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Used and Vintage 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.

1949 Gibson Vintage L7N Archtop Acoustic Guitar Natural - Used
This vintage 1949 Gibson L7 archtop has been kept in incredible condition, and we were so excited to strum a few chords on this iconic piece of history! This piece is all original, with the natural played-in feel you would expect from a vintage piece of this age: finish checking, light wear and swirling on the back, some minor dings and dents, and just overall player’s wear. Features on this guitar include a triple-bound spruce top, a triple-bound maple back and sides, X-bracing, a mahogany neck with a rosewood fingerboard, a single bound headstock, double parallelogram fingerboard inlays, a laminated bevel-edge pickguard, nickel-plated hardware, and a trapeze tailpiece. The sound of this archtop is the best part…the natural aging has yielded a completely open tone with superbly defined articulation, perfect for any jazz player.
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1955 Gibson Les Paul Vintage Electric Guitar Goldtop - Used
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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1958 Gibson J-200 Acoustic Guitar Natural Perry Como Owned - Used
This Gibson 1958 J-200 was once owned by the singer Perry Como, and was presented to him as a gift by jazz guitarist Tony Mottolla, who had worked with Como as an accompanist. The instrument is in fantastic condition considering its age and you're not likely to find a 1950s J-200 in such top-notch shape. It features some gorgeous flame maple and a natural finish. The guitar has light checking over most of its surface. There are two small cracks on the top, both of which are closed up and may have been glued some time ago. Does not appear they were cleated. There are a few other minor scratches and nicks t the finish but nothing major. Three of the tuning machine buttons are replaced though all six machines are original. This guitar remains a truly solid, vintage instrument; bracing is tight, top and body are in great shape, and it is highly original. Although the instrument was recently serviced, action is low and some light fret buzzing exists in a couple spots. The guitar will likely need fretwork and/or a neck reset, neither of which appear to have ever been done, but we’ll leave this to a future owner to decide on.

The guitar comes with its original Lifton case and also some memorability and paperwork. This includes a letter from Mottolla to Como when the guitar was given to Como. There is a concert program from the '80s signed by Como, and also a publicity photo which serves as a letter to Como's nephew, who eventually became the guitar's owner. Further, the guitar's original strings are included and labeled as such in a separate package.
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1959 Gibson Vintage ES-335 TD Electric Guitar Sunburst - Used
We don't come across an original 1959 Gibson ES-335 every day, but look what crawled into the Zoo. This fantastic example of guitar history from Gibson's "Golden Age" of electric guitar design, is in excellent condition, plays and sounds ridiculously great, and it comes with its original and non-original hardshell case. You'll notice in our photos that the guitar has a few subtle marks and some playing wear. But that's to be expected; heck, it's been played and loved, soaking up music throughout the course of its 55 years.
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1960's Baldwin Vintage 712 12-String Electric Guitar Cherry
In the 1960’s The Baldwin Piano Company jumped on the growing guitar craze, and bought out Burns Guitars of London. The produced high quality instruments, but the company didn't last because the company was not used to marketing guitars. This Baldwin 712 is one of their 12-string models, made in Italy, and it sounds fantastic, with plenty of semi-hollow body resonance and 60’s jangle. It is in overall excellent condition for its age, with a 6” crack in the finish on the back and some buckle rash. Features include “Bar Type” humbuckers with adjustable screw poles, nickel hardware, and a trapeze tailpiece with the cool Baldwin “B”! You also can’t beat the scroll style headstock. This guitar is a neat piece of 60’s guitar history, and sounds great as well.
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1965 Gibson Vintage SG Junior Electric Guitar Cherry - Used
Here we have a vintage 1965 Gibson SG Junior in very good condition for its age. There are dings and dents on the body and neck, buckle rash on the back, and overall player’s wear. However it has a great biting tone with a nice slab of aged mahogany and the neck is very comfortable. We really like the style of this piece, with the Gibson vibrato bridge and a dogear P90. Other than changed strap buttons, this guitar appears all original, with a mahogany neck, a rosewood fretboard with dot inlays, the silkscreen Gibson logo on the headstock, a wraparound stairstep tailpiece, chrome hardware, and 3-on-a-row Kluson tuners. This piece come with an 80’s hardshell SG case.
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1980 Guild F-30 Acoustic Guitar Natural - Used
This is a pre-owned Guild F-30, built in the USA in 1980. This F-30 is made of a spruce top with mahogany back and sides, a mahogany neck, rosewood fretboard, 20 frets, a rosewood bridge, 3 to a side tuners, small dot inlays, and a brass nut added by the previous owner.

