These are the great guitars, pedals and other goodies the Mass St. Music staff has taken a real shine to lately-
John Flynn – Lava Guitar Cable
You have to hear this Lava cable to believe it. Ridiculous! Punch like you never thought your rig had. Worth every penny.
Jim Baggett– I can’t decide between the Collings OM1 Sunburst
The Engelmann, paired with the short scale, work really well together – really fun to play with nice, quick response. The OM1 Sunburst with the German top has just a little more power to it. Both are great fingerstyle guitars for anyone looking for an exceptional OM.
Eric Mardis – Gold Tone Cripple Creek Resonator Banjo
A heck of a lot of banjo for the price.
Matthew Khomsi – Fretless Ernie Ball Stingray bass
This used fretless is awesome. The feel is exactly what you want out of a bass. It’s fast, smooth, and very deep sounding. The neck is a unique bird’s eye maple with rosewood fingerboard.
Matt Christenot – Keeley TR-2 Tremelo Mod pedals
I just picked up one of these pedals for myself and I love it. One of the problems inherent in any tremelo is a perceived volume loss when the pedal is kicked on. Keeley fixes this problem by adding a volume control. Just set your volume on the pedal to give you a little boost and kick it on for that tasty tremelo solo. You can actually turn the effect all the way down and use it as a straight clean boost. As far as the sound quality goes, this is by far the most lush tremelo I’ve ever used.
Kurt Morrow – Fender Road Worn Series 60s Jazz Bass
I love this bass! This Jazz Bass easily passes for the original ’60s J Bass. The feel is great and the pickups sound awesome. The weight is very comfortable and the neck plays like butter. Fender’s relic department really nailed the vintage look too.
Brian Soden – Collings DS2HA
Showing up at Winfield with this guitar in hand will do two things. – 1) Make you my new best friend, because I LOVE this guitar. 2) Make banjo players fear you…this thing has incredibly rich headroom that will compete volume-wise!
The neck profile is larger, but still very comfortable and feels right for this guitar. And for a slope-shoulder, it has a great piano-like quality about it that will set well in a mix. This guitar is strictly business! After years of playing time, nicks and dings, it’ll always be ready for more because Collings’ build quality is second to none. Their guitars are heirloom pieces worthy for generations to come.
Jason Jones – Collings OM1 Sunburst
This guitar literally stopped me in my tracks. This burst is something to behold, and the sound definitely doesn’t betray it’s aesthetics. Rich and full, yet light and responsive. This guitar is a knock-out!
Isaac Flynn – Fender Special Edition American Standard Tele
I’m a sucker for any Fender with a matching headstock, and I love the Fiesta Red finish. It has a great vintage vibe, and a classic Tele sound. Very cool.
Anne Tangeman – 1964 Mustang
Surf’s up! This Mustang is absolutely the coolest. The little trem bar, thinner neck, – this is super playable and you seriously don’t want to put it down for a second.