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As of April 8th, 2021 we have the following used and vintage instruments in Zach's Attic:

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We're always looking for interesting used and vintage guitars, basses and other fretted instruments that need new homes. (Sorry, we don't accept used band instruments.)

If you have a used or vintage instrument that you think Zach might be interested in, bring it in and show it to him. (Call ahead to make sure he'll be in the store when you come.) If he likes your instrument we can work out a trade or buy it outright.

You can contact Zach by phone at the number above or via our Ask Us! page.

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Buying a used or vintage instrument can be a scary process. If you don't know what you're looking for, you can easily overpay or end up with an inferior (or even unplayable) instrument.

When you buy a used or vintage instrument from The Minor Chord we guarantee it to be as described. If there are flaws in the instrument that we know about, we'll tell you. If there are significant flaws we didn't notice and disclose, tell us within 30 days and we'll cheerfully give you your money back.

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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".

Schecter C-4 Bass

The Schecter C-4 is a quality mid-level bass guitar with plenty of aesthetic appeal. The Antique Amber finish stands out over the attractive quilted maple top. The 5-piece neck is very sturdy with the volute for added strength. The slimmer neck profile on this one should make it easy to play fast bass runs. Overall in excellent condition, offered at $449.00 with what looks like a much newer official Schecter hardshell case included.

The specs:

  • Made in Korea, 2003
  • Mahogany body
  • Quilted maple top in Antique Amber finish
  • Cream binding body and neck
  • 5-piece bolt on maple/walnut neck with volute
  • Rosewood 24-fret fingerboard
  • Abalone and pearl Vector inlays
  • 34 inch scale
  • S-Tek bridge with individual saddles
  • Gold tuning machines and hardware
  • Two EMG-HZ pickups
  • Two volume, 2-Band EQ controls
  • Excellent condition
  • Schecter hardshell case included

Martin DX1AE

We're always on the lookout for used Martins and just in we have an affordable DX1AE in barely used near mint condition. Plastic is still on the pickguard, super clean condition. Get that boomy large volume Martin is famous for in a durable package with the HPL back and sides and Stratabond neck. The solid Sitka spruce top will project well from the Dreadnaught body. Offered at $499.00 in a new Access hard bag.

The specs:

  • Dreadnaught body shape
  • Solid Sitka spruce top
  • HHPL mahogany back and sides
  • Satin finish
  • Tortoise pickguard
  • Stratabond neck
  • Richlite bridge and fingerboard
  • Modified low oval neck shape
  • 25.4 inch scale
  • 1-11/16 inch nut width
  • Chrome tuning machines
  • Fishman Sonitone pickup
  • Near Mint condition
  • New Access Bag included

Gibson SG Standard

We're pleased to offer another U.S. made Gibson SG in the Attic. A classic electric guitar for rock n' roll with it's dual cutaway mahogany body, easy playing neck, and double Gibson humbuckers. The guitar did suffer a headstock fracture at one point, no major cracking or missing wood, and the repair was done expertly. It's been fixed up, totally smoothed out, ready to rock again for years to come. Other than the headstock repair, the guitar is remarkably clean. No major dings or scratching, it was very well cared for. We would have called it Near Mint if it didn't have the repair. These don't last long usually, come check it out! $999.00 including Gibson hardshell case.

The specs:

  • Made in U.S.A. in 2004
  • Mahogany dual cutaway solidbody
  • Heritage Cherry finish
  • 5-ply large black pickguard
  • Mahogany set neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Cream neck binding
  • Pearl trapezoid inlays
  • 24.75 inch scale
  • 1-11/16 inch nut width
  • Vintage style tuning machines
  • Stopbar tailpiece
  • Tune-o-matic bridge
  • 490R neck humbucker
  • 498T bridge humbucker
  • Two volume, two tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch
  • Ebony headstock veneer with pearl Gibson logo and crown
  • Gibson hardshell case included
  • Repaired headstock fracture
  • Excellent condition

Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor II Pro

A popular choice for those seeking a comfortable and versatile full hollowbody, the Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor II Pro is a nice addition to the Attic. We've sold them over the years, warm jazzy tone with the dual humbuckers and full hollowbody. Fresh setup for flatwound .011's to bring out the 'jazz' a bit more.

One local owner, it's in excellent condition. Save off the new price at $599.00 with a hardshell case included.

