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As of June 25, 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".


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.

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

Vintage 1979 Guild D-40 Bluegrass Jubilee

Along with the 1979 Guild G-37 'Bl' that just arrived, here's 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 a lot of 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 fresh setup for lights by Steve Morrill. 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 $1,049.00 with original Guild hardshell case included.

The specs:

  • Made in Westerly, R.I. in 1979
  • 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 large 'C' profile
  • Rosewood bridge and fretboard
  • Pearl dot inlays
  • 25-1/2 inch scale
  • 1-11/16 inch nut width
  • Grover chrome tuning machines (replaced)
  • Ebony headstock veneer with pearl Guild and Chesterfield logo
  • Strap button added
  • Bluestick pickup added
  • Good condition
  • Original Guild 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

Fender Custom Shop Custom Classic Stratocaster NOS

Here is a fantastic opportunity to get yourself a sweet Strat from Fender's legendary Custom Shop! Just in from a customer who bought it new in 2009, played it for a short while, then stored it away properly ever since. Very little playing time on it and overall in excellent clean condition. A couple very small marks on the bottom of the guitar and that's it. The Fiesta Red finish is a classic look, and this particular guitar has a wonderfully figured one-piece birds eye maple neck.

Custom Shop models with this nice a neck are usually called Custom Deluxe Strats, this is a Custom Classic but with the upgraded higher-grade neck. The single coil pickups sound crisp and fantastic, just like a quality Strat should. All high quality components went into this guitar and it shows in the feel and sound.

The equivalent guitar new now with this neck would cost a pretty penny. Get one very lightly used and save big! Certificate of Authenticity and all original case candy included. Asking $2,499.00 in Fender Custom Shop hardshell case.

The specs:

  • Made in Fender's Custom Shop in Corona, CA in 2009
  • New Old Stock model
  • Alder body in Fiesta Red finish
  • 3-ply white pickguard
  • One-piece birds eye maple neck
  • Black dot inlays
  • 25-1/2 inch scale
  • 1-11/16 inch nut width
  • C profile neck shape
  • Satin finish back of neck/glossy headstock and fingerboard
  • 22 med/jumbo frets
  • Bone nut
  • Fender chrome tuning machines
  • Custom Shop engraved neck plate
  • Custom Shop decal back of headstock
  • Synchronized tremolo bridge
  • Snap-in tremolo bar
  • 3x Custom Shop single coil pickups
  • 1 volume, 2 tone controls
  • Parchment covers and knobs
  • 5-way selector switch
  • C.O.A. and all case candy included
  • Excellent condition
  • Fender Custom Shop hardshell case included

Gretsch G5420T

Another Gretsch has recently found it's way to the Attic. Made in Korea in 2013, this glossy black G5420T is a nice example of a Gretsch at an affordable price point. A full hollowbody matched with the dual Filtertron humbuckers will get you that familiar middle position Gretsch 'sparkle'. The neck position is great for jazz and the bridge pickup can twang and bite if need be. Overall in excellent condition, fresh setup for .011-.049's. Offered at $649.00 with hardshell case included.

The specs:

  • Made in Korea in 2013
  • Full hollowbody with dual f-holes
  • Laminated maple body
  • Gloss black finish
  • 16 inch lower bout
  • Grey pickguard
  • Double white binding
  • Maple set neck
  • Bound rosewood fretboard
  • Pearl tombstone inlays
  • 22 medium/jumbo frets
  • 24.5 inch scale
  • 1-11/16 inch nut width
  • Engraved vintage-style tuning machines
  • Bigsby licensed tailpiece
  • Floating rosewood/adjust-o- matic bridge
  • Two Filtertron humbuckers
  • Master volume control
  • Two volume, one tone control
  • 3-way selector switch
  • Excellent condition
  • Hardshell case included`

Washburn RB-2802 8-String Bass

A very unique and interesting bass has found it's way to the Attic. This early 90's Washburn 8-string is really cool and immediately grows on you once you sit down and play it for a while. The smooth satin finished swamp ash body is ultra sleek and doesn't show cloudiness like a glossy finish can.

A common pedal bassists will get is an octave. Why get the pedal when the instrument does it itself! It will fill a lot of sound with the 4 extra strings, and playing lead lines and solos this bass will undoubtedly stand out from the crowd. Fresh setup and restring with the appropriate D'addario EXL-170-8 string set. If you're a bassist looking for something different and unique in your collection, give this one some serious thought. Overall in very good condition with a few minor scuffs, asking $649.00 with hardshell case included.

