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December 2016 Staff Picks


Josh BaldridgeGibson Banjos - 2001 Earl Scruggs Standard Mastertone Resonator Banjo Used
With Gibson no longer making new banjos, it is especially cool to get a Scruggs model in the door. This banjo is everything a bluegrass banjo player needs, except for a few fingerpicks.

Gibson Banjos - 2001 Earl Scruggs Standard Mastertone Resonator Banjo Used

Check out our current collection of banjos!

Jim Baggett – Collings Acoustic Guitars - D2H MR A Traditional T Series
A really fine example of the Rosewood Traditional models from Collings.

Our Collings inventory is always changing - head on over to view the latest Collings Traditional Collection! 

Eric PutnamGreer Amps - Black Fuzz
I am really enjoying pedals with a single knob lately. The lack of options on this pedal is what makes it work so well. There are a lot of sounds in this pedal depending on where you have the volume set, and I've it to be very responsive with the volume control. It worked well with a clean amp, but it was almost an overdrive with the amp set clean. When combined with an amp that is already breaking up it sounds huge! The tone was bright enough to sound good with humbuckers, but not so bright that it doesn't work with single coils. Great fuzz for people who find other fuzzes uncontrollable.

We've been stocking up on Greer Amps pedals - check out our current collection!

Matt Pelsma – Fender Electric Guitars - 2017 American Professional Stratocaster - Sonic Grey
I grew up playing a Strat with a Maple neck, and this guitar reminds me why I loved it. The feel, the look, and the sound is really very addictive. Also, the minty, aged coffee dipped knobs and pickup covers were exactly what I wanted, but it wasn't around 15 years ago, unless you were lucky enough to find a vintage piece.

These new for 2017 Fender American Professionals are a hit here in the shop!

Jade Rowland – Eastman Acoustic Guitars - E20P-SB
It's a little guitar that sounds much bigger than its size. It has a well rounded low end, and a vibrant and dynamic response.

We've stocked up on Eastman for the season - stop by the store to check out our current inventory!

Mike Horan – Collings Acoustic Guitars - OM1 Traditional T Series - Baked
This OM-1 T is a pure joy to play. I was blown away by the sustain and depth of tone on the treble strings. One of the best-balanced guitars I've played, period.

We recently recorded a demo with this OM1 - give it a listen!

Matt Harmon – Gibson Acoustic Guitars - 1936 L50 Archtop
Vintage guitars are where its at. This one isn't the most expensive or the most collectable but it sits in just the right price range if you enjoy the craftsmanship and sound of older guitars.

Keep up with all of our vintage gear over on the Vintage Collection.

Trey DurkinWeber Mandolins - 2010 Vintage F Mandolin Oval Hole Used
Great full rich tone, with plenty of bottom end. Beautifully constructed, with great grain in the maple, and a lovely red sunburst. Whether you are playing chords, or melody, this has a nice balanced tone.

We have a great bunch of Used Mandolins in the store right now.

Susan Willits - Gibson Mandolins - 1923 A-Jr. Used
This 1923 Gibson A-Jr. mandolin is a nice little instrument at a great price! No frills, but it sounds lovely. It's in really good condition and comes with a hard shell case.

 Check out all the Mandolins we currently have in-stock 

Matt KappenmanFender Basses - 2017 American Professional Precision Bass - Sunburst
I typically lean more towards a Jazz Bass, but this new American Pro has a super comfy neck that I really enjoy playing. Feels great when playing finger-style or with a pick.

Check out our collection of Bass Guitars! 
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November 2016 Staff Picks


Josh BaldridgeDon Grosh Electric Guitars - NOS Retro - Vintage Maple Burst
Vintage look and feel on a brand new guitar, love these NOS Retros from Grosh.

 Don Grosh Electric Guitars - NOS Retro - Vintage Maple Burst

Check out our collection of boutique electric guitars!

Jim Baggett – Collings Acoustic Guitars - OM2H Traditional T Series Baked
Great example of the Traditional look and sound, complete with a Torrefied spruce top.

Our Collings inventory is always changing - head on over to view the latest Collings Traditional Collection! 

Eric PutnamWaterloo by Collings - WL-S L T-Bar Sunburst
All of the Waterloo guitars that I've seen have been great, but I particularly enjoyed the WL-S. For a small guitar it is incredibly resonant, and although it sounds great fingerpicked it still holds up with a pick. Really fun and surprisingly versatile guitar!

 

Here are the latest Waterloo models to hit the website!

Matt Pelsma – Collings Mandolins - 2007 MF Used
This mandolin feels remarkable and has a brilliant and even tone. No wonder as it's a Collings! Very light wear will make you want to cherish this MF like the previous owner. Lots of playing left to be had in this instrument!

This used MF is a store favorite right now - Susan picked it this month as well!

Jade Rowland – Fender Amps - Pro Junior III
This month's pick comes from personal experience as I own this one. It's a small, light, 15-watt tube amp that's powerful enough to keep up with a band. It's easy for me to carry around, and it handles my pedals beautifully. It breaks up nicely too.

New, used and vintage amps aplenty - check out all of our Fender Amps!

Mike Horan – Leo Posch Acoustic Guitars - D-M
I've played a lot of Leo's dreadnoughts since he first started making them, and this just may be the best one yet. A powerhouse of a guitar, it manages to remain well-balanced in spite of its incredible output. It receives my Bluegrass Seal of Approval!

 

We're all big fans of local luthier Leo Posch's acoustic guitars!

Matt Harmon – Gretsch Electric Guitars - G5422T Electromatic - Orange Stain
Every time I walk by this guitar the great looking orange finish catches my eye. If you've been looking for a Gretsch style guitar but don't want to spend over $2000 the Electromatic series is the way to go.

So many great, affordable electric options from our friends at Gretsch

Trey DurkinGretsch Banjos - G9455 Dixie Special Open-Back w/ Scoop
Great Clawhammer tone, with plenty of room to dig in with the frailing scoop. The deeper rim adds resonance and volume, which will help you be heard in a jam. Great for beginners and pros alike.

One of many great open-back banjos including Bart Reiter, Ramsey and OME!

Susan Willits - Collings Mandolins - 2007 MF Used
This used 2007 Collings MF is amazing! It has a wonderfully punchy, warm sound with a growly low end that I absolutely love. Clear note distinction. There's no muddy sound here. I can't say enough about the tone of this mando! To top it off it's extremely clean and comes with a hard case. If you're looking for a top quality mandolin with killer tone this is it!

 

 Check out all the Mandolins we currently have in-stock 

Matt KappenmanTaylor Acoustic Guitars - 814ce DLX
This Grand Auditorium sized guitar from Taylor is super comfy to play, and the newly designed armrest adds to the playability of this limited edition deluxe model.

 

Check out our collection of 800 Series Taylor Guitars! 
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October 2016 Staff Picks


Josh BaldridgeNew Fender Offset Electrics
These new Mustangs and Duo Sonics are fantastic! Since they showed up in the store a few weeks back, we have had a blast playing and talking to customers about them. I love having so many fun, short-scale instrument to offer at this price.

 Fender Offset Series

We have all sorts of new gear from Fender at the store - check it out!

Jim Baggett – Collings Acoustic Guitars - D2H Madagascar Traditional T Series
The years of research and development that went into these traditional models has certainly paid off. This D2H Madagascar is a great example of the traditional look and sound.

Collings D2H Traditional T Series

Our Collings inventory is always changing - head on over to view the latest Collings Traditional Collection! 

Eric PutnamStomp Under Foot - Red Menace Fuzz
If you like Big Muff style fuzzes, but feel like they do not cut through a live mix you should check Red Menace out. The mid control helps you cut through, but manages to keep the tonality of the circuit in tact.

 Red Menace

Eric's a big fan of our entire lineup of Stomp Under Foot pedals!

Matt Pelsma – Taylor Acoustic Guitars - 2012 Custom TF Sinker Redwood Used
It's simple and classic, but just alluringly different enough to make you double take at the sight of the redwood top. Also the sound is rich and has all the detail at low volumes one would want to share in close quarters. It's a steal of a price for a custom order guitar!

Taylor Acoustic Guitars - 2012 Custom TF Sinker Redwood Used

Don't miss our upcoming Taylor Sales Event!

Jade Rowland – Eastman Acoustic Guitars - E20SS
Vintage feel, look, and sound with a beautiful burst finish. Resonates in your chest and projects exactly like a dreadnought should.

Eastman E20SS at Mass Street Music

Head on over to give this one a listen for yourself!

Mike Horan – Collings Acoustic Guitars - D1 VN Sunburst
Particularly responsive for a new instrument this D1VN is tonally well balanced with a very dynamic attack. This reclaimed spruce top absolutely sings.

 D1 VN Sunburst - Reclaimed Top wood

Head on over to give this one a listen for yourself!

Matt Harmon – TC Electronic - Polytune Clip
This is a great tuner, I use it every day in the shop tuning up guitars and checking intonation on acoustic instruments. Super accurate.

Polytune Tuner

This tuner has caught fire with the staff! More than one staff members picked it, but Matt H had dibs.

Trey DurkinMartin Acoustic Guitars - 2009 Custom 000-15 s
Punchy warm low-end, without sounding dull, and a full voice for a smaller body. This would be a great guitar for old-time rhythm style playing. Look out for those bass runs!

Martin Acoustic Guitars - 2009 Custom 000-15 s

Check out all the latest gear to hit the website!

Susan Willits - Eastman Mandolins - MD505
Eastman is doing a great job of making attractive, easy to play instruments. This solid spruce/maple Eastman MD505 mandolin is no exception. I love the dark finished top and it plays great all the way up the neck. For $699 with a hard case you can't go wrong!

 Eastman MD505

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Matt KappenmanGibson Electric Guitars - 1980 ES-347 Used
There's just something about an archtop. I love the way it feels, and I always seem to have something to musically say when I pick one up. This ES-347 has coil tap which makes it incredibly versatile from a tone standpoint.

Gibson Electric Guitars - 1980 ES-347 Used 

This ES-347 is one of the many great deals in our Used collection! 
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September 2016 Staff Picks


Josh BaldridgeCollings Acoustic Guitars - 2008 OM1 Mahogany Custom - Sunburst Used
Great OM from the crew down at Collings, full of classy appointment including a bound headstock and ebony tuner buttons on this all mahogany guitar.

 Collings Acoustic Guitars - 2008 OM1 Mahogany Custom - Sunburst Used

Check out our latest Used Gear to hit the store!

Jim Baggett – Collings Acoustic Guitars - D1 Traditional T Series
It's amazing how consistent these Traditional models have been. Each one has turned heads from the very first strum.

 Collings Acoustic Guitars - D1 Traditional T Series

Our Collings inventory is always changing - check out our Collings Traditional Collection! 

Eric PutnamChase Bliss Audio - Tonal Recall Analog Delay
This is an awesome analog delay. It has all of the vintage warm repeats you would expect from an analog delay, but with modern features like tap tempo and presets. It is also one of the best looking pedals I have seen. If your board is full of ugly looking pedals this is a great way to get your friends to stop picking on your homely board.

Chase Bliss Audio - Tonal Recall Analog Delay 

Check out our growing collection of pedals!

Matt Pelsma – BOSS Effect Pedals - Chorus CE-2W
An awesome update to a classic. The stereo option is a great addition, and they nail the classic CE-1 and CE-2 sounds. The Depth knob is cool, but don't let that fool you; this pedal is all about WIDTH. Happy stereo spreading!

 BOSS Effect Pedals - Chorus CE-2W

Check out our growing collection of Chorus Pedals!

Mike Horan –  Gibson Mandolins - 1916 A Used
Super clean example of a no truss-rod Gibson. Plays and sounds great.

 Gibson Mandolins - 1916 A Used

Our Vintage Collection is always changing - check out the latest gear!

Matt Harmon – Waterloo by Collings - 2015 WL-14 L Used
Seriously the best sounding Waterloo I've ever heard. The neck is a slightly bigger V-shape when compared to the newer ones. Get it, you will love it.

Waterloo by Collings - 2015 WL-14 L Used

Catch up on our growing inventory of Waterloo guitars!

Trey DurkinWaterloo by Collings - WL-JK
Rich, satisfying low end, great for strumming, flat picking and finger-style alike - would make a killer blues box. Comfortable V-neck profile with an awesome Jumbo King headstock. This guitar is captivatingly quirky and sure to bring a smile to your face.

Waterloo by Collings - WL-JK

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Susan Willits - Gibson - MB Mandolin Banjo Banjolin w/ Trap Door Used
Two of my favorite instruments in one! This Banjolin is too fun and keeps tempting me, especially since it hangs right outside my office. I love the trapdoor feature and the fact that it's an old instrument also adds to its allure. This banjolin looks nice, plays well, sounds great and is perfect for playing some Irish tunes!

Gibson - MB Mandolin Banjo Banjolin w/ Trap Door Used

We're always updating our list of vintage gear 

Matt KappenmanDon Grosh Electric Guitars - NOS Retro - Vintage Maple
All the classic strat tones you could want in a gorgeous Grosh package. The Medium/Large roundback neck shape fits perfectly in my hand and makes this a dream to play.

Don Grosh Electric Guitars - NOS Retro - Vintage Maple Burst 

Gross is just one of our awesome Boutique Electric brands! 
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August 2016 Staff Picks


Josh BaldridgeTom Anderson Electric Guitars - Raven Classic Shorty - Baby Blue
As summer comes to a close my surfing dreams begging to fade...thankfully this guitar will keep them alive in true Beach Boy fashion! Another killer build from the folks down at Anderson.

 Tom Anderson Electric Guitars - Raven Classic Shorty - Baby Blue

Check out our latest Anderson Gear to hit the store!

