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June 2019 - Mass Street Staff Picks


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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March 2019 - Mass Street Staff Picks


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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Josh BaldridgeTom Anderson Electric Guitars - Icon Classic - Fiesta Red - Distress Lv1
This Icon Classic rings out so clearly, even when unplugged. Great for lead lines up the neck, very expressive/vocal and screams to be played with the trem arm.

Tom Anderson Electric Guitars - Icon Classic - Fiesta Red - Distress Lv1

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Jim Baggett – Collings Acoustic Guitars - D2H Traditional T Series 1 11/16
Extremely comfortable neck profile matched with a very responsive guitar. These new necks are some of the best feeling we've had from Collings.

CollCollings Acoustic Guitars - D2H Traditional T Series 1 11/16

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Eric PutnamStrymon Effect Pedals - Volante
Another amazing delay from Strymon! You can get anything from Binson echorec sounds to studio tape delays. The multiple heads give you endless options for rhythmic delay sounds or ambient washes. The sound on sound mode is very useful, and the built in spring reverb sounds great!

Strymon Effect Pedals - Volante

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Matt Pelsma – Taylor Acoustic Guitars - K14ce Builder's Edition
The new builder's edition is fantastic, Taylor keeps pushing the envelope with the V-Class architecture. Really looking forward to the new Grand Pacific and Grand Concert, but the Grand Auditorium hits a serious sweet spot.

Taylor Acoustic Guitars - K14ce Builder's Edition

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Brian Soden – Fender Amplifiers - '57 Custom Deluxe - Alnico Cream - Limited
I can't say enough good things about this amp - it just exhibits pure vintage Fender vibe and tone! Fantastic touch-sensitivity and breaks up very nicely with the Cream Alnico speaker. By far, one of my favorite amps in the store!

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

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Mike Horan – Collings Acoustic Guitars - 01 Traditional T Series Baked - Sunburst
This guitar is a little gem! Beautiful to behold and with a full tone despite its size. An obvious choice for fingerpicking, and I loved the way it responded to a flatpick!

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

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Matt Harmon – Greer Amps - Lightspeed Organic Overdrive
Greer is making some great overdrives, if you're looking for either a small boost or medium overdrive this is the one.

Greer Amps - Lightspeed Organic Overdrive

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Trey DurkinLakota Leathers Straps
These straps are great! I've got one for my banjo and my guitar and they perfectly distribute the weight of the instrument in a comfortable, yet fashionable way. I'm thinking about getting a couple more! These are made with excellent quality leathers, with many styles and color options. A great accessory to go with a fine instrument!

Lakota Leathers Straps

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Susan Willits - Eastman Mandolins - MD404
The Eastman MD404 oval hole mandolin has a lovely sound and plays easily up and down the neck. Made with a solid spruce top and solid mahogany back and sides, this is a quality instrument at a great price. Even comes with a hard shell case!

Eastman Mandolins - MD404

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Matt KappenmanGretsch Electric Guitars - G5622T Electromatic Center Block w/Bigsby - Georgia Green
This Georgia Green Electromatic catches my eye every morning when I walk in the door. Something about the Green/Cream combo and the vintage inspired pickups that makes me want to start the day playing it. Great deal on a thin archtop!

Gretsch Electric Guitars - G5622T Electromatic Center Block w/Bigsby - Georgia Green

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Josh BaldridgeCollings Acoustic Guitars - Parlor 1 Traditional T Series
The whole package here is just so enticing, especially when combined with the almost impossibly small Collings case. This parlor-sized traditional is a small, comfortable player, yet expressive and dynamic.

Collings Acoustic Guitars - Parlor 1 Traditional T Series

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Jim Baggett – Collings Acoustic Guitars - 2006 OM42 Baaa A - Used
Beautiful set of Brazilian Rosewood back and sides on this OM42. This guitar absolutely lives up to its tone woods and appointments.

CollCollings Acoustic Guitars - 2006 OM42 Baaa A - Used

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Eric PutnamDon Grosh Electric Guitars - ElectraJet Charcoal Frost - Short Scale
Great playing guitar. Don's G90 pickups are super versatile. Resonant, light weight, and the charcoal frost finish looks great! Liked it so much I ordered one for myself!

Don Grosh Electric Guitars - ElectraJet Charcoal Frost - Short Scale

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Matt Pelsma – Fender Basses - Flea Jazz Bass Active MN - Inca Silver
Punchy and raw tones are in full effect with this Flea Jazz Bass. The active electronics allow you to dial in just the right amount of gain for your rig.

Fender Basses - Flea Jazz Bass Active MN - Inca Silver

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Brian Soden – JHS Effect Pedals - Superbolt V2
We have such an incredible selection of great pedals here at the store, so much that I had almost forgotten about this gem! It absolutely nails the old Supro tone we all know and love. If you're not familiar, just listen to Led Zeppelin's debut album. It also covers roots-rock/Americana territory in spades. This pedal may need to come home with me!

JHS Effect Pedals - Superbolt V2

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Mike Horan – Elliott Capos - 1 3/4" Elite Push Button Guitar Capo - 16" Radius
The Elliot 1-3/4" Elite Push Button Capo is an excellent hand-crafted lightweight capo, made from high quality stainless steel. Built to last a lifetime or two!

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

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Matt Harmon – Waterloo by Collings - WL-14 X Truss Rod - All Mahogany
Love the shape and I really like the all mahogany box.

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

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Trey DurkinBart Reiter Banjos - Regent Open-Back with Scoop
I've gone Whyte Laydie tone ring crazy!! This Regent is another fantastic banjo from one of my favorite modern makers, Bart Reiter, up in Lansing, MI (One of my personal banjos is a Bart). This instrument features an 11" pot, Maple neck and Rim construction, and a Whyte Laydie tone ring. One of the most versatile banjos I have ever played. A monster for fingerstyle, clawhammer, or whatever else you can throw at it. Huge full rich sound - somehow warm, mellow, but bright and crisp at the same time?! I highly recommend checking this one out!

Bart Reiter Banjos - Regent Open-Back with Scoop

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Susan Willits - Bart Reiter Banjos - Round Peak
The banjos all sit right outside my office, a constant temptation! Today I picked up the Bart Reiter Round Peak to play a couple tunes. I love the tubby, low sound of the 12" pot which is perfect for frailing, with a warm mellow sound, but when you put on your picks it also sounds great playing Scruggs style tunes! Bart makes an extremely affordable, yet great playing banjo. You can't go wrong with a Bart Reiter!

Bart Reiter Banjos - Round Peak

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Matt Kappenman Fender Guitars - American Performer Series Telecaster Hum - Aubergine
A Rosewood board tele with a humbucker in the neck is the way to my heart. Love these new American Performer series builds, especially the vintage details like brass saddles along with a few modern upgrades like a push/pull coil tap on the neck pickup.

Fender Electric Guitars - American Performer Series Telecaster Hum - Aubergine

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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