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November 2019 Staff Picks


Josh BaldridgeTaylor Acoustic Guitars - K24ce Builder's Edition
This K24ce is the best looking satin finished guitar I've ever seen. The top appears to glow, and the tuners are ergonomic and very smooth in operation. The Koa tone woods and V-Class bracing produces an even response with very articulate highs.

Taylor Acoustic Guitars - K24ce Builder's Edition

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Jim Baggett – Collings Guitars - Parlor Deluxe 2HA MR Traditional T Series - Madagascar Rosewood
Beautiful appointements and inlay work combined with a lovely set of Madagascar Rosewood.

Collings Guitars - Parlor Deluxe 2HA MR Traditional T Series - Madagascar Rosewood

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

Eric PutnamDon Grosh Electric Guitars - ElectraJet Copper Metallic - Short Scale
Great playing guitar. Don's G90 pickups are super versatile. Resonant, light weight, and the copper finish looks great! I liked this build so much I ordered one just like it for myself!

Don Grosh Electric Guitars - ElectraJet Copper Metallic - Short Scale

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Matt Pelsma – Dr. Z Amps - Jetta
I've been a fan of Dr. Z for many years, and this is the simplest, most fun amp I have used with all the same excellent guitar-forward voicing. There's nowhere to hide your playing with this amp, and I love it.

Dr. Z Amps - Jetta

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Brian Soden – Waterloo by Collings - WL-14 LTR Sunburst Small Neck
It's been a lot of fun seeing the Waterloo line from Collings take hold with artists of so many different genres! Everyone from Wilco to Maren Morris can be seen using them in the studio and on stage for very good reason. They capture the feel, look and tone perfect for singer-songwriter style tunes. This WL-14 with a smaller neck and ladder bracing is a stand-out for me. A perfect guitar to compliment your D-18 or OM X-braced steel strings!

Waterloo by Collings - WL-14 LTR Sunburst Small Neck

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Mike Horan – Bourgeois Acoustic Guitars - Championship Dreadnought
If you're looking for a hot-rod D-18 style guitar, but want something more in the Martin tonal palette rather than the Collings sound, this guitar is worth checking out. Super lightweight and responsive, notes just pop right out of it!

Bourgeois Acoustic Guitars - Championship Dreadnought

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Matt Harmon – Audio Technica - Headphones - ATH-M50X
I found these on my search for headphones that sound great playing guitar through. Ohms and frequency response is very important if you want to play guitar and listen back with headphones and this pair is one of the better sets available. Other good features are that they are extremely comfortable and come with 3 different length cables, I like the short one for listening to music on my phone and the longer one is great when your playing guitar.

Audio Technica - Headphones - ATH-M50X

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Trey DurkinCollings Guitars - D1 A Traditional T Series
These guitars are amazingly good. I am consistently blown away by how good this model sounds and feels. This is the guitar I play. Mine sounded great on day one, but over the course of the last two years of heavy playing it's sound has gotten even sweeter and more responsive than I could have imagined. All the Collings Traditionals are truly amazing lifetime instruments. Come play one and have a listen for yourself! You'll be glad you did.

Collings Guitars - D1 A Traditional T Series

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Susan Willits - Eastman Mandolins - MD305
If you're looking for a mandolin, and don't want to spend thousands of dollars, you should check one of our Eastman MD305 mandolins. These mandolins are well made, with a solid spruce top and solid maple back and sides. Easy to play, with defined, clear notes, you simply can't beat the value! Comes with a free setup from one of our experienced luthiers!

Eastman Mandolins - MD305

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Matt KappenmanFender Electric Guitars - Vintera 70's Telecaster Deluxe - Vintage Blonde
I'm head over heels for these new Vintera builds from Fender. Vintage styling, modern playability all at a really nice price. The Wide Range humbuckers sound really organic and the dual volume/tone setup allows me to easily customize my tone.

Fender Electric Guitars - Vintera 70's Telecaster Deluxe - Vintage Blonde

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October 2019 Staff Picks


Josh BaldridgeBourgeois Acoustic Guitars - D - Vintage
I appreciate how Bourgeois' Asymmetrical Bracing Pattern works on this guitar. The lows are easily felt through the body by the player, but it doesn't get overly boomy out in front of the instrument.

Bourgeois Acoustic Guitars - D - Vintage

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Jim Baggett – Martin Acoustic Guitars - 1948 0-18 Sunburst
Great little Martin 0-18 with a big sound.

Martin Acoustic Guitars - 1948 0-18 Sunburst

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Eric PutnamCollings Electric Guitars - 290 DC - Orange
Plays great, awesome sounding Lollar P90s, and everybody knows orange guitars sound better!

