516.626.9292     Email UsMy AccountView Cart
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.

Have an item to sell? Learn more about how we can help: Consign Your GuitarTrade or Sell



1961 Fender Esquire Electric Guitar Body-Only Refin Vintage White
This is a vintage 1961 Fender Esquire with a rosewood fretboard and a great looking Vintage White finish. The body has gone through a refinishing job, with new paint being applied to the body only – the neck remains original finish-wise. At one point the body was a light blue color, and the electronics were left in when that refinish happened, so there is some overspray of blue on the electronics and some evidence of the blue finish remains in the cavities. The neck has been refretted and the fretboard planed – the work was well done and usually necessary for an instrument of its age that is still being played and not just displayed. The switch tip on the guitar is a replacement.

The guitar is a true player and sounds fantastic. The body has some marks around it with finish checking throughout, no major gashes or areas with major finish removal. The board has a rich brown color to the rosewood. Overall a classic guitar with all original electronics, ready to be played for years to come. Includes the original hardshell case and bridge cover.
Used Price:
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.
Used Price:
Used 1950 Martin 000-18 Acoustic Guitar Natural
Talk about great vibe, here's a vintage 1950 Martin 000-18 model in a natural finish. The 000-18 is a sitka spruce / mahogany back and sides guitar with subtle cosmetics - just a basic acoustic instrument that was built to last, and sound great while doing so. The guitar has a bit of a chunky "V" shape profile, and has the appearance of an instrument that's been lovingly played over the years. There are dings and scuffs around the body, and the top side of the bottom bout has had a crack repaired at one point. The work looks solid, and there are no other areas on the guitar with cracks or repairs needed. The tone has a nice, warm sound from the mahogany that's been broken in over 60 years of play time, and the guitar includes a non-original hardshell case.
Used Price:
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.
Used Price:
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.
Used Price:
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.
Used Price:
Used 1960s Silvertone 1457 Guitar & Amp-In-Case Set
These are always fun sets to run into, a great look into the mail-order guitar business and department store finds of the past! A Silvertone 1457 Guitar and Amp-in-Case Set! This is a duo from the 1960’s, where you would usually find these at Sears Roebuck stores and catalogs. We don't believe the guitar and amp originally came together. The 1457 amp usually came with a two-pickup guitar in a red burst finish. The guitar included here is black with a single pickup. This 1457 has built in tremolo for a great vintage Rock and Roll tone. The amp even has the original Silvertone tubes installed, operating, and sounding great. The guitar is a fun player built with Masonite and a plywood core with a maple neck and rosewood fretboard.

The set is in very good condition with surface marks throughout both pieces, and all functions of the amp working. The set includes a vintage guitar cable, as well as the original footswitch to activate the tremolo. The guitar is missing the volume knob.
Used Price:
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.
Used Price:
Used 1966 Fender Jaguar Electric Guitar Sunburst
Nothing beats the vibe of a vintage Fender Jaguar. The Jaguar has always been a bit under the radar as vintage Fenders go, but has enjoyed a resurgence in the last couple of years as a great way to pick up a 1960's Fender guitar without selling off everything you own. The Jaguar is a shorter 24" scale length guitar, and this being a later 1966 model features a bound neck and block inlays!

The guitar looks to be all original, with all electronics working as they should. The frets have a low profile and are in great condition with no major divots - all notes ring out clear and the neck has lost its lacquer over the years, giving you a super comfortable playing experience. The guitar includes a vintage (non-original) hardshell case, a tremolo arm is not included with this guitar.
Used Price:
Used 1967 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 very good vintage condition with surface wear and dings throughout, as well as some buckle rash on the back. The instrument is currently strung up with flatwound strings, however can be changed out to whatever your preference of string is!
Used Price:
Used 1968 Gibson Barney Kessel Custom Electric Guitar Cherry Sunburst
Here's a piece that we were excited to receive in! A vintage Barney Kessel Custom guitar in a cherry sunburst finish, built in 1968. The Kessel Custom is a beautiful instrument with features such as gold hardware, bowtie inlays, multi-ply binding, and a Barney Kessel wooden inset piece in the trapeze tailpiece. The guitar is in good playing condition, with its share of wear from being played over the years. The neck is worn in to be super comfortable with some finish worn away. The top has had some cracks repaired, with a small crack in the top remaining around the pickup selector. It includes the original hardshell case.
Used Price:
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. There are also some markings in the paint on the back of the body where it looks like the paint must have reacted to something that was once in the case with the guitar - nothing rough to the touch.
Used Price:
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.
Used Price:
Used 1973 Gibson L5-S Electric Guitar Cherry Sunburst
Here we have a vintage 1973 Gibson L5-S guitar with a Cherry Sunburst finish, figured maple construction, and a mother of pearl block-inlaid ebony fretboard. The most notable feature on this guitar are the two low impedance pickups – just like the ones used on the Les Paul Recording guitars of the 70’s. The guitar has gold hardware to top it all off. The guitar is in good vintage condition with some chips by the nut, lacquer checking around the neck joint and body, some hardware oxidation, and buckle marks on the back. It includes the original case along with some original paperwork and Gibson booklets…very cool!
Used Price:
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.
Used Price:
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.
Used Price:
Used 1977 Martin M-38 Acoustic Guitar Natural
This is a 1977 Martin M-38 model with a natural finish over a spruce top with rosewood back and sides. The M-38 has just the right amount of cosmetic additions such as multi-ply top binding with an abalone soundhole rosette and white binding around the fretboard. The guitar has had a Fishman Rare Earth soundhole pickup mounted on it, and has a light amount of fretwear and some dings around the body – none of which affect the playability of this acoustic guitar.
Used Price:
Used 1980 Dean Cadillac Electric Guitar Black
This is a super cool vintage Dean Cadillac in a black finish with some unique custom options that were ordered with the guitar to make it even more hot-rodded than the stock models. This Cadillac was made in 1980, and is built with a mahogany body and neck with an ebony fretboard and block inlays. The guitar was ordered with a PAF neck humbucker and a Dual Sound bridge humbucker with a built-in pre-amp along with phase and split coil toggle switches in between the knobs. The really cool thing about this one is that it includes the original invoice for the guitar along with a hand-drawn diagram explaining the switches, and the original hardshell case.

There is some lacquer checking on the binding around fret edges and lacquer checking on the back of neck- no major dents or dings that would affect the playability of this Cadillac.
Used Price: