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July 2018 - Mass Street Staff Picks


Josh BaldridgeCollings Acoustic Guitars - 01 Mh Traditional T Series
Warm, mellow tones from a small body guitar that is extremely resonate and responsive. This guitar has been turning heads around the shop all week.

Collings Acoustic Guitars - 01 Mh Traditional T Series

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Jim Baggett – Collings Acoustic Guitars - 002H Wenge
Really interesting and unique sounding 00, love the look and tone of the Wenge.

Collings Acoustic Guitars - 002H Wenge

Our Acoustic inventory is always changing - head on over to view the latest in our Acoustic Collection!

Eric PutnamStomp Under Foot - Pink Hellephant
We did this custom pedal with the crew from Stomp Under Foot, and it is a really fun pedal. It has a Fuzz Face circuit and an Overdrive in the same enclosure. Both can be used individually, or you can stack them for over the top fuzz tones. The most exciting thing about this pedal is the spiffy elephant art work created by yours truly with magic computer help from Matt K!

Stomp Under Foot - Pink Hellephant

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Matt Pelsma – Don Grosh - Electrajet Custom Metallic Orange Pearl
Don's guitars are always super consistent and a joy to play. Guitar to guitar, I haven't found one I dislike both in sound and feel. This one takes on an interstellar hippie look, but don't shy away from standing out. Ask us about putting together your dream guitar from one of the best builders in the world.

Don Grosh Electric Guitars - Electrajet Custom Metallic Orange Pearl

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Brian Soden – Eastman Acoustic Guitars - E1OOSS-LTD
The perfect couch guitar that is gig-ready for grab-and-go shows and coffee shop gigs. Classic look and feel with a fun vibe that just calls out to be picked up for a quick strum when you walk by (which is what I do every time I pass it!). It sounds sooo good, too. The total package!

Eastman Acoustic Guitars - E1OOSS-LTD

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Mike Horan – PreSonus Audio Interfaces - Audiobox USB 96
I tend to be a bit of a Luddite when it comes to technology, but I just started using this great little box. I like to record my own backing tracks for practice purposes and this thing fits the bill simply and economically. I plug my Rode NT-5 in and run a cable to my laptop, recognize it in Garageband and I'm ready to go. Great fidelity and easy to use.

PreSonus Audio Interfaces - Audiobox USB 96

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Matt Harmon – Waterloo by Collings - WL-14 X Truss Rod - Black - Tigerstripe
When I laid eyes on our first WL-14 in black I thought it would look so good with a tigerstripe guard instead of a cream one. It's taken a few years but now we have one!

Waterloo by Collings - WL-14 X Truss Rod - Black - Tigerstripe

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Trey DurkinBart Reiter Banjos - Round Peak
Every one of these we've had in has been a great banjo. This is the same model I play, and I've been extremely happy with my banjo over the last few years. Great build quality, with quality woods and a thin lacquer finish, at a great price. I particularly enjoy the enhanced depth and resonance the 12" pot delivers.

Bart Reiter Banjos - Round Peak

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Susan Willits - Eastman Mandolins - MDA315 Mandola
This Eastman MDA315 Mandola is almost too much fun! Extremely nice build quality with this all solid wood instrument. Great for taking leads, or playing rhythm, giving your fingers a little stretch. I love a good, low end bark on mandolin, so this mandola is especially fun with the open low C growl! Really fun!!

Eastman Mandolins - MDA315 Mandola

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Matt KappenmanFender Electric Guitars - Classic Series - '60s Jaguar Lacquer - Lake Placid Blue
Love these new Classic Series models from Fender, with all nitro finishes and some vintage style specs. Great price for a new, vintage-style, Fender.

Fender Electric Guitars - Classic Series - '60s Jaguar Lacquer - Lake Placid Blue

Tons of great Fender Guitars in the shop right now!

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June 2018 - Mass Street Staff Picks


Josh BaldridgeFender Electric Guitars - Player Stratocaster - Polar White
I've picked Strats like this before, but I really like the Woodstock Hendrix White Strat look, super sharp goes great with a tux, or anything really! A part of the new players series that we just got in, the pickups are the new alnico pickups and they sound great. We've got them in store and they'll up on the website soon. Come check this affordable Strat out!

Fender Electric Guitars - Player Stratocaster - Polar White

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Jim Baggett – Collings Acoustic Guitars - OM1 A JL 1 3/4 Traditional - Julian Lage Signature
I've been so impressed with each one these JL series guitars that we've been getting from Collings. So much so I'm thinking about buying a 1 3/4" version for myself.