This F-30 is in great condition, with only minor surface scratches around the body, some small chipping on the headstock, and little to no fretwear - none of which causes any buzzing. This is a great strummers guitar, with even tones throughout the bass and treble, and lots of projection.
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1987 Gibson Les Paul Custom Alpine White - Used
Who needs aging when you’ve got a guitar that’s been played and played. Such is the case with this pre-owned 1987 Les Paul Custom in Alpine White finish. It’s in very good condition, with no issues except for some naturally occurring wear in the finish. You know that a guitar is exceptional when it’s been played as hard and as frequently as this example. Also, original frets have been replaced with jumbos. Input jack has also been replaced (original is in the case). Feels great up and down the neck, with tone and soul for days. A real keeper! Comes with a Gibson hardshell case.
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1990 Mancuso F-Style Mandolin Brown Burst - Used
This pre-owned F-style Mandolin was hand built by the renouned luthier, Louis Mancuso, out of the Woodstock area of upstate New York. Lou built or worked on instruments for some of the greats during the heyday of the bluegrass revival, including Bob Dylan, members of The Band, and even did a repair for the late great Jimi Hendrix. This beautiful instrument is in excellent condition, with a slight angle to the neck and just a couple small dings on the top and back. Features include a 2-piece birdseye maple neck, spruce top, and ebony fretboard with pearl dot inlays. It has the incredible sound and feel that comes with a handcrafted instrument, and we really dig the hand-carved Mancuso logo and abalone headboard inlay.
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1991 Gibson Custom Shop Les Paul Custom Super 400 Inlays Electric Guitar Classic White - Used
Here is a very cool early 'Custom' from our friends at Gibson! This Les Paul Custom features Super 400 Inlays and sports a Classic White finish that has aged nicely. Other features include an ebony board, gold hardware, and Custom Shop Limited decal on the back of the headstock. The guitar's body is mahogany and its mahogany neck has a slim '60s profile. The rings to the 498t and 490r pickups are cream and were most likely changed, the toggle switch ring is missing and knobs appear to be newer tophats. The guitar is in excellent condition for its age, it shows some light surface marks and swirling though no major damage. Weighs in at 9lbs 9oz.
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1993 Gibson '59 Les Paul Electric Guitar Heritage Cherry Sunburst - Used
This pre-owned 1993 '59 reissue Les Paul is one of the very first historic reissue guitars made by the Gibson Custom Shop. It's basically been case-kept for 21 years, and its condition is immaculate--all original and completely clean. These early Custom Shop guitars are very desirable, not just for being early examples of the Custom Shop, but for overall excellence. The flame top here is truly stunning while tone, build quality, and feel is amazing. The guitar's acoustic voice is big, with great balance across the frequency range. Features are consistent with the actual '59 Burst. Overall, a prime example of why the early Custom Shop guitars are so amazing.
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1994 Fender 40th Anniversary 1954 Stratocaster Electric Guitar 2-Tone Sunburst - Used
This is a great pre-owned Strat with great looks, feel, and a bit of collectibility added in as well; a 1994 40th Anniversary '54 Stratocaster with a 2-tone sunburst finish. Features on this Strat include a swamp ash body, a soft "V" profile maple neck, maple fretboard, 25.5" scale length, 7.25" fretboard radius, a bone nut, three single-coil Fender pickups, 3-way pickup switch, 1-ply white pickguard, vintage-style tuners, and nickel hardware.