Jim Baggett – Collings Acoustic Guitars - D1 A Traditional T Series
The folks at Collings have done it again with this vintage-inspired, modern classic.

 Collings Acoustic Guitars - D1 A Traditional T Series

Our Collings inventory is always changing - check out our Collings Traditional Collection! 

Eric Mardis – Electro-Harmonix Effect Pedals - Mel 9
Plug into the Mel 9 and turn your guitar into a classic Mellotron for that vintage woodwind/brass effect.

 Electro-Harmonix Effect Pedals - Mel 9

Check out all of our Pedals & related Gear!

Eric PutnamTungsten Amps - Crema Wheat Oxblood/Blonde
The Crema Wheat is a fantastic little amp. I really like the way this amp takes pedals when set clean or on the edge of breakup. It is also great when it is turned all the way up for those classic Neil Young/Joe Walsh tweed tones. You can just roll back your volume to clean it up. It is small and lightweight as well, and makes a great small club gigging amp. I liked this amps so much that I bought one for my self! 

Tungsten Amps - Crema Wheat 

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Matt Pelsma – Empress Effects - Reverb
There are a LOT of different sounding reverbs on this unit. If you're looking for something like a Strymon Big Sky, but with more tailored and specific sounds, grab this pedal. It even has a bubbly delay called "beer"! Can't beat that.

 Empress Effects - Reverb

Check out our growing collection of Reverb Pedals!

Mike Horan –  Shelley Park Guitars - 1998 Gypsy Jazz Guitar Figured Koa
Pretty loud guitar with lots of projection and surprising amount of thickness in the low end. Gorgeous wood choice with the koa back and side, not to mention the bear claw spruce. This wood combination is no longer offered so here's your chance to snag a truly unique guitar from one of our favorite modern builders.

 Shelley Park Guitars - 1998 Gypsy Jazz Guitar Figured Koa

Don't miss our upcoming Gypsy Jazz Rhythm Guitar Workshop 

Jade Roland – Leo Posch Acoustic Guitars - Deep Body OM Full Sunburst
My favorite guitar to play since I've started working at the store. Gorgeous custom building.

Leo Posch Acoustic Guitars - Deep Body OM Full Sunburst

Catch up on our growing inventory of Leo Posch Guitars!

Trey DurkinJohn Ramsey Guitars - Brazilian Dreadnought - Used
This custom build Dread is an absolute cannon, with booming lows, sparkling highs and a rich warm midrange. The term banjo-killer usually scares me as banjo player, but it is totally appropriate for this guitar. Well built and a great price for Brazilian back and sides that you don't see everyday.


John Ramsey Guitars - Brazilian Dreadnought - Used

Check out all our current Dreadnoughts! 

Susan Willits - Bart Reiter Banjos - 2002 11" Standard Used
This used Bart Reiter Standard open back banjo is a really nice instrument. Great build quality with a wonderful sound, it's in very good condition and includes a hard shell case.
Bart Reiter Banjos - 2002 11" Standard Used

Check out our collection of Open Back Banjos 

Matt KappenmanFender - Deluxe Thinline Telecaster - Candy Apple Red
I'm a sucker for a Thinline tele, being able to sit on the couch and play it without being plugged in is so satisfying  This new Fender Deluxe series is the real deal with noiseless pickups across the lineup. Check out our other Fender Deluxe Nashville and Thinline tele options!

 Fender - Deluxe Thinline Telecaster - Candy Apple Red

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July 2016 Staff Picks


Josh BaldridgeFender - Deluxe Thinline Telecaster RW - Burst
When Fender showed me the new MIM Deluxe Series Telecasters, I was impressed with their design choices. This guitar arrived late last week and it is the best guitar under $1K that I have played in a long time. It is so light weight and balanced, that every time I pick it up I involuntarily say "You've gotta be kidding me." It is so nice to have the series wiring position right out of the box as well.

 Fender - Deluxe Thinline Telecaster RW - Burst

Check out our latest Fender Gear to hit the store!

Jim Baggett – Martin Acoustic Guitars - 1941 D-18
I've always been a D-18 fan and this one sounds better everyday.

 Martin Acoustic Guitars - 1941 D-18

Our Vintage inventory is always changing - check out our Vintage Collection 

Eric Mardis – Don Grosh Electric Guitars - Retro Classic Hollow T Standard LE
Classic look and feel on this Hollow T by one of our favorite boutique luthiers.

 Don Grosh Electric Guitars - Retro Classic Hollow T Standard LE

Check out our collection of Grosh Guitars!

