Here’s a look at what the Mass Street staff has been digging most this September…
Eric Mardis – Magnatone 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.
Eric Putnam – Eastman 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.
Matt Harmon – Repair Shop Luthier – Wren 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!
Ted Kritikos – Heavy 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.
Casey Green – Collings 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.
Anne Tangeman – Kala 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.