Collings Acoustic Guitars - OM1 A JL 1 3/4 Traditional - Julian Lage Signature

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Eric PutnamMilkman Sound - 20W Creamer Combo with Power Scaling
All of the milkman amps that we have had in have been great, but the creamer is my personal favorite. It is has enough headroom to gig with, but with the built in attenuator it can breakup at very comfortable volumes. Also the reverb and trem sound amazing in this amp.

Milkman Sound - 20W Creamer Combo with Power Scaling

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Matt Pelsma – Taylor Acoustic Guitars - 714CE V-Class
I have really been digging the new V-Class since our Taylor Road show earlier this year. I recently got to attend Taylor University in Denver, CO and was able to dive into the bracing a little more and hear from different Taylor people and other retailers, and I believe the hype. I think this guitar solves a ton of intonation issues inherent with guitars, and further pushes the richness and consistency Taylor is known for as a manufacturer. I'm impressed, and I want one.

Taylor Acoustic Guitars - 714CE V-Class

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Brian Soden – Xotic Effect Pedals - SP Compressor
I've always enjoyed this compressor on my main electric board, but have recently become even more impressed by how it performs in my acoustic rig! I set the toggle switch to "Lo" so it's not adding a lot of compression - just enough to even things out and make the feel of the strings more natural under my fingers while using the piezo pickup in my guitar. Such a versatile tool to have!

Xotic Effect Pedals - SP Compressor

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Mike Horan – Collings Acoustic Guitars - D1 A Traditional T Series
These Adirondack models continue to be consistently great guitars. Fantastic bluegrass models.

Collings Acoustic Guitars - D1 A Traditional T Series

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Matt Harmon – Tom Anderson - 2001 T Classic Sparkle Silver - Used
I've been on an Anderson kick for the last 3 months and this used classic comes in at a great price and has had the pickups changed out to Fralins which is perfect in my opinion.

Tom Anderson - 2001 T Classic Sparkle Silver - Used

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Trey DurkinMartin Acoustic Guitars - 2018 HD-28 Ambertone
I've really been digging the new HD-28 Ambertone we recently got in. It sounds like a rosewood dread should, and is a head turner to boot. This guitar makes me want to play Neil Young tunes all day....

Martin Acoustic Guitars - 2018 HD-28 Ambertone

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Susan Willits - Gretsch Resonators - G9201 Honey Dipper Round-Neck - Shed Roof Finish
I love these Gretsch Honey Dipper guitars with the Shed Roof finish! They sound so rich and full, and they have a lot of punch. Plus they look amazing, and our shop can set it up for whatever playing style you prefer!

Gretsch Resonators - G9201 Honey Dipper Round-Neck - Shed Roof Finish

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Matt KappenmanCollings Acoustic Guitars - 002H Wenge
This was a new leap for us with Collings. With tonewoods like Madagascar becoming hard to find, we wanted to try a new alternative. We found that option in Wenge, or African Rosewood as it's sometimes called. This wood has been used on our favorite CJ-35s for the bridge and fingerboard for years, but we hadn't tried it as a back and sides. I'm so glad we did. This guitar keeps delivering. I've played it a little bit every day since we got it last week and I can't believe how open and robust it's getting. Don't miss out on trying this little 002H.

Collings Acoustic Guitars - 002H Wenge

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May 2018 - Mass Street Staff Picks


Josh BaldridgeFender Guitars - 1988 Custom Shop '57 Stratocaster - Surf Green Used
I have grown to love Alder-body/Maple-neck Strats, so this early Custom Shop version has been killing me since we picked it up a couple weeks ago. The pickups have that 50's chime that sounds great clean in a band and keeps the tone from getting too dark when I'm really pushing an amp.

Fender Guitars - 1988 Custom Shop '57 Stratocaster - Surf Green Used

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Jim Baggett – Collings Acoustic Guitars - 01 A Traditional T Series
Remarkably big sound out of a little guitar. All the bold tones of an Adirondack build, with the comfortable 14-fret 0 size.

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Eric PutnamLeo Posch Acoustic Guitars - D-M
This has been my favorite Dread in the shop since it arrived. It can handle big chords and bluegrass licks, but it also sounds great for finger style. Some addy top guitars can be too stiff for fingerstyle, but this one is sensitive enough to pull off fingerstyle. I could easily be happy with this guitar as my only acoustic. Awesome guitar!

Leo Posch Acoustic Guitars - D-M

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Matt Pelsma – Martin Acoustic Guitars - 0-18
This guitar is fun to play and has more dynamics than a player might guess at first glance. The smaller top projects with less energy needed which is great for fingerstyle. Solo strumming and lead playing stand out easily as well. The aging toner and bevelled pickguard are excellent and classy touches.

