Vintage Electric Guitars

Greetings and welcome to our fine collection of electric guitars!  Here at Empire we specialize in high quality vintage and used instruments in every price range.  From high dollar vintage collectibles to American built professional gigging instruments to quality starter and mid priced guitars, we have it all!  Fender. Gibson, Guild, Gretsch, Rickenbacker and so much more.  We are always adding new guitars to our inventory so check back frequently!

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      1969 Fender Stratocaster

      Here is a great playing, sharp-looking example of a late 60s Strat.

      $8,750.00

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      1981 Gibson ES-347

      Introduced as a replacement for the slowly-waning ES-345, the Gibson ES-347 TD was produced between 1978 and 1991. Its semi-hollow body sported coil-tapping was generally brighter and had a far better sustain than others in the series due to a number of factors, including its brass nut. This 347 is a unique model and has tons of character.

      $2,750.00

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      1957 Guild T-100 Slim Jim

      The original Guild T-100, sometimes called the "Slim Jim" model, was a semi-hollow thinline with an arched Spruce top and Mahogany back and sides. It featured a single sharp cutaway and one single coil pickup at the neck position. (Reverb.com) This is a great example of this instrument with a beautiful finish and wonderful vintage characteristics.

      $2,250.00

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      1959 Gibson ES-350T

      With its gold hardware worn to a warm glow and some of the most intense and lovely finish-crazing we’ve ever encountered, this thin-body archtop looks the way you want an old guitar to look. Its two Patent Applied For humbucking pickups make it sound the way you want it to sound: smooth and full of woody character.

      $6,750.00

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      1960 Fender Jazzmaster with Original Hardshell Case

      This is a 1960 Fender Jazzmaster that has been loved and played throughout its lifetime – there are some character marks on this instrument but it sounds and plays great.

      $7,500.00

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      1960 Gibson Les Paul Junior

      Part way through 1958, Gibson updated the Les Paul Junior. Changes included a new double cutaway body-shape with rounded horns as well as a new standard Cherry finish. These iconic Gibson guitars are perfectly simple rock n’ roll machines and are surprisingly versatile with a spin of the volume and tone knobs.

      $6,250.00

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      1960 Gibson Les Paul Special with Bigsby

      Slightly higher-end than the Les Paul Jr but still considered a student-level guitar, the Les Paul Special was introduced in 1955 with a pair of P-90 pickups. Like other Les Paul models, the Les Paul Special underwent a total transformation at the end of the '50s switching form a single to double cutaway body shape. The model has been reissued several times since and remains in production. This particular guitar is from 1960 and features a fully bound neck.

      $8,500.00

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      1960-1962 Harmony Rocket H59

      The H59 was Harmony’s 3-pickup single-cut (later changed to a double cut in 1968) hollow body model, similar to the Silvertone 1454 utilized by modern guitarists like the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach.

      $1,100.00

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      1960's Kent Lido 531 Electric Guitar with vintage chipboard case

      This is a very cool mid-1960’s Kent Lido Model 531 with two single coil pickups, original tremolo system with “KENT” engraved cover and the original “KENT” logo on the headstock.

      $299.99

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      1961 Fender Stratocaster

      Overall this is one of our favorite vintage Strats. Once you pick it up, you won't want to put it back down! Includes original hard shell case and vibrato arm.

      $20,000.00

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      1961 Gibson ES-125

      This ES-125 is a straight up vintage tone machine. No frills and all thrills from one punchy, soulful P-90 on a great-looking, lightweight maple body.

      $1,999.00

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      1964 Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean 6119

      One of the coolest and most-beloved guitar models we see coming through the shop is the classic '60s Gretsch Tennessean model. This model is arguably most famous for being the guitar George Harrison of the Beatles played in the film “Help!” as well as countless live performances.

      $3,500.00

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      1964 Silvertone Model 57 1454 L

      These Silvertone guitars are the epitome of ‘60s garage-rock cool. From the 3-pickup set-up to the gorgeous red burst finish and tortoise shell pickguard this guitar just begs to be played! Perhaps that’s why today’s top rock revivalists such as Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys are so drawn to these guitars!

      $1,150.00

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      1965 Fender Stratocaster

      An incredible '65 Strat with a vibrant red, amber, and black finish on a solid maple body with maple neck.

      $18,000.00

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      1965 Fender Stratocaster

      This Strat hails from the golden age of American guitar design and is a stunning, tone filled example of one of the most iconic models ever made.

      $14,999.99

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      1965 Gibson ES-125 TC

      The ES-125 evolved out of the ES-100 in 1941 and was produced until 1943. Upon its reintroduction in 1946, the ES-125 changed in a number of ways including a wider body, a new P-90 pickup, and trapezoid inlays. This particular guitar is the thin-body version. This instrument is in good condition and includes the original hard shell case.

      $1,950.00

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      1965 Guild Starfire IV

      This Starfire IV is a great example of the "highly popular semi-hollow Guild classic, with a graceful double-cutaway thinline body and incomparable tone and feel" (GuildGuitars.com). Prized by many guitarists as a solid, well-crafted rocking instrument, this beauty plays and sounds dreamy.

      $2,299.00

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      1966 Fender Jaguar

      From Kevin Shields of My Bloody Valentine churning out mountains of feedback to Tom Verlaine’s intricate playing for punk pioneers Television, the Jaguar has established itself as much more than a niche model. This particular example is from 1966 and features the block inlays and white binding Fender switched over to mid-way through that year.

      $3,850.00

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      1966 Fender Mustang

      The Mustang was created as a mid-line model between the student grade DuoSonic and the professional Telecaster. This is a nice playing vintage guitar with lots of wear & lots of character.

      $1,699.99

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      1966 Fender Mustang Dakota Red with Original Case

      The Mustang was created as a mid-line model between the student grade DuoSonic and the professional Telecaster. This CBS era example is a nice playing vintage guitar and it comes with the original vintage hardshell case! This guitar includes an aftermarket vibrato bar.

      $1,899.99

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      1966 Gibson ES-125T with original Gibson chipboard case

      This thin version of the ES-125 has a beautiful maple top, super cherry sunburst finish, 2 f-holes & a trapeze tailpiece. This light-weight beauty plays and sounds awesome. The simplicity of the single P-90 pickup with one volume & one tone knob and the bound top & back add elegance to this vintage tone machine. This instrument is in great playing shape but it did have a small partial headstock break in the past that was fully fixed and checked out by our in-house luthier.

      $1,250.00

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      1966 Gibson ES-330 TD

      Introduced in 1959 to replace the discontinued ES-225, the 330 features the silhouette of the iconic 335, but is fully hollow and equipped with two punchy P90s. This is a great & beautiful example from 1966 - we just had this baby set up with 10's and it sounds incredible.

      $4,250.00

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      1967 Gibson ES-345 TDC Cherry

      The ES-345 was introduced shortly after the ES-335. The ES-345 differed from the 335 in its inclusion of a Vari-tone tone selector circuit, split-parallelogram inlays, stereo output, and gold hardware.

      $4,500.00

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