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Trash or Treasure

Trash or Treasure: Johnson Marquis JM120 Stereo

December 15, 2017
An innovative but short-lived modeling amp that brought tube tone to guitarists leery of digital circuitry.
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Trash or Treasure: Gibson B-25N

November 5, 2017
A small-body Gibson acoustic from the late ’60s appears to have weathered the decades better than many others in its model line.
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Trash or Treasure: Is Restoring a Non-Stock ’61 SG Special Worth $4,000?

July 6, 2017
When a '61 doesn’t have a whole lot of ’61 left, a tough decision is required.
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Trash or Treasure: Crate CR-1

May 4, 2017
One look at the first amp offering from Crate is all it takes to grasp the literal flavor behind the company’s name.
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Trash or Treasure: Ibanez Studio Series ST 50

March 2, 2017
A late-1970s entry-level axe picked up for $200 undergoes a complete makeover. Is it now a treasure?
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Trash or Treasure: Vox Rio Grande V278

January 3, 2017
Vox acoustic guitars are rare birds, but how high do they fly in today’s market?
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Trash or Treasure: Sunn Solos II

November 21, 2016
Twenty bucks for a 1970s Sunn combo in excellent condition makes for a Saturday well spent!
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Trash or Treasure: Fender Tex-Mex Stratocaster

September 30, 2016
Identifying a 1990s MIM Strat through the process of elimination.
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Trash or Treasure: Epiphone EA-28RVT Pathfinder

July 18, 2016
A classic 15-watt Epi combo that needs a tune-up might soon be ready for action again.
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Trash or Treasure: Westone Corsair GT

May 27, 2016
A guitar found buried in a friend’s garage gets cleaned up for a second life.
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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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