This Strat has small amounts of play wear around the body; very light scuffs around the sides, pick marks, and a small indent upwards on the neck that is very small and not rough to the touch. There's a light amount of fretwear, but nothing that hinders playing or causes any fret buzz.. We're digging the backplate which has "1954" engraved onto it, and the headstock which denotes the guitar is # 1750 out of only 1954 instruments that were part of this run.
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2001 Gibson Custom Shop  '59 Les Paul Heritage Cherry Sunburst - Used
Looking for an exceptional '59 Les Paul from Gibson Custom Shop? Consider this 2001 model, which is in excellent condition. It has a gorgeous, solid neck with a comfortable yet chunky '59 feel and the guitar plays and sounds fantastic. It arrived to us without a certificate of authenticity and with its bridge pickup's cover missing. Don't let that stop you from taking the plunge with one of the better pre-owned '59 LPs that we've come across.
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2002 Gibson Custom Shop '68 Les Paul Custom Electric Guitar Tangerine Burst - Used
This pre-owned 2002 Gibson Custom Shop Les Paul Custom comes in a unique Tangerine Burst finish. It was been kept in great condition, with very minimal player’s wear and light oxidation on the hardware. The flame top is amazing. Features include a mahogany body, figured maple top, mahogany neck, ebony fretboard with block inlays, 24 ¾” scale, 22 frets, two ’57 Classic humbuckers, an ABR-1 bridge with stopbar tailpiece, and gold hardware. The rings and switch plate have been changed from black to cream, which looks nice against the Tangerine Burst, and the original black rings are included. This guitar weighs in at 9 lb 5 oz and includes an original hardshell case and certificate of authenticity.
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2003 Fender Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar Dakota Red - Used
Here we have a pre-owned 2003 Fender USA Strat in a Dakota Red finish. It is in very good condition, very some very nice upgrades. Black Planet Waves locking tuners have been added, as well as a Callaham bridge with a Big Block. An Acme Guitar Works pickguard has been installed, loaded with Dimarzio Area 51 noisless pickups, and a push/pull volume pot allows for coil splitting. This guitar weighs 8 lb 3 oz and features an alder body, maple neck, and rosewood fretboard. A non-original Gator black plastic hardshell case is included, with a small crack in the back.
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2004 Fender Custom Shop Masterbuilt Todd Krause 50th Anniversary '54 Stratocaster 2-Tone Sunburst Relic Electric Guitar - Used
A great throwback to one of the originators - we have here a pre-owned 50th Anniversary '54 Strat, built by the talented Todd Krause in 2004. The guitar is built to look and feel just like an original '54 would, including an ash body, "U" shaped maple neck with 21 vintage-size frets and a 7.25" radius, 25.5" scale length, three Custom Wound '54 Strat pickups, 1-ply pickguard, and vintage-style tuners.

The guitar has a relic finish which gives it finish checking throughout the body and some light tarnishing to give the hardware a cool vibe. The guitar has some dings throughout the body which are a bit tough to distinguish from the intentional relic work. There is one paint chip on the back of the lower horn. The guitar has had the modern 5-way switch installed, however it does include a vintage-style 3-way switch if you want to really keep things vintage accurate. This is an awesome Strat for someone who wants that chunky '54 neck shape along with a vintage feel and sweet Strat chime.
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2005 Fender Custom Shop Limited Edition ’56 Stratocaster Relic Electric Guitar Taos Turquoise - Used
This is a pre-owned Fender Custom Shop Limited Edition '56 Strat Relic in a very blue Taos Turquoise finish. The guitar features a maple neck with a period-correct "V" profile that fits squarely in your hand. The body is lightweight ash and pickups are handwound by the famous Abigail Ybarra (who has been with Fender since the '50s). these pickups, dubbed Abby Red Hots, have a more aggressive sound than you'd find in a vintage Strat. This one weighs in at 6lbs 10oz! Super-resonant and one of the finer playing Custom Shop pieces we've had.
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2006 Fender Custom Shop '59 Stratocaster Relic and Pro Jr. Amplifier Set Dakota Red - Used
What's cooler than a relic Dakota Red Stratocaster? A Dakota Red Stratocaster with a matching Dakota Red Fender Pro Junior amplifier. We're loving the matching aesthetic of this pre-owned Limited Edition '59 Strat and Amp set made by the Custom Shop in 2006. The Strat is built with an alder body, a "C" shaped maple neck with a rosewood fretboard, 25.5" scale length, 9.5" fretboard radius, 21 narrow jumbo frets, three Fat '50s single-coil Strat pickups with a RW/RP middle pickup for hum-cancelling in the 2 and 4 positions, 5-way pickup switch, a vintage synchronized tremolo, vintage-style tuner tuners, and aged nickel/chrome hardware.

The Pro Junior amp brings us back to Rock and Roll basics with all-tube circuitry and simple Volume and Tone controls that allow you to just plug in, and let the natural tone of the Fat '50s pickups shine through. The amplifier is a small 15 watts with a 10" speaker, more than enough for home playing, and getting a great overdrive tone without shaking the floorboards. The set is in excellent condition, with all wear being original to how the amp and guitar looked when they left the Custom Shop.
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