November 2014 MSM Staff Gear Picks
All of us at Mass Street Music had a tough time picking just one Staff Pick this month, between the new pedals, a boatload of cool used gear and new acoustics, but for you, we narrowed it down to our top favorites:
Josh Baldridge – Collings OM1A Cutaway
This is surprisingly light and has the low end responsiveness of a larger bodied guitar. It's comfortable to play too and has really balanced tonality all over the neck.
Eric Mardis - 1977 HIWATT DR504 50 Watt Amp Head
As the owner of a Dave Reeves era Hiwatt DR504, I can state with confidence that this is the sweetest, vibey-est amp in the shop. This thing shouldn't even be here in Kansas. Beautiful condition and fantastic "endless clean headroom" tone that loves fuzz pedals. This really screams David Gilmour - also Pete Townsend, Martin Barre and Jimmy Page. It's the real deal.
Eric Putnam - Strymon Deco Pedal
I love the slap back delay sounds on this, also the tape saturation sounds really great! I could not stop playing rockabilly licks. Pair with a nice Fender Twin and a Tele or Gretsch and you're in heaven!
Ted Kritikos – Rode Podcaster Mic
This is just a great mic for doing any sort of podcasts or content on the internet. It sounds truly professional, and the built in headphone jack makes it so you can hear yourself talk in your headphones with zero latency. Very cool.
Mike Horan – Collings Tenor 1G Guitar
Perfect for whooping out your favorite Western swing or jazz chords, but also nice for bringing a different texture to your alt-folk music ala Neko Case. Don't be the last kid on your block to get one!
Matt Harmon - Fender 68 Custom Princeton Reverb Amp
Cool, super sleek Princeton Reissue, love the silver front plate. A few tweaks they made to the board make this model better with pedals compared to other reissues. Great amp.
Thomas Hamm - Grosh Retro Classic Vintage T in Mary Kay Sonic Blue
This Grosh is incredibly balanced and a killer player. I've always loved teles and surf guitar tones, and this one nails it.
Anne Tangeman – JHS Twin Twelve Channel Drive Pedal
Fresh from the mad geniuses at JHS, this Twin Twelve pedal brings the iconic Silvertone 1484 preamp and overdrive growl to you at the push of a button. Really responsive, tweakable and fun. I have a 1484 Silvertone amp and was not only kind of thrilled to see this, but blown away by the tones. JHS did a great job on it.