Collings Electric Guitars - 290 DC - Orange

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Matt Pelsma – Jackson Audio - Belle Starr
This pedal sounds like how I want all overdrives to sound: very bright and responsive top-end, just like a small tube amp!

Jackson Audio - Belle Starr

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Brian Soden – Mythos Pedals - Au79 Golden Fleece Fuzz - Mass Street Music Edition

NOTE: Currently available for pre-order!!

Introducing - The Mass Street Music edition Mythos Pedals Au79 Golden Fleece! Voiced to match the original big-box Golden Fleece with ram's head graphics, the Au79 version has a tighter low end and slightly less gain. These two features make the Au79 ideal of stacking with other drive pedals or going straight into a gained up amp. We really enjoyed collaborating with Zach of Mythos Pedals on this unit and think you'll dig it!!

Mythos Pedals - Au79 Golden Fleece Fuzz - Mass Street Music Edition

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Mike Horan – Collings Guitars - Parlor Deluxe 2HA MR Traditional T Series - Madagascar Rosewood
I had a chance to sit down with this guitar for a few minutes. Fantastic note separation on this one, with the Madagascar Rosewood adding a surprising clarity to the bass end. The appointments are absolutely classic, the marquetry purfling being a favorite of mine.

Collings Guitars - Parlor Deluxe 2HA MR Traditional T Series - Madagascar Rosewood

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Matt Harmon – Subdecay - Super Spring Theory Reverb
Such a cool reverb pedal that includes two great options in classic verb tone with the option for trails or not. It's definitely on the list for my reverb collection.

Subdecay - Super Spring Theory Reverb

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Trey DurkinLeo Posch Banjos - Dobson Style Banjo
This is a great banjo! It has a soft immediate attack with a bright poppy sustain that only a dobson tone ring produces, it is great for all folk or old-time styles. There were many 4 string banjos made between the 20s-30s, with great rims, but unfortunately many of these banjos have been collecting dust ever since 4-string banjo music lost popularity. I love the idea of taking a neglected old 4 string banjo, creating a new 5-string neck, and bringing new life to the instrument. Leo Posch did a great job with the conversion on this one. This one is definitely ready to tell some tales, come see what it has to say!

Leo Posch Banjos - Dobson Style Banjo

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Susan Willits - Collings Mandolins - MT GT Sheraton Brown
Sheraton Brown is one of my favorite finishes and we have a beautiful Collings MT-GT in Sheraton Brown here in the shop right now. Check out the back on this mando! Collings mandolins have such a defined, clear, ringing tone. They are truly a delight to play, and play, and play...

Collings Mandolins - MT GT Sheraton Brown

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Matt KappenmanCollings Guitars - OM1 Traditional T Series 1 11/16
This OM is one of my favorites, and probably the most versatile of body shapes. Responding extremely well to a light touch, but with enough power to drive through some chords, I couldn't stop playing this guitar during my lunch break. Complete with the traditional build package and a comfortable 1 11/16" nut width and corresponding neck profile. The attention to detail and care that comes with this neck reminds me why Collings is such a shop favorite, after about 30 seconds of playing I totally forgot about the neck being different from my guitar and just enjoyed playing it. A lifetime guitar.

Collings Guitars - OM1 Traditional T Series 1 11/16

Some great Collings Traditionals in the shop right now!

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September 2019 Staff Picks


Josh BaldridgeTom Anderson Electric Guitars - Icon Classic - Black over Tobacco Distress Lvl 3
Eric and I ordered this guitar back in January at NAMM and we have been anxiously waiting for 8 months for it to arrive. The Carmel Maple neck is the darkest that I've seen from Anderson and it perfectly complements the amber that is revealed in the burst undercoat of the body. When first picking up the guitar I immediately noticed its superb balance and resonance. It was well worth the wait!!

Tom Anderson Electric Guitars - Icon Classic - Black over Tobacco Distress Lvl 3

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Jim Baggett – Collings Ukuleles - UT1 K Tenor Ukulele
We are fortunate to have a couple Collings Ukuleles in the shop this Fall, with this UT1 Koa tenor being the first. The Collings craftsmanship and attention to detail is very much on display with this Uke. A truly great piece of functional art in such a humble instrument.

Collings Ukuleles - UT1 K Tenor Ukulele

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Eric PutnamThorpy FX - Fallout Cloud Fuzz
The whole Thorpy line is incredible and this Fuzz is no exception. It does the vintage Big Muff sounds but with more note definition and more eq control. Also one of the most interesting looking pedal enclosures on the market.

Thorpy FX - Fallout Cloud Fuzz

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Matt Pelsma – Tungsten - Foxtrot Fuzz Red
The Bias knob is a really cool addition if you are looking to capture spit-y to velcro fuzz sounds. Combine with the rich fuzz circuit sound that made everyone in the shop stop what they are doing and listen, plus a custom color? Really, two very cool additions.

