December 2020

Zachary Fjestad

Zachary R. Fjestad is a freelance writer who specializes in guitars and amplifiers including the history behind them and their current value. Fjestad has been evaluating and appraising guitars for over 20 years. For more information, email Zachary at zacharyfjestad@hotmail.com.

ARTICLES

Larrivée OM-10

Larrivée OM-10

October 8, 2012
TOP: With its quality tonewoods, high-end appointments, and detailed inlay work, a pre-owned Larrivée OM- 10 is a relative bargain considering its current value of $1,600 to $2,000. BOTTOM:
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Peavey Fury 6 Bass

Peavey Fury 6 Bass

September 5, 2012
This Fury is my go-to bass! I love it and I’m interested in the history of Fury basses, but there appears to be some different variations.
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Music Man 112RD-50 Combo

Music Man 112RD-50 Combo

August 10, 2012
I have an old Music Man amp and I’ve always wondered about the connection between Music Man and Fender amps.
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Epiphone Broadway Archtop

Epiphone Broadway Archtop

July 9, 2012
A 1951 Epiphone Broadway in mostly original condition. Manufactured until 1957, the Broadway is considered “third-best” in the Masterbilt series of archtops. Hey Zach, I noticed you haven’t discussed
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B.C. Rich Mockingbird Supreme

B.C. Rich Mockingbird Supreme

June 8, 2012
Aside from the original Seagull, the original Mockingbird is probably the most collectible B.C. Rich guitar.
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Martin Style A Mandolin

Martin Style A Mandolin

May 11, 2012
Martin mandolins are not worth nearly as much as their guitars, they were a vital component in Martin’s success in the early 20th century.
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Supro Brentwood

Supro Brentwood

April 6, 2012
Your Supro Brentwood (Model 1650T) was produced in the mid-1950s and according to the 1955 Supro catalog, the Brentwood was “Supro’s finest amplifier with powerful-range tremolo.”
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Gretsch Bikini Bass and Guitar

Gretsch Bikini Bass and Guitar

March 9, 2012
LEFT: Introduced in 1961, the Gretsch Bikini features removable and interchangeable guitar and bass necks rigged with onboard electronics. MIDDLE: To facilitate travel, the Bikini’s body is cut in
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Martin Style Types

Martin Style Types

February 10, 2012
Style numbers indicate the construction materials and appointments of the guitar, and this system allows for several combinations between body shapes and styles.
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The Mysterious Vox Pacemaker

The Mysterious Vox Pacemaker

January 10, 2012
Because the Pacemaker was entirely designed and built in the US, many enthusiasts don’t consider it to be a true Vox.
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Silvertone Amp-In-The-Case

Silvertone Amp-In-The-Case

December 20, 2011
This is the same guitar that Lenny Haise (played by Steve Zahn) plays in the movie That Thing You Do!, before the fictional band hits it big and purchases more expensive instruments.
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Harmony Archtone H1213

Harmony Archtone H1213

November 15, 2011
There are hundreds of thousands of Harmony guitars out there, and though these are mostly entry-level instruments, they’re very much a part of guitar history.
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Gibson Vs. Epiphone—Are We The Ones Being Elitist?

Gibson Vs. Epiphone—Are We The Ones Being Elitist?

October 18, 2011
Is Gibson always considered a treasure and is an imported Epiphone always considered trash? The answer isn’t quite that simple.
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Ampeg Lee Jackson VL502

Ampeg Lee Jackson VL502

September 20, 2011
The Ampeg VL502, along with all the amps in the VL Series, was designed by amp guru Lee Jackson.
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Heritage Super Eagle

Heritage Super Eagle

August 16, 2011
Many players love these instruments because they have that vintage Gibson feel, without Gibson’s big-company pricing.
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Gibson J-160E “Norwegian Wood”

Gibson J-160E “Norwegian Wood”

July 19, 2011
The famous Beatles song off of Rubber Soul—as well as many others—was played on a J-160E during the mid ’60s.
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Amp Brand Bass Amplifier

Amp Brand Bass Amplifier

June 14, 2011
AMP brand amplifiers seem to have a cult-like status and a small, but loyal following.
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Is this Gibson ES-335 legit?

Is this Gibson ES-335 legit?

May 17, 2011
Hi Zach, I’m the owner of a beautiful ES-335 I purchased in the early ’90s, and I’m trying to identify it. I don’t know anything about its history and would
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Guild G-1000 — The First Acoustic Guitar Amp?

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

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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