The specs:

  • Full hollowbody with single cutaway
  • Laminated spruce top
  • Laminated maple back and sides
  • Vintage Sunburst gloss finish
  • Maple neck with 60's slim taper
  • 12 inch radius
  • Pau Ferro fretboard with pearl block inlays
  • 24.75 inch scale
  • 1-11/16 inch nut width
  • Vintage scroll tailpiece
  • Rosewood bridge
  • Grover tuning machines
  • Probucker 2 neck pickup
  • Probucker 3 bridge pickup
  • Two volume, two tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch
  • Gold hardware
  • Setup for flatwound .011-.049
  • One local owner
  • Excellent condition
  • Hardshell case included

Furch Blue OMc-CM 'VTC'

Here's an opportunity to get a 'barely played' used Furch. Just traded in from being sold only a few weeks ago, the previous owner decided they preferred a larger sized acoustic guitar. Furch's Blue series guitars have been our consistent best-sellers, we keep saying it but the materials and quality of build are top notch for the dollar spent.

The OM shape with a cutaway is very versatile. Strum away with the longer scale neck, and fingerpick easily with comfort. The cutaway easily allows access to the higher register. The LR Baggs VTC pickup system sounds great plugged-in. Couple small marks in the top but overall in excellent condition. $1,199.00 in Furch deluxe gig bag with extra storage options.

The specs:

  • Made in the Czech Republic
  • Orchestra Model body style with cutaway
  • Open-pore finish
  • Solid Western red cedar top
  • Solid African mahogany back and sides
  • Tortoise binding
  • Mahogany neck with soft V profile
  • Ebony bridge and fingerboard
  • White dot inlays
  • Black walnut rosette
  • 25-9/16 inch scale
  • 1-3/4 inch nut width
  • Tusq nut and compensated saddle
  • Tortoise pickguard with clear extension
  • Chrome tuning machines
  • LR Baggs VTC pickup system
  • Furch quality padded gig bag included

Roland TD-6 Electronic Drum Kit With Amp

Electronic drum kits are versatile - you can practice quietly with headphones, plug into an amp for performance, or send a feed to a house sound board without needing tons of microphones.

Roland has always been a leader in electronic drums. This kit is built around their respected but affordable TD-6 sound module, which can deliver the sound of 99 different simulated drum sets at the push of a button. It includes two cymbal pads that are chokeable - meaning that just like an acoustic cymbal, you can choke off the sound by grabbing the edge. Five additional pads can be programmed for hi-hat, snare and toms.

This is a turnkey, ready-to-play set - including an upgraded Drum Workshop kick drum pedal, a Roc-n-Soc drum throne, and a powerful Peavey KB/A 300 acoustic amp with a huge 15-inch woofer for a solid kick drum tone.

The entire package is offered at $699.00.

The drum kit specs:

  • Roland TD-6 drum sound module
  • 99 simulated kits
  • 1024 distinct percussion sounds
  • Two chokeable cymbal pads
  • Five drum/hi-hat pads
  • Hi-hat pedal
  • MIDI-ready
  • Onboard sequencer
  • Very Good condition

Accessories included with drum kit:

  • Upgraded Drum Workshop 5000 kick drum pedal
  • Roc-n-Soc heavy duty drum throne

The amp specs:

  • Peavey KB/A 300 acoustic keyboard/drum amp
  • 150 RMS watts
  • 15 inch woofer for solid bass
  • Horn tweeter for projection
  • One mic channel plus 3 instrument channels
  • Effects Send/Return on instrument channel 1
  • Each instrument channel has separate 4-band EQ
  • Onboard reverb with separate send on each instrument channel
  • Two broken knobs, controls work fine
  • "Gigging Musician" condition - worn but fully operational

Fender Joe Strummer Telecaster

Perhaps London is calling on you to check out this awesome limited run Fender Joe Strummer Telecaster. Modeled after his famous beat up 1960's Tele, Fender gave this one the road worn body, neck, and aged parts. A vintage-style feeling and sounding Tele, the neck is super smooth from the worn in finish and the single coils are nice and bright.

This guitar was only made for a couple years and is already climbing in value and has become more collectible. We remember selling this model new at the store back in 2007. Offered at $1,299.00 in the original hardshell case.

