The whole staff agreed the Collings LC Eastside Archtop was one of the coolest instruments to come our way in a long time, and a few of us hankered for this sweet 1952 Gibson ES-5, but in the end, this is what we drooled over the most this month…
John Flynn – Anderson Classic Mellow Yellow
I love playing this guitar. It’s a great weight, nice big old school neck and it’s really harmonically rich. The simple but versatile switching is a sweet bonus and this color is also one of Anderson’s best. This is a true player.
Tim Nelson – Collings OM1SS VN Custom
This Collings OM has a phenomenal sound. This also has the custom features we’ve been ordering most of our Collings with – no tongue brace and Adirondack bracing for just that much more resonance.
Ted Kritikos – Fender Custom Shop Tele (used)
I love the neck on this tele–it’s got just enough meat on it to give it a vintage feel, but it’s not a baseball bat by any means. Plus, the birdseye Maple just looks great.
Eric Putnam – Jetter Gold Standard
The Gold Standard is my new favorite overdrive! The left side is the Helium which has great organic low gain. The right side is the Gold Shift that allows you to get a lot more gain and sustain. When you combine the two it creates an amazing lead tone with all of the harmonic’s and sustain that you could want. The best part is the Gold Standard does not get muddy everything remains very articulate and clear.
Alek Nelson – Dr. Z Mini Z Amp
I just rediscovered the Dr. Z Mini Z Head, and man it is an incredibly useful amp! I love the fact that it has a built-in attenuator, making it great for bedroom jam sessions to smaller gigs. Crank it up to get super saturation and more distortion, you’ll really appreciate having this one in your arsenal!
Matt Harmon – Eastman E10SS
I really like the shape of this J45 style guitar – it has great volume and very balanced string definition. I prefer the Martin style neck heel over the rounder flatter J45 design – if you’re in need of a pickguard we can make a custom one like we made last month for our buddy Trey too.
Mike Horan – Collings 290 S
I love the way the Collings 290 S sounds, even unplugged. Acoustically, it has a really great mid-range honk that, plugged in, gives you that really great staccato rock tone that you associate with classic lightweight mahogany guitars.
Jesse Roberts – Fishman Loudbox Mini Amp
This little acoustic amp surprised me. It’s small and compact, making it extremely easy to transport, yet still has enough power and volume to fill the room. Perfect for the smaller acoustic gig, it has instrument and mic inputs, as well as a direct out just in case you need it. I appreciate the simple control set up and the well-tuned EQ. The built-in effects sound very natural – the Reverb is lush and smooth, and dial in a bit of Chorus to add another dimension. Cool amp at a great price.
Anne Tangeman – Taylor BTO GC Mahogany (used)
I love the tone of an all Mahogany guitar and this one sounds great. This Built to Order Taylor also feels great – the grand concert body is super comfortable. One of those that you’ll have within reach at all times.