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 Baggett – Ome 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.
Tim Nelson – Eastman 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.
Eric Putnam – TC 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!
Josh Baldridge – Repair Shop – Electro-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.
Mike Runyon – Repair Shop – Fishman 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.
Alek Nelson –Epiphone SG-400 – used
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!
Ted Kritikos – Dunlop 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!
Jesse Roberts – Collings 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.