February Staff Picks!

Lots of great gear in the store right now – here’s what we’ve got our eyes on:

Jim BaggettCollings OM1A Cutaway

This is one of those guitars that has a ‘wow’ factor right out of the box.  I’ve always liked the combination of Adirondack Spruce for the top and Mahogany for the back and sides.  It gives guitars a bright and clear sound.  This has all that, plus a terrific dynamic range.

Another impeccable Collings!

Another impeccable Collings!

John FlynnL.R.Baggs Venue D.I.

Got to use this for an all acoustic set. It’s really exceptional. I had been using the Paracoustic DI, which till now was the best unit I’ve found. The Venue really smooths out the harsh qualities that come with acoustic pickups in general. I basically plugged it in, set it flat, ran the DI to the house and another line to a Fishman Loudbox 100.

Two really nice surprises on this… First, the tuner is deadly accurate.  Secondly, the Boost switch sounds fantastic. It’s also built like a tank.

Exceptional L.R. Baggs Venue D.I.

Exceptional L.R. Baggs Venue D.I.

Jason JonesAmerican Special Telecaster in Olympic White

A great player, rich tone, and a fast feel. A slam dunk at $799!

A classic affordibly reconfigured, killer pickups, and made in the USA

A classic affordibly reconfigured, killer pickups, and made in the USA

Matthew KhomsiTC Electronic Nova Repeater

I have had the Nova Delay since that came out, but this is getting me to seriously rethink my delay pedal. It’s very simple to use and it sounds great. The Vibrato/Chorus mod you can choose from creates some really fun tones, making this pedal quickly grease the creative wheels. The 9-12 volt power adapter flexibility also allows it to set in virtually any pedalboard setup. This is, yet again, another completely awesome pedal by TC Electronic.

Open up possibilities with the Nova Repeater

Open up possibilities with the Nova Repeater

Brian SodenGermino Club 40 Head

Finding a “good” sounding vintage Marshall can be really hard due to the inconsistency in the parts and materials used throughout the late 60’s and 70’s.  Plus, Marshalls from that era are getting expensive!  Well, look no further…your search ends here.  The Club 40 breathes classic Zeppelin and Jimi tones as if it’s 1969 all over again!

A classic from Germino!

A classic from Germino!

Matt ChristenotCollings OM1SS

This has a really beautiful Engleman Spruce top.  Nuanced, responsive, balanced and just…delicious.

Matt C's favorite!

Matt C's favorite!

Tim NelsonMartin 75th Anniversary D-28

This guitar has your quintessential dreadnought sound, big and powerful. What’s amazing when you hear a good dreadnought  is how they can also be articulate and clear, without sounding thin. This guitar has it all.

This one turned Tim's head

This one turned Tim's head

Anne TangemanGrosh EJ

These are all around incredible guitars and I think, personally, will be even more valued in years to come for their own style, incredible pickups and great feel.  Outstanding build and detailing and a total rocker. This Black Gold EJ is as slick as, well, black gold, Texas tea…..

Woah...

Woah...

Mike HoranRepair ShopYamaha Acoustics

These really seem to have great fretwork and fingerboards on them. For the price, very well done instruments.

Yamaha FG700S

Yamaha FG700S

ChuchoPlanet Waves Patch Cables

Chuco thinks these are super handy for a pedal board and they come with free cardboard for chewing.

Handy and, Chucho says, the cardboard packaging is delish!

Handy and, Chucho says, the cardboard packaging is delish!

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