Mass Street Music Staff Gear Picks – September 2013!

Here’s a look at what the Mass Street staff has been digging most this September…

Jim BaggettCollings 001
This Collings has the warmth and response of a vintage guitar, but it’s new. It’s also very pretty!

Collings 001 acoustic guitar front shot

This Collings 001’s vintage tone captured Boss Jim’s fancy this month.


John FlynnGrosh ElectraJet Standard
This has all the attitude and none of the fluff – the mini hums are fantastic too.

Grosh Electrajet Standard with Mini Hums, front shot

Flynn’s pick is this Grosh Electrajet Standard – sleek and to the point with fantastic sounding Mini Hum pickups.


Eric MardisMagnatone Twilighter
Perfection. Classic tones abound from this beautiful amplifier. My favorite aspect is the true pitch shifting vibrato. Magnatone has come through the time warp and is here to do battle. The classic amp of yesteryear has been brought into the modern world and has never sounded better. That unrivaled Varistor Vibrato is exactly as it was in the original Magnatone with vastly improved front end and power sections.

Magnatone Twilighter 1x12 Combo

This Magnatone Twilighter 1×12 amp quickly earned everyone’s praise this month, especially Eric M. He loves the true pitch shifting vibrato.


Eric PutnamEastman T486B Thinline
This guitar looks awesome and more importantly it sounds great. When I pick it up, I can’t help but pull out some blues licks. It’s extremely resonant and the Duncan Phat Cat P90s are articulate and just hot enough to make the amp work.

Eastman T486 Thinline Electric Guitar

Eric P can’t help but pull out some monster blues licks every time he picks up this Eastman T486B Thinline. And we can’t blame him.


Alek NelsonEastman E20 SS Slope Shoulder
This is an attention grabber – beautiful burst, extremely responsive, and resonates forever!

Eastman E20SS Slope Shoulder Acoustic Guitar

The beautiful burst and superior resonance of this Eastman E20SS grabbed Alek’s attention this month.


Matt Harmon Repair Shop LuthierWren and Cuff 70’s Your Face
We’ve all gone fuzz crazy here at the store and the 70’s Your Face fuzz is one of my favorites. Mardis and I have been staying late and playing fuzzes back and forth recently and this one, and the Skreddy Lunar Module sounded very similar to our ears. I’ve been very impressed with Wren and Cuff and how they are able to take the perfect vintage sounding fuzz and transition it to a modern designed box and keep it under $200. Very impressive!

Wren and Cuff Your Face Smooth 70s Fuzz Pedal

Matt likes the Wren and Cuff Your Face pedal for its perfect vintage sounding fuzz, modern design, and nice price tag.


Ted KritikosHeavy Electronics Descend Reverse Volume Pedal
The only problem with rocking so hard, which I can’t help but do, is that there are always people scared of how much I rock. This pedal makes my cranked tube amp rock a little less when I click it on. Perfect.

Heavy Electronics Descend Reverse Volume Pedal

Ted likes to rock, but when he needs to pull it back a bit, the Heavy Electronics Descend reverse volume hooks him up real nice.


Casey GreenCollings 290 DCS
This Collings 290 is one of those guitars you can pick up anytime, in most any situation, and know that it’s going to perform. I’ll reach for this one first, especially when trying out amps. If it doesn’t sound “right” with this guitar, I know immediately, it ain’t for me! Did I mention that this guitar is ON SALE? Stop by the store and see — you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Collings 290 DC S Electric Guitar

Casey thinks this Collings 290 is the perfect guitar for just about any occasion – and even more so now, since it’s on sale.


Anne TangemanKala U Bass
I’m continually astounded when I hear a bass in the store and it turns out it’s this little uke ‘bass’. For bass players, it’s a blast and for uke players it’s something really familiar with a twist. It’s so small, yet designed with rubber like strings, a piezo pickup and EQ that make it really versatile. Kind of makes me want to learn bass now. It’s some serious fun.

Kala Rumbler U-Bass Bass Ukulele

Anne’s ready to take up bass after hearing this Kala U Bass in action. It has uke familiarity, but with a low-end twist.

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