Martin Acoustic Guitars - 0-18

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Brian Soden – Strymon Effect Pedals - Deco
The Strymon Deco has recently earned a place on my board and I'm so pumped to start gigging with it! Hands down - the best slapback delay out there. And through-zero flanging so you can get your "Are You Gonna Go My Way" tone sounding proper! All of the great sounds from the '50s through the '70s, achieved through manipulating tape machines, are in there. It's like you're sitting in Sun Records during an iconic session.

Strymon Effect Pedals - Deco

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Mike Horan – Collings Acoustic Guitars - Parlor 1 Traditional T Series
Eminently playable, this little wonder begs to be played on the couch. Simple yet elegant appointments and clean lines make this guitar an instant classic. Surprising amount of volume for its size.

Collings Acoustic Guitars - Parlor 1 Traditional T Series

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Matt Harmon – Tom Anderson Electric Guitars - Icon Classic - Metallic Ice Blue
Easy pick this month. This Icon Classic from Anderson does it all.

Tom Anderson Electric Guitars - Icon Classic - Metallic Ice Blue

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Trey DurkinOME Banjos - Juniper Megatone Bluegrass Resonator
This is a great banjo for all fingerstyles of playing. It is a ton of fun to play. In CGBDg tuning playing in the key of C it works great for Charlie Poole style old-time picking, with a huge full sound. Bright and crisp but managing to be warm and full all at the same time? How does Ome do it? And as always, the craftsmanship, fretwork, attention to detail and overall aesthetics are the same top notch level that we've come to expect from Ome.

OME Banjos - Juniper Megatone Bluegrass Resonator

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Susan Willits - Collings Mandolins - MT GT Honey Amber
It's a fact, Collings makes wonderful mandolins! This Honey Amber MT GT is a beauty, but sounds even better than it looks, with super clear, sweet tone up and down the register. I had a hard time putting this one back on the wall, because once you start playing you won't want to stop!

Collings Mandolins - MT GT Honey Amber

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Matt KappenmanMilkman Sound - One Watt Plus
This amp makes me excited about plugging in and turning up...only without getting too loud! A 10 Watt Combo, this Milkman has built-in adjustable power scaling down to 1 Watt, bringing that saturated crunch to your guitar tones at bedroom or practice space volume levels. Perfect for smaller-gigs or recording, it also takes pedals extremely well. We couldn't be more excited about having Milkman Amps in the store.

Milkman Sound - One Watt Plus

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April 2018 - Mass Street Staff Picks


Josh BaldridgeCollings Acoustic Guitars - Parlor 2H Traditional T Series
If you’re looking for a guitar that does its thing and does it well, this parlor has it. Super responsive and comfortable, with so much volume for a little guitar.

Collings Acoustic Guitars - Parlor 2H Traditional T Series

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Jim Baggett – Collings Acoustic Guitars - 02H Traditional T Series
This little guitar has a big sound. Extremely resonate, notes just leap out of it.

Collings Acoustic Guitars - 02H Traditional T Series

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Eric PutnamKeeley Effect Pedals - 1962x Overdrive
Keeley really nailed the Marshall combo sound, and feel with this pedal. I was surprised by how touch responsive it is. It's a great pedal if you want to use your guitar's controls to get different tones. Although no pedal can fully capture the experience of a cranked up Marshall this one captures enough to be a great alternative to bleeding ears!

Keeley Effect Pedals - 1962x Overdrive

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Matt Pelsma – Fender Electric Guitars - American Original 60's Telecaster - Fiesta Red
I love everything about this guitar, from the binding to the pickups. Sounds and feels exactly like Fender has built the telecaster from my dreams. Everything about this guitar looks and sounds perfect. Tele single coils can be the most touch sensitive and expressive around, and with pedals, you can get any electric sound under the sun.

Fender Electric Guitars - American Original 60's Telecaster - Fiesta Red

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Brian Soden – Elliott Capos - 1 3/4" Elliott Push Button Guitar Capo - 17" Radius
We're big fans of Elliott Capos here, and I love that we can custom order them to accommodate guitars with specific neck radius measurements. Collings has tested and confirmed the actual radius between the 2nd and 5th frets on their guitars is 17" to 17.75", making the Elliott 17" radius capo ideal for a Collings fingerboard. This one fits evenly across the fretboard of my new OM2H allowing each note to ring out beautifully. It's lightweight and looks gorgeous, to boot!

