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Used and Vintage Guitars


The Music Zoo maintains a great selection of used guitars, basses, and amplifiers. The guitars pictured here are in stock and individually photographed. Please note: pre-owned/used equipment does not include the manufacturer's warranty. Items are sold as-is. Please get in touch with us if you have any questions at all --we'll be happy to give an in-hand description. Learn more about trades and consignments.




Used 1946 Gibson LG-2 Acoustic Guitar Sunburst
The guitar has had a neck reset and a number of cracks on the top and back have been repaired--a few of them are cleated. There's a patch on the edge of the soundhole. Bracing is tight and the guitar plays perfectly up and down the neck and delivers amazing tone.

The LG-2 was one of Gibson's most popular acoustic flat-top guitars during its 20-year run that began in 1942. It's built with a spruce top, honduran mahogany back and sides, a mahogany neck, and Brazilian rosewood fretboard. It's small body uses X bracing on its soundboard. Whatever the reason (workmanship and materials, perhaps) the LG-2 is renowned for its sustain and having the projection of an instrument much larger in size. No serial number exists for this guitar, however the large script logo and lack of a headstock banner date this guitar to 1946.
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Used 1950s Gibson Vintage L-50 Archtop Guitar Sunburst
This pre-owned Gibson L50 SB was built around 1951, based on the factory order number stamped inside (5485-34) and other characteristics such as the McCarty-era trapezoid fret markers, a beveled multi-ply pickguard, and the post-1947 modern Gibson logo in which the dot for the letter ‘I” is not connected to the “G”. Features include a double-bound 16” body, a solid spruce top, tone-bar bracing, mahogany sides and (arched) back, a bound 19-fret rosewood fretboard, and single-line, “no-name” Kluson tuners, and a beveled multi-ply pickguard, and a solid mahogany neck that has likely been reset at some point.

