If you’ve stopped by the store recently you’ll notice we’ve been moving things around quite a bit in preparation for our impending renovations. Things are underway, but that doesn’t stop us from gawking at the new gear – here’s what we’ve had our eyes on lately:
Eric Putnam – Xotic SP Compressor Pedal
I love this compressor. I usually am not a fan of compressors but Xotic made another useful and tasteful pedal. You can get very subtle compressed tones that add just enough compression to give your clean tone some sustain and evenness, as well as over the top chicken-pickin’ friendly compression. You can use the SP as a clean boost if you turn the blend all the way down, which is a useful feature. This is a very flexible compressor – if you have never used or needed a compressor, check this one out and you may have to get one.
Eric Mardis – Dr Z Monza 1×10 Combo
Unbelievable gain and sustain on this Monza. This thing puts my 100 watt Marshall to shame – in a 1×10 combo no less! Ridiculously fun to play. Such tone in such a small package – I had to move this amp downstairs just so I can look at it longingly from the counter. Could this be love?
Matt Harmon – Repair Shop Luthier – Mono GS1 Guitar Strap
Eric’s been bugging me to play bass in one of his many bands so I grabbed the Seuf bass and this well designed Mono strap for a quick jam after work. I was really surprised how well this strap evenly distributed the weight and how comfortable it is. Highly recommended for heavy guitars or basses.
Ted Kritikos – Bart Reiter Standard Open Back Banjo
Whenever I take a break here at MSM, I like to go out and plunk around on this banjo. Eric Mardis has been gracious enough to teach me a couple of rolls, and I’m really enjoying myself. This banjo is my favorite in the store right now – it’s got simple appointments, but plays easily and sounds great!
Jesse Roberts – Bart Reiter Standard Open Back Banjo
Truly fantastic (especially for the price), this open-back has a great warm tone that sings and sings. Its simple aesthetic is just what I like, and it plays great.
Anne Tangeman – Polytune Mini Pedal Tuner
I’ve had my old school Korg tuner forever, but for gigging it’s not enough – so I’ve been checking out pedal tuners and this mini is killer. Whether you’ve got a big pedal board, or like me, just one other pedal, this is perfect as it takes up barely any space, and works like a charm no matter how much noise others around you are making.
Josh Huskisson – Gator GL Acoustic Hybrid Gig Bag
There is nothing more lonesome than traveling without your guitar, right? This Gator GL- Acoustic Dread Hybrid Case is perfect for keeping your guitar safe on road trips. If literally wandering the earth on foot is more your speed, this also has comfortable backpack straps and plenty of pockets for all your stuff. This is a great, multi-use case/gig bag that’s as durable as it is lightweight.