Eric PutnamKlon - KTR Pedal
There are plenty of great Klon clones out on the market today, but it is easy to forget that you can still get a Klon designed by Bill Finnegan (who built the original klons). Although it is not an exact replica of the original Klons it excels at the same types of tones as the original. As a clean boost it adds something special to your amps sound. It makes everything sound a bit fuller and more dynamic. It also works great as a light to medium overdrive and has a really nice mid range push that will make you cut through a mix without sounding too focused and nasal.

Klon - KTR Pedal 

Check out our growing collection of Overdrive Pedals!

Matt Pelsma – Waterloo by Collings - WL-K
I have sincerely never player a guitar new or used that I instantly like out of the case as much as this guitar. It has a sustain and balance that could be characterized as vintage, but to me it is entirely sweet like any new 12-fret OO or smaller bodied guitar I have played. Based on your picking technique, this guitar could sing or sob. It is a wild joy to play, and so light it feels like it will fly out of your hands.

 Waterloo by Collings WL-K

Check out this big, bold, vintage sound from a modern guitar!

Mike Horan –  Taylor Acoustic Guitars - 612Ce 12-Fret Grand Concert
I was really surprised by this guitar.  It was very responsive to my pick attack and had a very full sound for a small-bodied guitar.

 Taylor Acoustic Guitars - 612Ce 12-Fret Grand Concert

Don't miss Mike's Demo of this gorgeous sounding Maple Taylor! 

Matt Harmon – Lindy Fralin Bass Pickups - P-Bass
If you research replacement bass pickups you'll find that most folks on the forums are all about Fralins, and for good reason. These are a great upgrade to any P-bass, do your ears a favor and get one installed today.

Lindy Fralin Bass Pickups - P-Bass

Catch up on our growing inventory of Lindy Fralin pickups!

Trey DurkinGibson - 1972 EB-0L Walnut Bass
Great single humbucker rock tone with a pick, with a versatile plucked tone as well - good for anything from Motown to country. This bass has a worn in neck, with a total vintage vibe. Love the slotted headstock!

Gibson - 1972 EB-0L Walnut Bass 

Check out our current inventory of Vintage Gibsons 

Susan Willits - Leo Posch Acoustic Guitars - Deep Body OM Full Sunburst
Here's another wonderful guitar from local luthier Leo Posch. This deep body OM guitar has a rich, robust sound with plenty of power when you drive it, as well as sounding lovely, with a sweet tone when finger picking. The highly figured maple looks classy with the full body sunburst and I love the rope purfling around the red spruce top!
Leo Posch Acoustic Guitars - Deep Body OM Full Sunburst

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Matt KappenmanMartin Acoustic Guitars - D-18 - Sunburst
Winfield is right around the corner, and I'm starting to feel that yearly pull back to a big, bold dreadnought sound. It's a weekly battle between two of my favorites in the hotrod Collings D1 Custom and this classic Martin D-18 sound.

 Martin Acoustic Guitars - D-18 - Sunburst

Check out our full lineup of Dreadnoughts! 
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June 2016 Staff Picks


Josh BaldridgeCollings Electric Guitars - Used 290 - TV Yellow
Besides looking completely awesome, these guitars sound amazing. The Lollar P90s have a gritty edge to them that hits the amp with enough punch to drive the front end beautifully.

 Collings Electric Guitars - Used 290 - TV Yellow

Check out our latest Used Gear to hit the store!

Jim Baggett – Gibson - 1938 Ray Whitley "Recording King"
Classic '30s Gibson built model sold under the Recording King brand.

Gibson - 1938 Ray Whitley "Recording King" 

Our Vintage inventory is always changing - check out our Vintage Collection 

Eric Mardis – Tom Anderson Electric Guitars - Angel Player - Black
This guitar is like a Ferrari. Aggressive, perfectly balanced, wicked good looks, and an addictive high performance feel. This may be the ultimate stunt guitar!

 Tom Anderson Electric Guitars - Angel Player - Black

Check out our collection of Anderson Guitars!

Eric PutnamCaroline Guitar Effect Pedals - Wave Cannon MKII Superdistorter
With as many drive pedals as we carry it can be easy to overlook a great pedal. Although we have carried the Wave Cannon for a while, I forgot how fun and great sounding this pedal is. It can go anywhere from a light drive to a wall of sound. Also the self osculation momentary switch is great for noise makin'.  

Caroline Guitar Effect Pedals - Wave Cannon MKII Superdistorter

Check out our growing collection of Distortion Pedals!

Matt Pelsma – Cusack Effects - Tap-A-Delay
One of the most useful utility delay pedals I have ever played. I don't use a tap tempo function all too often, so having that switch double as a ramp to slow or speed up to a different delay speed is a great option! I would use this mostly for killer warm delays, but some of the outside modulation settings certainly have their place as well.

 Cusack Effects - Tap-A-Delay

Check out our current lineup of new Effects Pedals!

