July 2014 Staff Gear Picks!
This month most of the staff favored unusual and custom made items, from a modded amp to a guitar made with old-school hide glue and electric guitars with custom made pickups. Read on to check out all our July Staff Picks.
Josh Baldridge – Anderson Raven Electric Guitar
For anyone looking for a comfortable and well balanced version of a Jazzmaster, Tom Anderson's Raven is a beautiful model. The Raven is a more sleek take on the classic offset body design and I for one am a big fan!
Eric Putnam – Tom Anderson Short Hollow Mongrel Electric Guitar
I love the versatility of this guitar. I would feel confident taking it to anything from a blues gig to a metal gig. It doesn't hurt that it plays like a dream as well!
Mike Horan – Repair Luthier – Leo Posch DM Acoustic Guitar
I just put fresh strings on this guitar and holy cow! It just about blew the barn doors off! This acoustic has incredible projection for a brand new guitar.
Mike Runyon – Repair Luthier – Eastman E20P Acoustic Guitar
Obviously this is made from quality materials...Rosewood back and sides, an Adirondack top, Ebony fretboard & pyramid bridge. It has a huge sound, but a balanced output whether you're lightly picking or powerfully strumming. I think this is one that will certainly age nicely.
Susan Willits – Calton Cases
Great American made case for guitars, banjos, mandos and more. They're sturdy enough you could drive your tractor over it (I think)! I love the bumpers around the latches too, plus they come in great colors.
Thomas Hamm – Collings 290 DCS Electric Guitar
Reminiscent of an old Melody Maker or LP, this Collings 290 DC S is everything awesome about a vintage Gibson, but somehow even cooler. It's probably because we have the same haircut.
Anne Tangeman – Gehring Fender Vibroverb Conversion Amp
For years now, Gehring has been putting a few, very special amps for sale in our store and we're always proud to have them. He's a local amp genius and comes up with brilliant mods and conversions. This Vibroverb is a great example. Instead of a touchy vintage amp, this is now an incredibly great sounding, super reliable amp with a vintage vibe that's set for the next millennium.