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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 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 1937 Epiphone Triumph Archtop Guitar Sunburst Refinish
Made in New York City during the Golden Age of Epiphone archtop guitars - this is a vintage 1937 Epiphone Triumph archtop with a beautiful sunburst finish in excellent players-grade condition. This Triumph is built with a spruce top, very nicely figured maple back and sides, maple neck, 25.5" scale length, 17" lower bout, open-gear tuners, and top and back body binding.

This is a players-grade Triumph, as it has been refinished over its lifetime, along with a re-fret, replacement nut, and a replacement pickguard have all been changed on the guitar. All things considered, those are required maintenance on an archtop that's been played and loved for so long. An excellent piece for any vintage Epiphone enthusiast.
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Used 1948 Martin D-18 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Natural
Martin first introduced their Dreadnought models in 1931 after a custom order from the Oliver Ditson company. This 1948 D-18 is a classic variation of this classic design. Featuring a Sitka Spruce top, this D-18 features Mahogany back and sides, giving the guitars a warm, focused tone. The combination of the Mahogany back with the large body makes this guitar perfect for players looking to combine both strumming and flat-picking sounds in one guitar. The Mahogany neck is topped with a 20 fret Rosewood fingerboard that's inlaid with understated Pearl dots. The non-scalloped "X" bracing provides rock-solid stability, and a great blooming projection when you dig in. The 18 style appointments, such as the Tortoise binding and simple rosette, give the guitar a gorgeous look.

The over-65 years of aging have given this guitar an amazing tone that fills up a room like no other! The finish is aged as one would expect from a guitar of this vintage, including buckle marks on the back and pick marks on the top, but it is in otherwise very good condition. The neck was professionally reset and refretted, breathing new life into the guitar. The original bridge was re-glued as well, and features a new set of bridge pins.
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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 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 1963 Gibson Tal Farlow Archtop Electric Guitar Viceroy Brown
One of the rarest artist archtop models to come out of Gibson in the 1960’s, here we have a 1963 Gibson Tal Farlow guitar in a beautiful Viceroy Brown finish. The Tal Farlow archtop is a beautifully ornate instrument that puts a spin on a few Gibson cosmetic features to make it a unique model such as the upside-down J-200 crown fretboard inlays, a mirror image double crown headstock inlay, a trapeze tailpiece with a wooden insert and Tal Farlow inlay, and a four-point pickguard cut to follow the body cutaway and accent the scroll inlay.

The guitar is in great shape for an instrument of its age. There is finish checking throughout the body with some dings and dents around the edges. The frets have a low profile and do not have any major wear to them which would lead to notes choking out. The original case has some wear to it, however all latches work and it protects the guitar as it should.
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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 1964 Kay K5930 Electric Bass Guitar Sunburst
The sounds of the '60s owe a huge debt to the classic hollowbody basses issued by brands like Kay. This vintage K5930 features a multi-ply Spruce and Maple body for a classic tone with a warm high end and tight sustain. The Maple neck is topped with a Rosewood fingerboard and bolted to the body with three screws. A single-coil pickup provides all the low-end thunk you'd expect from a bass of this vintage, and is wired to master Volume and Tone controls for easy access to your favorite tones. The Rosewood bridge and tailpiece provide a nice contrast to the classic sunburst finish. This instrument is in overall very good vintage condition with wear as would be expected on a 50 year old instrument. The original pickguard was replaced with a custom cut guard, and the Brazilian Rosewood tailpiece cover is a custom-made piece, both by luthier Joseph Jesselli. The control knobs have been replaced with a set from a late 1950's Multivox Bantam Deluxe.
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Used 1964 Rickenbacker 325 (Rose Morris Model 1996) 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 model was an export for Rose Morris - a guitar shop on London's Denmark Street who bought their guitars directly from the Rickenbacker factory to keep up with the demand at the time. A very cool electric guitar history fact that makes this Ric even more unique in the stories we're sure it could tell.

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
In the late 1960's, Gibson restarted construction of the traditional Les Paul in its classic body shape. This early 1969 model is a precursor to what would become the Deluxe model, with dual cream cover P-90 pickups mounted in the Gold-colored top. The Maple top is glued to the one-piece Mahogany body for a full-bodied sustain and thick tone that's perfectly complemented by the treble bite of the P-90s. The codes on the all-original potentiometers place the manufacturing date in the 50th week of 1968, making this a very early 1969 model. The larger-style headstock features the original blank, "pre-Deluxe" truss rod cover and the original Kluson Deluxe tuners. The one-piece Mahogany neck features a long tenon joint and is topped with a gorgeous 22 fret Rosewood fingerboard. The original Gold Top Hat knobs feature classic Chrome reflectors for an eye catching look. The original nylon-saddled Tune-O-Matic bridge and stop bar tailpiece combine to give this guitar rock-solid tuning and killer sustain. This instrument is in overall excellent vintage condition. The all-original nitrocellulose lacquer finish has checking and light surface marks throughout that really add to the vintage patina. Some larger marks on the neck are shown in the photographs. The included hardshell case is a later '70s Gibson model, but fits and protects the instrument perfectly.
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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 1970s Travis Bean TB-1000 Artist Aluminum Neck Electric Guitar Natural Koa
Here's a guitar that's not like any other: a vintage 1970's Travis Bean TB-1000 Artist model. With only around 3600 guitars made between 1974 and 1979, Travis Bean aluminum neck guitars have a huge cult following and for good reason - they are really fantastic guitars unlike any other. This TB-1000 has a carved Koa body, Rosewood fretboard with block inlays, Travis Bean pickups, and individual volume and tone controls for each pickup.