Mike Horan –  Waterloo by Collings - WL-K
"Best Little Guitar in Texas" Award.

Waterloo by Collings - WL-K

Short and sweet, Mike's picked a new shop favorite from Collings! 

Matt Harmon – Wolfetone Legends Neck - Raw Nickel Cover
These are our top notch 50's PAF humbucker replacements. Just listen to our recordings and decide for yourself. If its time to swap those stock PAF wannabees and get a pickup worthy of your guitar these Wolfetone Legends are it.

Wolfetone Legends Neck - Raw Nickel Cover - Braid

Read all about our demos of the Wolfetone pickup line!

Trey DurkinGibson Acoustic Guitars - 1936 L50 Archtop
This L50 has a fantastic tone that's great for many genres, from Old-time rhythm to Jazz leads and everything in between. It might have the most comfortable neck ever? Well worn, like a hard 'V' that has been played so much it's become a soft 'V.' Instantly feels like a familiar old friend.

Gibson Acoustic Guitars - 1936 L50 Archtop 

Check out our current inventory of Vintage Gibsons 

Susan Willits - Leo Posch Acoustic Guitars - NL
The figured maple back and sides are gorgeous and the full body sunburst makes it even more striking. This, as well as the tiger stripe pickguard and impressive inlay all combine to make this a very attractive guitar. The NL has a wonderful sound across the whole spectrum. Plenty of volume for playing in a band, or sounds lovely solo!

Leo Posch Acoustic Guitars - NL

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Matt KappenmanBart Reiter Banjos - Standard Open-Back
Summer means sitting out on the deck with a cold beverage and an instrument in hand. Lately, I can't seem to put down is my Bart Reiter banjo for such backyard jams. This Standard is a fantastic combination of Bart's no frills, vintage appearance with tried and true building techniques. There's a reason he's been doing this for over 35 years.

 Bart Reiter Banjos - Standard Open-Back

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May 2016 Staff Picks


Josh BaldridgeFender American Elite Jazz Bass - Tobacco Burst
It feels like Fender paid extra attention to the body on these new Elite basses. The weight is really light and well balanced. Also, I love the color on this one, reminds me of the vintage '66 P-bass we had in a while back. The neck on this feels great, and the tone out of these new noiseless pickups is fantastic.

Fender American Elite Jazz Bass - Tobacco Burst

Stop by and check out the killer active electronics on this Fender Elite Jazz Bass

Jim Baggett – Collings Acoustic Guitars - C10-35 SB
Picked this C10-35 up after a recent trip down to the Collings workshop, and we're continually blown away by the tone and volume produced by this small bodied guitar. A really fine model from the folks at Collings.

Collings Acoustic Guitars - C10-35 SB

Our Collings inventory is always changing - check out our Collings Collection 

Eric Mardis – Tom Anderson - Raven Superbird - Transparent Cherry
This is one killer Anderson with a short scale length for easy shredding. Throw in two custom Anderson pickups in the PH1 and HC2 and you've got an incredibly versatile electric.

Anderson Superbird

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Eric PutnamFender - American Elite Stratocaster - Aged Cherry Burst
When I first heard about the Elite Strat I didn't think it would be that different from the deluxe series. But when we got one in it surprised me. The first thing I noticed was the asymmetrical neck shape, which is extremely comfortable and very fast. The noiseless pickups have a lot more character than previous noiseless fender pickups. Really great guitar!   

Fender - American Elite Stratocaster - Aged Cherry Burst

Check out our collection of Fender Electrics in stock!

Matt Pelsma – Chase Bliss Audio - Tonal Recall Analog Delay
Warm and punchy analog sound without the trappings and tone draining characteristic of some vintage analog delays.  This pedal can be subtle, but also outlandish.  The "ramp" knob will determine the speed of the pitch shifts, while the modulation can be used to dial in some chill with your warmth.  I didn't even get into all the expression options and controls that Chase Bliss is known for before I got lost in everything that is tweak-able on the front face.  The most versatile analog delay I have ever played!

Chase Bliss Audio - Tonal Recall 

We're really excited to have pedals from Chase Bliss Audio in stock - stop by the store to check out our lineup!

Mike Horan –  Collings Acoustic Guitars - 02SB 12-Fret - Western Shaded
This 12-Fret 02SB is an obvious choice for any fingerpicker, but it has a surprising amount of projection when played with a flatpick as well. A real stunner with the Western Shaded finish.

 Collings Acoustic Guitars - 02SB 12-Fret - Western Shaded

Check our the BIG sound out of this little guitar in our latest Mass Street Demo! 

Matt Harmon – Eastman Electric Guitars - USED T486 Thinline
Get this 486 while you can, I replaced the pickups with Wolfetone Legends and it sounds amazing. The pickups alone are $300 new and with this setup you can save on labor install as well.

