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.


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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.


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      1954 Gretsch Electromatic II/White Flacon Conversion

      This amazing full body electric archtop started its life as an Electromatic II but was the converted to the specs of a '50s White Falcon. This was common practice beginning in the early to mid-1980s as the price of White Falcons shot through the roof. It was an ingenious way for Gretsch fans to get the best of both worlds. If you want the true look and feel of an original early Falcon at 1/3 of the price then this is the guitar for you!


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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. ( This is a great example of this instrument with a beautiful finish and wonderful vintage characteristics.


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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.


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      1960 Gibson ES-345 Stereo

      This cherry finish '60 Es-345 is in incredible condition and is among the most striking vintage pieces here at Empire. This is a beautiful vintage guitar that has to be seen to be believed!


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      1960 Gibson Super 400C

      This is a great example of a vintage Gibson Super 400 - this guitar explodes with tone and plays like butter.


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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.


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      1960s Valco Airline Res-O-Glass ¾ Scale

      This rare short scale (22 1/4") instrument was produced by Valco in Chicago, who produced the famed fiberglass "Res-O-Glass" instruments under the Supro and National brand names. The "Airline" name was exclusive to the Montgomery Ward catalog. This is a genuine, USA-made guitar with two powerful Supro single coil pickups.


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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.


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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.


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      1961 Guild T-100 D

      Built in Hoboken, NJ, to compete with Gibson’s ES-225, this T-100D, otherwise known as the Guild “Slim Jim”, sports two cream covered Franz-designed P-90 style pickups on a thin-line maple body with a Venetian cutaway.


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      1964 Fender Stratocaster

      This '64 Strat is the kind of vintage beauty you dream about finding at a local swap meet or flea market. The original pre-CBS Strat pickups will send you down the road of perfect sound forever!


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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.


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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!


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      1965 Fender Jazzmaster

      Once you play this all original 1965 Jazzmaster, you’ll know it’s the real deal—pure vintage tone and feel.


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      1965 Fender Mustang

      This CBS era example is a nice playing vintage guitar and it comes with the original pickup cover & the whammy bar - this guitar also includes a non-original tweed hardshell case.


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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.


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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.


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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" ( Prized by many guitarists as a solid, well-crafted rocking instrument, this beauty plays and sounds dreamy.


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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.


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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.


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      1966 Gretsch 6122 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman

      Here we have the excellent double cutaway Country Gentleman, featuring gold hardware, Gretsch Filtertron pickups, and “simulated” black painted F-holes. The Country Gentleman is probably best known as the guitar used by George Harrison, first seen being strummed during the Beatles first American television appearance in 1963.