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November 2018 - Mass Street Staff Picks


Josh BaldridgeTom Anderson Guitars - T Icon - Sonic Blue In-Distress Level 2
The pickups in this tele are probably the best pairing of a humbucker and single-coil bridge pickup that we've ordered. I think they work really well together, the color is gorgeous, and I wish I had with me at all times.

Tom Anderson Electric Guitars - T Icon - Sonic Blue In-Distress Level 2

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Jim Baggett – Collings Guitars - CJ35 - Custom Jet Black Top
Cool guitar in an even cooler finish. Hard to top this short-scale, sloped-shoulder build from Collings.

CollCollings Acoustic Guitars - CJ35 - Custom Jet Black Top

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

Eric PutnamTom Anderson Guitars - Icon Classic - Mystic Teal
Ridiculously good guitar! I really love the sound of the PH-2 in the bridge of this guitar. It is fatter than a standard single coil, but still balances well with the neck and middle pickups. Great feeling neck and incredibly resonant guitar!

Tom Anderson Electric Guitars - Icon Classic - Mystic Teal

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Matt Pelsma – Taylor Acoustic Guitars - 324CE V-Class
As a big fan of the V-class, it is great to see if come to the 300 series; more affordable and stripped down, this is a top-line working-person's guitar.

Taylor Acoustic Guitars - 324CE V-Class

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Brian Soden – Xact Tone Solutions - Winford Drive
I dig this pedal so much! There is good reason the Xact Tone Solutions Winford Drive can be spotted on pedalboards of many top players. You can cover so many bases with this unit - from Classic Rock rhythm grit to high gain for big leads with tons of mid control to help you cut through any mix. True bypass and built to take abuse from the road. Hand made by a great crew in Nashville, TN.

Xact Tone Solutions - Winford Drive

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Mike Horan – Collings Guitars - OM1 Traditional T Series Custom Sunburst
This is a lovely guitar, endowed with the quick string response and open tonal character we've come to expect from the Traditionals. Its incredible volume gives the illusion of playing a much bigger guitar.

Collings Acoustic Guitars - OM1 Traditional T Series Custom Sunburst

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Matt Harmon – Don Grosh Basses - 2011 T Bass #1 - Used
A modern classic, this T bass is such a killer instrument. Don't let your chance slip away and pick this up.

Don Grosh Basses - 2011 T Bass #1 - Used

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Trey DurkinOME Banjos - 12" Tupelo - Open-Back
This is the plunkiest old-time sounding Ome I have played yet. Lots of natural woody character but still retains the pop and brightness Ome banjos are known for. Steel strings are nice and powerful but this would also be a great candidate for a set of Nylguts.

OME Banjos - 12 Tupelo - Open-Back

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Susan Willits - Gretsch Resonators - G9200 Boxcar Round-Neck - Natural
I love the sound of resonator guitars and the Gretsch G9200 Boxcar guitar is a great sounding, affordable resonator you can add to your line up! The mahogany neck and body, along with the Gretsch Ampli-Sonic resonator cone, give it a rich, full, warm sound. This is a great way to add some variety to your sound!

Gretsch Resonators - G9200 Boxcar Round-Neck - Natural

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Matt KappenmanWaterloo by Collings - WL-14 X Truss Rod - All Mahogany
This all-Mahogany build from Austin, TX is one impressive guitar. So often all mahogany guitars are muddy, and boxy, but this X-braced model is clear and articulate with a ton of warmth from the Mahogany top. The vintage neck shape totally harkens back to those pre-war budget builds of old.

Waterloo by Collings - WL-14 X Truss Rod - All Mahogany

Tons of great Waterloo Guitars in the shop right now!

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October 2018 - Mass Street Staff Picks


Josh BaldridgeTaylor Acoustic Guitars - K14ce Builder's Edition
I'm very excited to have our Builder's Edition arrive. This guitar has been a long time coming and represents the next evolution in guitar building from Taylor. The sculpted neck joint, and the beveled body edge treatment are very nice upgrades and the Koa back and sides work very well with the new V-Class top.

Taylor Acoustic Guitars - K14ce Builder's Edition

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Jim Baggett – Collings Acoustic Guitars - 01 Traditional T Series Baked - Sunburst
Responsive and big sounding smaller guitar, and very comfortable to play.

CollCollings Acoustic Guitars - 01 Traditional T Series Baked - Sunburst

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Eric PutnamKlon - Centaur Gold Overdrive - Used
This is the real deal! My favorite pedal for rounding out single coil guitars or pushing an already distorting amp.

Klon - Centaur Gold Overdrive - Used

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Matt Pelsma – Fender Guitars - 1962 Musicmaster - Used
Super cool and fun to play. It's the real vintage deal!

Fender Guitars - 1962 Musicmaster - Used

Check out our current collection of Vintage Guitars.

Brian Soden – Crazy Tube Circuits - Constellation Fuzz
Fuzz pedals and treble boosters are such an integral part of crafting classic, vintage inspired tones. From Cream to Eric Johnson to Black Sabbath all the way to Jack White...it's ALL in this pedal! I spent a good amount of time with it, plugging in humbucker and single coil equipped guitars and achieved killer results. So much dang fun! Note: The NOS Germanium transistors used in this pedal are in limited stock, so this pedal is a "get it while ya can" piece! Swipe one up!!