Eastman Electric Guitars - USED T486 Thinline

Read all about our demos of the Wolfetone pickup line!

Trey DurkinGibson Banjos - 1932 TB-1 5-String Conversion
This is an exceptional banjo in very good shape. Great feeling wider than average neck profile, with smooth playability due to the radiused fingerboard. It has a rich complex tone, very full with a deeper bass than you might expect without being muddy. Loud as a cannon, you'll be heard in just about any situation. Although this style banjo is much more commonly played with picks (which it handles great) this resonator sounds fantastic for frailing as well!

Gibson Banjos - 1932 TB-1 5-String Conversion

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Susan Willits - Collings Mandolins - 2010 MT2 USED
This used Collings MT2 is a gorgeous instrument! The beautiful maple back, sides and neck practically glow and I love the elegant flourish peghead inlay! This MT2 is extremely clean and is a great player with clear high notes and well defined tone across the board. It comes with a pickguard and a hard shell case that looks like it's never been out from under the bed! A great deal at this price, it probably won't be here long!!
Collings Mandolins - 2010 MT2 USED

Susan with a great used Collings Mando!  

Matt KappenmanMartin Acoustic Guitars - 2009 D-18GE Golden Era
This is one of those dreadnoughts that when given a little push it can really roar! With the vintage string spacing there's plenty of room to really lay into a bass run without tripping up your picking. Some mahogany dreads end up with a muddy low end - but this D-18 has a punch and directness that's ready to deliver a knock out punch at your next jam.

 Martin Acoustic Guitars - 2009 D-18GE Golden Era

Check out the sound samples on this Golden Era D-18! 
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Josh BaldridgeTaylor Acoustic Guitars - 526ce
I'm a fan of the Mahogany tops on both the Taylor GC short scale and the GS long scale. For a long scale Mahogany top guitar, the 526ce is one of my favorites due to it's larger lower bout and overall box size.

Taylor Acoustic Guitars - 526ce

Take advantage of our upcoming Taylor Promotional Weekend!

Jim Baggett – Collings Acoustic Guitars - D1 Custom
A great sounding guitar with a few custom changes that really open it up.

Collings Acoustic Guitars - D1 Custom 

Our Collings inventory is always changing - check out our Collings Collection 

Eric Mardis – Tom Anderson Electric Guitars - Classic S Shorty - Black
This is the best playing electric guitar in the place. Favorite aspects: no annoying 60 cycle hum, an effortless neck that loves big bends, and timeless aesthetics (a nod to the great Black Strat).

Tom Anderson Electric Guitars - Classic S Shorty - Black 

Check out Mardis and this Anderson in our Timmy Overdrive video!

Eric PutnamRockett Pedals - GTO Overdrive
Every pedal I have tried from J Rockett has been impressive and the GTO is no exception. It is a low/medium gain drive pedal with very usable tone controls. The warmth control fattens the guitar without getting too muddy. When using a single coil guitar the warmth control can get you very close to humbucker tones. The accent control adds definition in the high end. Unlike most treble controls the entire range is usable. There is not a bad setting on this pedal!Rockett Pedals - GTO Overdrive

We have a huge collection of Pedals & Pedalboards right now!

Matt Pelsma – Gibson Electric Guitars - 1976 L-6S Deluxe
A different guitar for a kind of different player.  It has a very comfortable thin body with some tasteful wear on the neck, and fast playing low frets like you would expect for a Gibson from 1976.  Awesome price for a vintage Gibson!

 

Matt P's with a Gibson we don't see everyday!

Mike Horan –  Collings Acoustic Guitars - CJ35
This guitar is super-responsive and has volume to spare. Like a J-45 on steroids, this guitar makes an awesome strummer but also cuts like a knife on single-line leads.

 Collings Acoustic Guitars - CJ35

Check our wide lineup of Collings Guitars! 

Matt Harmon – Paul Cochrane Effect Pedals - Timmy - Custom Red
Our exclusive Ruby Red Timmy is flying off the shelf these days, and for good reason! Feels like everyone wants a little bit of that Ruby Red Kansas look on their pedalboard.

Paul Cochrane Effect Pedals - Timmy - Custom Red

Catch up with how Eric M utilizes this versatile pedal! 

Trey DurkinCollings Acoustic Guitars - 1996 CW-28 Brazilian
Every CW model I have played has blown me away, and this is no exception. Great ringing tone when fully strummed, with a very even responsiveness through the dynamic range. Not only a great flatpicker but this CW responds very well to fingerstyle playing. This would be a great guitar for just about any genre and with the CW you're going to sound great and be heard!

