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Vintage And Used Guitars

Vintage And Used 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.




Gibson Custom Shop James A. Willis Water Tower Les Paul Electric Guitar
Gibson's Artist in Residence James A. Willis has created numerous works of guitar art for the Gibson Custom Shop. This Water Tower model is a one-of-a-kind instrument that depicts an iconic image of the New York City skyline water towers. Many buildings in the Outer Boroughs have vintage water towers on the roof. Inspired by these classic apartment building features, Mr. Willis created the Copper and Wood inlay on the top of this Les Paul. The wood pickguard is carved from a piece of a decommissioned water tower for an amazing intersection of fine art and industrial objects. The resulting guitar is a singular piece of art that can never be duplicated. Each James A. Willis guitar is a single run, one-of-a-kind instrument. This instrument is in overall excellent condition.
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Gibson SG Min-Etune Electric Guitar Cherry Satin
Here's a pre-owned Gibson SG Min-Etune Electric Guitar Cherry Satin in overall excellent condition. The original owner who traded this SG in kept it in immaculate shape! There are no issues at all cosmetically or playing wise. The 2014 SG Min-Etune features an extremely convenient, state-of-the-art tuning technology that delivers lightning fast tuning with pin-point accuracy. The Min-Etune system takes human error out of the equation with a robot tuner that will give you perfect pitch at the touch of a button. You can also choose from 12 popular alternate tunings, including 6 you can program yourself, and manual tuning is always available. However this model is more than just its technology; the SG min-Etune delivers classic Gibson tone with a solid mahogany body. The maple neck has a nice slim profile, and ’61 Zebra humbuckers deliver massive tone with plenty of sustain.
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Used 1946 Gibson ES-300 Archtop Electric Guitar Natural
This vintage ES-300 is a big bodied jazz box perfect for collectors and players alike! Once considered the top of the archtop line, the ES-300 features a single P90 in the neck position with master volume and tone controls for amazing vintage jazz tones. The all-Maple body and Mahogany neck combine for a sweet tone with big sustain that's absolutely Gibson. A rare Kluson tailpiece adds to the killer vintage vibe on this great archtop. The guitar is in very good vintage condition, with wear as would be expected from a nearly 70 year old instrument including finish checking throughout, dings on the upper bout and back of the neck, some separation by the neck heel, cracks by the input jack, and a screw on the treble side of the neck. A strap button was added and the G string tuning machine was replaced. The neck looks to have been refitted at some point and has a slight dip on the fretboard extension causing some buzzing on the upper frets, but plays and sounds like a wonderful players guitar.
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Used 1950s Supro Six-String Doubleneck  Steel Guitar Pearloid White
This is a preowned Valco-made Supro six-tring double neck console steel guitar from the 1950s. Essentially, it's two individual six-string Supro Komet laps that have been conjoined. There are no legs for this instrument so presumably it's meant to rest on one's lap or on a table (or console). The instrument is in overall very good condition and with some parts changes: particularly the original tuners have been replaced and (they're in the case) and the control knobs appear non-original (there's one original knob in the case that matches many pictures on the internet).

The instrument is has a mother-of-pearl toilet seat-like (aka, MOTS) covering on either a wood or phenolic body (some also say the body is Res-o-Glass, essentially fiberglass). On the fretboard are some very cool Art Deco-inspired position markers that resemble crop circles or something otherwordly. Actually the entire guitar is very Deco-like and all of the Supro lap steels are great examples of mid-century modern design. The instrument's pickup is quite unusual as the strings actually go through it. (This is the same pickup that Ry Cooder has attached to the mid-'60s Strat he uses for bottleneck playing). Included with the instrument are its fingerpicks, a bar, plenty of lap steel instruction books and sheet music, and a cord. Please note that Supro lap steels of this era use a proprietary "screw jack" cable rather than a universal 1/4" output jack. The cable in the case works intermittently and has electrical tape on it. A conversion to a standard output jack may be necessary down the line.
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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 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 shrink. 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 1962 Gibson Byrdland Electric Guitar Vintage Sunburst
While new sonic landscapes were being explored by musicians in the 1950's, guitarists expressed an interest in a hollowbody that kept a familiar look and tone to it, but with a little twist to provide them with some new inspiration. With this in mind, Gibson consulted with Nashville session musicians Billy Byrd and Hank Garland to create the Gibson Byrdland, released in 1955.

This gorgeous vintage instrument was crafted at the famous Gibson factory in Kalamazoo, Michigan. This Byrdland features a Florentine cutaway and and a classic Sunburst finish over the Spruce top and subtly figured Maple body. With its thinner 2-1/4" body depth and 23.5" scale length, the Byrdland is a joy to play, with the nylon saddles and Bigsby tailpiece giving this guitar a real vintage vibe. This instrument is in overall very good vintage condition, with finish checking throughout along with dings and dents as would be expected for a vintage instrument. There is a crack in the fingerboard binding near the neck pickup. The pickups are non-original Gibson "patent number" pickups, and both the neck and bridge pickups have the same spacing. The controls are somewhat scratchy but are in working condition. The included case is either the orignal or a period correct model.
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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 1964 Rickenbacker 325 Electric Guitar Fireglo
The Rickenbacker 325 was made world famous by Beatles frontman John Lennon in their 1964 appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. While his model was a pre-production prototype with a solid top, this production model 325 features an F-hole on the Maple top. The three original "Toaster" pickups provide all of the jangle that Rics are known for, and the tremolo lets you get everything from surf vibrato to rockabilly warble. This instrument is in overall good vintage condition with finish checking, chips, and dings throughout, as well as some buckle rash on the back as shown in the photographs.
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Used 1969 Gibson Les Paul Standard Vintage Electric Guitar Goldtop
Here we have a very early, pre-owned vintage 1969 Les Paul Standard Goldtop in excellent 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. These late ‘60s Les Pauls are among the finest produced by Gibson.

