December 2015 Staff Picks
Josh Baldridge – Martin Guitars - SS-GP42-15 Koa Grand Performance
Crisp, clear, clean and sustain are the words that come to mind with this Custom Shop Martin. I'm not usually a fan of bigger guitars, but this one really stands out as different and beautiful. This guitar is one of only fifty made, and we were lucky enough to win a lottery to get one here at the store.
Josh picked out a stunning guitar from the Martin Custom Shop!
Check out the gorgeous Koa Matchbook Back and Sides!
Eric Mardis – AER Amps - Compact 60/3
Super lightweight amplifier with premium sound. Sounds absolutely gorgeous with guitar, banjo, mandolin, or even voice. This thing is a miniature PA! I've been using this with a AKG condenser mic and my Gitane Gypsy Jazz guitar...wonderful sound!
Eric M's pick this month is a versatile amp from AER!
Eric Putnam – Fender - 1968 Jazz Bass
First of all this bass looks great. It has all of the right wear on it, and the neck feels awesome. Also the Fralin Jazz bass pickups have just the right output for this vintage bass.
Eric P with a pick that is one of everyone's favorite vintage finds in the store!
Matt Pelsma – Taylor Acoustic Guitars - 326e Baritone Shaded Edge Burst
Tragically underused, the baritone guitar can be a refreshing instrument to sit down with when you need some extra muscle through a deeper tonal pallet. Play some lydian lines over a drone with some ambient delay or reverb and you have an instant moody, quizzical sound score for your next project.
Matt P has picked a really uniquely voiced guitar from Taylor!
Mike Horan – Taylor Acoustic Guitars - 2015 614ce Grand Auditorium
I thought this guitar shown really well in the midrange, with excellent projection. It's perfect for both flat and finger-picking. I was pleasantly surprised by this one during our latest video shoot.
Check out Mike's video demo on this 614ce!
Matt Harmon – Gretsch Acoustic Guitars - Jim Dandy Flat Top - Delta Sky Burst
This is the guitar I would leave out by the couch. It's a great little guitar to pluck an idea out and because it has a laminate top, humidity won't affect it the same way it will your nice Taylor, Martin, or Collings this season. We have 3 different colors in the store, so come get one as a gift or as your personal couch guitar.
Stop by the store and check out Matt H's favorite new couch guitar!
Trey Durkin – Fender - 2014 Tony Franklin Fretless Precision Bass
This versatile bass can do it all, from classic P-Bass thump, all the way to the growl of a Freeless Jazz Bass (think Jaco) - great sounding pickups, a smooth Ebony Fingerboard, and a D-turner all add up to one serious player. If I had to choose one bass for the rest of my career, it would probably be one of these.
Trey's all about this fretless P-bass/Jazz Bass combo!
A super banjo with a wonderful, well balanced tone. It's very pleasing to the ears as well as the eyes. I love the look of the vintage style brass tone ring & brackets and the inlay is classy yet simple. You can hear Trey play this great American made banjo on our website! It's a winner!
Thomas Hamm - Eastman Acoustic Guitars - E20P-SB
This is a fantastic small-bodied guitar, and really shines with it's full bodied tone. All the vintage appointments make it stunner - from the slotted headstock to the pyramid bridge.
I've really fallen in love with this microphone over the past few months. We've been using it here at the store to record our demo videos, and recently upgraded to a matched stereo pair of NT5s. They handle everything from acoustic guitars & banjos to capturing the natural sound out of an archtop electric. Check out our Youtube page to really hear it in action!