Mass Street Music Staff Gear Picks – May 2013!

Happy Spring (at last) folks! We’ve got a bevy of sweet new gear in the store right now, plus a whole lot of new-to-us used instruments. Here’s the current cream of the crop in the estimation of the Mass Street Music Staff:

Jim Baggett1932 Regal Resonator
This ’32 reso shows some wear, but plays great and is a whole lot of fun.

1932 Vintage Regal Resonator Model 45 Guitar

Boss Jim’s pick is, this 1932 Regal Resonator, is 81 years old and sounds as lively as ever.

John Flynn
Strymon Flint Pedal
This is one of the best pedal investments I have ever made. I just love how beautifully this trem lays in a live mix. It’s pronounced, but never distracting. The verb is extremely versatile as well, but I’m using the ’80s Hall’ setting for most everything.

Strymon Flint Tremolo and Reverb Effects Pedal

Even Boss Flynn couldn’t deny the power of the Strymon Flint pedal – “I just love how beautifully this trem lays in a live mix.”

Eric Putnam
Fender Classic Player Jaguar HH
Looks cool, sounds great, and has a surplus of switches. Check it out, it ROCKS!

Fender Classic Player Jaguar HH white electric guitar

Eric P’s favorite is this Fender Classic Player’s Jaguar HH with it’s “surplus of switches”

Eric Mardis
Collings D2H AVN
Another stunner from Collings… I played a D2HABaaa for years in SLR and this one captures the magic of that guitar.  Loud and louder, but also handles the sweet stuff very nicely. Top Notch.


Collings D2H AVN Custom Acoustic guitar

Eric M says this Collings D2H AVN is “loud and louder”


Ted KritikosMass Street Music/Z’s 60 Cycle Buzz Coffee
coffeenmugThe moment I wake up, before I put on my makeup,
I drink a little Mass Street Brew
While combing my hair now
And wondering what dress to wear, now
I drink a little Mass Street Brew
Forever, forever, I’ll brew up a pot
And I will slurp it…
Forever, forever, I drink it a lot
Oh, how I need you
It’s tasty, and roasty, Arabica blend
To live without you
Would only be heartbreak for me

Alek NelsonEastman AC420
Eastman hit it out of the park with this AC420, at a great price too! If you’re looking for a great dreadnaught at a great price (I am!), give this one a look.

Eastman AC420 acoustic dread guitar

Alek’s in the market for a killer dread & this Sitka/Rosewood Eastman AC420 is a solid contender.

Josh Baldridge
Repair ShopGrosh RCHT Standard Ltd Ed
The phrase “Limited Edition” gets used loosely most of the time, but this Retro Classic Hollow T Standard is one of only four that Don Grosh made…that carries a lot of collect-ability weight in spite of the mere 6 pounds, 10 ounces that it actually measures.  I think this guitar feels, looks, and sounds amazing. The chambered body is just so comfortable and makes the whole guitar respond effortlessly.

Grosh Retro Classic Hollow T Standard limited edition guitar

Josh has been eyeballin’ this Grosh Ltd Ed. RCHT Standard – one of only 4 made.

Mike Runyon
Repair ShopSquier Vintage Modified Mustang
This is a fun little guitar! With a chunky neck and short scale, it feels incredibly solid. The two Duncan designed Single Coil pickups give it that characteristic ‘Stang’ sound, but I’m really surprised by this guitar’s responsiveness – even unplugged. Very friendly price too!

Squier Vintage Modified Mustang guitar

Luthier Mike R. picked this inexpensive Squier VM Mustang as the neck feels great and it sounds fantastic.

Jesse RobertsMartin 00-DB Jeff Tweedy
I’ve never been one for ‘signature’ models, but this 00 has something special. I was initially drawn to its smooth, even tone when fingerpicking (as it should be for an all-Mahogany guitar), but found it to be surprisingly responsive when using a pick as well. Very dynamic, and all around fun to play. It seems like a versatile workhorse type of instrument, one that you could use in the studio, in the backyard, or on stage. To top it off, its dark sunburst finish looks fantastic. Can’t go wrong with this one.

Martin 00-DB Jeff Tweedy Mahogany acoustic guitar

Jesse’s pick is Martin’s 00-DB Jeff Tweedy model – great all-around guitar for picking or strumming, plus it’s sustainable Mahogany. Sweet!

Josh Huskisson
Souldier Clapton Guitar Strap
If you haven’t tried Souldier Straps then you’re missing out – these are comfortable, and as durable as they are awesome looking. Are you into helping the environment? These are made from recycled materials too. Awesome! 

Souldier Clapton guitar strap yellow

Josh H picked this Souldier Clapton strap – recycled materials never looked so good!

Anne Tangeman
Squier Affinity Strat SSH
Well, the Affinitys have a taken a step up! Seriously. This is markedly different – the fretboard edges are smoother and detailing on the neck overall is really nice. And it’s $179. For those wanting a cheap strat, a base model for modding out pickups or just a great starter, this is it. And who can resist that ’70s grape color? I think it’s fantastic!

Squier Affinity HSS Strat grape color

Hey Kool-Aid! The detail to the fretboard & addition of a humbucker (and that great color) made Anne take notice of this new Squier Affinity.

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