The guitar is in very good condition although it’s definitely been played. There’s some slight checking and significant scratch marks toward the upper bouts (somebody has definitely strummed this guitar as if their life depended on it). Then, there are the dings throughout the top and on the lower side of the body. A significant gouge appears by the upper F-hole. Still there’s the fact that this guitar is truly fun to play; it’s easy on the touch and eminently playable. Is it the loudest acoustic guitar? No, however the L50 wasn’t intended to be a heard within a swing band although it would fit in with small ensemble. It’s scale length (traditional Gibson scale of 24 ¾”) and body size is the same as the L-4 and ES-175 models. The L50’s The bridge is the compensated adjustable rosewood type that was popular on Gibson’s archtops of the era. With its dark sunburst laquer finish and overall hip vibe, here’s a guitar to play and enjoy. Singer/songwriters looking for something different will love it. Comes with a non-original hardshell case.
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Used 1951 Gibson ES-350 Archtop Electric Guitar Natural
Here's a pre-owned 1951 Gibson ES-350 archtop electric guitar in excellent condition. It's had a hole drilled in the back of the headstock, likely for attaching a guitar strap or hanging on a hook, but it's been expertly filled in and there's very little notice that it once existed. It has a laminated maple top with two parallel braces, and also a laminated maple back and sides. Triple-ply binding exists on the top and back. The neck is two-piece maple with a mahogany strip and a 20-fret bound rosewood fretboard with split parallelogram inlays. Electronics feature two P-90 pickups and two volume controls along with a master tone control. No toggle control exists. Hardware consists of a rosewood pre-set compensating saddle and a trapeze tailpiece with three raised parallelograms. Guitar appears to be all original and includes the original case.
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Used 1954 Gibson L-4 Archtop Acoustic Guitar
This is a pre-owned Gibson L-4 archtop acoustic guitar in excellent condition. Although an L-4 has existed in Gibson's line since the early 20th century, this example is from 1954 and follows the lead set by the L-5 in the early 1920s (the L-5 is credited as being the guitar the "first" archtop jazz guitar). The L-4 borrows many of the L-5s features but was offered at a lower price. It's nonetheless credited as being a superb-playing and sounding instrument favored by many. It's constructed using a carved spruce top, maple back and sides, a mahogany neck and rosewood (Brazilian) fretboard with split parallelogram fret markers. This guitar is plenty loud; add a floating pickup and it gets louder. It's a joy to play and behold.
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Used 1955 Gibson Les Paul Vintage Electric Guitar Goldtop
Here we have an original Gibson Les Paul Model from 1955. The guitar is one of the cleanest we have seen and in totally original condition. The guitar has obviously been well cared for its entire life. It shows faint arm wear on the top edge as well as near the pick guard, only visible when the light hits it just right. You can also feel it faintly, just a bit of orange peel, where the nitro has worn-in slightly. There is a small (but we guess notable) ding on the back of the neck higher up on the bass side. Very minor, but as compared to the rest of the guitar, it is worth mentioning. All electronics and parts appear correct and original. Original hardshell case is included which does show very light wear but is also in excellent condition. The pink interior is as vibrant as ever. Though this guitar appears to have been stored away, we see signs that it was indeed used, but obviously in a controlled setting. It plays wonderfully and sounds awesome. Great depth and woodiness acoustically, and nice resonance. Weighs 8lbs 14oz and is well balanced in your hands. A great collectible that has a lot of soul.
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Used 1957 Gibson Les Paul Junior Singlecut Sunburst
This vintage Gibson Les PaulJunior is in good overall condition. It has all original electronics (P-90 pickups, CTS pots, and bumblebee cap), and original hardware and frets. The original tuners were off the guitar at one point and the holes were widened. They are now reinstalled on the guitar. Further, the instrument's knobs have been replaced on the guitar, as well as the 21st fret dot marker. Overall, the guitar shows quite a bit of wear to its finish, especially on the back, but it has no breaks or repairs to the wood. And let's remember: it plays and sounds fantastic.
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Used 1958 Gibson J-200 Acoustic Guitar Natural Perry Como Owned
This Gibson 1958 J-200 was once owned by the singer Perry Como, and was presented to him as a gift by jazz guitarist Tony Mottolla, who had worked with Como as an accompanist. The instrument is in fantastic condition considering its age and you're not likely to find a 1950s J-200 in such top-notch shape. It features some gorgeous flame maple and a natural finish. The guitar has light checking over most of its surface. There are two small cracks on the top, both of which are closed up and may have been glued some time ago. Does not appear they were cleated. There are a few other minor scratches and nicks t the finish but nothing major. Three of the tuning machine buttons are replaced though all six machines are original. This guitar remains a truly solid, vintage instrument; bracing is tight, top and body are in great shape, and it is highly original. Although the instrument was recently serviced, action is low and some light fret buzzing exists in a couple spots. The guitar will likely need fretwork and/or a neck reset, neither of which appear to have ever been done, but we’ll leave this to a future owner to decide on.

The guitar comes with its original Lifton case and also some memorability and paperwork. This includes a letter from Mottolla to Como when the guitar was given to Como. There is a concert program from the '80s signed by Como, and also a publicity photo which serves as a letter to Como's nephew, who eventually became the guitar's owner. Further, the guitar's original strings are included and labeled as such in a separate package.
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Used 1959 Gibson ES-345 Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar Sunburst
This is a pre-owned 1959 Gibson ES-345 guitar in excellent condition. The original tuners were removed as the buttons were starting to crumble. They were replaced with an original, correct ‘50s set with new Uncle Lou buttons. Shows some checking on its surface as well as light wear/oxidation to the gold plated hardware. Guitar appears all original otherwise. It's a great playing and sounding 345 with a fantastic Tobacco Sunburst finish that has gorgeous yellows and reds fading into very dark brown at the edge. Features include a laminated maple top, back and sides with a maple center block, and a mahogany neck with a rosewood fretboard and split-parallelogram position inlays. Pickups are PAFs with independent volume and tone controls and the famous Gibson six-position "Varitone" pre-set tone switch. Let's not forget the stereo outputs! Ships in original case and includes original tuners.
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Used 1959 Gibson Vintage ES-335 TD Electric Guitar Sunburst
We don't come across an original 1959 Gibson ES-335 every day, but look what crawled into the Zoo. This fantastic example of guitar history from Gibson's "Golden Age" of electric guitar design, is in excellent condition, plays and sounds ridiculously great, and it comes with its original and non-original hardshell case. You'll notice in our photos that the guitar has a few subtle marks and some playing wear. But that's to be expected; heck, it's been played and loved, soaking up music throughout the course of its 55 years.
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Used 1964 Gibson ES-120T Electric Guitar Sunburst
This is a Gibson ES-120T electric guitar was built in the mid-'60s and its in overal excellent condition for its age. There's some lacquer checking, small chips around the headstock's edges, and a paint chip on the back of the neck near the heel. These guitars, marketed as student models when introduced in the early 1960s, had electronics--including a this single-coil similar to what was used on Gibson's Melody Makers--entirely mounted on the pickguard. The guitar has a laminated maple top and back and mahogany sides. A mahogany neck with a rosewood fretboard joins the body at the 14th fret.
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Used 1968 Gibson Les Paul Custom Electric Guitar Ebony
This is a pre-owned 1968 Gibson Les Paul Custom guitar in good overall condition. To be sure, this thing hasn't been sitting around in its case for 46 years; it has lacquer checking throughout the body, neck, and headstock, and the multi-ply binding is a nice vintagey yellow. Also, the gold hardware is worn and aged. Then, there are the nicks, scratches, dings, and buckle wear--all indicative of a well-played guitar that dates back to the year of the Summer of Love. Other indications of that year of manufacture is the lack of a "Made in USA" indentation on the back of the headstock, a one-piece mahogany body (with two-piece maple top) and one-piece neck, a long neck tenon, and an electronics cavity with rounded side routes. This combined with the lack of a volute and the serial number 516888 confirm this guitar as 1968 vintage.