Tungsten - Foxtrot Fuzz Red

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Brian Soden – Mythos Pedals - Argo Octave Fuzz
My Lord, I'm still in love with this pedal. Inspired by the discontinued C.O.B. (clean octave blend) unit of the past, Zach with Mythos has filled the void with the Argo Octave Fuzz! Come by and plug one in for yourself. And make sure to come into the store Saturday, Oct. 19th at 1:00 PM for our Mythos In-store event. Zach will be here for a run-through of the entire Mythos line and we'll be doing a giveaway!

Mythos Pedals - Argo Octave Fuzz

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Mike Horan – Waterloo by Collings - WL-AT SB
A great little archtop with great punch and pearly highs!

Waterloo by Collings - WL-AT SB

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Matt Harmon – Big Ear - Woodcutter Distortion
I recently got a chance to play a whiteface reissue Rat, Rat2, and the Wodcutter. I was really surprised with the Woodcutter and the wider range of controls than the whiteface and rat2 had. With the original vintage Rats and the whiteface reissues getting harder to find and the prices keep getting higher, the Woodcutter comes in $100 less than the reissues. This will quickly becomes a goto choice for that sound.

Big Ear - Woodcutter Distortion

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Trey DurkinFender Basses - American Performer Precision Bass - Burst
It's hard to beat a Fender P-Bass for that definitive electric bass sound, and this one goes a step further, adding in a Jazz Bridge pickup for some equally classic tonal options. Fender introduced the first mass-produced electric basses (The Precision Bass) in 1951, and ever since, they have been the most popular electric bass of all time. This one lives up to the legacy! Come check it out.

Fender Basses - American Performer Precision Bass - Burst

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Susan Willits - Bacon & Day Banjo - 1922 Silver Bell Serenader Tenor
I love the tubby, round sound of this Bacon & Day Silver Bell Serenader tenor banjo!! There's nothing quite like the sound you get from a skin head. This is a fun banjo, in very good condition, with tasteful inlay. I especially enjoy the cute little design on the heel cap. Plus, I think it wins the contest for having the longest name! Nearly 100 years old, but still going strong!!

Bacon & Day Banjo - 1922 Silver Bell Serenader Tenor

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Matt KappenmanTaylor Acoustic Guitars - 717e Grand Pacific Builder's Edition
Inevitably at the Walnut Valley Bluegrass Festival there ends up being some down time in the late afternoon as the booth empties and people head for dinner. That's when I end up grabbing a guitar and playing for a few minutes to regain my sanity. This 717e Grand Pacific was my go to guitar in our Taylor Booth. The new slope-shouldered dreadnought shape is extremely comfortable and it worked great for both flat-picked lead lines and really satisfying chord strumming. The more time I spent with them, the more I continue to be impressed with these V-Class dreadnoughts.

Taylor Acoustic Guitars - 717e Grand Pacific Builder's Edition

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Josh BaldridgeCollings Guitars - 2007 CW Brazilian Adirondack Varnish - Used
With the Walnut Valley Bluegrass Festival right around the corner, I couldn't think of a more appropriate instrument for this month than this 2007 CW (Collings Winfield). The premium varnish finish gives this dread an aged aesthetic, and the tone wood choices deliver with that adi/brazilian combo.

Collings Guitars - 2007 CW Brazilian Adirondack Varnish - Used

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Jim Baggett – Martin Guitars - 1941 D-18
Robert Bowlin has picked this as one of his favorite guitars during his last two visits to the shop. Who can argue with the tone master? (This D-18 it's up and on the website yet, but get in touch if you're interested.)

Martin Guitars - 1941 D-18

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Eric PutnamChase Bliss Audio - Tonal Recall Analog Delay
Great sounding analog delay! I have been using it as my main delay pedal for a couple of years. With the Fave switch I have enough presets to have a few different delay sounds, and it can even handle some modulation sounds. It knocked three pedals off my board!

Chase Bliss Audio - Tonal Recall Analog Delay

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Matt Pelsma – Milkman Amps - F-Stop Tremolo Reverb Pedal
The F-Stop is an excellent amp sounding reverb and trem unit in one. It sounds very realistic and pleasing and matches excellent with any amp... Might be a Flint-killer!

Milkman Amps - F-Stop Tremolo Reverb Pedal

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Brian Soden – BIG EAR Pedals - Woodcutter Distortion
BIG EAR Pedals out of Nashville, TN has landed at Mass Street Music and, man, I'm excited! Grant and Karen, the dynamic duo behind BIG EAR, sent us their whole line including their flagship distortion cleverly named the WOODCUTTER. Swing by and check 'em out!

