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Articles by Zachary Fjestad

Trash or Treasure: A Pre-Fender Fender

March 24, 2016
A visit to a yard sale and $50 yield a rare amp with some very cool history behind it.
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Trash or Treasure: Tacoma Thunderchief CB10CE4

January 4, 2016
After spending years tucked away in a closet, a Tacoma Thunderchief is liberated by its owner.
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Trash or Treasure: 1964 Harmony Silhouette

November 16, 2015
A reader receives a 1964 Harmony Silhouette H14V as a birthday gift.
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Trash or Treasure: Langejans Solidbody

September 7, 2015
A rare electric model from a maverick Canadian builder.
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Trash or Treasure: Vox V125 Bass

June 21, 2015
A rare early-’80s bass amp model sometimes used by Paul McCartney.
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Trash or Treasure: 1927 Gibson L-0

April 28, 2015
A closeted-for-decades pre-war Gibson flattop might find new life.
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Trash or Treasure: Cort GE27V

March 12, 2015
A reader gets the lowdown on a Les Paul copy he acquired in a gear exchange.
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Trash or Treasure: Magnatone Custom 440

December 25, 2014
True treasures can literally be found in the trash.
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Trash or Treasure: The Lotus Position

November 2, 2014
This late 1970s/early 1980s ivory-finished Lotus may be a treasure.
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Trash or Treasure: A Look at the National Newport 50

September 16, 2014
A reader scores a $50 treasure at a rummage sale.
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Trash or Treasure: Custom Kraft Ambassador

July 11, 2014
A reader finds a steal of a deal at $2 for a vintage Custom Kraft Ambassador.
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Trash or Treasure: Kay K6868 Style Leader

April 28, 2014
A reader considers selling his vintage Kay guitar, but first needs to find out what the actual model and value are.
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Trash or Treasure: 1960 Gibson Melody Maker

February 19, 2014
The low offer on this reader's guitar shows how important it is to do your research when buying or selling a guitar.
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Trash or Treasure: Fender Bassman 20

December 31, 2013
A historical look at one of Fender's rare amplifier models.
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Trash or Treasure: Peavey T-15

November 2, 2013
This short-scale model was both affordable and of high quality, helping to ignite the CNC revolution in guitar making.
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Trash or Treasure: Hiwatt DR103

August 24, 2013
Gear guru Zachary Fjestad appraises a PG reader's iconic half-stack—the same type used by Pete Townshend and other legends.
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National Style 1 Tricone

July 1, 2013
Before the electric guitar and amplifier were invented, the only other way to make the sound of a guitar louder was to make the instrument physically bigger, so the resonator was the first version of guitar amplification.
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Early Fender Custom Shop Stratocaster

May 11, 2013
An Fender Custom Shop 1962 Stratocaster replica with a gold-sparkle finish
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Hagstrom Super Swede

March 11, 2013
The Les Paul-influenced Swede was first introduced in 1970, while the higher-end Super Swede (originally called the Swede DeLuxe) was introduced circa 1977.
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Kustom K 100

January 9, 2013
Probably best known for their unique tuck-and-roll amp covering that was offered in a variety of sparkly colors, Kustom was one of the first amp manufacturers to find success with solid-state technology in the 1960s.
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