November Staff Picks!

Here’s what we’ve been eyeballin’ around the store lately!

John FlynnAnthology Straps

anth_sqLike an ultra fine baseball mitt – only gets better with age. If you’re fond of finer things, these are the best.

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Dr. Z Prescription ES & Dr. Z Prescription Jr Strength The most dynamic, touch sensitive amps I have ever played. Going on 5 years now and I have not been tempted by any other amp.

Jim Baggett ’61 Gretsch Country Club 6196

Plays great and the color is really cool. Just saw It Might Get Loud at Liberty Hall….I’m thinking Jack White might like this one.

Beautiful vintage Gretsch

Beautiful vintage Gretsch

Mike HoranCollings CWMA (Collings Winfield)

This is an exceptional dreadnought. It already has a played-in sound to it and responds real quickly to the flatpick. The thing sounds amazing.

The Collings Winfield - so good it made our silent shop manager speak

The Collings Winfield - so good it made our silent shop manager speak

Brian SodenCollings D2H

Over the years of working here, I’ve learned from our owner Jim that the best acoustic guitars will have a great, usable dynamic range.  Meaning that if you play with dynamics, the guitar will respond to your playing tonally.  He’s absolutely correct, and a prime example of his point is this Collings D2H.  Just like your favorite vocalists…the character, charm and emotions of their singing is a huge part of why we like their voice and that a lot of that comes through with dynamics and volume control.  This Colllings D2H in particular has an incredible, dynamic voice.  When Lyle Lovett sat down with Guy Clark to play an acoustic gig at the Ryman (I was there!), he grabbed a Collings.  It just makes sense to couple one great voice with another, right?!

Collings D2H

Collings D2H

Kurt MorrowErnie Ball Stingray 4 Bass

If you are a bassist and you are lookin’ to get the funk out a la Louis Johnson of the Brothers Johnson, then this is the ticket. Along with many other funk-meister bassists from the ’70s, this Stingray is a must-have – big, phat, solid sound, and versatile enough for any style of music.

EB Stingray Bass

EB Stingray Bass

Eric MardisErnie Ball 2008 Ltd. Petrucci

A great deal on a used and seriously killer guitar.

Anyone surprised Eric picked a Petrucci? No...didn't think so.

Anyone surprised Eric picked a Petrucci? No...didn't think so.

Matt ChristenotDr. Z Maz 18 Jr NR

If you’ve ever thought about going boutique but didn’t think you could afford it then I highly commend this amp. It looks great and sounds great.  I like it enough to own one, and I’m around great amps all day long.

This 'Junior' packs a wallop

This 'Junior' packs a wallop

Isaac FlynnDr. Z Mazerati GT Head

I love the simplicity of it. Just plug and play! With only two knobs, I can dial in my tone quickly, and I can make any adjustments in just a split second. Whenever I want to rock, this is the amp I go to.

The good doctor's Maz GT

The good doctor's Maz GT

Jason JonesFender Classic Players Black Dove Telecaster

A great new spin on a popular aesthetic, this guy lives somewhere in the line between the Fender feel and the Gibson sound. Great guitar!

Fender's new Black Dove!

Fender's new Black Dove!

Matthew KhomsiCollings C10 Mahogany SS
The way Collings does their all Mahogany guitars is unlike any other company I have seen.  They sound better, and look better.  The short scale on this guitar in particular makes it a joy to play.

This guitar is going to make someone very happy

This C10 is going to make someone very happy

Anne TangemanCollings C10 Mahogany SS

I have to second that emotion. This is a special guitar. Structurally, it’s a freakin’ work of art – haircut headstock, binding, just killer details, and built for a lifetime, but this is not something you’ll save for special occasions. You won’t want to put it down at all. It just sounds rich and deep and, I think, is pretty much as good as it gets.

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