BIG EAR Pedals - Woodcutter Distortion

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Mike Horan – Collings Guitars - 01 Traditional T Series Baked - Sunburst
I really like the big open sound of this guitar. Though slightly smaller, this particular model delivers a very direct fundamental tone that is music to my ears.

Collings Guitars - 01 Traditional T Series Baked - Sunburst

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Matt Harmon – Wren and Cuff Effect Pedals - Your Face 60s Fuzz
Fuzz pedals have always been an effect that brings a smile to my face.

Wren and Cuff Effect Pedals - Your Face 60s Fuzz

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Trey DurkinBacon & Day Banjo - 1922 Silver Bell Serenader Tenor
This is such a cool banjo! It is very well made, and with magnificent appointments that really showcase the banjo designs of the roaring '20s. It has a great sound and the original rogers head is in excellent condition. To top it all off it comes with a super cool and well made original hard case. Tuned in fifths, it is great for a mandolin player looking for an instrument with a different voice.

Bacon & Day Banjo - 1922 Silver Bell Serenader Tenor

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Susan Willits - Gibson Mandolins - 1914 F4 - Used
One of the many good things about working at Mass Street Music is the variety of instruments we get to see, old and new. Every once in a while we get to have some really old instruments and we currently have a wonderful 1914 Gibson F4 mandolin in the store. Lovely inlay on the peg head and tuner buttons. This F4 is in great shape, plays well and has recently been re-fretted. It still has a lot of life left in it even though it's over 100 years old!!

Gibson Mandolins - 1914 F4 - Used

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Matt KappenmanCollings Guitars - D1 Traditional T Series Custom Sunburst
Winfield is right around the corner and this D1 is not only extremely responsive and sounds great, but is sure to turn some heads when you sit down for a jam. The custom sunburst was something we worked on with Collings, referencing it off a few of Jim's vintage Martins. Every time I walk through his office I second guess whether this D1 is a new or a vintage guitar. Not to mention the fact that it's spec'ed out with the traditional package. A flat-picking canon that's ready for more than a few rounds of Blackberry Blossom.

Collings Guitars - D1 Traditional T Series Custom Sunburst

Some great Dreadnought Guitars in the shop right now!

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Josh BaldridgeGibson Electric Guitars - 1955 Les Paul Junior
Every now and then a guitar comes into the shop that is a glimpse into the past. This 1955 Gibson Les Paul Special is one of those guitars. It was well preserved and is incredible in both feel and tone. Examples of this caliber are tough to come by, and I feel fortunate to have one at the store right now.

Gibson Electric Guitars - 1955 Les Paul Junior

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Jim Baggett – Martin Acoustic Guitars - 1929 000-28
A rare 20s model often thought of as one of the very finest fingerstyle guitars.

Martin Acoustic Guitars - 1929 000-28

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Eric PutnamChase Bliss Audio - MOOD Granular Micro-Looper / Delay
Super fun, and a little weird. Great way to add spontaneity to your board.

Chase Bliss Audio - MOOD Granular Micro-Looper / Delay

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Brian Soden – Dr. Z Amps - MAZ 18 Jr. Reverb Mk.II Head Black
This Dr. Z MAZ 18 never ceases to amaze me. We've been stocking it for close to 20 years, and for good reason! It provides the perfect blend of vintage American tube tone and British flavor. It's an excellent pedal platform amp, but performs equally well cranked up using the master volume to tame output volume to taste. It's one of my favorite amps in the store!

Dr. Z Amps - MAZ 18 Jr. Reverb Mk.II Head Black

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Mike Horan – Bourgeois Acoustic Guitars - Championship Dreadnought
This guitar delivers the bluegrass goods----articulate and powerful, notes leap out of it even with moderate pick attack. The excellent craftsmanship is merely the icing on the cake on this one!

Bourgeois Acoustic Guitars - Championship Dreadnought

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Matt Harmon – Fender Basses - American Professional Precision Bass - Antique Olive
Can't beat a P-Bass, love the color combo on this one and the notes ring for days.

Fender Basses - American Professional Precision Bass - Antique Olive

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Trey DurkinNechville Banjos - 2018 Aries Resonator Used
In the world of resonator banjos, there is a pattern or mold that 99% of banjos follow, because a few of the most famous players back in the day used said banjos. Not that there is anything wrong with this classic design, but the banjo as a whole has more to offer than just one basic design. Doing away with all the hooks, nuts, flanges, and coordinator rods, Tom Nechville has proven that you can get a classic Bluegrass sound on a instrument that has several radically different design aspects than the average banjo, or it could be easily set up for something completely different if you choose. Dialing in setup is a breeze on this banjo. One of the best features on this instrument is an adjustable angle neck joint, eliminating the need to ever have the neck reset on this banjo. It will always be a simple matter to get the banjo playing perfect again if the angle ever changes. The radiused fingerboard with jumbo frets makes for one of the best players to come through the shop in quite some time. I can't get over how satisfying this banjo is to play! Come check it out!

