John Flynn – Grosh NOS Retro
Simply one of the best sounding instruments I have ever played and Mass St Music veterans Michael Hamm and Brian Soden both concur. Not only that, but it’s a total beauty as well.
Tim Nelson – Goodall MDRP 12S Parlor
I have always liked the amazing overtones James Goodall guitars have. This guitar has really clean and clear low end that is really appealing. The Madagascar is amazing on this perfectly stunning guitar.
Matthew Khomsi – Presonus Firestudio Project
Lately, I have been spending more time making demos of new material on my own and it has been all because of this Presonus interface and the Cubase LE4 software that comes with it. I am not a big recording junkie, so finding the right software that would work for me, without much training, was important. Everything was simple running on a Windows 7 PC and I haven’t looked back. It has been a blast making recordings of my band in addition to it being a useful writing tool.
Eric Putnam – Egnater Rebel 30 112 Combo Amp
The Egnater Rebel 30 is an extremely versatile amp. With the turn of a switch you can change from the classic tone of an American amp to the roar of a British amp. The two channels are great too. The clean channel sounds very natural and with the tone controls you can get any kind of clean tone imaginable. I was able to dial in a very Fender-ish bright clean tone as well as a darker warmer clean tone. The second channel is where it really starts to get fun. there is an amazing amount of gain available and you can get anything from a light bluesy tone to a high gain sound that still lets the sound of your guitar come through. The bottom line is if you want an amp that can do British and American tones and anything in between the Egnater Rebel 30 is the one for you.
Alek Nelson – Egnater Rebel 20 Amp Head
This Rebel 20 sounds great. It has a wide-range of gain, takes you from sparkling clean to percussive crunch to all out, full-on distortion. The tube mix control is amazing. Very cool head!
Ted Kritikos – Kiwaya Soprano Uke
If you’re a serious uke fan and have been dreaming of a vintage Martin uke, you should definitely check out this Kiwaya Soprano, and the whole line. These are exceptionally well built with an eye to vintage Martin ukes. Beautiful sound and they’re built for a lifetime of playing. Love these.
Mike Runyon – Repair Shop – Fender Chromatic Clip On Tuner
I’ve been enjoying the clip on style tuner for a while now. They are great for acoustic instruments of all sizes and work well at isolating the instruments even in high noise situations. We recently started carrying a Fender version that allows you to select the instrument you’re tuning. Whether it’s a guitar, uke, bass or violin, it will display which # string you are tuning and glows vivid green when the proper tuning is reached. The best part is the price – at $16.95, they’re a steal!
Josh Baldridge – Repair Shop – Fender Road Worn Series 50s Tele
Maybe it’s because my personal Tele Custom is out of commission right now, but I have been having way too much fun with some other Teles we have in stock. This Fender Road Worn Series 50s Tele is a great bang for the buck guitar (plus you’ll never worry about putting a scratch in it). It is well built and the stripped neck with taller frets feels wonderful. Also, it is lightweight and would be comfortable to play during an entire gig. The bridge pickup has that classic Tele attack and the neck pickup brings a more woody, almost hollow body kind of sound into the mix.
Anne Tangeman – Grosh Retro Classic Standard
You might already know you can basically design your dream guitar with all the options in Grosh’s Custom line, but their Standard line is thoroughly amazing as well, including this RC Standard in Candy Apple Red. I didn’t realize Don builds less than 300 guitars in a year and these Standards are priced in the realm of some high end Fenders, but offer seriously hand-crafted workmanship – right down to the killer pickups. I love the options on the customs, but the standards, both Retro Classics and the EJs are simply fantastic instruments. You know when you pick up an electric, strum it without even plugging it in, and can tell it’s amazing? That’s exactly what this is. I was always a cheap guitar girl, but this RC has me thinkin’.