Lots of great changes afoot at Mass Street Music as we head into our 30th year at the corner of 14th & Mass Street in Lawrence and music gear is foremost on our minds. Here’s what we’ve been eyeballin’ lately!
Jim Baggett – Collings MT GT Mandolin
The Collings MT has always been a great playing professional Mandolin and a real value for Collings’ outstanding craftsmanship and tone. This one caught my attention the other day when I picked it up to demo a few chords for a customer – I ended up playing it for half an hour! It just has the perfect balance for chopping out back-up chords and eases effortlessly into lead fiddle tunes. A perfect balance of playability, tone and dynamic range – the perfect recipe for fun.
John Flynn – Mass St Music 60 Cycle Buzz Special Blend Z’s Coffee
This is a great, rich coffee – not as strong as I usually drink, but I really love this blend. It has a full-flavor, yet clean taste with a great finish – not overbearing. It works well whether you’re using a drip coffee maker, French press, espresso or my favorite, the Aero Press. Z’s did a tremendous job working with us on getting exactly the blend and roast we were after.
Eric Putnam – Gretsch Baritone
The Gretsch Jet Baritone guitar is awesome! The stock pickups sound great and work well for any genre – it’s versatile, with a great, deep tone. It looks cool, has a Bigsby, and a super comfortable neck too.
Eric Mardis – Anderson Bulldog
This guitar caught my eye right away when I returned to the store. I’m a big fan of LP style guitars and I was initially drawn in by the stunning figured Maple top and ominous trans black finish. I was very pleased to find the playability and tone of this axe to be so sweet! Very versatile tone palette. I had fun plugging this one into amps of every flavor. From thick rock to sparkly spank, this one is a keeper and is going to elevate some lucky player to the next level of guitar giddiness.
Ted Kritikos – Presonus FireStudio Mobile
I’m having so much fun with my Presonus interface. Great sounding preamps, great audio conversion, and a rock solid build – who could ask for more? Also, the bundled Studio One software is quickly becoming my favorite DAW on the market!
Josh Baldridge – Repair Shop – LR Baggs M80 Sound Hole Pickup
This pickup has really taken off lately. We have one installed on our demo acoustic Eastman guitar and when people hear it they are immediately impressed. The full and warm response fits into a live band situation very well, without the feedback worries of some other pickups.
Mike Runyon – Repair Shop – Bourgeois Vintage OM Custom
The OM has become my favorite size guitar for fingerstyle playing and this one is phenomenal. It reminds me of 50-60 year old vintage guitars. This has hide glue construction, scalloped bracing, really fine Mahogany back and sides with an Adirondack top and Waverly tuners – perfect.
Anne Tangeman – Collings D1 – used
Granted it’s not ‘cheap’, but I think this Collings D1 is a total steal. You’d be hard pressed to find a cannon built this well, with such a powerful and beautiful sound at this price. I think you’d never need to look at another dread again, since this one has it all.
Jesse Roberts – Collings MT GT Mandolin
Not only does this mando look incredible (which is no surprise with a Collings), but its sound is mesmerizing. It has a superb top end. The higher notes ring out long and clear. Truly great sustain. The midrange is just right, with just enough sweetness in it, and the low-end is responsive and full. And of course, this A-style is a great player too.