We’ve got a nice roundup of new gear this month and this is the cream of the crop, in our humble estimation:
John Flynn – Seuf OH-19
This Seuf is remarkable in every aspect. Extremely resonant and a complete joy to play. It also is some of the best relic work we have ever seen. Dave Seuferling may be a bit under the radar, but his instruments are as nice (and in most cases nicer) than the best relic builders out there, and they come in at prices that are unmatched.
Tim Nelson – Bourgeois Vintage Mahogany Dread
I love this guitar. It has a nice open quality to it with plenty of volume – it sounds like a good dreadnought should. The bass response is tremendous without sounding tubby. The folks at Bourgeois always build a nice guitar. I’ve been very happy with the quality coming out of their shop.
Matthew Khomsi – Mono M80 Bass Guitar Case
I am so impressed with the quality and reliability of these cases. They’re durable, lightweight and not cumbersome like some cases that offer the same amount of protection. Ever since I got my Mono bag, I haven’t wanted to use any other case.
Alek Nelson – Fender Pro Junior III Red October 1×10 Amp
The tones you can pull out of the Fender Pro Jr. III Red October are sweet! Even at lower volumes you will hear that beautiful tube breakup! Ideal for getting huge recorded sounds and equally great as a practice/performing amp.
Ted Kritikos – Nord Stage 2 SW73 Keyboard
This Nord is just so powerful. I love that you don’t have to sort through menus to make the sounds you want – there’s a knob for everything. And the waterfall action makes this baby play just like a B3!
Eric Putnam – Fulltone Plimsoul Pedal
The first time I plugged into this pedal I loved it. The two gain stages are great – allowing you to get any tone from a light blues to an over-the-top high gain sound. If you’re looking for a solid, versatile overdrive/distortion box, this is it.
Isaac Flynn – Seuf OH-20F
This Seuf plays incredibly well. It’s one of the nicest teles I’ve ever played, with a super light weight and a great neck. The finish looks incredible too. Dave is truly a master craftsman.
Josh Baldridge – Repair Shop – Eastman T186MX Thinline
Lately I’ve been comparing a lot of pedals and tubes and this Eastman T186MX Thinline has become the humbucker guitar that I have gone to again and again. The Duncan 59s are wonderful for tweaking til you get just the right tone. Full-on this guitar drives an amp the way you need to rock. Turn down the guitar volumes to pull back the drive and it gives you a smooth, clean sound without the biting treble. To really darken things up for your jazz gigs, the pickups respond well to the tone controls. I’m going to have to get one of these soon because it is too much fun to miss out on.
Jesse Roberts – Electro-Harmonix POG 2 Pedal
Crazy cool. This POG 2 sounds fantastic. Welcome to octave town. Dial up everything from lush, organ sounding tones, to harsher synth-esque sounds, to a subtle touch of depth on the back end of your playing. It has plenty of presets to save your favorite effects, and is extremely simple to use. It even works well with an acoustic.
Anne Tangeman – Gold Tone Banjitar
I’m not really a banjo player, but with this crazy Banjitar, it’s ok. You’ve got a banjo guitar with six strings, a pickup and a sound sure to drive the neighbors away. I kid. This is a total blast to play.
Chucho – Mass Street Music Microfiber Polish Cloth
Chucho doesn’t really clean guitars here at the store – tough to do with paws, but if he did he’d use this cloth to do it, and it also does seem to double quite well as a chew toy, which he can actually attest to. It’s super soft and won’t scratch delicate guitar finishes. We use these around the store and in the shop, and wouldn’t have put our name on it if we didn’t think it was the best polishing cloth around.