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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.




Fender Custom Shop Custom Deluxe Telecaster Electric Guitar Sunset Orange Transparent - Shop Worn
This shop word Fender is a Tele lover's dream! This Tele features a solid AAA grade Flame Maple neck bolted to a hand selected Ash body. The bound AAA grade Flame Maple top features a Sunset Orange Transparent finish for a stunning look. The hand-wired Twisted Tele pickup set is wired to the traditional three-way switch, then to a master Volume and Tone controls. Other features include a Custom Deluxe three-saddle bridge and Chrome hardware. This instrument is in mint condition, however the case has some damage, including a missing hasp on one of the latches, as well as some bulging on the headstock side of the case.
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Fender Custom Shop Custom Deluxe Telecaster Electric Guitar Transparent Candy Apple Red - Shop Worn
This shop worn Fender is a Tele lover's dream! This Tele features a solid AAA grade Flame Maple neck bolted to a hand selected Ash body. The AAA grade Flame Maple top features a Transparent Candy Apple Red finish for a stunning look. The Twisted Tele pickup set is wired to the traditional three-way switch, then to a master Volume and Greasebucket Tone control. Other features include a RSD designed bridge and Gold hardware. This instrument is in mint condition, however the case has some slight damage to the accessories pocket.
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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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Ibanez RA100 Resonator Guitar Black
Take a step back in time with this old-school resonator guitar, the Ibanez RA100. In keeping with traditional design, the metal cone's rich vibration is maximized by the RA100's built-in shell. Patterned after favorite vintage pieces, this Resonator guitar is the latest addition to the Ibanez line of classic acoustic folk instruments built with the laser-aided technology it takes to deliver unprecedented quality with maximum affordability.
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Used 1910 Gibson Model U Harp Guitar Acoustic Guitar Natural
Gibson's Harp Guitars of the early 20th century are prized by collectors for their beauty and sound. This 1910 Model U features a solid carved Spruce top over Mahogany back and sides in a rare Natural finish. The standard six-string guitar neck is complemented by 10 sub-bass strings that can be plucked or left to resonate, giving this instrument a huge, reverberating sound. The finely-crafted scroll work on the octagonal bass string support matches the scroll design on the upper bass side of the body. The hard "V" neck is topped with a 19-fret Ebony fingerboard with simple white dots. This vintage instrument is in good condition with wear that's would be expected for an over 100-year-old instrument. Some sections of the binding have been replaced, a few chips near the sub-bass string tuners have been repaired, and a small crack in the bridge has been repaired as well. The neck has a superficial crack running down the center of the wood, and the Ebony headstock veneer is cracked in several places. The Spruce top has a repaired crack on the lower treble side, as well as some deep gouges on the lower bass side. There are also dings and dents throughout as would be expected on an instrument of this vintage.
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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 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 Fender Precision Bass Electric Bass Guitar Natural
Since its introduction in 1951, the Fender Precision Bass has made an enormous impact on popular music. Through several design changes, the P Bass is still one of the archetypes of electric bass. This 1962 Precision is an excellent example of Fender's craftsmanship. The original finish has been removed, leaving the Alder body visible under a clearcoat finish. There are dings and dents throughout the body as would be expected on a player's instrument. There was once a strap button installed at the neck heel, leaving a visible screw hole. The Maple neck and Rosewood fingerboard are rock solid, with some fret wear as would be expected on a 50 year old instrument. The original Tortoise pickguard houses original electronics, including pots with date codes from the 31st week of 1962. There is some wear on the pickguard near the truss rod access hole. The neck heel is stamped with "5SEP62C", in line with the date codes on the pots. The bridge has been replaced with a newer-model four-saddle bridge, and the original bridge and pickup covers were replace with alternate covers. Whether you're looking for a great collectors piece or you're seeking that Motown Sound, this vintage P is a great bass!
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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 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 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 Silvertone 1446 Hollowbody Electric Guitar Black
The sounds of the '60s owe a huge debt to Silvertone guitars. This 1446 model survived the last 50 years and ended up here at the Zoo! Often called the "Chris Isaak" model, the 1446 features a fully-hollow construction with a cutaway. The dual mini-humbuckers provide a wide range of tones, from silky jazz sounds from the neck pickup to piercing rockabilly leads from the bridge pickup. The Bigsby vibrato lets you add a subtle shimmer or deep dive bomb with ease! This instrument is in overall excellent vintage condition. It was professionally refretted at some point in its life and currently has excellent frets.
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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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