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What's In Zach's Attic Today?

As of May 18th, 2019 we have the following used and vintage instruments in Zach's Attic:

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

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

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

Our Guarantee

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

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

The Minor Chord is a music store you can trust!

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Our Used and Vintage Instruments

Zach is our store manager and head instrument buyer. He hunts down the top quality used and vintage instruments that we feature here in "Zach's Attic".

1994 Seagull S6 Mahogany

The Seagull S6 has long been the staple of the Seagull guitar line. Here is a nice earlier example dating to 1994 in very good condition. Aside from some top wear by the pickguard, it's in great shape. Seagull is known for using cedar tops on their guitars. This feature lends to warm, clear tones. Combined with the boom of a dreadnaught, you get loud and clear.

The wider 1.8 inch nut width is favorable for those with larger hands or for those who simply like the wider spacing. If you're looking for a classic mid-level North American made acoustic guitar, don't wait on this's only $279.00 in a hardshell case!

The specs:

  • Made in Canada in 1994
  • Dreadnaught body style
  • Mahogany back and sides
  • Solid cedar top
  • 3 piece mahogany neck
  • Rosewood bridge and fretboard
  • Mother of pearl dot inlays
  • 1.8 inch nut width
  • Black pickguard
  • Hardshell case included

Martin OMCPA3

Just traded in is another nice solid wood Martin, the OMCPA3. Part of Martin's Performing Artist line, it's a great all-around guitar. The OM body style is more comfortable than larger shapes, and the cutaway allows easy access up the fingerboard. Solid rosewood and spruce yields a full, balanced tone.

Now that this instrument is a few years old and lovingly played, it's starting to season nicely. The Fishman F-1 Aura system has more than meets the eye and can dial in some fantastic plugged in sounds.

The built in chromatic tuner is also a plus. $1,349.00 with the original Martin hardcase included.

The specs:

  • OM body shape with cutaway
  • Solid rosewood back and sides
  • Solid Sitka spruce top with gloss finish
  • Richlite bridge and fingerboard
  • Select hardwood neck
  • Performing Artist neck profile
  • 1-3/4" nut width
  • Mother of pearl dot inlays
  • White body and neck binding
  • Chrome tuning machines
  • Tortoise pickguard
  • Fishman F-1 Aura system
  • Martin hardshell case included
  • Excellent condition

Vintage 1968 Fender Telecaster with Bigsby

Just in on consignment we have a fantastic vintage 1968 Fender Telecaster with the original factory installed Bigsby. Ash body in the popular blonde finish, it's got some honest play wear but looks and plays great! This seems to be one of the last with the original telecaster wiring scheme. The neck pickup has been replaced which drops the value a bit but the bridge pickup is original and cuts nicely. The middle selector switch position is full and beefy.

The neck has a nice even C profile consistent up the neck. It fits beautifully in the hand and is very easy to play. The Bigsby is nicely worn in and is smooth to use. The original frets have plenty of life left, the guitar set up beautifully for .010-.046 strings.

These Tele's with the factory Bigsby are not easy to find and do not come through often, let alone are offered up for sale. At $3,799.00 with the original Fender hardcase, we have priced it to move. Do not wait on this one, who knows if another will arrive anytime soon...

The specs:

  • Ash body in Blonde finish
  • Maple neck and fretboard
  • Factory installed Bigsby
  • Original bridge pickup
  • Replacement neck pickup (no cover)
  • Late 1967 CTS pots
  • Original Telecaster wiring scheme
  • 3 Jan 68B neck date
  • 3 ply white pickguard
  • Original tuners
  • Original volume and tone knobs
  • Original selector switch (no tip)
  • Original bridge (no cover)
  • String trees replaced
  • Original Fender Hardshell case

Heritage H-535

We are pleased to get on trade this fantastic barely used Heritage H-535. Done in the classic Translucent Cherry finish it immediately draws attention. The folks at the Michigan Heritage factory are well known for their quality of build. The nice thing is that Gibson versions go for simply higher prices because of the name so right off the bat Heritage guitars are a sweeter deal.

Finding one barely used is even better, the original owner simply wasn't finding himself playing it much. The H-535 is a versatile electric for rock, jazz, blues, country, etc. The 1-11/16 inch nut width we believe is more desirable than the slimmer necks.

Excellent condition with the original hardshell case included. Selling for $1,999.00

The specs:

  • Made in Kalamazoo, MI in 2017
  • Thinline Semi-Hollowbody
  • Laminated figured maple body
  • Translucent Cherry finish
  • Solid center block
  • Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • Dot inlays
  • Cream body and neck binding
  • Dual Seymour Duncan Seth Lover humbuckers
  • Stopbar tailpiece
  • Tune-o-matic bridge
  • Replaced volume and tone knobs
  • 1-11/16 inch nut width
  • Excellent condition
  • Hardshell case included

Ibanez ARZ-400    SOLD

Our newest arrival is this excellent condition Ibanez ARZ-400. Looks striking in the gloss black finish. The feature we all dug immediately is the scooped neck heel which makes it so much easier to access the upper frets. Speaking of frets, this model has 24 with the 25 inch scale.

The EMG passive humbuckers have plenty of output without being super duper gainy like some of their active pickups can be. This is a one owner guitar, sold here originally, and includes the official Ibanez hardshell case. Asking $399.00

The specs:

  • Mahogany body in gloss black finish
  • Mahogany set neck with scooped sculpted feel
  • Rosewood 24 fret fingerboard with binding
  • 25 inch scale
  • Gibraltar III bridge
  • Quik Change III tailpiece
  • EMG-HZ passive humbucker pickups
  • Chrome hardware
  • Excellent condition
  • Hardshell case included

Greg Bennett AB-11ce/AM

It's amazing how many cool bass guitars have come through the shop recently. Most have gone away, but here's a sweet Greg Bennett design AB-11ce/AM. This is a one owner, excellent condition instrument that's been well cared for.

Some acoustic basses are thick and difficult to get around, but with the 3 inch body depth, it's much more comfortable. Plugged in the Fishman system works great with separate sliders for volume, bass, middle, treble, and brilliance.

The hardshell case is also in excellent condition. Nice low action it plays great. This is a hard bass to find and we expect it to move very quickly at $499.00.

The specs:

  • Acoustic/Electric bass with venetian cutaway
  • Quilted maple back/sides/top
  • Amber finish
  • 3 inch thick body
  • 16 inch lower bout
  • 11-3/4 inch upper bout
  • 30 inch scale
  • Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Chrome tuning machines
  • Fishman pickup system with E.Q.
  • Hardshell case included

Vintage 1964 Guild Mark II

Here's a wonderful 1964 Guild Mark II classical guitar from the 1960's folk era. Overall in very good to excellent condition, it's seen some playing time but it's structurally sound and nicely worn in. Open tone with a nice low end despite being a solid top instrument.

The 3-piece neck provides added strength so the neck remained true despite all the years, and the medium carve is nice to wrap your hand around. The longer 25.5 inch scale is unique and interesting for a classical-style instrument - it does affect the sound and playability compared to shorter scale instruments. Beautifully figured Brazilian rosewood fretboard.

The 'D'-string tuning machine is slightly bent but it works fine and doesn't need to be replaced. Check out the very cool case as well. This is a very good deal at $599.00

The specs:

  • Made in Hoboken, NJ in 1964
  • Mahogany back and sides
  • Solid spruce top
  • Brazilian rosewood fingerboard and bridge
  • Three-piece mahogany neck
  • 25.5 inch scale
  • 2-inch nut width
  • Tortoise binding front and back
  • Black and red themed rosette
  • Slotted headstock
  • Nickel tuners with white buttons
  • Original deluxe chipboard style case

Peavey Foundation Fretless Bass

Attention bass players: Have you thought about going fretless? Here is your chance with this Peavey Foundation fretless bass dating to 1991. Made in the U.S.A. it is a solidly built instrument with plenty of life left. More like a jazz bass, the neck is slim and easy to wrap around. Ultra smooth playability with the fretless fingerboard. The line fret markers are a nice visual aid.

This is a great deal on a U.S.-made instrument at $350.00. Gig bag included.

The specs:

  • Made in U.S.A in 1991
  • Double-cutaway poplar body
  • Sunburst finish
  • Bolt-on maple neck
  • Rosewood fretboard with pearl dot inlays
  • 34 inch scale
  • Fixed bridge
  • Two single-coil pickups
  • Two volume, one tone control
  • Chrome hardware

Vintage Sunn 1X15 Bass Cabinet

Just arrived in the Attic - this early 70's 1X15 inch Sunn bass cabinet. Back in the 60's and 70's, Sunn was one of the top bass amp and cabinet manufacturers. Sturdy pine cabinet, very good condition with minimal wear, and it's not a huge cabinet compared to other 15-inchers. The speaker is located on the left side of the cabinet so when you tilt it onto its side feet, the speaker is right off the floor to dispense the sound. Very nice full and clear tone.

We have our G/K MB200 head set up to power the cab and it sounds great! The speaker only has an 80 watt rating, but it's mounted in an efficient open-vented cabinet so it still makes lots of noise. You won't need (or want) to put tons of power through it. Bassists out there...if you're lacking a 15 inch speaker in your rig and appreciate things vintage, this is a great deal at $349.00.

The specs:

  • Built in early 1970's
  • Pine cabinet
  • Single 15 inch Sunn Transducer 158B speaker
  • 80 Watts
  • Measures 26" height, 24" wide, 15" deep
  • Four wheels
  • Tilt feature with four feet for stability off the wheels

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.