November 2018

Articles by Zachary Fjestad

Trash or Treasure: Eko Sparkle Top

November 4, 2018
Has a reader’s investment in a funky, vintage Italian solidbody been profitable, or will it need to cook longer?
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Trash or Treasure: Danelectro Centurion

September 2, 2018
A groovy dorm-room amp from the early ’60s finds its way back to its owner—ready for rock, and a little repair.
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Trash or Treasure: Epiphone PR7E

July 15, 2018
A reader’s curious preschooler finds an old guitar in a spare room. The reader smartly inquiries about its value before handing it over to a 4-year-old.
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Trash or Treasure: Charvel Doubleneck Surfcaster

May 14, 2018
A treasure designation is an easy call for this rare, doubleneck version of Charvel’s nod to surf-music culture and detour from hot-rodded metal machinery.
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Trash or Treasure: Les Paul’s Artisan

March 5, 2018
Is there greater value associated with a vintage Les Paul that was previously owned by Les Paul? Um….
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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: Kingston S-style Model

September 5, 2017
Twenty bucks at a garage sale lands a reader a guitar/amp/accessories setup, but is it an amazing deal or $20 too much?
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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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