The guitar plays well and sounds mighty! It weighs in at 9 pounds, 3 ounces and has a sorta clubby '68 neck profile that measures .890-1.040. And not unusual for an instrument that's been heavily used, it's had some part changes over the years. Original frets have been converted to low-mediums with very light wear showing, and they seem to have been dressed at one point. The nut is original, and the guitar plays great up and down without buzzing. More notably, the bridge pickup has been changed to something newer, possibly '70s-era Gibson T-Tops as indicated by a rubber-coated lead, but the original gold pickup cover was used. In the neck position we still have the guitar's stock PAF pickup, and the black pickup rings both appear original. The bottom strap button has a larger, flat-top screw. The pots and caps are original, as well as the switch, but the jack and jack plate appear replaced. The solder points for the switch appear to have been touched at the pots, however, as they do not have the same level of oxidation as the other original solder points. Pot dates are not easily read due to solder, wires and oxidation that we do not wish to disturb.

So there it is, a fine example of the 1968 Les Paul Custom. Under 450 of these special guitars were made--special because it's from the first run of Customs that marked the reintroduction of a great guitar back into the Gibson fold. It's hard to imagine what the '70s would have been like if the almighty Les Pauls didn't find their way back. Maybe Ace Frehley would've been playing a Tele?
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Used 1969 Gibson Les Paul Model Electric Guitar Goldtop
Those late ‘60s Les Pauls are among the finest produced by Gibson, and here we have a pre-owned 1969 Les Paul Model Goldtop in excellentn condition. It features a one-piece mahogany neck, one piece mahogany body, and a two-piece center-seam maple top. No "Made in the USA" stamp and no neck volute. This is an early ’69 transitional guitar with the larger headstock, blank pre-Deluxe truss rod cover, long neck tenon, original P90 pickups and pot codes that date to the 50th week of 1968. The tuners, knobs and nylon saddle bridge are all original. The hardshell case appears non-original as it is a maroon lining early ‘70s case.

