March snowstorms bring…wait, is it spring yet? Here’s our April roundup of the coolest gear in the store, in the humble estimation of the Mass St Music staff…
John Flynn – Anderson Crowdster Plus Koa
I have played a Crowdster Plus for several years now and I am still amazed at what can be accomplished with this guitar. I also pushed hard for the 3 on a side tuners and am glad to see this is the new normal. And yeah, this Koa is beautiful!
Eric Mardis – Strymon El Capistan dTape Echo Pedal
I’ve always wanted a vintage Echoplex or Echorec… I’ve been chasing Gilmour tones again and the El Cap has been incredibly satisfying. It’s sitting right next the Strymon Lex (Leslie Sim) on my pedal board and I’ve been in early 70s British heaven. Also fun on the nasty side! All those East Bay Ray tones from the Dead Kennedys were heavy on the Echoplex – thats been fun too!
Ted Kritikos – Shure SE215 Earphones
These puppies sound awesome! Very clear and transparent, with plenty of low end. I like them for mixing or for just listening to my collection of Indonesian Gamelan tunes!
Alek Nelson – Mono GS1 Guitar Strap
Like all Mono products, the GS1 guitar straps are of top notch quality. This strap is incredibly comfortable due to the memory foam core and wide design. I have owned one for over a year, and it looks and feels as good as the day I got it!
Mike Horan – Repair Shop Manager – Leo Posch 00-RW
This is by far my favorite small bodied guitar in the shopright now. The Honduran Rosewood gives the midrange a lot of projection – it sounds wonderful fingerpicked or platpicked. I really love the rope style purfling, offset beautifully by the Maple binding. Characteristic of Leo’s guitars, this has an older, more open sound to it. (Check out Mike in this video playing the Leo Posch OO-RW!)
Matt Harmon – Repair Shop Luthier – Strymon Flint Pedal
The Flint produces three great reverb and tremolo effects that will turn your head in amazement yet doesn’t leave any drawbacks to the original counterparts. With it being DSP (digital signal processing) Strymon gives you plenty more options that are great extras like being able to set the effect order, bypass functions, tap tempo functions (with available favorite switch), adjustable boost cuts to both reverb and tremolo, controlling any knob with an added expression pedal, plus many more.
Anne Tangeman – Rock Slide Cobalt Glass Slide
Rock Slides are great and though the RX is cool because it’s based on the real deal, I prefer this Cobalt because it’s more comfortable for me – and I like the blues.
Jesse Roberts – Leather Aces Mando Strap
I’m all about our new Leather Aces straps. Handmade close to home in KCMO, they’re super comfortable, they look great, and most importantly they’re made to last. This mando strap is super cool, with lighter stitching and a one inch wide shoulder piece. It’s only a matter of time before I have one of these on my mandolin.