Nechville Banjos - 2018 Aries Resonator Used

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Susan Willits - Collings Mandolins - MT2 - Burst
We have another beautiful Collings mandolin in the store. This Collings MT2 is a beauty, with tone to match. It's no surprise that it plays effortlessly, sounds great, and is built with first rate craftsmanship. It's what we all expect and appreciate from Collings! Another winner!

Collings Mandolins - MT2 - Burst

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Matt KappenmanFender Electric Guitars - Vintera 60's Telecaster Modified - Lake Placid
Vintage looks with the addition of some modern electronics make this new Vintera 60s tele one of my favorites in the shop. The modern neck profile and fingerboard radius (9.5) deliver on all the comforts we're all used to, but the guitar looks classic which is a big plus for me.

Fender Electric Guitars - Vintera 60's Telecaster Modified - Lake Placid

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Josh BaldridgeCollings Mandolins - MT2 - Burst
Collings makes such beautiful mandolins. It is easy to fall for them solely based on looks, but playing this MT2 is so enjoyable that the only reason I have to stop is to give my cheeks a break from smiling.

Collings Mandolins - MT2 - Burst

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Jim Baggett – Collings Guitars - 2003 OM42 Baaa A V Sunburst - Used
Beautiful set of Brazilian rosewood paired with an Adirondack top and 42-style appointments.

Collings Guitars - 2003 OM42 Baaa A V Sunburst - Used

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Eric PutnamDon Grosh Guitars - 2009 Reserve PlexiT Hollow - Used
This Grosh has a really sweet mid range, and is incredibly fun to play. Hard to put this one down!

Don Grosh Guitars - 2009 Reserve PlexiT Hollow - Used

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Matt Pelsma – Milkman Sound - The Amp
Versatile, pedalboard friendly amp head with an XLR out and cab simulator makes this a fantastic piece of gear for any gigging musician tired of lugging amp heads around. Also works great for personal practice with the included headphone jack.

Milkman Sound

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Brian Soden – Squier - Classic Vibe 50's Strat - Sherwood Green Metallic w/Matching Headstock
These Classic Vibe guitars are total sleepers. If you're past the "entry level" stage in your playing, it's easy to think of a Squier as something you wouldn't consider. Let me tell you something - these are awesome guitars! The fretwork is smooth and highly polished, the neck shape is excellent and they've all been lightweight. This guitar, in particular, is killer with the matching headstock and vintage tint to the neck. I really dig it!

Squier - Classic Vibe 50's Strat - Sherwood Green Metallic w/Matching Headstock

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Mike Horan – Martin Acoustic Guitars - HD-28 Ambertone
It is hard to beat this guitar in this price range. Huge voice with plenty of rosewood punch and an attractive sunburst to boot!

Martin Acoustic Guitars - HD-28 Ambertone

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Matt Harmon – Eastman Electric Guitars - SB56/N-GD P90 Gold Top
Very impressed with this one, feels good and sounds great unplugged. Is it too early to recommend picking one up because apparently "Gibson's looking out"? #PRnightmare

Eastman Electric Guitars - SB56/N-GD P90 Gold Top

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Trey DurkinOME Banjos - 12" Minstrel Open Back
Our friends at OME have created another winner with this one. It is a huge sounding open back. Very deep and plunky but with enough of a bright edge to easily cut through the mix. It’s an absolute monster for Clawhammer but could easily be setup for any style. I also appreciate a few of the design features paying homage to the earliest banjos like the large rim with relatively few hooks, no tone ring, and scroll headstock.

OME Banjos - 12 Minstrel Open Back

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Matt KappenmanWaterloo by Collings - WL-AT SB
I've been looking forward to getting this Archtop from the Waterloo crew into the shop since January when we first played the prototypes. Dry, focused and articulate, with loads of natural reverb. Great for lead picking or blues box style playing.

Waterloo by Collings - WL-AT SB

Tons of great Waterloo Guitars in the shop right now!

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Josh BaldridgeCollings Acoustic Guitars - D2H A Traditional T Series 1 11/16
This is my favorite D2H A traditional that we've had in. The low end on this dreadnought is amazing, similar to the powerful low-end on a piano, without being overly boomy. Fantastic lifetime guitar.

Collings Acoustic Guitars - D2H A Traditional T Series 1 11/16

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Jim Baggett – Martin Acoustic Guitars - 1933 OM-18 Used
Great sounding early '30s OM. Bar frets are in great condition, and it's ready to play right out of the case.

