline semi-hollowbody
  • Figured maple back/sides/top
  • Wine Red finish
  • Cream double body binding
  • 4-ply black pickguard
  • Mahogany set neck
  • Bound 22 fret ebony fingerboard
  • Pearl dot inlays
  • 24.75 inch scale
  • 1-11/16 inch nut width
  • Stopbar tailpiece
  • ABR-1 bridge
  • Graphite saddles installed
  • Gibson '57 Classic humbuckers
  • Two volume, two tone controls
  • Black top hat knobs
  • Ebony headstock veneer with pearl Gibson logo and crown
  • Grover tuning machines with tulip heads
  • Gold hardware
  • Straploks added
  • Near Mint condition
  • Gibson Custom hardshell case included

Fender American VG Stratocaster

    Price Drop to $1,349!

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 $1,349.00 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

Vintage 1975 Martin D-35

Martin Dreadnaught players - Check out our latest find, a nice mid-70's example of the classic D-35. Overall in very good condition, it's had some necessary work done over the years to keep it in nice shape: Neck reset, and the pickguard was replaced with tortoise. Cosmetically it's pretty clean with normal light play wear.

Set up for medium action, it's ideal for a player with a heavy strum attack. This is one you could throw in the jam right away and certainly be heard. Nice and full strong bass response after all these years, it's really broken in well. Plenty of room left on the saddle for further adjustments.

Come grab yourself a fine example of one of the all-time Martin Dreads! Offered at $2,399.00 in original grey/blue Martin hardshell case.

The specs:

  • Made in Nazareth, PA in 1975
  • Dreadnaught body shape
  • Solid Sitka spruce top
  • Solid 3-piece Indian rosewood back
  • Solid Indian rosewood sides
  • Double ivoroid binding
  • Replacement tortoise pickguard
  • Black/white rosette and body purfling
  • Mahogany neck
  • 25.4 inch scale
  • 1-11/16 inch nut width
  • Larger 'D' profile neck shape
  • Bound ebony fingerboard
  • Pearl dot inlays
  • Ebony bridge (slight cracking between pegs)
  • Bone nut and saddle
  • Grover chrome tuning machines
  • Very good condition
  • Original grey/blue Martin hardshell case 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

1994 Fender Limited Edition 40th Anniversary 1954 Stratocaster

    Price Drop to $1,599!

Attention Stratocaster collectors and fans! Just in and sure not to last is this very collectible 40th Anniversary 1954 Strat, built in the U.S. in 1994. Featuring a gorgeous figured ash body in what's called a 2-tone, but really a 1-tone sunburst nitro finish. These finishes are prone to finish checking, this particular Strat is overall in excellent plus condition. The one-piece maple neck is a chunkier large C profile, sitting very nicely in the hand from first position to above the 12th fret. The neck also features a 7.25 vintage radius and vintage size frets.

There are some very cool limited edition features on this guitar. And along with that the limited production numbers ensures that this is a solid investment that will keep increasing in value. We sold it back in 2013, and it has gone up in value quite a bit since then. The previous owner wanted to make it more playable so he changed out the vintage style 3-way switch with a 5-way. Also the single coils were changed out for a set of Fender Vintage Noiseless which keeps hum and noise down while plugged in. The original Fender '54 pickups are included. The original 1-ply white pickguards on these were prone to warping so he also replaced that with the same official Fender 1-ply white which isn't warped on the guitar. Original pickguard is also included.

People often sell the two original cases for these separately to make money so it's nice when you find the guitar with both it's vintage style '54 brown poodle case and the black molded hardcase with 40th anniversary emblem. Original strap, whammy, and most of the original case candy are included as well. Overall a fantastic feeling, looking, and sounding reissue of the legendary 1954 Stratocaster! Asking $2,199.00

The specs:

  • Made in U.S.A. in 1994 to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the Stratocaster
  • #1443 of 1954 total produced
  • Figured ash body in 1-tone sunburst nitrocellulose finish
  • 1-ply white vintage style pickguard (Fender official replacement, original included)
  • Special 1954 stamped 1-ply white tremolo cover with round string holes
  • Special 40th anniversary neck plate
  • 1-piece maple neck
  • Black dot inlays
  • 21 vintage size frets
  • Full-V/Large C profile neck shape
  • Bone nut
  • 1.67 inch nut width
  • 25-1/2 inch scale
  • 7.25 inch radius
  • Vintage style round string tree
  • No name vintage style tuners
  • Synchronized tremolo bridge with whammy
  • 3x Fender '54 Strat single coil pickups (included)
  • 3x Fender Vintage Noiseless single coil pickups (replaced)
  • 3-way selector switch (included)
  • 5-way selector switch (replaced)
  • Two original cases included
  • '54 style brown poodle case
  • Black molded hardcase with 40th anniversary emblem
  • Excellent plus condition

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.