The specs:

  • Limited Edition, made in 2007
  • Made in Mexico
  • Alder string through body
  • Tinted maple neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • White dot inlays
  • Revolution Rock neck plate
  • Vintage-style bridge with 3 saddles
  • Ping vintage-style tuning machines
  • 25.5 inch scale
  • 7.25 inch radius
  • 21 vintage-style frets
  • Two vintage-style Tele single coil pickups with Alnico magnets
  • One volume, one tone control
  • Chrome knurled knobs
  • 3-way selector switch
  • Aged and distressed body and parts
  • Excellent condition
  • Hardshell case included

Duesenberg Starplayer TV

Our first Duesenberg guitar has arrived in the Attic and it certainly stands out immediately with its attractive Blue Sparkle finish.

Duesenberg describes the Starplayer TV as "classic but also state-of-the-art." Bob Dylan, Chris Cornell, Mike Campbell, John Mayer, Joe Walsh among others are all endorsers...some big names there!

Very smooth playability and the Duesenberg Deluxe Tremola works splendidly. We like the pickup combination of the neck P-90 and bridge humbucker. Also there is special wiring in the middle position to get a more Gretsch-like 'twang' out of the sound.

These are quite pricey new. This one is in excellent/near mint condition. Offered at $2,299.00 in the original Duesenberg hardshell case.

The specs:

  • Made in Germany
  • Semi-hollowbody with center block in Blue Sparkle finish
  • Laminated arched spruce top with f-hole
  • Laminated arched maple back and bent sides
  • Cream binding
  • Gold-sparkle pickguard
  • 1-piece maple set neck
  • D-shape neck profile
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Pearl dot inlays
  • 25.5 inch scale
  • 1.654 inch nut width
  • 12 inch radius
  • 22 frets
  • Duesenberg Deluxe Tremola
  • Duesenberg steel saddle bridge
  • Duesenberg Z-Tuners with Art Deco buttons
  • Duesenberg Domino P-90 neck pickup
  • Duesenberg Grand Vintage humbucker bridge pickup
  • 3-way selector switch
  • One volume, one tone control
  • Special wiring in middle position for extra 'twang'
  • Nickel plated hardware
  • Heavy duty pots/switch/output jack
  • Factory Plek fret treatment
  • Duesenberg hardshell case included
  • Excellent condition

Vintage Teisco ET-300

A great way to get a collectible vintage guitar from the 1960's for a very reasonable price, this Teisco ET-300 is a very cool guitar.

We've been really lucky over the years - our customers have been bringing us vintage guitars that have been kept in amazingly original condition. This particular ET-300 is no exception.

Dating from the mid-60's, the three single coil pickups sound way better than one would expect. The organ-style switches are very cool. With this unusual switching configuration, you can get neck and bridge pickups together or all three on at the same time - combinations not available with most electric guitars.

Everything on this guitar looks to be original and in excellent condition. Offered at $499.00. Bag or case sold separately.

The specs:

  • Made in Japan ca. mid-1960's
  • Mahogany double cutaway body
  • Dark sunburst finish
  • Chrome striped pickguard
  • Mahogany 3-piece bolt-on neck
  • Chunky D-shape neck profile
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • Rectangle pearl inlays on bass side of neck, double at 12th fret
  • Chrome bridge and tailpiece (missing whammy bar)
  • Three single coil pickups
  • Three organ-style pickup selector switches
  • Three volume controls, one tone control
  • Original open-gear tuners with white buttons
  • Excellent condition
  • Bag or case not included

David Webber Custom Dreadnaught

We were terribly saddened when we heard a while back that David Webber was retiring. We had been selling his exquisite acoustics for years, and customers loved them. Considering his reputation as a master builder, his retirement probably means that the price of his existing guitars are sure to go up in the coming years.

We are extremely excited to offer this custom dreadnaught. It was originally designed by us and sold back in 2009 to a local owner. We splurged a bit when we asked David to build this one - it has a 3-piece cocobolo/koa back and full koa binding on the body/neck/headstock. David does such a great job at keeping the look simple and understated, while at the same time drawing the natural beauty out of the tone woods.

At one point our customer decided he would actually prefer a higher action height, so David provided a matching ebony bridge shim and the customer had it expertly installed. Great low action (even with the shim), it's set up for light-gauge strings, and overall is in excellent condition. This instrument has the typical 'big' dreadnaught volume, but like all of David's guitars it also has very crisp clarity and a beautiful ring.

If you've been yearning for a Webber guitar and want one that's truly unique, this is your chance! Offered at a very reasonable $2,399.00 including the hardshell case.