Elliott Capos - 1 3/4

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Mike Horan – Yamaha Electric Guitars - Revstar RS502T Bowden Green
We just received these new Revstar Yamaha electrics. I really like the RS502T in Bowden Green---a cool original design while still maintaining a vintage look and feel. The P-90s really make it bark!

Yamaha Electric Guitars - Revstar RS502T Bowden Green

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Matt Harmon – Tom Anderson Electric Guitars - Raven Classic Shorty - Egyptian Gold
I couldn't decide between two guitars for this Month's pick, both Andersons, and it came down to the Raven and the Icon Classic. There is just something about the aesthetics of the Raven that is very appealing to me. I love the egyptian gold finish and I'm a fan of single ply matte black pickguards. The headstock painted black just seals the deal. Both guitars play and sound great, but the Raven is a head turner.

Tom Anderson Electric Guitars - Raven Classic Shorty - Egyptian Gold

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Trey DurkinCollings Acoustic Guitars - OM1 A Traditional T Series
A responsive and inspiring instrument. It begs to be played. When I first played it, I put it into DADGAD and was amazed at the rich sound. If you haven't checked out the Collings Traditional line yet, you owe it to yourself to come give one a strum!

Collings Acoustic Guitars - OM1 A Traditional T Series

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Susan Willits - Martin Acoustic Guitars - 1963 00-21 Used
We have a fun 1963 Martin 00-21 here in the store! I love the 00 size, it's so comfortable to hold on your lap and play. This guitar has a lot of personality, along with a lot of sound, and you can just tell it has songs waiting to be teased out of it! I wonder what they are...

Martin Acoustic Guitars - 1963 00-21 Used

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Matt KappenmanHenriksen Amps - The Blu
We had these Henriksen amps recommended to us by one of our favorite customers, and after a chance to check them out at the NAMM show we're excited to have the entire lineup here in the store. Plug into these small, portable amps with a big sound next time you're in the shop. They handle everything from acoustic guitars to electrics and jazz boxes.

Henriksen Amps - The Blu

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Josh BaldridgeGretsch Electric Guitars - G5420TG 135th Anniversary Electromatic Limited - Dark Cherry Metallic/Casino Gold
Gretsch did two color schemes on this one, and I got to see both of them at the name NAMM show. I was, and still am, absolutely blown away by this dark cherry metallic top.

Gretsch Electric Guitars - G5420TG 135th Anniversary Electromatic Limited - Dark Cherry Metallic/Casino Gold

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Jim Baggett – Blazer and Henkes Guitars - 2008 Deja Vu - Phoenix 28 Sunburst - Used
Great example of the sort of craftsmanship that we've long enjoyed from Willie Henkes and Rudolph Blazer. It's always a treat to get a Brazilian Rosewood guitar of this quality in the shop. A great lifetime guitar.

Blazer and Henkes Guitars - 2008 Deja Vu - Phoenix 28 Sunburst - Used

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Eric PutnamTom Anderson Electric Guitars - Icon Classic - Metallic Ice Blue
Another great Anderson Icon! Really great finish on this one, the mystic Ice Blue looks great with the carmel maple neck. I am really digging the 62 pete neck shape on this one, too. Great neck that is not too chunky but is also not overly thin. This one also has my favorite set of the noiseless pickups!

Tom Anderson Electric Guitars - Icon Classic - Metallic Ice Blue

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Matt Pelsma – Martin Acoustic Guitars - 00-15M
This "All-Hog" guitar is fantastic for comfortable couch playing, or a small relaxed coffee shop setting. It's brighter than most mahogany guitars that I have played, but it just wants to be broken in. I could play this guitar all day.

Martin Acoustic Guitars - 00-15M

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Brian Soden – Mission Engineering - Rewah Pro
We're all big fans of Mission's expression and volume pedals and their new power supply, but the Rewah Pro deserves some of the spotlight! The internal dip switches make it highly versatile and easy to dial in vintage and modern tones. Plus, it's built tough for the road. And...it's finished in candy purple. I dig it!

Mission Engineering - Rewah Pro

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Mike Horan – Collings Acoustic Guitars - Parlor 2H Traditional T Series
Tired of wrapping your arm around your big honkin' dreadnought? Need a comfy couch-guitar while you watch the NCAA tournament? Have I got the guitar for you...

Collings Acoustic Guitars - Parlor 2H Traditional T Series

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Matt Harmon – Don Grosh Electric Guitars - ElectraJet Standard with Blown 59s - Black
Grosh makes great guitars and this one is begging to be played really loud. The Blown 59's are amazing.

