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Erv Niehaus


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Litchfield, MN, USA
Post  Posted 13 Mar 2019 11:51 am    
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When it comes to ZB's, the top side looks a lot classier than the underside. Whoa!
Erv
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Russ Tkac


Post  Posted 5 Apr 2019 6:22 am    
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I saw this on Facebook.

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Abe Levy


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Post  Posted 6 May 2019 6:10 pm    
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I bought this ‘69 Bakersfield D10 (serial # 0107) a couple weeks ago here on the forum. Took her down, cleaned her up and she’s playing like a top. She was probably the filthiest guitar I’ve ever encountered, but most of it came off and once I got the E9 changer degunked, the guitar came alive. Now I need some knee levers... what tone! Brumley!


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Josh Rossow


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Mchenry, Illinois
Post  Posted 7 May 2019 7:50 pm    
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Congrats on getting the ZB Abe, nice one you got there! That wood graining is awesome on it. Prettiest looking and sounding steel guitars out there. I have a 69’ ZB d10 Serial 0066 , looks just like yours. I’d be curious to find out how many pedal steels ZB made in 1969.
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Joe A. Camacho


Post  Posted 8 May 2019 11:49 am    
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Does anyone have two D-10 key heads available? My '69 was bored out for larger tuners that don't work too well and I'd like to replace them back to original.

thanks,
Joe
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Russ Tkac


Post  Posted 10 May 2019 6:10 am    
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Looks great Abe!
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Russ Tkac


Post  Posted 22 May 2019 10:41 am     66 D-11
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https://reverb.com/item/24152769-1966-zb-d-11-vintage-pedalmaster-pedal-steel-guitar-red-burn-lacquer?fbclid=IwAR1KDzH-tYoEskFChhoap17JQv-DQj2OzXs-z8SoCtB8gFE06mlZmBmXhRE
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Josh Rossow


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Mchenry, Illinois
Post  Posted 22 May 2019 7:44 pm    
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Man, that’s a nice looking 66’
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David Mitchell


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Tyler, Texas
Post  Posted 17 Jun 2019 5:41 am    
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This is my 1969 D-11/10 built in Bakersfield, Ca. Ser# 0125
This is a little tune I composed for the pedal steel doing a salute to traditional country style. I noticed I forgot to throw in the Hal Rugg lick after I recorded it. Oh well. The pedals were so stiff and the knee levers so far apart I could barely play this guitar but the tone is great on these machines. Just wanted to have a beautiful ZB in my collection of pedal steels.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfOZ3lWTFPs
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Abe Levy


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California, USA
Post  Posted 19 Jun 2019 7:32 pm    
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Very nice David!!
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Ben Elder


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La Crescenta, California, USA
Post  Posted 27 Jun 2019 10:28 pm     2015: 0125 in a previous life
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Looks and sounds great, David. It's in a great place.
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b0b


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Cloverdale, CA
Post  Posted 28 Jun 2019 6:36 am    
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0125 - was the decal changed at some point?
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Bart Bull


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New Orleans, USA/Paris FR/Berkeley USSR
Post  Posted 8 Jul 2019 2:18 pm     "Zane Beck Plays The New ZB Student Model"
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I don't believe this has been posted previously, and surely the ZB-ophiles will want to hear it.

This music-blog https://artworkbymanicmark.blogspot.com/2017/01/zane-beck-plays-new-zb-model.html has a particularly respectful policy, so there's only a single song uploaded, written and beautifully sung by the lovely LaRue McAnulty, of heavenly voice and heaven-bound hairdo. Zane's playing speaks for itself, but Bill Sims (who once gave me a guided tour around ZB's South Phoenix factory) supplies liner notes and details.


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Joe A. Camacho


Post  Posted 30 Aug 2019 9:03 am    
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Hey folks, I'm looking for a single neck ZB if you hear of anything. Thanks, Joe
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Scott Wostal


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Wisconsin, USA
Post  Posted 4 Sep 2019 5:35 pm     ZB custom
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Hello !! First post on forum. Just had this ZB custom D10 2×8 come back into my life. I bought it from Billy Coopers pedal steel guitar shop over 18 yrs ago... I shortly came into some problems where i needed money so i sold it to a good friend for half the price. Last month i learned he still had it and he sold it back to me for same price!! Serial number is #0331. Its just beautiful!! 3 questions ,anybody know what year it might be?? I cant remember if i knew it 18 yrs ago. Also any info or parts diagram for undercarriage so i can use correct terminology would be so helpful which leads me to my last question of the evening..when i uncased this beauty and set it up i noticed that where the pedal rods hook onto the L shaped bracket in the undercarriage there are two holes to choose from..which one is correct..and what would be reason. Long pull short pull?? Half step full step..and i have no clue what copedent Billy set it up as before he shipped it out the door to me. Im assuming its an Emmons. I havnt even played it yet ..waiting for weekend to dig into this machine!! It weighs so much more then my little zum steel ive been boucing around the room haha!! Thank for any help on these questions everyone..hopefully these pics load up !!







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Russ Tkac


Post  Posted 4 Sep 2019 7:35 pm    
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Very nice Scott I'd say 72 or 73 for the year.
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Scott Wostal


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Wisconsin, USA
Post  Posted 5 Sep 2019 6:32 pm    
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Russ Tkac wrote:
Very nice Scott I'd say 72 or 73 for the year.
Thanks Russ .. I was thinking 72 myself..or that seems what Billy had it in description when i bought it.
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Eric Dahlhoff


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Point Arena, California
Post  Posted 11 Sep 2019 4:59 pm     Zb S-11
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This single neck 11 stringer showed up in the mail a few days ago! It's a definite "project with great potential" - it came with 5 pedals, 1 knee and a bag of parts, but not yet in playing condition.
#0456 Originally bright green, gracefully faded. Cool









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Russ Tkac


Post  Posted 11 Sep 2019 6:05 pm    
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Wonderful!
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Brendan Mitchell


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Melbourne Australia
Post  Posted 13 Sep 2019 7:04 pm    
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Hey Eric , if you ever feel the need to let that steel go I would very interested .
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Kevin Hickey


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Illinois, USA
Post  Posted 21 Oct 2019 10:45 pm    
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New member, first post. I just purchased ZB #0022 as a project and I look forward to learning from you experts. I’ll post pictures at a later date. It’s a D-11 8+5 with white fret boards and pickups. The necks are stained light red/pink and the rest is natural birds eye maple. I believe that it was built in 1969 in Bakersfield. The decal/logo is missing but the outline of the old ZB Custom decal can still be seen on the front apron. Pickups sound great and the switches work well. The E9 neck has a small crack. The biggest problem is the lacquer, which is cloudy, cracked, and pealing. I plan to strip the old finish, re-lacquer, and enjoy learning how to play it.

I am also refurbishing my Dad’s 1954 Fender Dual 8 Professional, which he played professionally for over 50 years (bad finish, broken pickup and tuners, etc.). He (Bob Hickey) is a member of the Michigan Country Music Hall of Fame and could make his steel cry and sing without pedals, but I want to learn how to play with pedals. Thanks for admitting me to this forum. Kevin Hickey
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