Say, is it hot or….oh, never mind. We’re staying indoors rocking out and hoping you are keeping cool as well. Here is some of the great music gear we’ve been geeking on lately:
Tim Nelson – Collings MT GT Mandolin
I love the wide nut option on this and the honey amber color is really beautiful. The tone is stellar. I particularly like the top end – it’s nice, round, and sweet. It’s well balanced in sound and very open for a brand new mandolin.
Matthew Khomsi – Drake Model 4 Bass
The 33″ scale makes such a difference on the feel, you just have to play it to see what I mean. It has all the depth in tone you could ever want, yet it has this zippy touch to it that just makes you fly. The Jatoba neck is a new favorite of mine and balance between the Alder and Curly Maple tone woods provides a killer combination. The Maple provides just the right amount of brightness you want on a bass while the Alder is the tried and true meaty tone wood for basses. The lightening fast feel with the huge sounding EMG pickups make this absolutely the best bass anywhere near this price.
Alek Nelson – Jetter Gear Gold Standard Pedal
This Gold Standard combines tweaks of the existing circuits of the Jetter’s Gold Shift and Helium pedals, which I already loved – but stacked together this is outstanding! Ordering one for myself.
Ted Kritikos – Collings City Limits CL Electric
I want this burst so bad. I have to stare at this guitar all day, hanging in front of my desk. Amazing tone, beautiful looks, perfect fit-and-finish. It makes it hard to get any work done around here.
Eric Putnam – Fender American Standard Tele (Jade metallic pearl finish)
This is a really cool tele- plays and sounds great but also has some sweet 2012 upgrades. Fender just started putting in Custom Shop pickups in all of their new American Standards and it’s a big improvement. The pickups are fatter sounding and much more articulate. And did I mention that it is a beautiful shade of green – who doesn’t want a green guitar?!
Mike Horan – Repair Shop – Rode NT-5 Mic
I highly recommend the Rode NT-5 as a spot mic for any acoustic instrument in an ensemble setting. My bluegrass band uses the NT-2 as our main mic, and I have the NT-5 right next to it to pick up my guitar (with the mic stand at a lower height to account for my status as shortest member of the band). I’ve never had a problem with feedback and the headroom seems to be limitless. Awesome mic for the price.
Mike Runyon – Repair Shop – Gibson Les Paul Special
This used guitar just came in and hasn’t been used enough! It’s set up well, plays and sounds great. For a 10 year old guitar, there’s not much wear. It sports Gibson Deluxe tuners and P-100 pickups too. This one’s a true value for the money.
Anne Tangeman – Gibson Les Paul Special
I have to agree with Mike R on this Les Paul Special – it’s a serious piece of Mahogany, feels amazing and plays like a dream. A classic, with that sleek pared down Special vibe I love, P-100 pickups too. Very tempting.
Jesse Roberts – Loop Master 5-Loop w/ Bypass
If only I had a big enough board! Like everything from Loop Master, it’s handmade with the highest-quality components. Durable, reliable, and no frills (which I love). No more reaching, and no more tone loss from gobs of cable. Simple is better, and this switcher will take you there.
Chucho – Visual Sound One Spot
Chucho likes the cardboard packaging this comes in, but it’s also one of our top ten favorite accessories – ever. Reliable adapter that’s super slim and won’t hog your power strip.