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 1974 Gibson '55 Les Paul Special Reissue Electric Guitar Vintage Sunburst
This 1974 model is the first reissue of the '55 Les Paul Special. Like the original, the guitar features a two tone sunburst finish on the top of the Mahogany, while the back is a Natural gloss. Black P-90s, 4 ply black pickguard, and black tone knobs provide a wonderful contrast. The Rosewood fingerboard features dot inlay and cream binding. All wiring, pickups, and controls are original. The bridge is an All Parts replacement model. This guitar is in overall excellent condition with some typical tiny nicks, pick scratches, and mild buckle rash you would expect from a guitar of this vintage.
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Used 1977 Martin D-35 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Natural
Introduced in 1965, the Martin D-35 featured a three-piece back. At the time it was the company's solution to a scarcity of rosewood lumber, but it continues today to feature the gorgeous grain of the East Indian Rosewood. This pre-owned model features a bound Ebony fingerboard and the D-35 bracing pattern. The Spruce top and East Indian Rosewood back and sides combine with the bracing to provide a unique tone that's still classic Martin. This instrument is in overall very good condition with some light finish checking on the top as shown in the photographs, however there are no cracks in the wood. The pickguard is also slightly lifting from the top, and the original hardshell case's hinges are not attached.
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Used 1979 Gibson ES-347 Electric Guitar Natural Blonde
This pre-owned ES-347 takes Gibson's traditional semi-hollowbody shape and adds improved electronics and hardware. The toggle switch on the treble bout selects either Humbucking or Single Coil mode for both pickups; allowing for a wide variety of tones not normally available with a Gibson guitar. The pickups are the original Gibson humbuckers. The tailpiece is a fine tuning model, allowing for greater tuning precision than the traditional headstock tuners. Other features include laminate Maple construction, Mahogany center block, a bound Ebony fretboard with Pearloid block inlay, 22 frets, and a Tune-o-Matic bridge with Nylon saddles. This instrument is in overall very good condition with some light surface scratching and light cracks in the binding.
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Used 1983 B.C. Rich Bich Supreme Electric Guitar Trans Pink Pearl Burst
This pre-owned Bich Supreme features a distinctive finish that's sure to turn heads. The finish features a Transparent Pink stain with a Pearl Burst effect on the edge of the body that creates an amazing sense of depth when lit at the right angle. The neck-through construction uses Maple for the neck and for the two body wings. The Full Active electronics feature numerous knobs and switches, and allow for a near-endless combination of pickup and pre-amp settings. The humbuckers are the original DiMarzios. Other features include a Kahler tremolo and Mother-of-Pearl "Cloud" inlays on the Rosewood fretboard. This guitar is in overall good condition with some dings and dents.
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Used 1989 48th Street Custom Electric Guitar Pink Metallic
This is a hand-made 48th Street Custom guitar. All the traditional "Superstrat" appointments are here: Fast and smooth 24 fret neck, 2 Seymour Duncan Black Winter humbuckers, a single Volume control, a Schaller-licensed Floyd Rose bridge, and a bright Pink Metallic finish. This guitar is in overall excellent condition with a few dings as seen in the pictures.
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Used 1989 Knutson Luthiery Songbird Acoustic/Electric Guitar Natural
This great-looking guitar is a preowned, 1989 Knutson Songbird guitar in very good condition with only some light surface scratches and swirling on its body. Although acoustic in appearance and tone, this is a thin, solid-body guitar with a mahogany body, a spruce top, and a V-shaped mahogany neck with a rosewood fretboard. The Songbird is comparable to the Gibson Chet Atkins guitar as both use similar materials and design. Electronics for the transducer-type pickup include a volume and tone knob.
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Used 1990 Gibson Master Series L-4 CES Mahogany Archtop Electric Guitar Vintage Sunburst
We always love a good Jazz box at the Zoo, and this model is one of the all-time greats. This pre-owned Master Series L-4 caught our eye with its gorgeous Vintage Sunburst finish giving this guitar an eye catching look, especially when contrasted with the Gold hardware. This guitar provides top-of-the-line sound and feel thanks to the Spruce and Mahogany construction combined with a Bartolini humbucker in the neck and a '57 Classic humbucker in the bridge position. To top it all off, the guitar has a classic L-4 tailpiece paired with an ABR-1 bridge that combines old-school looks with modern functionality. This instrument is in overall very good condition. The original owner replaced the original '57 Classic neck pickup, but we're including it here.
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