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March 2017 Staff Picks


Josh BaldridgeFender - 2017 American Professional Telecaster - Butterscotch Blonde
Super cool that Fender is building an American made Blackguard Butterscotch Tele as a standard model again. Previously it was only offered as a vintage model. The wood grain on the particular guitar we have in is fantastic.

Check out our collection of Fender American Professional guitars!

Jim Baggett – Collings Acoustic Guitars - OM1A Cutaway
Extremely versatile guitar, great for finger style players but plenty of headroom for flatpicking thanks to the Adirondack top.

Collings Acoustic Guitars - OM1A Cutaway

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

Eric PutnamTom Anderson Electric Guitars - T Classic Shorty Hollow - Blonde
My favorite guitar in the shop at the moment. Its one of those great guitars that makes you go to different musical places. Great player!

Fender Electric Guitars - 2017 American Professional Telecaster - Butterscotch Blonde

Here are the latest Boutique Electrics to hit the website!

Matt Pelsma – Martin Acoustic Guitars - 1963 00-21 Used
This guitar is billed as a great finger style playing instrument, but I think this thing really sings with a pick. This guitar carries a strong vintage tone that could rival a guitar twice it's age.

Martin 1963 00-21

Check out our current collection of Vintage Instruments.

Jade Rowland – Eastman Acoustic Guitars - E20SS
This solid rosewood slope shoulder dreadnought is lovely to play, It sounds loud and full when strummed and every note played finger style has some weight behind it. Its specs and sound far exceed what the price would suggest.

Eastman E20SS

Check out our expanding Eastman lineup

Mike Horan – Gibson Acoustic Guitars -1954 J-45 Used
Someone please buy this guitar before one of us has too....it's just that tempting

Gibson Acoustic Guitars -1954 J-45 Used

Some vintage guitars come into the store and quickly become staff favorites - this J-45 is definitely one of them!

Matt Harmon – Lindy Fralin Guitar Pickups - Tele Stock Bridge
When you bring your tele in the shop for new pickups, this is what I recommend. This Fralin is really hard to beat, coming in at under $100 there isn't anything that comes close to the sound.

Fralin Pickups 

One of the many great pickups here at the shop!

Trey DurkinCollings Acoustic Guitars - 2015 CJ-35 A Used
Perfectly balanced strummer, with a great voice for picking melodies as well. This CJ-35 is amazingly responsive and satisfying to play for a recently build Adi topped guitar. The short scale length makes it a dream to play.

Collings Acoustic Guitars - 2015 CJ-35 A Used

One of best deals on used guitar in the shop right now!

Susan Willits - Bart Reiter Banjos - Round Peak
I love the sound of this Bart Reiter Round Peak. It has a wonderfully warm, round, plunky tone. Bart has a great reputation for making quality banjos and it's easy to see why when you play this Round Peak.

Bart Reiter Banjos - Round Peak

 Check out all the Banjos we currently have in-stock 

Matt KappenmanWaterloo by Collings - WL-12
While prepping for our upcoming vintage guitar on a budget event I dove back into our stock of Waterloos. After play testing them ALL I keep coming back to the WL-12 with it's full low end and loads of projection.

Waterloo by Collings - WL-12

Check out our collection of instruments to just hit the website
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February 2017 Staff Picks


Josh BaldridgeGretsch Electric Guitars - G2655T Streamliner Jr. Center Block - Walnut Stain
Comfy short scale, semi-hollowbody Gretsch with a Bigsby tailpiece. A LOT of tone at a really affordable price.

Gretsch Electric Guitars - G2655T Streamliner Jr. Center Block - Walnut Stain

Check out our collection of Gretsch Electric Guitars!

Jim Baggett – Martin Acoustic Guitars - 1927 0-42
Crack free, really great player thanks to a professional neck reset.

Martin Acoustic Guitars - 1927 0-42

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

Eric PutnamDr. Z Amps - Therapy Head
Great high power tweed tones. Does clean all the way to ZZ Top level gain. Sounds great with pedals too.

Gretsch Electric Guitars - G2655T Streamliner Jr. Center Block - Walnut Stain

Here are the latest Electric Guitar Amps to hit the website!

Matt Pelsma – Fender Custom Shop - Postmodern Strat Journeyman Relic RW - 3 Tone Burst
This is one of the best strats I have ever played. It is just as fluid and fun to play as any Anderson or Don Grosh. And the finish is super comfortable. A next level strat.

Fender Custom Shop - Postmodern Strat Journeyman Relic RW - 3 Tone Burst

Check out our current collection of Boutique Electrics.

Jade Rowland – Fender Electric Guitars - 2017 American Professional Jazzmaster - Mystic Seafoam
This is a guitar that plays as awesome as it looks. The revoiced v-mod pickups have a unique clarity to them that sounds balanced playing clean or dirty tones. The mystic sea foam finish is absolutely stunning in person.