Collings Acoustic Guitars - 1996 CW-28 Brazilian

This CW-28 is a Collings classic!  

Susan Willits - Summit Mandolins - 2003 A-100S
This Summit A-100S mandolin is a great deal for an American made instrument. With beautiful flamed maple back and sides this 2003 Summit mandolin sounds great while running through some fiddle tunes, or chopping out some chords. A very clean used mandolin with a hardshell case, it probably won't be here long!
Summit Mandolins - 2003 A-100S

Susan with a great used Mando from Summit!  

Matt KappenmanBart Reiter Banjos - Buckbee Open-Back
I've had my Buckbee for almost a year and I've been more and more thrilled with it every time I pick it up. A simple, well constructed instrument, this banjo is great for all sorts of old-time playing.

Bart Reiter Banjos - Buckbee Open-Back 

Bart Reiter banjos are a favorite here with the staff! 
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Josh BaldridgeFender Amps - Bassbreaker 15 Combo
Fender isn't known for EL84 amps, but this little amp is impressive. It's easy to dial in everything from twangy cleans to sustaining saturated overdrive. It works perfect as a practice amp around the house, as a small gig amp, or use the XLR out to the front of house for larger situations.  

Fender Amps - Bassbreaker 15 Combo 

Josh with a killer new amp from Fender!

Jim Baggett – Collings CJ East Indian Rosewood - Western Shaded
Classic jumbo body shape with all of Collings' attention to detail. A really gorgeous Rosewood guitar.

Collings Acoustic Guitars - CJ East Indian Rosewood - Western Shaded 

Our Collings inventory is always changing - check out our Collings Collection 

Eric Mardis – Gibson Banjos - 1994 Mastertone Custom Shop Resonator Banjo
This is a great sounding banjo that reignites my desire to own a Gibson. They are well loved in the 5 string world for a reason.  My banjo lust is complicated by the choices currently available here at the store... the 1960 "bow tie" conversion and 1932 TB-1 conversion make for a difficult decision!

Gibson Banjos - 1994 Mastertone Custom Shop Resonator Banjo 

Check out our demo for this Custom Shop Gibson!

Eric PutnamTom Anderson Guitars - Icon Classic - Fiesta Red
Great guitar! The neck is perfect, nice tall frets, and It is the only stock strat bridge pickup I've ever liked! The bridge pup is nice and full yet it still sounds like a strat, and they are noiseless too!

Tom Anderson Electric Guitars - Icon Classic - Fiesta Red  

Check out our demo video of this stunning electric from Anderson!

Matt Pelsma – Squier - Classic Vibe Telecaster Custom - Sunburst
It can't be my new Western Swing fascination, because this guitar has caught my eye more than once. Classic look and a great playing guitar that would start a beginner off with leg up in style, or a great second guitar for any player. Rippin' fast comfy player!

Squier - Classic Vibe Telecaster Custom - Sunburst 

Matt P's branching out, and this Squier might be the next step!

Mike Horan –  Eastman Mandolins - MD304
Finally, someone is making an affordable new oval-hole mandolin worth playing.  Get that that great old-time tone for less - with good fret work to boot!

 Eastman Mandolins - MD304

Check our wide lineup of Eastman Mandolins! 

Matt Harmon – Stomp Under Foot - Pumpkin Pi Fuzz
Without a doubt this brings me back a few years. Once I found out we got this I've been making the shop guys listen to Smashing Pumpkin records everyday for the last week.  

Stomp Under Foot - Pumpkin Pi Fuzz

Check out all our new pedals from Stomp Under Foot! 

Trey DurkinBart Reiter Banjos - Round Peak
This is probably my favorite Banjo ever. Great overall tone and feel. Rolled brass tone-ring, 12" Rim combined with a No-Knot tailpiece adds up to a great old-time tone. Classic stylings! Great candidate for a skin head as well.

Bart Reiter Banjos - Round Peak

If there is a "Perfect Banjo" for Trey - this Round Peak might be it!  

Susan Willits - Collings Acoustic Guitars - 02H 12-String
This Collings 12 string is a wonderful sounding small body guitar.  Another beautiful instrument from Collings!  It's nice to have a 12 string that's not huge, but still has a big sound!
Collings Acoustic Guitars - 02H 12-String

Susan with a stunning pick from Collings 

Matt KappenmanTaylor Guitars - 2015 614ce Grand Auditorium
I grew up playing a friends Maple backed Taylor for years and I was really surprised by the clarity, projection and tone of this guitar. This 614 is hands down my favorite of the re-voiced Taylor models.

 Taylor Acoustic Guitars - 2015 614ce Grand Auditorium

Check out our demo video of this re-voiced Taylor! 
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