From some crazy cool vintage guitars to new acoustics and some of the best basses we’ve ever seen, July is shaping up to be a very interesting month at the store. Here’s what we think is the cream of the crop right now at Mass St Music:
Tim Nelson – Martin LX1 Acoustic
Summer vacation and camping season got me to thinking about this little LX1. It’s very compact and comes with a gigbag – perfect to take along when a full size guitar is not practical. These also make good guitars for kids!
Alek Nelson – Fulltone 70BC Fuzz Pedal
I just sat down with this for the first time and wow is it cool! Tons of fuzz, but it still has warmth. It has two intentionally mismatched (for Harmonic content) silicon transistors that have a lot of bite, much more fuzz than the ’69 pedal and includes a Mid control for extra clarity and cut. And it looks awesome! This is on my top 10 list of things to buy!
Zach Mehl – Kala KA SC Concert Uke
This is the coolest looking uke around, and who doesn’t like ukeleles? You can take it anywhere, it’s relatively inexpensive, a Sitka Spruce top and it takes no time to learn to play. Youke can totally ruke with this uke!
Isaac Flynn – Seuf SF-18 J Bass Style
This Seuf competes easily with any bass out there. It has a sleek vintage look, and it sounds like a classic 60s Fender. I also love that it’s light weight, and the neck is absolutely perfect.
Jesse Roberts – E10P Parlor Acoustic
I’ve always been one for larger-bodied acoustics, so I was surprised by how much I like this guitar. Fantastic resonance, surprising volume, and a solid, crisp response. You can really feel the solid Adirondack top, which I like. It plays extremely well, in part due to the wider nut width that really opens up your hands. Great tone and great feel, this is a Parlor that I want. And of course, you can’t beat a slotted headstock.
Anne Tangeman – Martin DRS1 Acoustic
I love this Martin DRS1 for its sound, but the price is nice too. This is similar to their all Mahogany D-15M, but features Sapele instead of Mahogany. No frills and a great sound.
Josh Baldridge – Repair Shop – Ibanez S420 Electric
I have customers coming into the shop who are looking to get into a floating tremolo style of playing, but cheap floating trems tend to wear poorly and they refuse to stay in tune. The Zero Resistance bridge design on this Ibanez S420 BBS is the solution to that problem. Another key feature to the ease of use is the ZPS2 Stabilization System…this will keep the bridge from flexing when you play a bend, thus keeping the other strings from going flat. At only $499, this is a great value for anyone wanting to shred the night away, and it sure is a blast to play.