The specs:

  • Custom built for The Minor Chord, originally sold in 2009
  • Dreadnaught body size
  • 3-piece cocobolo back with center koa wedge
  • Cocobolo sides
  • Sitka spruce top with clear pickguard
  • Koa binding on body, neck, and headstock
  • Koa rosette and heel cap
  • Mahogany neck
  • Ebony fingerboard
  • Side dot markers
  • Ebony bridge (shim added)
  • 25-1/2 inch scale
  • 1-3/4 inch nut width
  • Bone nut and saddle
  • Chrome tuners with ebony buttons
  • Ebony headstock faceplate with koa 'W'
  • Excellent condition
  • Hardshell case included

Fender Standard Telecaster

Fender's Standard Series electrics are always a sure bet. Here we have an excellent condition Arctic White Telecaster from 2009. It's brighter looking with the 3-ply white pickguard and maple neck, and brighter sounding with its dual single-coil Tele pickups.

The previous owner upgraded the case to a deluxe tweed hardshell model for extra protection. This is a workhorse Fender guitar offered at $499.00 including the tweed case.

The specs:

  • Made in Mexico, 2009
  • Alder string-through body
  • Arctic White finish
  • Maple neck and fretboard
  • Black dot inlays
  • 3-ply white pickguard
  • 25.5 inch scale
  • 1-5/8 inch nut width
  • Chrome bridge with 6 individual saddles
  • Two single coil pickups
  • 3-way selector switch
  • One volume, one tone control
  • Chrome knobs and tuning machines
  • Excellent condition
  • Includes upgraded tweed deluxe hardshell case

Taylor 114e

Taylor's 100 series instruments are a great value. The 114e is a Grand Auditorium shape, ideal for both strumming and fingerstyle playing. Taylor's signature bright projecting sound from the solid Sitka spruce top. Plays great with the slim neck profile and slick ebony fingerboard. The ES-2 electronics sound nice and full plugged-in. Excellent condition overall, $649.00 in gig bag.

The specs:

  • Grand Auditorium body shape
  • Solid Sitka spruce top
  • Laminate walnut back and sides
  • Black pickguard
  • Black binding
  • Satin finish
  • Sapele neck
  • Ebony bridge and fingerboard
  • Pearl dot inlays
  • 25.5 inch scale
  • 1-11/16 inch nut width
  • ES-2 electronics
  • Volume, bass, treble controls
  • Chrome tuning machines
  • Upgraded wood bridge pins
  • Excellent condition

Schecter Omen 6

Rock out on this excellent condition Schecter Omen 6, built in Korea in 2003. The walnut satin dual cutaway body is ultra sleek, the dual humbuckers with the 3-way switch and one volume and tone control make it easy to dial in your sound.

Slimmer, fast neck profile with 24 frets to easily hit that high 'e' note. $299.99 including a brand new deluxe gig bag.

The specs:

  • Schecter's Diamond Series
  • Made in Korea
  • String through Basswood body
  • Walnut satin finish
  • Maple neck with volute
  • Rosewood 24-fret fingerboard
  • Pearl dot inlays
  • Two humbuckers
  • One volume, one tone control
  • 3-way selector switch
  • Adjustable bridge
  • Black knobs and tuning machines
  • Excellent condition
  • Deluxe gig bag included

Vintage Carvin LB-90 Fretless Bass

Upright bass players looking for an electric or electric players looking for a fretless, check out this very cool vintage 1987 Carvin LB-90. The full-maple body and neck really stand out against the dark ebony fretless fingerboard. Carvin is an interesting company where a lot of their instruments were custom orders so the used market really doesn't dictate just how nice they are.

The neck is super slick to play and immediately one notices that "fretted finger tone" that truly only a fretless bass seems to convey. Simple electronics setup with the 3-way selector switch and one volume and one tone control. The dual H11B wide range humbuckers produce a very warm punchy tone paired with the maple body and neck. With the original Carvin hardcase, this is a steal for the quality at $749.00!

The specs:

  • Made in California, 1987
  • Full maple body in natural finish
  • Maple set neck
  • Full gloss body and neck
  • Ebony fretless fingerboard
  • Pearl dot side markers
  • Rounded neck heel
  • 34 inch scale
  • 1-5/8 inch nut width
  • Graphite nut
  • TB-8 brass bridge with roller saddles
  • Two H11B wide range humbucker pickups
  • 3-way selector switch
  • One volume, one tone control
  • Chrome dome knobs
  • C4 chrome tuning machines
  • Excellent condition
  • Original Carvin hardshell case included

Used Fender Std. Jazz Bass Left-Handed

Lefty's alert! Here we have a made in Mexico Fender Standard Jazz bass from 1998. It's in very good condition overall with a few marks here or there. Classic look of the 3-tone sunburst and rosewood fingerboard. With it's slimmer nut width and neck profile and dual single coil pickups, the Fender Jazz bass will give you an easier to play neck and solid sound. It's certainly not often we get them used left-handed, fresh setup for .045-.100 lights it's ready to rock! $499.00 in gig bag.