Don Grosh Electric Guitars - ElectraJet Standard with Blown 59s - Black

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Trey DurkinFender Basses - American Professional Precision Bass - Sunburst
I've always been a fan of the p-bass. A fully adjustable pickup, with simple volume and tone controls that allow you to dial in the perfect sound in the blink if an eye. I've always been drawn to 3 tone sunburst finished fenders with a rosewood fingerboard. If you want that classic bass sound, look, and feel, look no further!

Fender Basses - American Professional Precision Bass - Sunburst

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Susan Willits - Bart Reiter Banjos - Buckbee Open-Back - Cherry
Bart Reiter is doing such a great job of crafting well made, dependable and affordable banjos. The 11" Buckbee is a lot of banjo for $1195, with a wonderfully clear and mellow sound. Very easy to play, with no frills, this banjo is a perfect (and fun) upgrade from your starter banjo!

Bart Reiter Banjos - Buckbee Open-Back - Cherry

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Matt KappenmanEastman Electric Guitars - T64/V-GB
There's just something about a fully hollow thinline that I love. There's this acoustic reponsiveness, almost a sort of growl that really makes me feel at home on this Eastman. Loaded with Lollar P90s and a Bigbsy, this is one versatile archtop. It has me thinking about ordering one for myself.

Eastman Electric Guitars - T64/V-GB

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Josh BaldridgeTom Anderson Electric Guitars - T Icon Classic - Transparent Brown
We did something we don't often do with the pickups on this one with a tv2 and tv1 being the most vintage of pickups, with the VA boost delivering a little more meat when you need it. With the standard setting it's so clear you can get back to that late '60s british tone. Eric and I were handing it back and forth the other day and the two of us fell head over heels in love with this guitar. I've got a feeling this is going to be one of my favorite Anderson's of all time, you could search all across the universe and never find a better guitar. Dig it.

Tom Anderson Electric Guitars - T Icon Classic - Transparent Brown

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Jim Baggett – Collings Acoustic Guitars - D1 Traditional T Series
This D1 Traditional is an awfully nice guitar, sounds great, plays great and is very comfortable.

Collings Acoustic Guitars - D1 Traditional T Series

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Eric PutnamCollings Electric Guitars - I-30 LC - Aged Faded Cherry
The I-30 is my new favorite Colllings electric guitar. It is one of those guitars that can do about any thing I want it to. It has enough output, and twang to pull off rock, blues and country licks, but would also be at home at a Jazz gig. The bridge pickup is aggressive without being too thin or bright. The neck pickup is clear but has a nice roundness to it. It is also one of the lightest and most comfortable guitars to come through the shop.

Collings Electric Guitars - I-30 LC - Aged Faded Cherry

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Matt Pelsma – Eastman Acoustic Guitars - E6OM
The Eastman E6OM is a comfortable player with a clear and balanced tone. It's hard to get a bad tone out of a hand-made instrument that has been put together so well. The guitar I am currently holding has a gorgeous piece of Mahogany on the neck under a satin finish. Not a buzz on the fretboard, the tone is anything from bright to buttery smooth.

Eastman Acoustic Guitars - E6OM

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Brian Soden – Eastman Mandolins - MD615 SB
Eastman makes such a fantastic mandolin and this model happens to be my favorite. The maple back and sides give it a nice chop, plus its gig-ready with a pickup installed right out of the gate. I'm planning on picking one of these up soon, myself!

Eastman Mandolins - MD615 SB

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Mike Horan – AER Amps - Compact 60/3
I've been using this amp live for the last couple years with a Gypsy Jazz combo, micing up my guitar with a lavalier-style condenser. I am continually impressed by its clarity and trueness of tone. Great amp!

AER Amps - Compact 60/3

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Trey DurkinFender - Rumble 200
A great amp for any level player, from a performing professional to a bedroom thumper. Super portable, lightweight enough to bring to any gig, even if you had to hike through the slush and snow to get there. Just a solid all around bass amp with a lot of eq-ing possibilities. 200 watts for me is enough for most playing situations, except maybe the loudest drummers. I like this model with the 1x15" speaker on it's own, but combined with a 2x10 or 4x10 cab it competes with higher end stacks no problem.

Fender - Rumble 200

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Susan Willits - Collings Mandolins - MF GT Sunburst
We have another wonderful mandolin from Collings! Beautiful, clear notes from high to low on this Collings MF mandolin. Superb build quality, as with all Collings instruments. It's a winner!