This TB-1000 has its share of dings and dents in the body from years of being played. It has a slim shaped neck that feels very comfortable, and of course the guitar has a unique resonance due to the aluminum. The guitar comes with a hardshell case, along with old paperwork containing maintenance information and a vintage Travis Bean ad.
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Used 1974 Martin D-35 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Natural
Here we’ve got a vintage ‘70s Martin that’s accumulated some great vibe over the years: a 1974 D-35. The D-35 is a D-14 fret body size dreadnought guitar that’s made with a spruce top with rosewood rims, a bound ebony fretboard, 25.4” scale length, and a cool looking three-piece rosewood back that’s divided up by black and white boltaron. This guitar is in good players condition; it’s been refretted, and a removable Fishman pickup has been installed for when you need the guitar to be amplified. The body has finish checking and dings throughout the body, with shrinkage to the pickguard and a small crack in the wood by the input jack. The guitar itself plays wonderfully, and the wood has settled in nicely over the years to produce a warm dreadnought sound with a tight bass response and clear high end.
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Used 1982 Fender Fullerton '52 Reissue Telecaster Electric Guitar Butterscotch
Here's one of the first Fender reissues and still one of the best - a pre-owned Fender '52 Tele made in the Fullerton factory before Fender made the move to Corona. This 33-year old Tele is a truly awesome guitar, with a lightweight Ash body, Maple neck, original gray bobbin flat pole piece bridge pickup with plastic wiring, blackguard with slotted screws, three brass saddle bridge, and vintage style tuners. The pots are CTS where the dates read to the 9th week of 1982, and the neck as well as the neck pocket are stamped "Vintage."

Even though this is a '52 Reissue, the guitar has a super comfortable soft "V" neck profile that fits right into your hand. The wiring has been switched over to modern Tele wiring, and the guitar comes with a 6-saddle bridge should you want to install it. This Tele is in great shape for a guitar of its age, there are some cracks in the lacquer along the neck pocket as pictured, and light dings scattered around the body.
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Used 1982 Gibson Heritage Series Moderne Electric Guitar Natural Korina
A classic "re"-issue of one of the most sought after Gibson's ever, this 1982 Moderne is based off of patent drawings filed by Ted McCarty back in 1958. No one is quite sure if any of the original Moderne prototypes were actually produced, let alone if any survived. As part of the Gibson Heritage Series, the Moderne was reissued with its Korina body carved in an ultra-radical shape that's sure to turn heads. The Korina neck is topped with a 22-fret Rosewood fingerboard that's inlaid with simple Pearloid dots. Dual Gibson humbuckers are wired to individual Volume controls, then to a three-way switch, then to a master Tone control for easy operation. Truly a rare instrument, this Moderne is in overall excellent vintage condition. There are some light surface scratches and light buckle rash on back of body, as well as some minor cracks in the fingerboard at the fret ends.
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Used 1983 B.C. Rich USA Mockingbird Electric Guitar Black
This pre-owned Mockingbird is a classic design that's sure to turn heads! The body constructed from dual Mahogany body wings flanked by the Mahogany and Maple neck, running through the body for huge sustain and rock-solid stability. Dual DiMarzio humbuckers are wired to individual Volume and Tone controls, then to a three-way switch for easy access to classic rock and metal tones. Other features include a fine-tuneable wraparound bridge and Mother-of-Pearl dot inlays on the Rosewood fretboard. This guitar is in overall very good vintage condition with wear as would be expected on an over-30 year old instrument, such as a paint chip on tip of bass side horn, two small lacquer cracks on either side of the neck near the nut, some paint chips on near the control knobs. There are some additional dings, dents, and surface marks throughout, including a scratch on the top near the bridge, and a scratch on the back.
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Used 1984 Mancuso Handmade Violin
Here we have a pre-owned violin, hand made by renowned luthier, Lou Mancuso, out of the Woodstock New York area. This violin is in excellent condition. Premium features include a flamed maple back and sides, ebony fretboard, tailpiece, tuners, and chin rest, and a maple bridge. This violin has one fine tuner on the tailpiece, and features a French polish finish.
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