The specs:

  • Made in Mexico 1998
  • Alder body in 3 Tone Sunburst
  • 3-Ply white pickguard
  • Maple neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • Dot inlays
  • 34 inch scale
  • Slim nut width and neck profile
  • Two Fender single coil jazz bass pickups
  • Two volume, one tone control
  • Black knobs
  • Chrome bridge with individual saddles
  • Chrome tuning machines
  • Very good condition
  • Gig bag included

Vintage 1965 Fender Jazzmaster

A vintage beauty has found it's way into the Attic! This particular Jazzmaster has a lot going for it. Only for a short time period starting in 1965 and ending in 1966 did the Jazzmaster feature the bound fingerboard with dot inlays. Block inlays were soon to follow. Although Fender was sold to CBS in January of 1965, it's well documented that no significant changes took place for a while. The body has been refinished in Burgundy Mist Metallic over the original sunburst. The finish has darkened and aged very nicely over the years. Even with the refin, this is still a very hard and desirable color to find on a vintage example.

How does it play and a dream! The guitar was well played and well loved. The maple neck has that smooth, broken in feel that no new 'relic' neck can possibly duplicate. The soapbar pickups and electronics have seasoned beautifully and truly sound great! The rhythm circuit is nice to jam your warmer/jazzier chords on, and it's surf's up! with the brighter lead circuit. Although Fender designed this guitar with jazz players sitting down in mind, over the years it's been embraced by surf and alternative/rock musicians alike. Besides the refin it's in overall very good original condition. Offered at $4499.00 in a new deluxe gig bag.

The specs:

  • Neck date 4Nov65B
  • Serial number L97786
  • Volume and tone pot 19th and 21st week of 1964
  • Older refinish Burgundy Mist Metallic body over Sunburst
  • Asymmetrical alder body
  • Maple neck
  • Fender transitional headstock logo
  • Bound Brazilian rosewood fretboard with dot inlays
  • 21 frets
  • 25-1/2 inch scale
  • 7.25 inch radius
  • 1-5/8 inch nut width
  • Tortoise pickguard
  • Lead and Rhythm circuits
  • Rhythm circuit volume and tone wheel controls
  • Lead circuit Volume and tone knob controls
  • 3-way selector switch
  • Fender soapbar single coil pickups
  • Tremolo lock bridge with long whammy bar
  • Kluson tuners
  • Original hardcase and bridge cover not included
  • Very good condition
  • New deluxe gig bag included

Vintage 1969 M.G. Contreras Classical

We are very excited here at the store to offer this vintage 1969 M.G. Contreras classical guitar. Manuel Contreras Sr. was a Madrid native who excelled in guitar building both at the Ramirez workshop and his own. This particular example has an unsigned label, so it was likely made by one of his shop apprentices under his guidance.

The guitar is in fantastic condition, it was well-loved and cared for by a local resident who adored it and even made some reel to reel recordings with it. Now that the tone woods are well-seasoned and broken in, it projects beautifully. Anyone in the market for a vintage Spanish-made classical, come check it out! Asking $5,499.00 in original case.

The specs:

  • Label reads: Constructor de Guitarras Calle Mayor, 80 Madrid, 1969
  • Indian rosewood back and sides
  • Spruce top
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Rosewood bridge
  • 656 mm scale
  • 52 mm nut width
  • Lacquer finish
  • Photo of original owner meeting Mr. Contreras with guitar
  • Original hardshell case included
  • Excellent 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

Vintage ca. 1968 Gibson EB-2D Cherry Bass

Thunder away your classic Jack Bruce or Glenn Cornick bass riffs, or your R&B funk on this super-sweet Gibson EB-2D! Made ca. 1968 it appears to be in excellent original condition. The eye-catching cherry finish on a Gibson semi-hollowbody is immediately recognizable.

This is the two-pickup version Gibson made with the huge neck-position humbucker and bridge-position mini-humbucker. The baritone boost switch is a nice feature to have, dialing in a fatter tone when you push it in.

This is a rare bass to find locally, and in such nice condition. Very minimal wear, set up for medium action. Plays nice with the short scale. Offered at $2,499.00 in the original Gibson hardshell case.

