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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 get in touch with us if you have any questions, we'll be happy to give an in-hand description.

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Used 1930's Recording King M-3 Archtop Acoustic Guitar Sunburst
This is a Recording King M-3 model, made in the 1930’s sold through Montgomery Ward. Recording King instruments were made through the Gibson company and sold through the mail order catalog – as many other major companies became manufacturers for smaller brands that were sold as affordable mail-order instruments. The M-3 is built with a spruce top, laminate maple back and sides, 5-piece neck, and an adjustable rosewood bridge. The scale length on the M-3 is 24-3/4”. The guitar is in good playing condition, there is an area of wear on the back of the neck around the cowboy chords area with checking and dings throughout the rest of the guitar. Overall a fun player of an instrument that’s over 60 years old, and includes a non-original hardshell case.
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Used 1930s Recording King Archtop Guitar Sunburst
You couldn't ask for more vibe in a vintage Archtop. Here we have a 1930's Recording King guitar. Recording King was the house brand for Montgomery Ward stores, and have stood the test of time to become excellent instruments that stand on their own. This guitar has gone through some player-friendly modifications over the years. The sunburst finish looks to have been touched up and refinished over the years, with an overspray on the neck. The previous owner had a technician install a Lawrence pickup in the neck as well. The guitar has its share of dings and scratches as pictured, and includes a non-original hardshell case.
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Used 1950's Silvertone Espanada S1384 Electric Guitar Black
This is a mid to late 1950’s Silvertone Espanada S1384, a hollowbody guitar that was part of the offerings of Harmony guitars sold through Sears & Roebuck mail order catalogs. The Espanada was one of the key models that played a role in 1950's Rockabilly, and this one has all of the black and white tuxedo appointments, and includes a rare vintage soft leather-like Artistic bag.

This Espanada is in overall very good condition; a piece of binding has cracked (otherwise all other areas of binding have held up), the truss rod is fully operational, a strap pin has been added and there is no longer a pickguard on the guitar. Features include a full 25.5" scale length, two Gibson-made P-13 single-coils and bakelite art deco knobs. A very cool guitar for any enthusiast of 1950’s mail-order electrics.
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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 1953 Gibson Les Paul Standard Electric Guitar Goldtop
It's a good day to work at The Music Zoo when word spreads that an original Goldtop its on its way to the store. Here we have a 1953 Gibson Les Paul Standard with a Goldtop finish. The '53 Goldtop saw the Les Paul go from the original trapeze tailpiece to the simple-yet-effective wraparound tailpiece paired with two soapbar P-90 pickups. This guitar has its share of cosmetic wear that add to the allure of a vintage Les Paul.

The plastic parts look original to the guitar, or old enough to be – the backplate is a bit loose, it could have been sanded down a bit to make opening the cavity easier. In the cavity both capacitors look to be original – with one of them having a newer looking solder connection. The bridge is leaning a bit, typical of ‘50s guitars with wraparound tailpieces, and a washer was added to the output jack. The fifth fret inlay was cracked and reglued. Under close examination, the guitar has a possible refret, as the frets are very clean in comparison to the guitars finish – however, the work would have been very professionally done, and the appropriate vintage size frets were used.