Crazy Tube Circuits - Constellation Fuzz

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Mike Horan – Collings Acoustic Guitars - 1996 C-100 DLX Koa - Used
This is an exquisite guitar. The C-100 body shape, similar but slightly larger than the C-10, produces a little more "oomph" on the low end. But it maintains the great tonal balance typical of its smaller brethren. And the koa is drop-dead gorgeous. How fortunate that it ended up on this guitar and not on a high-end coffee table...

C-100 Koa DLX

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Matt Harmon – Collings Electric Guitars - 360 LT M Special - Sherwood Green - Aged
Not very many guitars come in that I dream of owning, just when I thought I had come to an understanding about acquiring new guitars this showed up, and now it’s all I can think about.

Collings Electric Guitars - 360 LT M Special - Sherwood Green - Aged

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Trey DurkinBart Reiter Banjos - Galax
This is the perfect banjo for anybody. Great sound fingerstyle or clawhammer, and every tuning you put it in rings in its own way. A Whyte Laydie tone ring and Amber head give this a rich full sound, with more stability (less adjusting) than a natural skin head. The star on the headstock seals the deal for me.

Bart Reiter Banjos - Galax

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Susan Willits - Collings Mandolins - MF GT - Sunburst
We have a new Collings MFGT in the store, and it's a beauty! Wonderful tone and excellent craftsmanship make this sunburst mandolin a joy to play. The neck feels great, playing easily up and down the frets with clarity and resonance. You simply can't go wrong with a Collings mandolin!

Collings Mandolins - MF GT - Sunburst

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Matt KappenmanWaterloo by Collings - WL-14 X Truss Rod - Boot Burst
This Boot Burst WL-14 has such a great vintage vibe, with all the playability and comfort of a new guitar. If you're looking for an old-time strummer, or a comfy blues box you can't go wrong with these guitars. I've been playing mine for almost a year it keeps getting better.

Waterloo by Collings - WL-14 X Truss Rod - Boot Burst

Tons of great Waterloo Guitars in the shop right now!

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September 2018 - Mass Street Staff Picks


Josh BaldridgeTaylor Acoustic Guitars - 812e DLX 12 Fret
Out of the stack of Taylor guitars we had down at Winfield I knew this one was a keeper, and that we had to bring it back to the store.

Taylor Acoustic Guitars - 812e DLX 12 Fret

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Jim Baggett – Collings Acoustic Guitars - D1 Traditional T Series 1 11/16
I was lucky enough to check out the 1 11/16" prototype traditional necks back in the spring. We've been eagerly anticipating these new Traditional builds and it was absolutely worth the wait. If you're a 1 11/16" player and have been feeling left out of the Traditional series, these are the guitars for you.

Collings Acoustic Guitars - D1 Traditional T Series 1 11/16

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Eric PutnamDr. Z Amps - Z Plus 1x12" Studio Combo - Blonde/Tan
Great sounding amp for both clean and dirty sounds. Depending on where you run the EQ you can get mid-60s Fender clean tones or tweedish crunch. Like all DR. Zs it takes pedals great as well!

Dr. Z Amps - Z Plus 1x12

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Matt Pelsma – PreSonus Audio Interfaces - STUDIO 68
This interface is a must for anyone looking to track drums or start a podcast. With 4 channels of simultaneous recording, get a great room sound plus a few close up mic's, or adapt to whatever recording situation you may need. X-Max preamps sound great with a lower noise floor. Join our recording clinic Oct. 13th for some great insights on how to use an interface like this.

PreSonus Audio Interfaces - STUDIO 68

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Brian Soden – Fender Electric Guitars - American Original '60s Stratocaster - Candy Apple Red
This particular American Original Fender Strat is a stand-out guitar. I have a Candy Apple Red guitar with rosewood fingerboard, myself, so the looks drew me in immediately! Nitro finish, great weight and feels like an amazing vintage guitar right out of the gate. Have one of our skilled luthiers upstairs set it up how you like and you're set!

Fender Electric Guitars - American Original '60s Stratocaster - Candy Apple Red

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Mike Horan – Eastman Mandolins MD615-CS with K&K Pickup
This model got a lot of attention last week at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, KS. We were happy to present an excellent Eastman as a prize instrument in the National Mandolin Championship! There is absolutely no F-mandolin that can touch this one at this price point. Excellent projection with a nice thick bark to the chop chords.

Eastman Mandolins MD615-CS with K&K Pickup

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Matt Harmon – Tom Anderson Electric Guitars - Icon Classic - Lacquer 3 Color Burst Distress Level 1
Anderson guitars are some of the best guitars being made right now. This new Icon Classic blends modern and vintage in a way that can work for anybody.

Tom Anderson Electric Guitars - Icon Classic - Lacquer 3 Color Burst Distress Level 1

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Trey DurkinCollings Acoustic Guitars - 2008 CW Mh A Winfield Prize - Used
All I can say is 'Wow' when it comes to this one. I fell for this guitar while making some minor adjustments to get it ready for the sales floor. This CW has a rich full sound, beautiful appointments, and the elusive Wheat headstock inlay that really hits home for us here at MSM. This extra special Collings stands in a class of its own.

