December 2014 MSM Staff Gear Picks
While the staff has been wrangling holiday ornaments and decorating the store, we've also had our eye on a few spectacular instruments and gear, including a few perfect for first time players - here are our last staff gear picks for 2014!
Josh Baldridge - Taylor 214ce SB Deluxe Acoustic
This 214 is a lot of guitar for the price - classic, old school tobacco burst finish, Taylor ES-T electronic and a great sound with really nice balance.
Eric Mardis - Marshall JCM 900 Amp Head
I bought one of these heads in 1989 and traded it in 1994 for the JCM 900 100w 2x12 Combo. I've always sort of missed the head even though I've got the exact same circuit in my combo. I also have a JCM 900 4x12 cab and a 1922 2x12 extension cab. Needless to say, I'm a big fan of the JCM 900 series and I am super excited to have these classic amps in the store. I've been rocking Marshall JCM 900s for 25 years. Wow, I'm old.
A classic that Eric M. has been a fan of for 25 years, the Marshall JCM 900 joins our amp offerings
Mike Horan – Collings D1A VN Acoustic
I like to think of the Collings D1A VN as the standard by which all other guitars are measured. This particular one (S/N 22990) is an excellent specimen, providing all the bass response, volume, and high-end clarity a person could desire. I really like the way the Vintage Neck fits my hand, substantial yet well-contoured.
Luthier Mike Runyon was swayed by this lush sounding Kala KA-8 8 stringed uke
Thomas Hamm – Grosh P4 Bass
Roger Waters may be the greatest songwriter of all time, and with this Don Grosh P4 Bass you feel fully capable of doing everything he did. Seriously the best bass I've ever played.
Anne Tangeman – Fender Blacktop Strat HSH Titanium Electric
This is simply a killer rock guitar – and it's got a metallic finish. Personally, I think you can't go wrong with a humbucker-single-humbucker combination. Definitely goes to 11. Turn it up!