All in all, this is an amazing playing and sounding Les Paul that had all of us grinning like kids in a toy store. The neck feels slim at the nut and just fits right in your hand as it gets a bit chunkier when you play up the board. The intonation of the guitar is spot on with all chords and notes ringing out in tune, and the P-90s on this guitar still have a crystal clear growl that give back just as much as you put into them. This '53 includes a period-correct Lifton Les Paul case (not a California Girl style case) with pink interior that is in very good condition and all latches functioning.11
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Used 1955 Gretsch 6039 "Fleetwood" Archtop Guitar Natural
This is a rare bird! A vintage 1955 Gretsch "Fleetwood" 6039 archtop guitar in a natural finish. The 6039 is a model you don't see all too often, and It’s pretty much all original, even down to the frets – however the pickguard is likely a reproduction. It is not currently mounted to the body. The guitar has its share of markings, none of which are holes or any outstanding repairs which need to be made. It’s a great sounding guitar, and comes with a period correct Lifton hardshell case.
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Used 1959 Gibson ES-125 Hollowbody Electric Guitar Sunburst
Known for their great tone and one of our favorite “hanging on the couch” guitars – here’s a ’59 ES-125 in a sunburst finish. This hollowbody has a maple body, mahogany neck with a rosewood fretboard, single P-90 neck pickup, and a trapeze tailpiece with wooden bridge. The guitar is in fair playing condition; there are some dings around the top and a medium amount of fretwear. It’s still an excellent sounding instrument, and includes a non-original hardshell case.
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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 ES-345 Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar Tobacco Sunburst
Gibson's semi-hollow designs from the late 1950's provided electric guitarists the perfect blend of airy hollowbody tones with the feedback resistance of solidbody instruments. This stunning 1959 ES-345 is finished in a classic Tobacco Sunburst over the Maple laminate body. The Rosewood fingerboard is inlaid with Mother-Of-Pearl Split Parallelograms for a distinctive look. The aged Gold hardware adds an amazing patina to the instrument. Despite its age, this ES-345 is in excellent vintage condition with some light scratches and dings as would be expected on an instrument of this vintage. The original tuner buttons for the Single Line Kluson tuners have also been replaced.

Dual PAF humbuckers provide the ultimate in vintage tone, with sweet highs perfectly complementing tight low-end. Plugging into a vintage-inspired amplifier yields all of the classic sounds guitarists love! The six-position Varitone adds another timenstion of tone sculpting, ensuring your tone always cuts through. The included Mogami stereo-to-mono cable lets you plug into a single amp, making the 345 an even more versatile instrument.

