November 2015 Staff Picks
Josh Baldridge – Taylor Acoustic Guitars - 612e 12-Fret Grand Concert
I'm a big fan of this body size, especially in a 12 fret model. The Maple guitars that Andy Powers is doing right now are some of the best Taylor's I've ever heard.
Josh picked out a new Taylor that just hit the store this week!
Jim Baggett – Collings OM1AV & Martin OM-18 Authentic 1933
Over the past couple of weeks I've really enjoyed discovering how responsive both of these guitars are. We've had a few 30's OMs in and these two have migrated upstairs as excellent comparison guitars that really hold their own.
Jim's picked out two of our favorite OMs to play against his vintage collection!
Eric Mardis – Tom Anderson Electric Guitars - Angel Player - Black
Surprise. I've picked another Anderson this month. What can I say, I'm always excited and very satisfied whenever a new one of these guitars comes in the back door. I ordered this guitar to be very high performance. Super fast neck profile with jumbo frets make this guitar play effortlessly.The Floyd Rose tremolo is the correct choice for this exceptional stunt guitar. The looks are killer. Blackout everything. Reverse headstock. This is a Kirk Hammett worthy guitar with a serious pedigree. No one is doing it better than Tom Anderson Guitars right now.
Eric M with a killer Anderson this month!
Check out Eric's Youtube demo of this vintage Gibson!
Matt Pelsma – Eastman Electric Guitars - AR371CE-SB Archtop
A simple and straight forward ES-175 style guitar with one neck pickup at a fraction of the cost, but with all the same enjoyable play-ability and longevity. It has all the jazz sounding snappy acoustic brightness you could want, plus the simple warmth from the neck pickup plugged in. If I was back in music school studying jazz, I would have had an Eastman in my hands for sure.
Matt's made his Demo Video debut this month - check him out on this AR371CE-SB!
Mike Horan – The Mass Street Collection of Waterloo Guitars
I really enjoyed getting a chance to play 3 Waterloos back-to-back. The x-braced models have a bit more projection and sustain, while the ladder-braced one respond more quickly to a light touch. All three have primitive mojo to burn, in both tone and appearance.
Check out our demo video on the ladder-braced Waterloo!
All that Dr. Z tone in a smaller package!
Trey Durkin – Ome Banjos - North Star 11" Open-Back
This OME North Star 11" sounds and looks amazing. More depth and warmth than your average 11" open-back with a nice brightness and clarity throughout due to the vintage brass tone ring. It is already spiked at 7 & 9, so you can easily adjust to any jam. OME does it again!
Trey's hooked on open-back banjos recently, check out our collection!
This 1930s Martin mahogany ukulele has a rich warm tone and is a delight to play, plus it's in wonderful condition. What a fun little instrument and a great opportunity to own a piece of musical history!
Thomas Hamm - Martin 1967 00-28C
This is about everything I love in a guitar: small-bodied, wide-necked, and nylon-stringed. Though classical guitars may be unconventional to use as a strummer, I'm a big fan of this one for just that.
This is the sort no-frills-high-quality guitar that makes me love Eastman. Laminate Maple body with a center block that is super fun to play on the couch, but really shines when plugged into one of our tube amps.