Collings Mandolins - MF GT Sunburst

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Matt KappenmanFender Electric Guitars - American Original 50's Stratocaster - White Blonde
When Fender announced the new American Originals line I couldn't help but get excited. After seeing them at the NAMM show and now in the shop, I feel justified in my excitement. I'm a sucker for anything vintage-inspired, especially so with a nitro finish. Nice chunky neck with some classic Strat tones.

Fender Electric Guitars - American Original 50's Stratocaster - White Blonde

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Josh BaldridgeGretsch Electric Guitars - G5420TG Electromatic - Candy Apple Red
I’m a sucker for Candy Apple Red guitars, especially with this classic Gretsch headstock. These Black Top Filter’Tron pickups do that clean, low output Gretsch sound so well.

Gretsch Electric Guitars - G5420TG Electromatic - Candy Apple Red

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Jim Baggett – Martin Acoustic Guitars - 1953 D-28
Great "mystery top" D-28 that's in superb condition.

Martin Acoustic Guitars - 1953 D-28

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Eric PutnamBlack Cat - Stereo Black Cat Vibe
Running the Black Cat Vibe in stereo is an awesome sound! Univibe in mono is already a great sound, but when you run it in stereo you get all of the watery goodness of a vibe, but with the extra width, and you can really hear the pulse of the vibe between the two amps!

Black Cat - Stereo Black Cat Vibe

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Matt Pelsma – EarthQuaker Devices - Hoof Reaper Fuzz V2
Sometimes super-stacking fuzz pedals get a bad rap for being too-over-the-top in out of control tone and wild sounds. That's not the case with the Reaper Hoof. Very usable at any setting, this pedal will save you space with combining two pedals, plus a choice octave effect. Rich and punchy or thin and loose, add a sonic boost to your tone in a ton of ways.

EarthQuaker Devices - Hoof Reaper Fuzz V2

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Brian Soden – Greer Amps - Lightspeed Organic Overdrive
If there is an overdrive pedal worthy enough to have the word "organic" in it's title, this is definitely it! It truly feels and sounds like a cranked-up amp under your fingers. Full and rich. I like!

Greer Amps - Lightspeed Organic Overdrive

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Mike Horan – Waterloo by Collings - WL-K
What a hog! Whether finger-picking or kicking out some old-time bass runs, this thing moves some serious air. You can feel it shake under your arm!

Waterloo by Collings - WL-K

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Matt Harmon – Fishman Amps - Loudbox Mini Charge
Fishman are my go to amps when it comes to demoing acoustic guitar pickups and this new charge is my favorite of the bunch. It features a 12 hour battery and bluetooth connectivity, great for all the buskers in downtown.

Fishman Amps - Loudbox Mini Charge

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Trey DurkinLeo Posch Banjos - Dobson Style Banjo
What a sweet little banjo. The short 24 1/2" scale lends to a very touch sensitive banjo, it also handles tuning up to A or D very well because of this. Melody notes up the neck ring like a bell. And what a cool old rim, too!

Leo Posch Banjos - Dobson Style Banjo

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Susan Willits - Lakota Leathers Guitar/Banjo/Mandolin Straps
We have a great assortment of guitar, banjo, mandolin & ukulele straps, including many fun colors and patterns from Original Fuzz! We also carry the wonderful Lakota Leathers straps, hand made on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. The Lakota Leather straps are extremely strong, soft & beautiful! I love their flat braid mandolin straps!!

Lakota Leathers Guitar/Banjo/Mandolin Straps

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Matt KappenmanGibson Acoustic Guitars - 1952 SJ Sunburst
This SJ is everything I love about a vintage Gibson. It's a very focused sound, but with the power to really open up as you dig in. The smaller, understated pickguard and gorgeous sunburst round out a really stunning vintage guitar.Gibson Acoustic Guitars - 1952 SJ Sunburst

Tons of great Vintage Gear in the shop right now!

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Josh BaldridgeCollings - CJ35 - Custom Jet Black Top
This CJ-35 has that focused, dry attack that has long made it our favorite build of the CJ lineup. The Jet Black finish, offset by the simple Ivoroid appointments really sets this apart visually.

Collings - CJ35 - Custom Jet Black Top

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Jim Baggett – Collings - D1 VN Sunburst
Great sounding Sitka dreadnought with a beautiful Sunburst and a comfy Vintage Now neck.

Collings - D1 VN Sunburst

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Eric PutnamCollings - I-35 LC - Pelham Blue
First of all the finish on this guitar looks amazing. Depending on the lighting you get a light metallic Pelham blue or even a royal blue. This guitar will look fantastic under stage lights! Besides being one of the best looking guitars to hang on our wall, it also plays and sounds great. The Wolftone Dr. Vintage set has the right balance of clarity and output and will work in a variety of situations. Great guitar!