This vintage instrument is sure to sell fast, so call us today!
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Used 1960's Airline '59 Single Pickup Electric Guitar Sunburst
One of the most well-recognized models in the canon of 1950’s mail-order guitars, here’s a vintage mid ‘60s Airline ’59 with a single pickup and a sunburst finish. Many different brands have made this model, including Supro, Kay, Airline, and many others – with the mid-2000’s Garage Rock resurgence they’d reclaimed their place as great sounding and underrated electric guitars. This one has a wood bridge, radio style control knobs, a single-coil pickup in the bridge, and all original hardware.
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Used 1960's Kawai TeleStar Electric Guitar Blue
This is a mid ‘60s Kawai electric guitar with a nice looking blue finish. Like many of the Japanese imports of the time, it’s an inexpensive and funky guitar that’s a lot of fun to play and get some unique tones out of. It has a 24” scale length, 20 fret fingerboard with a zero fret, matching headstock for looks, and a great sounding Goldfoil pickup with volume and tone controls. It also has a neck butt adjustment wheel – pretty advanced for a guitar of its time. It’s in great playing condition, and includes a non-original gigbag.
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Used 1961 Gibson Melody Maker Single-Cutaway Electric Guitar Sunburst
Nothing beats a good Melody Maker, and here we've got a great looking vintage '61 Melody Maker in its single cut incarnation, which is the rarer of the two between that and the double cut version. The Melody Maker is built with two single-coil pickups, a slab mahogany body, mahogany neck with rosewood fretboard, and a simple wraparound tailpiece. This Melody Maker has its share of wear to it for a guitar that's over fifty years old, but still plays great. There are some spots of fretwear and buckle rash on the back, and includes the original chipboard case, which is in fair condition - you would certainly want a more modern hardshell case to protect the instrument on the way to a gig.
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Used 1964 Gretsch 6120 Chet Atkins Electric Guitar Orange
Here we have an absolute original classic. This vintage 1964 Gretsch 6120 Chet Atkins hollowbody electric is in very great playing condition. There are a few dings and scratches on the body and neck, some cracking on the neck binding which has been re-glued once before, and a slight bend on the G-string tuning peg. The binding around the neck joint is lifting just a slight bit. This Chet Atkins has what seems to be factory installed blackface Filter’Tron humbuckers which sound fantastic. Features include the simulated (painted) "F" Hole Body, with Original Smooth Leather Back Pad, a Space Control Bridge, chrome plate brass knobs, a string mute, and the Original Gretsch "V" Bigsby Vibrato. The string mute needs to be put in place a bit over the high-E string, though the lever still works. It could stand to use a new piece of foam if it were to be used extensively. Overall an excellent vintage Gretsch with undeniable vibe.
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Used 1965 Gretsch 6120 Electric Guitar Orange
Here in excellent condition is a vintage 1965 Gretsch 6120 guitar. It's been very well maintained, with a neck that's straight and stable and a body with little signs of wear - no neck reset on this one! Plenty of rockabilly vibe going on here. The leather padding for the instruments back is in place and in great shape. As for that infamous Gretsch binding that normally eats itself over the years, the binding here is aged normally and intact around the guitar's body and neck. The guitar features some very nice-sounding FilterTron pickups (all electronics work fine), the original bar bridge and factory Bigsby tailpiece, and the original mute which has aged and deteriorated. The original frets have plenty of life left in them, too. The guitar is currently strung with flatwounds and plays wonderfully.
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Used 1969 Fender Mustang Electric Guitar Competition Blue with Matching Headstock and Racing Stripe
Matching headstock...racing stripe...be still our hearts. Here's a vintage '69 Mustang in very clean condition with a beautiful Competition Blue finish along with a matching headstock and racing stripe to boot! The Mustang is a fun to play, short scale model that comes in at 24" with two Mustang single-coils and On/Off switches for each pickup. The guitar has some light dings around the body and very light amounts of fretwear, none of which leads to dead notes.
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Used 1970 Gibson ES-335 TD Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar Cherry Sunburst
Classic semi-hollow feel and tone has never looked or sounded better! This vintage 1970 ES-335 features the classic laminate Maple body and center block construction that has inspired rock and jazz guitarists for almost 60 years. The classic Cherry Sunburst finish looks gorgeous, and the trapeze tailpiece gives a bit more room for the finish to shine! The set Mahogany neck is topped with a 22-fret Rosewood fingerboard that's inlaid with Mother-Of-Pearl blocks for a killer vintage vibe. A slightly narrower than traditional nut width (1 5/8") provides a fast feel. Dual Gibson humbuckers are wired to the traditional Gibson controls for easy access to a wide gamut of tones, from biting treble leads to smooth jazz sounds. This instrument is in overall very good condition with some weather checking and plastic aging that provides an amazing aged patina. Other than a wear mark in the headstock and some light surface marks on the body, this instrument was extremely well cared for. The original frets have plenty of life as well, making this guitar perfect for players as well as collectors.
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Used 1976 Gibson ES-175D Electric Guitar Sunburst
This is a vintage ES-175D made in 1976. Features on this classic model include a laminate maple body with a sunburst finish, maple neck with rosewood fretboard and split parallelogram inlays, two humbucker pickups, and a tune-o-matic bridge with a trapeze tailpiece. The guitar is in good playing shape with some finish shrinkage by the neck joint, some finish wear on the headstock from hanging on a hook, and markings around the body. The case included is original however two latches are broken, and the handle needs to be replaced as well. Overall a great playing vintage Gibson Jazz guitar, at an affordable price.
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Used 1977 Gibson Les Paul Special Electric Guitar Sunburst
Who doesn’t like a cool and vintage Doublecut? Here’s a Les Paul Special made by Gibson in 1977 in a sunburst finish, which back then was unofficially dubbed one of the first '50s reissues (the back of the headstock is stamped Limited Edition). The guitar is 100% all original, with a slab mahogany body, bound rosewood fretboard, black speed knobs, two P-90 soapbar pickups, and a tune-o-matic bridge. The frets on this guitar are in great shape, and it includes the original hardshell case.
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