Fender Electric Guitars - 2017 American Professional Jazzmaster - Mystic Seafoam

Check out our expanding 2017 Fender American lineup

Mike Horan – Collings Acoustic Guitars - 1996 D1A V Used
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Collings Acoustic Guitars - 1996 D1A V Used

One of many great Collings currently in stock

Matt Harmon – Xotic Effect Pedals - SL Drive
As my quest continues to make the perfect practice/travel rig I came across this drive pedal. Its perfect for the smaller grab and go travel board but has the sound and tone of the full blown Marshall drive that we all know and love. This drive also makes my list because its simple, once you set your volume to your desired amp you have Drive (Gain) and Tone. It even has dip switches in the pedal to change what Marshall style amp your going after. I left it on default because you can't go wrong with a Jimmy Page Heartbreaker sound.

Xotic Effect Pedals - SL Drive

One of the many great boost pedals here at the shop!

Trey DurkinVega Banjos - 1924 Whyte Laydie Plectrum 5-String Conversion Used
Awesome banjo! Normally Whyte Laydie tone rings are a bit bright to my ears, but the large 11 15/16" rim fitted with a skin head really helps mellow this one out, giving it a very complex, rich, full sound from low to high with plenty of touch sensitivity and head room if you want to dig in. It is very distracting having such a cool banjo in the store right now! I'm tempted to pick it up every time I walk by!

Vega Banjos - 1924 Whyte Laydie Plectrum 5-String Conversion Used

One of many great vintage instruments in the shop right now!

Susan Willits - Collings Mandolins - MT GT - Honey Amber
We have another great mandolin from Collings! This honey amber MT GT is easy to play with a clear sweet tone. It's a lovely mandolin and a wonderful value!

Collings Mandolins - MT GT - Honey Amber

 Check out all the Mandolins we currently have in-stock 

Matt KappenmanGretsch Acoustic Guitars - G9511 Style 1 Single-O Parlor
This Gretsch parlor was far and away the guitar that surprised me most at the NAMM show. This is the perfect low cost couch or travel guitar.

Gretsch Acoustic Guitars - G9511 Style 1 Single-O Parlor

Check out our collection of instruments to just hit the website
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January 2017 Staff Picks


Josh BaldridgeFender Amps - Blues Junior - British Red
One of only 250 made, this British Red tube amp has all that classic American breakup with an upgraded British Celestion G12M Greenback speaker.

Fender Amps - Blues Junior - British Red

Check out our collection of electric guitar amps!

Jim Baggett – Collings Acoustic Guitars - 2002 CW Brazilian Used
Really clean example of a Brazilian CW. Big, full sound.

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

Eric PutnamStrymon Effect Pedals - El Capistan
With all of the new exciting delay pedals coming out it can be easy to overlook some of the old favorites. The El Cap is just a great sounding tape voiced delay that can be as simple, or complex as you would like. One of the easiest delays to get a good sound out of, and has become my main delay pedal.

Here are the latest Effects Pedals to hit the website!

Matt Pelsma – Martin Acoustic Guitars - 2004 D-28 Marquis Used
This is a great, vintage feeling and sounding guitar with a lot of life in it. Very dynamic and warm without being too rich for a rosewood guitar. A stellar piece that was played well and that needs some more use!

Check out our current collection of Used Gear.

Jade Rowland – Planet Waves - Tri-Action Guitar Capo
The ability to adjust the tension, and move it around the neck very quickly makes this capo great for performing and won't pull your guitar out of tune.

There are tons of accessories on our website, and even more in the shop!

Mike Horan – Tom Anderson Electric Guitars - T Classic Shorty Hollow - Translucent Butterscotch
Hey, this is just like my guitar! It's true---I own only one electric, and it's an Anderson Hollow T Classic with this finish. I wasn't even planning on buying an electric that day, but it was, as they say, love at first sight.

Can't beat a personal endorsement from Store/Repair Manager Mike Horan!

Matt Harmon – Emerson Prewired Tele 3-way Kit
Hearing is believing, after a few customers had brought me these kits to install I quickly realized that these parts are the real deal. Complete control over your pickups from 1-10 on the volume and tone controls. This tele kit is the easiest of the kits to install if you're a do it your selfer. Click to buy, install it and you will not regret it. Or have us install it for you! Chances are you'll be putting them in all of your guitars.

Finding cost-effective upgrades to your gear is one of the things our Repair Shop excels at!

Trey DurkinGibson Acoustic Guitars - 1959 SJN "Country Western" Jumbo Used
Super cool country or bluegrass guitar with a bold tone for strumming or flatpicking. This would be a good choice in the studio or at a bluegrass jam. Awesome patina, and I love the pickguard.

One of many great vintage guitars in the shop right now!

Susan Willits - Weber Mandolins - 2010 Gallatin A-Style Used
This Weber Gallatin is a very nice mandolin. It has a rich, full sound with plenty of punch. This entry level Weber is built with the same quality as their higher end mandolins. It's in great shape with no fret wear and looks as though it's never been played! A practically new mandolin for a used price!

 Check out all the Mandolins we currently have in-stock 

Matt KappenmanCollings Electric Guitars - I-35 LC - Faded Cherry
After getting back from the NAMM show I've had Collings electrics on the brain. This Faded Cherry has all the vintage-inspired touches I love paired with a Medium-Fat C-shaped neck profile that feels great from first position all the way up the neck.

Check out our collection of Boutique Electric Guitars! 
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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

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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 

Check out our lineup of Electric Guitar Amps!

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

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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

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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

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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 

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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

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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

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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

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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 

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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

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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

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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" 

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 

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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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