April 2015 MSM Staff Gear Picks
Josh Baldridge – Grosh NOS Gold Retro Classic
This is my go to guitar in the store right now. Whenever I want to test out a pedal or amp with some single coils I grab this one. It has such a classic feel and sound that I can depend on the guitar itself to be everything that I want in the signal chain. The Faded Aztec gold is the perfect mix of bling and class too.
Eric Putnam – Dr. Z Maz 38 Sr. 1x12 Amp
I have played a Maz 18 for years and love it. When I plugged into the Maz 38 I felt right at home. The 38 has the same tonal pallet as my 18 but just with more headroom! If you have ever played an out door gig, you know that a little extra headroom is not a bad thing.
Matthew Pelsma - Bourgeois Vintage Mahogany OM Custom
This has been a favorite of mine and it's a surprise to me that no one has snagged it yet. It has great vintage warmth combined with the volume variance from the Adirondack top that lends itself to very tasteful and expressive playing. It's very tonally dynamic as well! Feels great to let it open up with some finger style playing, or give this one a spin with a Griffith Deluxe Bovine pick. Either way, this is an easy guitar to get along with.
Trey Durkin – Fender '65 Deluxe Reverb Reissue Amp
This gives you incredibly clean tones, the open back design combined with the Jensen speaker is classic. The controls are very responsive for quickly dialing in your tone when switching guitars, which I love. It's footswitchable too with lush verb and classic Fender trem that sounds so good it makes me want to leave my pedalboard behind. Best of all the '65 is the perfect size for every occasion – from bedroom jamming to the grand 'ol Opry and everything in between. Deluxe Reverb + Strat = total nirvana.
Susan Willits - Franzke A Mandolin
It's a great instrument, with beautiful craftsmanship from a local builder. I love the low end and the high notes are clear without being harsh. You couldn't go wrong with this mando!
Anne Tangeman – Kelly's Cigar Box Guitar
I think these are incredibly fun instruments that really anyone can learn to play quickly. Use a slide for some real old time sounds – 3 strings, no waitin' and you can plug it in if you really want to annoy the neighbors. Locally made too!