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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.




Used 1948 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. The guitar is in all-original 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 tuning knob on the G string was replaced.
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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 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 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 1959 Gibson Melody Maker 3/4 Size Electric Guitar Sunburst
This vintage 3/4 size Melody Maker is an excellent example of Gibson's classic era electric guitars! Late '50s Gibsons don't come around that often; all-original examples even less so. This guitar features the larger single-coil pickup first introduced in 1959. The all-original electronics let you dial in great biting rock tones with ease. The original hardware, including the bridge, tuners, and pickguard, are all here, and the original alligator-style case is included as well, making this a real collectors dream! This instrument is in overall very good vintage condition with players wear as shown in the photographs. The original frets are still intact and have plenty of life left.
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Used 1960s Silvertone 1448 Amp-in-Case Guitar and Amplifier
Lo-fi nuts and indie rockers rejoice. Here's an preowned Silvertone 1448 Amp-in-Case guitar and amplifier that dates to the 1960s (these models were made from 1962 to 1968). The amp puts three watts of power into a single five-inch loudspeaker using a single preamp and power tube and a tube rectifier, with only a volume control in the circuit. The guitar is a familiar Danelectro-made semi-hollowbody style in a 3/4 size; a masonite top and bottom with a plywood frame and a poplar center block, a bolt-on maple neck with an 18-fretrosewood fretboard, a single lipstick pickup, and non-adjustable bridge.
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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 1964 Rickenbacker 325 Electric Guitar Jetglo
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 very good vintage condition with surface wear and dings throughout, as well as some buckle rash on the back and scratches on the neck near the headstock.
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Used 1965 Gibson Byrdland Electric Guitar Vintage Sunburst - Used
We have a preowned 1965 Gibson Byrdland guitar in very good condition. The instrument has an added strap button and there's a slight crack by the input jack. That aside, this is a great sounding and playing guitar. This guitar is a thin hollowbody guitar with a shorter 23.5" scale length, maple back and sides, a spruce top, a maple neck with an ebony fretboard, and Alnico V pickups. The appointments are pretty fancy as you can see, with multi-ply binding, headstock inlay work, and gold-plated hardware.
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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 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 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 1979 Fender 25th Anniversary Stratocaster Electric Guitar Porsche Silver
This pre-owned Strat was made in celebration of the Stratocaster's 25th Anniversary back in 1979. Featuring a Maple neck bolted to an Ash body, this Strat sounds and feels like a great Fender guitar. Three single-coil pickups provide all the twang you'd expect, and the middle positions give that great Strat quack. A four-bolt neck plate is engraved with "1954-1979", commemorating the then 25 years of the Stratocaster. The Sperzel tuners are original, and are a significant improvement on the then standard "F" stamped factory standards. The Porsche Silver paint job shows some subtle signs of aging as one would expect from a nearly 40 year old guitar, including some players wear throughout, but otherwise this instrument is in overall very good vintage condition.
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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 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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