Martin Acoustic Guitars - 1933 OM-18 Used

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Eric PutnamCollings Electric Guitars - City Limits Gold Top - Aged
You can really get anything you want out of this guitar. The Wolfetone p90s are the perfect fit. Really classy relicing, and a great feeling neck.

Collings Electric Guitars - City Limits Gold Top - Aged

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Matt Pelsma – Fender Guitars - 1993 Custom Shop La Riata Guitar Center 29th Anniversary Tele
This is an insanely unique tele. The custom shop single coils wail and twang like something special. Excellent weight and resonance, along with some unique carved appointments.

Fender Guitars - 1993 Custom Shop La Riata Guitar Center 29th Anniversary Tele

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Brian Soden – BMF Effects Pedals
I'm really stoked about the killer new pedals we just received from Scott at BMF Effects! BMF really nails the classic drive and fuzz tones I dig for late '60s and '70s rock. The build quality is incredibly solid and each unit is super quiet when engaged, which is ideal for recording situations. Come by and check out my three favs - The Godfather II, GB Germanium Boost and BMF Wah. This trio exudes classic rock! All BMF Effects are hand-made in Southern California.

BMF Effects Pedals

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Mike Horan – Leo Posch Acoustic Guitars - L-M
Don't be deceived by the smaller body on this gem. It has projection to spare and sounds great as an old-time backup instrument, or as an upfront flatpicker with a cutting mid-range. Sweet!

Leo Posch Acoustic Guitars - L-M

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Trey DurkinAcri Fingerpicks
These are the most comfortable fingerpicks I've ever used! They are like wrapping the ends of your fingers in down pillows, but pull a lot better sound out of your banjo than a feather would. They are a substantial size and weight, but it translates to comfort, they manage to glide off the strings effortlessly. I use the brass ones when I want a warmer tone for some old-time pickin', and use the stainless when I need that brightness for Bluegrass. If you use fingerpicks regularly these are definitely worth checking out. I have been using these in combination with a Blue Chip Thumbpick for a couple years now, and let me tell you, my picking hand is living in luxury!

Acri Fingerpicks

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Susan Willits - OME Banjos - 12" Minstrel Open Back
The Ome 12" Minstrel banjo is a punchy, sweet sounding, beautiful banjo, built with understated elegance. I love the aged hardware, the simple inlay, and the comfortable wooden arm rest! Another winner from Ome!

OME Banjos - 12 Minstrel Open Back

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Matt KappenmanTaylor Guitars - 517e Grand Pacific Builder's Edition - Wild Honey Burst
I grew up learning to play on a friend's Taylor dreadnought, and these Grand Pacifics scratch that nostalgic itch, with some new sounds. Love the slope-shoulder design, with the warm low-end and the even response across the fingerboard, thanks to the V-Class bracing. It's a Taylor worthy of some campground picking this summer.

Taylor Acoustic Guitars - 517e Grand Pacific Builder's Edition - Wild Honey Burst

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Josh BaldridgeTaylor Guitars - Grand Pacific Dreadnoughts
I had the chance to play some of the earlier versions of this new model and now I'm very excited to have them at the store to show customers. The Grand Pacifics are a new tonal direction for Taylor. The more mellow attack and clear, focused response is going to make them ideal for the recording musician.

Taylor Guitars - Grand Pacific Dreadnoughts

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Jim Baggett – Collings Acoustic Guitars - OM1 A Traditional T Series
Great sounding Mahogany OM. The Adirondack top brings a lot of power to this orchestra model traditional.

Collings Acoustic Guitars - OM1 A Traditional T Series

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Eric PutnamCollings Electric Guitars - City Limits Deluxe Lemon Burst
Another great Collings electric. Has a crazy amount of sustain, and the Wolfetone Legends hit the front of the amp nicely, but still maintain articulate vintage tones.

Collings Electric Guitars - City Limits Deluxe Lemon Burst

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Matt Pelsma – Keeley Effect Pedals - Fuzz Bender
Keeley stuff is always impressive, but this fuzz can sound rich and fat or thin and zippy. A great fuzz at an exceptional price.

Keeley Effect Pedals - Fuzz Bender

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Brian Soden – Mythos Pedals - Golden Fleece Fuzz
This little guy has made a BIG impression on all of us here at the store. Whether you're a fuzz pedal noobie or a collector, you'll love the small footprint, super affordable price and, of course, the glorious tone it emits! You can cover everything from definitive ZZ Top fuzz tones to mid-gain classic rock sounds by adjusting your guitar's volume control. This is one highly addictive fuzz box! Made in Nashville, TN.

Mythos Pedals - Golden Fleece Fuzz

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Mike Horan – Collings Acoustic Guitars - 01 Mahogany Traditional T Series
My pick this month would be the Collings 01 Mh that I recently recorded a demo on. Beautiful and delicate appointments with a full, woody tone.