Collings Acoustic Guitars - 2008 CW Mh A Winfield Prize - Used

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Susan Willits - OME Banjos - Juniper Megatone Bluegrass Resonator
With aged brass hardware, showy abalone and mother of pearl inlay, and caramel colored tuning buttons the Ome Juniper Megatone Bluegrass banjo is a beauty! It plays like a dream up and down the neck. This Ome has a lot of punch and a full, ringing sound. It's a great banjo!

OME Banjos - Juniper Megatone Bluegrass Resonator

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Matt KappenmanMilkman Sound - The Amp
I've been looking forward to this unique piece of gear since the NAMM show in January. Anyone looking for a small, solid state/tube hybrid amp has to check The Amp out. We have them in stock now, so come by the shop and give it a spin!

Milkman Sound - The Amp

Tons of great Boutique Amps in the shop right now!

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August 2018 - Mass Street Staff Picks


Josh BaldridgeFender Electric Guitars - Classic Series - '60s Stratocaster Lacquer - Fiesta Red
I have an older version of this guitar in a burst that I've heavily modified, but I love this one just as it is. The lacquer finish gives this Classic Series guitar a high end look and feel. I can't wait to see what this Fiesta Red finish looks like 10 years from now!

Fender Electric Guitars - Classic Series - '60s Stratocaster Lacquer - Fiesta Red

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Jim Baggett – Collings Traditional Guitars - All of them!
I've been so excited about the Collings Traditionals I can't pick one over the other. They're all so good.

Collings Traditional Guitars - All of them!

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

Eric PutnamGoodwood Audio - Output TX
This is a great tool for running stereo. The Output TX fixes all of the common problems of running two amps at once. It has a phase reverse as well as a ground lift. If you are having noise issues with your stereo rig this is a really easy way to fix it.

Goodwood Audio - Output TX

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Matt Pelsma – Collings Acoustic Guitars - Parlor 1 Traditional T Series
Every part of this guitar feels alive when you strum it. The Traditional package from Collings is a hard thing to describe, because there's not a new guitar out there that is as resonate or lively. The parlor size sounds much larger than it looks and feels...it will be a real head-tuner at your next jam.

Collings Acoustic Guitars - Parlor 1 Traditional T Series

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Brian Soden – Eastman Mandolins - MD515
I recently picked one of these up for myself and could not be happier with my choice. The Eastman mandolin has quickly become the "go-to" for touring musicians - and with good reason! I had a K&K pickup installed and plan to give my new baby plenty of use in the studio and on the road.

Eastman Mandolins - MD515

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Mike Horan – Collings Acoustic Guitars - OM1 A JL 1 3/4 Traditional - Julian Lage Signature
So Matt K pulls a guitar out of a case and says "Have you tried the new Julian Lage?" The first thing I notice when I hold it is how incredibly light it is. And when I play it, I immediately am surprised by how it sounds, and responds, like a great vintage guitar. Five minutes later, and I am unconsciously thinking about what I can sell to get this guitar....True story

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

Check out Mike's Demo on this Julian Lage

Matt Harmon – Fender Amplifiers - '57 Custom Deluxe - Alnico Cream - Limited
Small tube amps really have a sweet spot at home and at gigs. 10 mins with this amp proved why the Fender Deluxe circuit is still strong today, and why it's so widely copied.

Fender Amplifiers - '57 Custom Deluxe - Alnico Cream - Limited

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Trey DurkinLeo Posch Acoustic Guitars - D-M
What a killer guitar. I can't decide what I like about it most - looks, sound, or playability. The sound is a familiar one we know and love well here at the store, reminiscent of an old D-18, but with it's own unique voice. Every note is inspiring on this guitar, with a full rich sound all across the spectrum. The sunburst is beautifully done, and together with the wood binding and tuner buttons make for a great looking guitar. I highly recommend coming in and picking some tunes on this one.

Leo Posch Acoustic Guitars - D-M

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Susan Willits - Collings Mandolins - MF5 - Cremona Burst
What a treat to get to play the new Collings MF5 Cremona burst mandolin we have here in the store! This is, of course, a beautiful mandolin, with Eastern Flamed Maple back and sides and an Adirondack spruce top. The back of this flamed maple neck glows! Super clear and clean note projection up and down the neck with plenty of volume, and as always, it's fun to chop out some chords and listen to all the wonderful tones ring!

Collings Mandolins - MF5 - Cremona Burst

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Matt KappenmanYamaha - HS7 Powered Studio Monitor
These were recommended to me by our resident pro-audio expert, Matt Pelsma. There's something so satisfying and reassuring knowing that when I'm editing audio or video that I'm hearing what the end user will be hearing as well! Plus these monitors are great for listening to music at my workstation and picking up new details from my favorite recordings. Get the low down from Pelsma this Saturday at our free Monitor Mixing Basics workshop!

Yamaha - HS7 Powered Studio Monitor

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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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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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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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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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