October Staff Picks!

October has brought some cool new gear to the store – new banjos, some cool Anniversary Taylors and more. Here’s what we’ve had our eye on:

John FlynnKeeley Katana Boost

Essential.

Eric MardisGold Tone  BG-250F Bluegrass Special Banjo

I own a very expensive banjo and it’s great… You might even say that its turned me into something of a banjo snob.   Thats why I am so blown away by these Gold Tone Banjos!  I’ve had one or two of them come in used over the years and was very impressed by how such an affordable banjo could crank out that “authentic” banjo sound…  Aspiring banjo players have always been cursed by the seemingly unfair price gap in the banjo world. You either pay $300 for something that “ok” or you drop $3000 before you can even play forward roll.  Ouch.  This BG-250F will serve the entry-level or intermediate banjologist very well indeed (without devastating your bank account!).   I’m very pleased to be able to offer quality banjos at this price level.  Now, everyone can get on the hick-stick.

Eric hearts Gold Tone

Eric hearts Gold Tone

Jason JonesAnderson Short Hollow T Classic

This is remarkably comfortable feeling and surprisingly tight for a shorter scale instrument. Also, with this color scheme and pickup configuration you’re getting the best of both the Gibson and Fender worlds all in one guitar.

Tom Anderson Short Hollow T Classic

Tom Anderson Short Hollow T Classic

Matt ChristenotYamaha 414OM Bass

Big fat sound, affordable price, cool look.

Yamaha Bass - retro style, modern technology

Yamaha Bass - retro style, modern technology

Isaac FlynnRode NTK

I’ve been recording a lot lately and this mic has become totally indispensable!

The Rode NTK

The Rode NTK

Brian SodenDon Grosh Retro Classic S-Shape

I’ve always been partial to Alder bodied Retro Classic S style guitars, but this Ash body has won my heart.  It has all of the snap and clarity you’d expect from an Ash body, but also has rich and full body.  I gave it a good spin through the new Dr. Z Jaz 20/40 and pulled out some incredible tones that would sit in a mix like a glove.  Just the right amount of chime and bite.  Plus, this guitar is flat-out gorgeous, right?!

Loaded with Grosh pickups - outstanding

Loaded with Grosh pickups - outstanding

Kurt MorrowGenz Benz Bass Amps – Shuttle 6.0-12T

This particular Genz Benz amp is AMAZING.  I was absolutely blown away by the sound and versatility of this little monster! It gives real warmth, depth and beautiful texture. I was able to dial in a great Motown tube sound and ping-pong over to the analog side and get a really great solid state sound as well. The weight is just perfect for getting in and out  of a gig – you can do everything in one trip. With the removable top portion of the amp, the tilt-back feature of the cab and everything the preamp section is capable of,  I believe this is the best bang for your buck on the market today in a bass amp.  On a scale from 1 to 10, this amp definitely goes to 11.

Great sound, totally portable and goes to 11!

Great sound, totally portable and goes to 11!

Matthew KhomsiTaylor XXXV Baritone

Beautiful, deep tones!

Very cool Anniversary Baritone from Taylor

Very cool Anniversary Baritone from Taylor

Anne TangemanFender Jaguar HH

Simply one of the coolest guitars around.

Cool & classic with more switches & knobs than you shake a stick at

Cool & classic with more switches & knobs than you shake a stick at

Chucho’s Accessory Pick-of-the-Month:

The Kyser Humidifier! If you own an acoustic you need to humidify your guitar through the dryer fall and winter months, particular when the heat in your home gets turned on. Don’t humidify and we’ll see you in the shop before long when you get a crack or a bridge pulling up. Save yourself some time and money and treat your wood right.

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