Collings Acoustic Guitars - 01 Mahogany Traditional T Series

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Matt Harmon – Tom Anderson Electric Guitars - T Icon - Daphne Blue In-Distress Level 2
This tele just feels right. The neck is smooth and plays fast while the body is light and comfortable.

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

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Trey DurkinOME Banjos - Juniper Megatone Bluegrass Resonator
I'm more of an old time picker usually, but this banjo has got me itchin' for my fingerpicks lately! All the craftsmanship and beautiful appointments that we have come to expect from OME are there in this build. Featuring a Flathead tonering, frosted head, and presto style tailpiece, this banjo sounds as classic as it gets.

OME Banjos - Juniper Megatone Bluegrass Resonator

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Susan Willits - Kala Ukuleles - Rumbler U-Bass
This Kala Rumbler U-Bass is extremely fun to play! Wonderfully full, round, warm sound from this compact, easily transportable bass. Stand up and play for hours with no shoulder fatigue! Includes a padded gig bag.

Kala Ukuleles - Rumbler U-Bass

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Matt KappenmanCollings Acoustic Guitars - D1 Traditional T Series Custom Sunburst
This is one of those guitars that grabbed my attention from the moment I opened the case. Collings absolutely nailed the sunburst on this D1, and with the Sitka top it's so responsive and easy to play that I might have taken an extra long break to really try it out.

Collings Acoustic Guitars - D1 Traditional T Series Custom Sunburst

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Josh BaldridgeGreer Amps - Soma 63 Vintage Preamp
This is one of those pedals that comes in and we all get very excited to buy one. Most of us have more than enough drive pedals, but the way that this pedal responds both at low and high gain is addictive!!

Greer Amps - Soma 63 Vintage Preamp

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Jim Baggett – Collings Small-Body Guitars
Small body guitars have become the instruments of choice by folk artists like the Milk Carton Kids, I’m With Her, Brandy Carlisle and more. These Traditionals are very comfortable to play and surprisingly loud and dynamic.

Collings Small-Body Guitars

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Eric PutnamCollings Electric Guitars - City Limits Deluxe Olympic White
This City Limit sounds huge while still being incredibly clear and focused. The sustain is unbelievable on this one, even at low volumes notes seem endless. Also if you show up in a t-shirt at a wedding you can just bring this guitar with you and everyone will still think you are classy!

Collings Electric Guitars - City Limits Deluxe Olympic White

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Matt Pelsma – Collings Acoustic Guitars - Baritone 2H
The bass and sustain on this Baritone is unlike anything I have heard before, totally what you would expect from a Collings guitar. Super fun. You'll find it a necessary extravagance after you give it a strum.

Collings Acoustic Guitars - Baritone 2H

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Brian Soden – Collings Acoustic Guitars - OM2H A Traditional T Series 1 11/16
One of my favorite Collings builds. This Traditional model sports a 1 11/16" nut width, which fits my hand perfectly as I'm predominantly an electric player and more accustomed to a smaller neck profile. I can pick this guitar up and feel right at home with it. I've been very fortunate to have played a number of pre-war acoustics and these guitars are as close as you can get in a new instrument, hands down.

Collings Acoustic Guitars - OM2H A Traditional T Series 1 11/16

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Mike Horan – Eastman Acoustic Guitars - DM1-CLA
This traditional Gypsy Jazz build delivers the classic brilliant trebles balanced by a tight clear bass end---all at an affordable price. The fret work is excellent and the neck shape modern and comfortable, making for an exceptionally enjoyable playing experience. Get your Django on!

Eastman Acoustic Guitars - DM1-CLA

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Matt Harmon – BOSS Effect Pedals - Vibrato VB-2W
Simply the best knobs on a pedal, ever.

BOSS Effect Pedals - Vibrato VB-2W

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Trey DurkinGold Tone Banjos - Cripple Creek 11" Open Back
This is a great banjo for someone looking for an inexpensive open back, starter, and/or travel banjo. Fully adjustable for a variety of play styles. Clawhammer is poppy when played over the neck and fingstyle is bright but full. With a full setup in our shop these are fantastic playing and sounding banjos for a great price.

Gold Tone Banjos - Cripple Creek 11

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Susan Willits - Bart Reiter Banjos - Regent Open-Back with Scoop
The Bart Reiter Regent is another quality banjo from this veteran builder. Wonderful warm tone in this open back banjo, built with a Whyte Ladie tone ring, maple rim and neck. You're in for years of dependable delight when you own a Bart Reiter!