Collings - I-35 LC - Pelham Blue

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Matt Pelsma – Weber Mandolins - 2010 Vintage F Mandolin Oval Hole Used
This mando can be mellow in tone when you hold back, and bright and loud when you dig in. A modern player with a really great vintage look and feel! An impressive instrument all around.

Weber Mandolins - 2010 Vintage F Mandolin Oval Hole Used

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Brian Soden – Original Fuzz Straps
I love everything about this company! They're down-to-earth folks making high-quality "Made in the USA" products. Unpacking this last order was like early Christmas for me.

Original Fuzz Straps

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Mike Horan – TC Electronic - Polytune Clip
The most accurate clip-on tuner we have found. A perfect stocking stuffer!

TC Electronic - Polytune Clip

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Matt Harmon – TC Electronic - Polytune Mini 2 Tuner
Such a great little tuner, I wish I had a second.

TC Electronic - Polytune Mini 2 Tuner

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Trey DurkinTaylor Acoustic Guitars - GS Mini-e Bass
A really unique instrument from Taylor, this Acoustic-Electric Bass let's you plug-in at a Coffee house gig, or jam out around a camp fire.

Bart Reiter Banjos

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Susan Willits - Collings Mandolins - MT GT - Black Top
I love the Collings MT Black top. It's a wonderfully responsive mandolin with a lot of punch! Great tone with plenty of volume and a gorgeous black gloss top. This is a sweet one!

Collings Mandolins - MT GT - Black Top

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Matt KappenmanEastman Acoustic Guitars - E10 00 SS
I've been hunting around for a more appropriate old-time guitar the past few months and this E10 00 SS is very appealing. Short scale, slope-shoulder, comfy to play and a nice Adirondack top that makes for big sounding little guitar. Eastman is still quietly making some of the best solid wood guitars around.Eastman Acoustic Guitars - E10 00 SS

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Josh BaldridgeMartin Acoustic Guitars - D-21 Special
This Limited Edition has solid Rosewood back and sides, 1-3/4" nut, and forward shifted/scalloped bracing! At $2,499 this guitar is a great deal on an American made guitar, I just wish Martin was making more than 300 of these.

Martin Acoustic Guitars - D-21 Special

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Jim Baggett – Martin Acoustic Guitars - D-18
Both the Sunburst and the Natural top are great buys and solid Mahogany backed guitars.

Martin Acoustic Guitars - D-18

 

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Eric PutnamJetter Gear - Gold Standard
Still the only overdrive pedal on my board. I have had one of these for the last 5 years, and cannot find a drive that works better for me. The low gain side is very responsive to your pick attack, and sounds very open. The higher gain side is great for leads, really fat but clear. If you stack both channels you can get into fuzz territory. Great pedal!

Jetter Gear - Gold Standard

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Matt Pelsma – Taylor Acoustic Guitars - 326e Baritone-8 LTD
I am a sucker for exotic instruments, especially if they play just like a familiar instrument. Baritones are cool, but with some extra octave in the middle strings, you get some depth that lends itself to some drone-y textures along with single-string lines up the neck on the first and second strings. You can bend with some 12-string flair underneath!

Taylor Acoustic Guitars - 326e Baritone-8 LTD

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Brian Soden – Gretsch Electric Guitars - G5420T Electromatic - Fairlane Blue
Such a killer guitar for any price level, but it happens to sell for well under a grand! The fret work is fantastic and the overall build is very solid. Throw in a set of TV Jones pickups and you have a true hot rod!!

Gretsch Electric Guitars - G5420T Electromatic - Fairlane Blue

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Mike Horan – Gibson Guitars - 1952 J-45 Sunburst - Used
Nice resonant guitar! Wide open low-end with well-focused mids. It absolutely has the RIGHT sound for this model.

Gibson Guitars - 1952 J-45 Sunburst - Used

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Matt Harmon – TV Jones Pickups - Brian Setzer - Nickel
Once I bought Brian Setzer's Rockabilly Riot: Osaka Rocka! - Live in Japan 2016 I was hooked on his tone. So much that I bought a Gretsch with Filtertrons. Brian's tone is amazing and so are these pickups.