The specs:

  • Made in Korea in 1992
  • Swamp ash body with satin oiled finish
  • Maple bolt-on neck
  • 24-fret rosewood fingerboard
  • Pearl dot inlays
  • 34 inch scale
  • 1-3/4 inch nut width
  • Buzz Feiten tuning system
  • Bartolini active pickups
  • 4 control knobs (volume, pickup balancer, bass boost/cut, treble boost/cut)
  • 8 Grover tuning machines (4 bass-style, 4 guitar-style)
  • Brushed nickle hardware
  • Very good condition
  • 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

Rickenbacker 620

We're always on the lookout for Rickenbackers, why you ask? Because they're awesome! Just in we have an amazing 620 in Jetglo from 1993, now almost 30 years old. A small and comfy solidbody design with a neck-through body maple neck with the reddish Bubinga fretboard.

This guitar is great for rock n' roll, the Hi-gain pickups work very well in that particular setting. It's not too often we get this model in used, more often the 330 and 360 models it seems. Overall in excellent condition, especially for a black guitar. One small ding on the headstock and very minimal play wear. Offered at $1,699.00 in original Rickenbacker hardshell case.

The specs:

  • Made in Santa Ana, CA in 1993
  • Solidbody with cresting wave design
  • Jetglo finish
  • Cream binding
  • Two-tier white pickguard
  • 'R' tailpiece
  • Rickenbacker adjustable bridge with cover
  • Maple neck
  • Bound Bubinga fretboard
  • 24.75 inch scale
  • 21 frets
  • Schaller chrome tuning machines
  • Two Hi-Gain pickups
  • Blend control
  • Two volume, two tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch
  • Standard and Ric-o-sound inputs
  • Excellent 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

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. Offered at $1,499.00 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

Fender Standard Jazz Bass Fretless

Another workhorse Fender bass has just arrived in the Attic. The Jazz Bass is a Fender classic for sure with it's slimmer neck profile and dual single coil pickups. Get that familiar punchy and cut through the mix sound. This particular model is the fretless version with no frets and white ghost lines on the fretboard. The neck still has side dots for visibility. With a fresh setup for D'addario flatwound lights, this bass is ultra-sleek to slide up and down the neck.

Hit the neck pickup with the tone knob down for your standard jazz tunes, then roll the tone back up and switch to the bridge if you're rocking and rolling. Not too often we get used fretless basses coming through, don't wait on this opportunity! Offered at a very reasonable $499.00 with gig bag included.

The specs:

  • Made in Mexico in 2013
  • Alder body in 3 tone sunburst
  • 3-ply white pickguard
  • Maple neck
  • Indian rosewood fretboard w/white ghost lines
  • 34 inch scale
  • 1.5 inch nut width
  • Vintage-style bridge
  • Two single coil pickups
  • Two volume, one tone control
  • Two volume, one tone control
  • Chrome knurled knobs
  • Open-gear tuning machines
  • Setup with D'addario ECB81 Chromes flatwound lights (.045-.100)
  • Excellent condition
  • Gig bag included

Takamine TC-135SC

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, asking $1,499.00 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

Vintage Fender '57 Reissue Stratocaster

    Price Drop to $1,699!

Strat fans alert!!! Just in is a spectacular Fender '57 Reissue Strat dating to 1986. The Fiesta Red color is very desirable and has aged beautifully over the years to a slightly lighter shade under the nitro finish. Overall in very good condition with some finish wear on the front and the back by the neck plate. Immediately one notices the lightweight alder body, and the one-piece maple neck really matches the weight of the guitar well.

The neck has a slimmer soft V carve which is unique and sits very nicely in the hand. Often times people will swap out parts on these over the years but this one is all original including the 3-way selector switch. The single coil pickups really nail that bright vintage Strat tone. Asking $2,199.00 in the original tweed hardshell case, come check this one out before it's gone!

The specs:

  • Made in U.S.A. 1986
  • Lightweight Alder body
  • Fiesta Red finish in nitrocellulose lacquer
  • 1-ply white pickguard
  • One piece maple neck
  • Soft V neck profile
  • Black dot inlays
  • 21 vintage frets
  • 25-1/2 inch scale
  • 1-5/8 inch nut width
  • 7.25 inch radius
  • Vintage style tuning machines
  • 3x American vintage single coils w/staggered pole pieces
  • One volume, two tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch
  • Vintage style tremolo bridge with whammy and bridge cover included
  • Very good condition
  • Original tweed 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.