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Articles by Zachary Fjestad

Guild G-1000 — The First Acoustic Guitar Amp?

April 19, 2011
A solid-state acoustic amp, with built-in cushion!
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Trash or Treasure: Alvarez 9-String Guitar

March 15, 2011
Hey Zach, Here’s an oddball for you—an Alvarez 9-string acoustic. This axe came into one of the pawnshops I frequent, and as soon as I saw it I had to
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Trash or Treasure: The Dump Master

February 15, 2011
A severely beat Jazzmaster found in a dumpster with mojo to spare.
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Mesa/Boogie Mark IIB Combo Amp

January 17, 2011
An early 1980s Boogie Mark amp
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Dating A '70s Les Paul

December 21, 2010
There’s no question that dating Gibson guitars is challenging—and sometimes downright impossible.
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Festival Series Washburn

November 16, 2010
The background of the Festival series from Washburn
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Fusion Blues Jazzbox

October 20, 2010
An inexpensive, butt well-built, jazz box from China distributed by Switch Music
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Samick LW-025G Dreadnought

September 21, 2010
The history of Samick and a budget acoustic find
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Ampeg B-15N Portaflex

August 17, 2010
History and value of the Ampeg Portaflex
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Rickenbacker Model 4001 Bass

July 20, 2010
A history of Rickenbacker basses, and the value of this ''70s example.
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Ibanez "Lawsuit Era" Les Paul Custom Copy

June 16, 2010
The story behind Ibanez-lawsuit era guitars, and how much this Les Paul-style is worth.
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Baldwin Model C1 Amplifier

July 22, 2009
Zachary sheds some light on the history of Baldwin amplifiers, and specifically the Bladwin Professional, or Model C1.
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Taylor 855

June 17, 2009
Taylor''s short-lived 855 boomed like a cannon -- but what is it worth?
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Gibson ES-295: To Refinish or Not to Refinish?

May 20, 2009
A flaking 1955 ES-295 -- Zach weighs the pros and cons of refinishing, and explains what it does to the value of an instrument
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1996 Martin D-40QM

April 21, 2009
A unique maple-back Martin dreadnought that projects like no other
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Yamaha SG2000

March 17, 2009
Zach takes a look at a great-playing and valuable Yamaha SG2000
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Kalamazoo KG-14

February 16, 2009
A look at Kalamazoo acoustics circa 1940
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Hot-Rodded Fender Guitars

January 15, 2009
A look at the history behind Fender''s Hot Rodded line of guitars
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Gibson Melody Maker

December 16, 2008
An old Gibson Melody Maker resurfaces in Germany
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Gibson Mandolin

November 11, 2008
This month, an old Gibson mando is passed down.
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