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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.




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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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 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 1951 Gibson L-50 Archtop Acoustic Guitar Sunburst
This pre-owned L-50 is an excellent example of Gibson's mid-century craftsmanship. Based on the factory order number stamped inside (5485-34) and other characteristics such as the McCarty-era trapezoid fret markers, a beveled multi-ply pickguard, and the post-1947 modern Gibson logo, we've dated this instrument to approximately 1951. The double-bound 16" body features a solid Spruce top mated to Mahogany back and sides for a full-bodied tone. The arched top and back couple with tone bar bracing for a huge projection that simply has to be heard to be believed. The Mahogany neck is topped with a bound 19-fret Rosewood fingerboard, and "no-name" Kluson single-line tuners with Keystone buttons provide a classic look.

For its age, this instrument is in overall good condition. A real player's instrument, the top of the guitar has significant pick marks from heavy strumming. There is a larger gouge near the bass side F-hole as shown in the photographs. Finish checking, along with dings and dents as would be expected on an instrument of this age, adds to the vibe of the guitar. A neck reset was likely performed, breathing new life into the guitar. Playable across the entire scale, this instrument is perfect for collectors and players alike.
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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 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 1968 Martin 00-18 Mahogany Acoustic Guitar Natural
Martin's compact 00 body shape is a perfect compliment to the Mahogany back and sides in this 1968 00-18. The Natural finish let the subtle grain of the Spruce top shine through, while the Rosewood fingerboard and bridge add a subtle visual contrast. Simple dot inlays and a Rosewood headplate complete the classic look. Other features include Spruce "X" bracing, a classic three-ring rosette, and a Black plastic pickguard. This instrument is in overall very good vintage condition, with some dings and dents as would be expected in a nearly 50-year old instrument. The neck was reset at the Martin factory, and a new nut was installed there as well. The fingerboard was professionally refretted and the frets are in very good condition.
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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 1973 Fender Precision Bass Electric Bass Guitar Vintage White
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 1973 Precision is an excellent example of Fender's craftsmanship. The Olympic White finish over the Alder body has been professionally refinished for a clean look. The Maple neck and fingerboard are rock solid, with a professional refret and fingerboard refinish breathing new life into the instrument. The neck is skinnier than the stereotypical P-Bass shape while still filling your hand comfortably. A non-original Tortoise pickguard houses an original 1973-coded gray bottom split-coil pickup wired to modern pots for that classic P-Bass sound. The bridge has been replaced with a period-correct model. This instrument is in overall very good lovingly restored condition.
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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 1976 Martin D-18 Dreadnought Acoustic/Electric Guitar Natural
Martin first introduced their Dreadnought models in 1931 after a custom order from the Oliver Ditson company. This 1976 D-18 is a classic variation of this beloved 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 Black binding and simple rosette, give the guitar a gorgeous look.

The almost 40 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 some scratches, dings, and finish checks throughout, but it is in otherwise very good condition. A small top crack has been professionally cleated and repaired. The neck was professionally reset, and a truss rod was installed along with a new Rosewood fingerboard. A new bone nut and saddle were installed alongside a Fishman Infinity Matrix pickup system for amazing sound when you plug in. The included original hardshell case had its original handle replaced, but is in otherwise very good condition.
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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 1983 B.C. Rich Bich Supreme Electric Guitar Trans Pink Pearl Burst
This pre-owned Bich Supreme features a distinctive finish that's sure to turn heads. The finish features a Transparent Pink stain with a Pearl Burst effect on the edge of the body that creates an amazing sense of depth when lit at the right angle. The neck-through construction uses Maple for the neck and for the two body wings. The Full Active electronics feature numerous knobs and switches, and allow for a near-endless combination of pickup and pre-amp settings. The humbuckers are the original DiMarzios. Other features include a Kahler tremolo and Mother-of-Pearl "Cloud" inlays on the Rosewood fretboard. This guitar is in overall good condition with some dings and dents.
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