August/September Staff Picks!

These are the great guitars, pedals and other goodies the Mass St. Music staff has taken a real shine to lately-

John FlynnLava Guitar Cable

You have to hear this Lava cable to believe it. Ridiculous! Punch like you never thought your rig had. Worth every penny.

Seriously better sound

Seriously better sound

Jim Baggett I can’t decide between the Collings OM1 Sunburst

As always, a killer burst on a killer guitar from Collings

As always, a killer burst on a killer guitar from Collings

…and the Collings OM1 short scale Engelmann Spruce top!

Englemann topped Collings OM1 Short Scale

Englemann topped Collings OM1 Short Scale

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 MardisGold Tone Cripple Creek Resonator Banjo

A heck of a lot of banjo for the price.

More bang for the buck

More bang for the buck

Matthew KhomsiFretless 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.

Fretless!

Fretless!

Matt ChristenotKeeley 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.

Keeley's Trem!

Keeley's Trem!

Kurt MorrowFender 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.

A neck like butter

a neck like butter


Brian SodenCollings 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.

On Brian's Wish List

On Brian's Wish List

Jason JonesCollings 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!

Jason concurs with Jim on this one - perfection

Jason concurs with Jim on this one - perfection

Isaac FlynnFender 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.

Fiesta Red Fender

Fiesta Red Fender

Anne Tangeman1964 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.

Sigh

Sigh

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