The specs:

  • Made in Kalamazoo, MI ca. 1968
  • Laminate maple semi-hollow body with iconic cherry gloss finish
  • Center wood block
  • 5-ply black pickguard
  • Cream binding
  • Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • Dot inlays
  • Gibson humbucker in neck position
  • Gibson mini-humbucker in bridge position
  • Two volume, two tone controls
  • 'Witch Hat' style knobs
  • 3-way selector switch
  • Baritone boost switch
  • 30.5 inch scale
  • 1-1/2 inch nut width
  • Bridge cover with mute included (in case)
  • Schaller open gear tuning machines
  • Pearl Gibson headstock and crown logo
  • Original Gibson hardcase
  • Excellent condition

Vintage Squire by Fender 80's Telecaster Japan

It's been a little while since our last made in Japan vintage Fender has come through. This mid 80's telecaster is in great shape and should make someone looking for a tele very happy. Only a couple very minor marks, it looks almost new. The black finish with the maple neck and fingerboard is a solid visual look. Twang away with the two single coils, slimmer neck profile on this one. All original $699.00 including a hardshell case.

The specs:

  • Made in Japan ca. 1984-87
  • Alder body in black finish
  • 1-Ply white pickguard
  • 1-Piece maple neck and fretboard
  • 21 frets
  • Black dot inlays
  • Slim C neck profile
  • 25.5 inch scale
  • 1-5/8 inch nut width
  • Two single coil pickups
  • Six individual bridge saddles
  • One volume, one tone control
  • 3-way selector switch
  • Gotoh chrome tuning machines
  • Excellent condition
  • hardshell case included

Rickenbacker 4003 Fireglo

A classic electric bass guitar has found its way into the Attic. Immediately recognizable and played by countless players, the Rickenbacker 4003 is a must-have in your collection. Slim body, attractive Fireglo finish, signature Ricky cut-through bass tone. This one dates to 1997, has only a couple of very minor scuffs, and is in excellent original condition. Offered at $1,699.00 in hardshell case.

The specs:

  • Made in Santa Ana, CA in 1997
  • Maple body in Fireglo finish
  • Maple neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • Shark Tooth triangle pearl inlays
  • Cream binding body and neck
  • 1-ply white pickguard
  • Rickenbacker bridge with dial up mute
  • Two single coil pickups
  • Chrome bridge pickup cover
  • Two volume, two tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch
  • Standard or Ric-o-sound stereo inputs
  • 33-1/4 inch scale
  • 1-11/16 inch nut width
  • Schaller Deluxe open gear tuners
  • Excellent condition
  • Hardshell case included

Michael Kelly ST-AB4 'NA'

We've had a few Michael Kelly used instruments come through the Attic, here we have an excellent condition steel string acoustic bass. It's nice to have the option to be heard unplugged if you're just sitting around jamming or songwriting. The Fishman Classic 4 pickup system is now out of production but it does the job well with plenty of E.Q. tweaking if need be. With the cost and size of an upright bass, give this affordable more manageable ST-AB4 some thought. Offered at $399.00 in a hardshell case.

The specs:

  • Made in Korea
  • Acoustic steel string bass
  • Solid spruce top
  • Mahogany back and sides
  • Cream binding
  • Abalone rosette
  • Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood bridge and fingerboard
  • Abalone dot inlays
  • Chrome tuning machines
  • Fishman Classic 4 system
  • Volume, bass, mid, treble, brilliance controls
  • Excellent condition
  • Hardshell case included

Alvarez AJ-60 SC/12 'Nat' 12-String

Along with the Guild, we had another 12-string come through recently. This Alvarez AJ-60SC is a nice mid-level solid top 12 with plenty of volume. Lots of E.Q. options with the pickup system including phase and feedback control. The built in tuner is certainly a handy feature to have on a 12 string.

Looking to layer your acoustic sound or stand out from the 6-string crowd? Give this one some thought. $399.00 in Access hardbag.

The specs:

  • Made in Korea
  • Jumbo body shape with cutaway
  • Solid Engelmann spruce top
  • Laminate maple back and sides
  • Cream binding
  • Maple neck
  • Rosewood fretboard and bridge
  • 1-7/8 inch nut width
  • Abalone rosette
  • Black pickguard
  • Chrome tuners
  • System 600T MKII pickup with lots of E.Q. controls and built in tuner
  • Excellent condition
  • Access hardbag 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.