April Staff Picks!!!

Lots of very cool gear in the store this month from a collection of used G&Ls to a primo vintage ’39 Martin. Here’s what the staff has been gawking at lately:

John FlynnDr. Z Route 66 Amp

I revisited this amp for the first time in a while and I had immediate flash backs of the first time I used one. This amp is one of the best sounding out there for rich harmonic overdrive but just back off your pick attack a bit and it has the “clean on the edge” sound that just reminds you of when Eddie backed off his Marshalls and did his clean thing. It also accepts pedals so well. I want this to go with my Prescription.

Flynn's favorite

Flynn's favorite

Jim Baggett1939 Martin D-28

An exceptional vintage herringbone Dread – this one is as good as they come.

A vintage icon turned Jim's head this month

A vintage icon turned Jim's head this month

Tim NelsonCollings OM2H

I think the standard Collings guitar models are one of the best buys in our industry. They feature the same fit and finish quality that you find  on all Collings instruments at an unbelievably fair price. This guitar is warm without being muddy. Nice clear, articulate, and loud.

Tim's #1 pick this month

Tim's #1 pick this month

Jason JonesTC Electronic Polytuner

An innovative and extremely accurate tuner that will not degrade your tone when bypassed…SOLD!

Revolutionary new pedal tuner!

Revolutionary new pedal tuner!

Matthew KhomsiTaylor NS24ce – MORE STAFF PICKS – CONTINUE READING


This is a very fun guitar to play. It has a slightly thinner neck compared to more traditionally built nylon string guitars, making it the perfect choice for someone who is familiar with playing steel string guitars, but who wants a classical in their arsenal.

Matthew giving up the bass for nylon stringed Taylor? Maybe!

Matthew giving up the bass for nylon stringed Taylor? Maybe!

Brian SodenNash TC-63

This has to be my favorite electric in the store because everything is done sooo right.  It has EVERYTHING I look for in an electric guitar.  Superb resonance, the right feel, killer looks and TONE TONE TONE!

Brian will not put this Nash TC-63 down

Brian will not put this Nash TC-63 down

Repair ShopMatt HarmonDr. Z Maz 18 Jr. NR with EQ Bypass

I’ve always been a fan of smaller tube amps with an easy to dial tone stack. Dr. Z’s new mod on this great amp just made it that much easier to get the sound I’m looking for.

Luthier Matt Harmon's favorite new gear

Luthier Matt Harmon's favorite new gear

Matt CFralin SP43 pickups

I always loved my American Deluxe Telecaster, that was until I got my Grosh Electrajet.  I tried several times to go back and forth between the two at gigs, but it just wasn’t happening.  While the Tele was a really resonate instrument unplugged, it just couldn’t match the sound of the Grosh.  I actually almost sold the tele.  Fortunately I decided to try it with new Pickups.  I went with a Fralin SP43 in the bridge and a 2% stock overwound in the neck.  I decided on the SP43 because of its high output and less trebley sound.  The 2% stock overwound was Lindy’s recommendation and I’m truly in love with that pickup.  Even though it’s overwound it comes off as extremely clear and has a really great character to the sound.  I also coupled those pickups with a fret dress by Matt Harmon in our shop.  He did a great job and now the guitar is able to be set up much better.  Fralin pickups and Matt Harmon have completely changed my tele, taking it from great to extraordinary,  and something that I can now play back to back with my Grosh, without hesitation.

Isaac FlynnEastman AC312CE

I am amazed at how incredible it sounds. It sounds amazing on its own, and it sounds killer plugged in. I may end up saving my pennies for one of these guitars. Surprisingly, I won’t have to save forever because this guitar is only $749. For the quality, that’s a pretty smokin’ deal.

Anne TangemanGretsch Pro Jet

This is just super cool – it’s like a panther of a guitar, a chambered body that has just the perfect weight and it’s a total rocker. I love it. The used SG Classic is also a contender – this guitar truly has something – P90s! Mind boggling that this guitar is still here.

Great little rocker at a nice price - Anne's favorite this month

Great little rocker at a nice price - Anne's favorite this month

ChuchoIntellitouch PT10 Tuner

Chucho says this updated tuner from Intellitouch doesn’t have much cardboard for chewing, but it’s super compact, works like a charm and has a great backlight.

Chucho's #1 pick this month

Chucho's #1 pick this month

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