October 2011 Mass St Music Staff Gear Picks!

Happy Autumn folks! Here’s what we’ve been gawking at around the store lately:

John FlynnSeuf OH-16 & Seuf SF-18 Basses
Amazingly resonant instruments that are light and comfortable to play for hours – and they sound sooo good.

Seuf SF-18 J Style Bass

John's totally on a Seuf Bass kick this month

Tim NelsonTaylor DN8
I love the simple styling on this DN8 and it sounds great. This has a big bass response and is clear and bell like. Like every Taylor I play,  this one plays incredibly smoothly. Play it acoustic or talk to us about having our repair shop put your favorite pickup in.

Taylor DN8 acoustic guitar

This Taylor DN8 has been getting Tim's attention this month

Jim BaggettOme Flora Banjo
Really spectacular instrument. This one has it all.

Repair ShopMike HoranOme Flora Banjo
This Ome Flore Walnut open-back banjo is a veritable old-time machine.  Very attractive with its aged brass hardware, oil varnish finish, and cool  flared walnut dowel stick—it sounds as good as it looks, the 12″ pot adding bass end to spare.  An exceptional Ome.

Ome Flora Banjo, detail of head

Both Jim B & Mike H agree this Ome Flora is one of the best in the house this month

Repair ShopMatt HarmonZvex Box Of Rock
Very cool pedal! Plugged this in with a Tungsten Mosaic with a 6L6 power tube and was very surprised. Might have to pick this one up myself.

Zvex Box of Rock guitar effects pedal

Harmon is hankering for this Zvex Box of Rock pedal

Matthew KhomsiLTD Hot Rod Deluxe III
Beautiful tone.  This amp always has more headroom available.  The Celestion V30 is the perfect speaker for this amp; it can rock when you want it to yet it can provide an outstanding warmth reminiscent of the hand wired Fenders.

Fender Limited Edition Deluxe III Amp Tweed with Celestion Speaker

Beautiful tone in Matthew's book

Alek NelsonYamaha FGX700SC
I’ve always like the FG700S, and this new acoustic-electric cutaway version is now available and it’s really cool. Still with a solid Sitka Spruce top. Sounds and feels great and at just under $300 you can’t beat it. Also features the Yamaha custom System55T piezo/preamp with built-in chromatic tuner.

Yamaha FGX700SC acoustic electric guitar

Alek's pick is one of the best sounding, least expensive guitars in the house.

Anne TangemanFender Pawn Shop Mustang
Seems Fender has a new line every season, and this time it’s the Pawn Shop. I don’t care what they’re calling it really, the fact is this is a killer Mustang that sounds amazing and just feels great in your hands.

Fender Pawn Shop Mustang guitar in blue, front close up

Anne wants this. A lot.

Jesse RobertsL.R. Baggs Venue D.I.
I’ve been using this D.I. live for about 6 months and I love it. It has everything you need – a quick and accurate tuner, an adjustable boost, and an expansive EQ. I can dial up the sound I’m looking for, then tweak to make it perfect. The notch filter works great, and it is super durable for the road. Awesome in very way.

LR Baggs Venue DI

Jesse's giving this LR Baggs Venue D.I. the 'road tested and approved' thumbs up!

Zach MehlKyser Humidifier
Easy to forget, but this is really one of the best and cheapest things you can do to protect your guitar through colder months. This one is super easy to use.

Kyser guitar humidifier for soundhole

Zach's timely pick is the Kyser guitar sound hole humidifier.

Isaac FlynnSeuf OH-16 P Style Bass
This plays super smooth and looks totally amazing.

Seuf OH-16 P Style Bass, red finish

Both Flynns concur on the absolute coolness of the Seuf basses - with Isaac preferring this Seuf OH-16 P Style Bass.

ChuchoLevy’s Skull Guitar Strap
Just in time for Halloween! Chucho’s pick this month is the perfect accoutrement for your spooky October gig with teeny skulls in red on a super sturdy strap under $20.

Levy's Guitar Strap with tiny red skulls print MPS1-503

Chucho thinks this Levy's skull strap is his new Halloween costume...

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