Mass St Music November 2012 Staff Gear Picks!

We’re psyched about the brand new chambered Grosh Retro Classic T Standards that are on their way to us, but they’re about a month or so away from arrival. In the meantime, here’s the gear that has been getting our most undivided attention…the pick ‘o the litter for November:

Jim BaggettOme Bright Angel
I have always been a fan of this model. Chuck Ogsbury is a fabulous designer in that he can add a lot of bling to an instrument and it never seems overdone. The combination of the beautiful flamed Maple, ivoroid bindings and fanciful inlays are perfectly blended. All this effort would be lost but for the fact that the banjo plays and sounds as great as it looks. Hats of to Chuck, Rich, Tanya and the gang at OME.

Ome Bright Angel Banjo

All the elements came together perfectly in this Ome Bright Angel banjo – Jim’s pick for November.

 

John FlynnSeuf OH-20 T Style
I own one exactly like it – it’s an exceptional instrument.

Seuf OH-20 electric guitar

Flynn loved his red Seuf OH-20 T-style so much, he got another for the store.

 

Tim NelsonEastman E10 OM
Eastman is the best value out there. I own three Eastman instruments myself, including one of these E10 OM models. I play this guitar more than any of my other guitars. It is super comfortable and fun to play. The tone is balanced, warm, and sweet. It is a very versatile guitar, doing just about every musical style well. I use mine for both fingerstyle and strumming. A truly hand made Mahogany OM with an Adirondack Spruce top, that plays great and sounds amazing – especially for the great price. It even comes with a hard case. Unbelievable.

Eastman E10 OM acoustic guitar

Tim is just one of the many Mass St staff who own an Eastman – in fact he owns 3, including an E10 OM just like this beauty.

 

Eric PutnamTC Electronic Flashback X4 Delay Pedal
This X4 is a really great versatile delay that has every feature a delay should have. It has tap tempo, a full looper, and 3 presets to choose from. And in the loop mode you can still use the delay settings. And as always TC delivers great sounding delays the tape echo and space echo settings are my favorite so far. So if you are looking for a great flexible delay/looper look no further this thing is awesome!

TC Electronic Flashback X4 Delay Pedal

Eric had been waiting for this new TC Electronic Flashback X4 Delay Pedal which just came in. He says it is everything he’d hoped and more, “…this thing is awesome!”

 

Josh BaldridgeRepair ShopElectro-Harmonix Germanium 4 Bi Muff Pi Pedal
I really like the Distortion side of this double pedal. The Voltage and Bias knobs are a blast for adjusting the shape of the effect from aggressive (all the way up) to smooth and creamy Big Muff π classic tones. I prefer to use the Overdrive section to push the gain on the Distortion section into a more choppy response. I still can’t believe how much you get out of this pedal for the price.

Electro-Harmonix Germanium 4 Big Muff Pi Pedal

Josh loves the brand spankin’ new Electro-Harmonix Germanium 4 Big Muff Pi – super versatile, and a truckload of bang for the buck.

 

Mike RunyonRepair ShopFishman SA220 Solo Performer System
As an acoustic amplifier or as a combination vocal/acoustic PA, this is one versatile unit! The sound and depth are amazing, and allow the performer to hear exactly what the audience hears. I would have loved this tower back in my coffee shop days.

Fishman SA220 Solo Amp and PA

Luthier Mike R loves this Fishman SA220 Solo Amp (and PA!) for its versatility and wishes he’d had this tower “back in my coffee shop days.”

 

Alek NelsonEpiphone SG-400used
This ’66 reissue limited edition Epiphone SG-400 has a beautiful solid Walnut body. The set neck is also Walnut and has a fast, Slim Taper profile – very comfortable to play. If you’re looking for a good, reliable used guitar, you won’t find another one in better condition, it’s Mint!

Epiphone SG Walnut

A used guitar doesn’t get much Mintier than this sweet Epiphone SG which still has the stickers on it and everything. Alek knows a good thing when he sees it.

 

Ted KritikosDunlop MXR 10 Band Graphic EQ Pedal
This pedal is a great addition to most boards. I love how heavy-duty and rugged it is. My favorite trick is to bring up all the mid frequencies and then click the pedal on for a nice solo boost. Cool!

Dunlop MXR 10 Band Graphic EQ Pedal

Ted’s loving this Dunlop MXR 10 Band Graphic EQ pedal, especially for boosts during solos

 

Anne Tangeman1966 Mosrite Ventures Mark V
This is just a killer guitar. Super light weight, thin, fast neck and a really great sound. Plus that Bigsby. It’s a total classic and screams  ‘Wipe Out‘.

Mosrite Ventures Mark V 1966 electric guitar

Anne T loves the thin, fast neck and the Bigsby on this classic 1966 Mosrite Ventures Mark V.

 

Jesse RobertsCollings 01 SB Custom
This guitar is oh so sweet. Not only does it look incredible with its lighter sunburst finish, but the tone here is mesmerizing. Every time I play this guitar I can’t seem to stop. It has a very resonant, well-balanced sound, and it’s extremely responsive to your touch. Surprising volume for its smaller body size too. Simply a dream to play.

Collings 01SB Custom acoustic guitar

Jesse picked this Collings 01 SB Custom, in part due to the ‘mesmerizing’ tone and its responsiveness.

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