Jim Baggett – Collings D1 VN SB
We ordered this with the dark, almost Gibson-style shading. Everyone that sees it, including me, is drawn to it. We also did the Vintage Neck on this one, which is so close to the 1935-1939 necks that I am automatically at home. This is one of the Sitka custom models with the Adirondack bracing that we’ve been ordering lately and the sound does not disappoint. I notice this one every day and have grown to like it even more, if that is possible.
Tim Nelson – Eastman E10 OM
I like these so much I have one on order for myself. I find the E10 OM is a great balance between performance and price. I have never heard a better $1000 guitar, and the short scale is incredibly fun to play.
Matthew Khomsi – Egnater Rebel 30 112
Plain and simple, this is an amazing amp. The depth you hear out of this amp puts it in a class above any other in this price. It has a direct, XLR, output which also incorporates the tone of the power tubes so guitarists can now enjoy blending a microphone on the speaker and a DI signal like bassists have been doing for years. Behind this great feature is a silent mode for doing late night recording with the DI output on your computer. Overall, I have been very pleased with the Egnater line, but this amp in particular impressed me the most.
Alek Nelson – Fender Passport 500
This Passport 500 is a really smart design – the three piece system packs up easily into one PA system that’s truly portable but has enough power for the built-in 8-channel mixer that’s made to handle everything from vocals to instruments to music players.
Eric Putnam – Squier Vintage Modified Tele Custom 2
Squire just keeps making guitars that seem unreal for the price. This Tele is no exception if you are looking for an affordable guitar with p90s that plays great. This is the one.
Ted Kritikos – Collings 290 S
I’m borderline obsessed with this guitar. The upgraded Collings wraparound bridge adds a great deal of sustain to the instrument, and it’s compensated to boot, so the intonation stays correct up and down the neck. I think this guitar would be perfect for the discriminating alt-rocker looking for a simple and versatile instrument.
Josh Baldridge – Repair Shop – Grosh ElectraJet Custom
I have been looking forward to hearing this guitar ever since Grosh told us of the new pickup they were designing. The Electrosonic pickups are great…they have the rich tone of an overwound single coil pickup (i.e. p-90 or Jazzmaster) but with so much more clarity than most. I love how the ElectraJet captures the offset “melted” body aesthetic of a Jazzmaster, but its size makes it as comfortable as a Strat.
Matt Harmon – Repair Shop – Squier Vintage Modified Surf Strat
I’m really impressed with all the new Squier Vintage Modified series guitars. The last 5 guitars that have gone through the shop for free set ups have all been incredible guitars. Somebody at Fender made the right choice here, a inexpensive guitar with great playability and good looks. Finally a win from Squier.
Anne Tangeman – Squier Mini Strat
Ah, if I could have had one of these back when I first tried to learn to play guitar! Instead I toiled with a too-large-for-me acoustic and gave it up til my 20s. This is really great for beginners with smaller hands plus it’s just fun to have around even for an adult. ¾ size classic strat-ness! Comes in other colors too, but how cool is this bubblegum pink?!!
Chucho – Stanton DJ Pro 1000 MKII Headphones
Sleek, lightweight, powerful and best of all balanced with full bass. Chucho’s been rocking around the repair shop with these on lately but alas, he’s too quick for a photo.