TV Jones Pickups - Brian Setzer - Nickel

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Trey DurkinAll the Bart Reiter Banjos
We have too many great Bart Reiters right now to pick just one! All these banjos are very well made, up in Lansing, MI, and each one would be a lifetime instrument. Whether you like a 11" head with a whyte laydie tone ring, an all maple banjo, or a 12" pot with rolled brass and mahogany neck, there is something in right now for all players looking for an open-back. I personally play a Bart Reiter Round Peak, and it is all the banjo I could ever want. Check out the 12" Buckbee for a banjo that will be very similar in sound to my Round Peak.

Bart Reiter Banjos

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Susan Willits - Leo Posch Acoustic Guitars - L-M
The Leo Posch L-M is a no frills guitar that has killer sound and beautiful, understated looks. Clear, balanced notes from high to low, with enough power and volume to be heard in any type of musical setting. Nice ebony peghead overlay, sunburst top, and firestripe pickguard to dress it up a little! Comes with a Guardian Featherweight case.

Leo Posch Acoustic Guitars - L-M

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Matt KappenmanFender Electric Guitars - 2017 American Professional Telecaster - Olympic White
I love this newly redesgned American Pro tele, it has all tele tones I'm looking for and is one of those guitars that yells "PICK ME UP" every time I walk past it in the store.
Fender Electric Guitars - 2017 American Professional Telecaster - Olympic White
Tons of great stuff from Fender in the shop right now!
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Josh BaldridgeTom Anderson - T Classic Shorty Hollow Contoured - Blonde
I often get asked about what kind of guitar can cover all the bases at a gig...this is it. It looks classy and gives so many usable tones at the flick of a switch.

Tom Anderson Electric Guitars - T Classic Shorty Hollow Contoured - Blonde

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Jim Baggett – Collings Acoustic Guitars - OM1 Traditional T Series
The folks at Collings have hit their stride with the Traditional Series. A fine example of a vintage-inspired OM.

Collings Acoustic Guitars - OM1 Traditional T Series

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Eric PutnamFender - American Elite Jazz Bass - Ocean Turquoise
One of the best looking basses I have seen in the shop. The active electronics are versatile and sound great. The neck shape is very comfortable as well.

Fender - American Elite Jazz Bass - Ocean Turquoise

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Matt Pelsma – Martin Acoustic Guitars - 2017 D-28 New
Even though it's new for 2017, this is one of the most warmest guitars I have played out of the box. Very open and clean, this guitar has what most people are looking for on first pickup.

Martin Acoustic Guitars - 2017 D-28 New

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Brian Soden – Greer Amps - Moonshot Class-A Treble and Mid Pre
What a fantastic take on the classic treble booster! I sat down with the Moonshot and a handful of guitars with a JTM45 style amp and had an absolute blast dialing up tones. The Treble/Mid knob makes this treble booster so guitar-friendly! Love it!

Greer Amps - Moonshot Class-A Treble and Mid Pre

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Mike Horan – Collings Acoustic Guitars - C10-35 Jet Black Top
A great little guitar with a big voice and a real nice mid-range honk not usually characteristic of Collings. It has the looks and charm of an old L-00 but with great playability and intonation.

Collings Acoustic Guitars - C10-35 Jet Black Top

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Matt Harmon – Alexander - Jubilee Silver Overdrive
Great tones with a very versatile EQ section. This one belongs in your British pedal collection.

Alexander - Jubilee Silver Overdrive

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Trey DurkinBlueChip Flatpicks
These picks offer the perfect connection between your hand and your strings. The pick attack is as smooth as glass, with an edge that won't wear down. They draw a rich, full tone out of instruments that you just have to hear to believe. The effect is particularly noticeable on acoustic instruments. These picks have spoiled me. If I use another pick I feel like I'm not getting the most out my instruments. These picks were a total game changer for me when I first tried them, and now I am a full convert.

BlueChip Flatpicks

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Susan Willits - Huss & Dalton Acoustic Guitars - 1999 CM Custom Used
This 1999 Huss & Dalton CM Custom is a beautiful guitar. It's easy to play with a full, deep, warm sound. A well cared for guitar with nice appointments, including flamed maple binding on the body and fingerboard. Sweet! Comes with a hardshell case.

Huss & Dalton Acoustic Guitars - 1999 CM Custom Used

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Matt KappenmanWaterloo by Collings - WL-14 L T-Bar - SB
I have Waterloo fever...there's just something about the dry, woody tone of these 14-fret models that has me day dreaming about old-time bass runs. If you've been chasing that '30s Kalamazoo sound these guitars are the a fantastic option. Built at the Collings factory down in Austin, TX, the build quality far surpasses so many of the old catalogue guitars that inspired Bill Collings and Co.
Waterloo by Collings - WL-14 L T-Bar - SB
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