Bart Reiter Banjos - Regent Open-Back with Scoop

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Matt Kappenman Fender Electric Guitars - American Performer Series Telecaster - Penny
This tele is a great deal on a Made in the USA Fender. The modern C Shape neck is very comfy, and has just enough meat to the profile that I feel right at home coming from a more vintage-spec guitar.

Fender Electric Guitars - American Performer Series Telecaster - Penny

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Josh BaldridgeEastman Electric Guitars - SB56/N-GD P90 Gold Top
This guitar rocks! The Custom Lollar pickups sound amazing...heavy and thick when full on in the neck position, articulate and grungy with the bridge pickup cranked, and cleaning up perfectly with the volume rolled off a little.

Eastman Electric Guitars - SB56/N-GD P90 Gold Top

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Jim Baggett – Collings Acoustic Guitars - 1996 C100 DLX Koa - Used
The C100 body shape that Collings worked out back in the 90s has returned as a new model in 2018. This Deluxe build from '96 features some nice appointments and Koa back and sides. Really nice, powerful, small body guitar and one of only 20 or so originally made.

CollCollings Acoustic Guitars - 1996 C100 DLX Koa - Used

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Eric PutnamBenson Amps - Preamp Pedal
One of my new favorite drive pedals. It can be used as a clean preamp to give an amp more character, or be used as a gain pedal. It sounds great as a low gain or high gain pedal. I have mostly been using mine as a light gain pedal that also adds the right amount of compression. Really great pedal!

Benson Amps - Preamp Pedal

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Matt Pelsma – Tom Anderson Electric Guitars - Raven Classic - Shorty Shell Pink - Distress Lvl 2
This Tom Anderson is one of my favorite guitars that I have ever played. The distressing feels great for such a highly modern-playing guitar. Vintage shell pink and matching headstock! What more could you want?

Tom Anderson Electric Guitars - Raven Classic - Shorty Shell Pink - Distress Lvl 2

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Brian Soden – Greer Amps - Supa Cobra Overdrive
Last weekend I had some guys over for a fun classic rock jam in my basement. The Supa Cobra was at the core of my board for the day and it sounded absolutely amazing! I enjoy running it fairly low on the gain knob for rich, fat rhythm tones and hitting the front with a Keeley Katana Mini for more grunt and volume. I can't tell you how happy I am with this unit. Get yourself one!

Greer Amps - Supa Cobra Overdrive

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Mike Horan – Collings Acoustic Guitars - Parlor 1 Mh Traditional T Series
I love the way this guitar sounds and feels. The word that comes to mind to describe the tone is "transparent." Super-responsive and easy to play, this guitar makes me want to grab a cup of coffee, slip off my shoes, and get lost for a few hours in the easy chair...

Elliott Capos - 1 3/4 Elite Push Button Guitar Capo - 16 Radius

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Matt Harmon – Fender Electric Guitars - American Professional Jazzmaster - Mystic Seafoam
I've been really into Jazzmasters lately and the features on the new American Professionals really take some of the quirkiness out of the originals. I love having the 3 way up at the top instead of the dedicated neck controls and the addition of the Mustang bridge really helps keep the saddles from moving. The posts have also been upgraded to a more stable platform.

Fender Electric Guitars - American Professional Jazzmaster - Mystic Seafoam

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Trey DurkinCollings Guitars - D1 A Traditional T Series
All of the guitars in the Collings Traditional line have been some of the best new acoustic guitars we’ve ever seen. With a more vintage inspired voice and build, these are strong candidates for being the prized vintage guitars of the future. I personally play a D1A Traditional which is an amazing guitar. It is an absolute workhorse and handles anything I throw at it. Through effortless playability and a broad dynamic spectrum, it is constantly inspiring me and pushing me to the next level. I want my playing to be worthy of such a fine instrument.

If you haven’t played a Collings Traditional yet, come by and see what you’re missing out on. 

Collings Guitars - D1 A Traditional T Series

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Susan Willits - Gibson Mandolins - 1917 F4 - Used
You can own a piece of history with this 1917 Gibson F4. It's in wonderful condition, especially for being 102 years old! Easy to play all the way up the neck, this Gibson F4 has a very full, piano like sound, with sustain that goes on and on. I love the delicate design on the Handel tuner buttons. It's an exceptional mandolin!

Gibson Mandolins - 1917 F4 - Used

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Matt Kappenman Taylor Acoustic Guitars - GS Mini-e Bass Maple
These Maple GS Mini basses have blown me away. Something about the laminated Maple back and sides make these models punchy and direct, in a way that works great for campfire jams or for a more portable acoustic bass rig. Plug it in and you've got a really great electric bass sound, that would honestly fool me when mixed in with the rest of a band. Great option from the folks at Taylor.

Taylor Acoustic Guitars - GS Mini-e Bass Maple

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