The pickup routes show some paint/wood scraped away to accommodate the wiring and screws on the bottom of the pickups, which appear original. As you may recall with later Deluxe models, Gibson installed a metal bar under the mini-humbucker so the humbucker had something to screw into. With this guitar, a small piece of mahogany was tacked into place to raise the pickup and give the screw something to bite into. This may have been done after-market. The bridge pickup mahogany riser has since been removed and a piece of foam now acts as the shim. Otherwise, the solder connections, electronics, and parts all appear original, correct, and untouched. The guitar has light checking as well has a handful of small dings over the surface. It’s in great condition for its age. Case is missing a latch. Overall, this one plays excellent and sounds wonderful.
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Used 1971 Gibson SG Electric Guitar Walnut
This is a 1971 Gibson SG in a Walnut finish, pre-owned and in very good condition with typical player's wear and a missing pickguard. Like most SGs, this one is all mahogany (back and neck). The neck, which is 1-5/8" wide at the nut, has a very nice dark rosewood fretboard with original frets that have plenty of meat left on them. Pickups are originals and have "Gibson" stamped on the covers. One feature of this era of SGs is a black plastic control plate with four volume and tone witch hat knobs. The guitar is all original except for a replaced volume knob. The guitar plays very nice and has been well maintained. It includes a Gibson-branded horseshoe Bigsby tailpiece.
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Used 1972 Gibson ES-340 TD Electric Guitar Natural
Here's something interesting. It's a pre-owned 1972 Gibson ES-340TDN electric guitar in excellent condition for its age--very clean throughout with the occasional light mark or pick scatch. Gibson built these semi-hollowbody models from 1969 to '74 and they're very similar to the classic ES-335 with the notable exception of having a very rounded three-piece maple neck. Also, the 340's have electronics with individual volume controls, a master tone control, and the remaining pot serving as a pickup "blend" control and a toggle switch for standby mode (i.e., a "kill switch"). These guitars came with a tune-o-matic bridge (with nylon saddles) and a trapeze tailpiece, and also the period-correct Gibson humbucker pickups that are embossed with the Gibson logo.
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Used 1979 Gibson Les Paul Artist Electric Guitar Tobacco Sunburst
For the artist in you, here's a pre-owned 1979 Gibson Les Paul Artist guitar in very good condition. There's a few dings here and there, a scratch by the volume pots, and some slight tarnishing on the hardware. These rarities were made from roughly 1978 to 1981 and incorporated active circuitry designed by Moog (yes, the Synthesizer company, which Gibson's owner distrubuted at that time) that added compression and various tone-shaping possibilities. The guitar was built using a five-piece laminated maple neck, an ebony fretboard, with a mahogany body and maple top. The body has a unique "scarf" or tummy cut on the body. Other features scream late '70s, such as a TP6 fine-tuning tailpiece. At 10-plus pounds, this son of a gun is heavy, but is beautifully built and sounds great nonetheless. The guitars three mini-toggles activate the active circuitry.
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Used 1980s Hondo Machine Gun Electric Guitar Camouflage
Rat-a-tat-tat. We've got very rare, collectible, pre-owned Hondo Machine Gun guitar from the '80s in good condition, likely inspired by a few Rambo movies too many. This guitar has a bolted 22-fret neck with a rosewood fretboard, a tremolo bridge, and OEM pickups. The "trigger" is actually a pickup selector and the single volume control is on the guitar's top. The instrument's soft-shell case is in fair condition.
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Used 1982 BC Rich Bich Electric Guitar Salmon Pink
Here for sale is a 1982 BC Rich Bich guitar owned by Music Zoo owner Tommy Colletti and recently blogged about on our website. The guitar is in excellent condition. There are a couple of felt stickers on the instrument's back--we're not sure why they were put there but they're there. Otherwise, a great Bich built back in the company's golden age. The Bich, like other BC Rich guitars of that era, is a neck-thru design wherein a maple neck (with rosewood fretboard) is adjoined with Koa wings. The 24-fret, two-octave fretboard has a heel-less construction and a genuine bone nut. Electronics are classic BC Rich circuitry with two DiMarzio pickups fuelling features such as individual preamps for each pickup, a six-position varitone, phase switches, and dual-sound circuits.
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Used 1982 Fender Fullterton Telecaster Electric Guitar Sienna Sunburst
This is a rare, pre-owned 1982 Fender Telecaster in very good condition. Issues are minimal, just some light scratches, some minor dings under the pickguard, and a bit of fret wear. Further, we can't verify the originality of the electronics (pickups, pots, and wiring) but we suspect it's been changed. Only a handful of Teles have this unusual Sienna Sunburst finish. Features are quintessentially Tele: Ash body, Maple Neck, and a bridge with the three-barrel string saddles. This guitar was made in Fender's original Fullerton facility and represents the last of the CBS-era guitars. Fender guitars from this era are highly regarded for their quality.
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