All of us at Mass Street Music had a tough time picking just one Staff Pick this month, between the new pedals, a boatload of cool used gear and new acoustics, but for you, we narrowed it down to our top favorites:
Josh Baldridge – Collings OM1A Cutaway
This is surprisingly light and has the low end responsiveness of a larger bodied guitar. It’s comfortable to play too and has really balanced tonality all over the neck.
Comfortable playability & big sound made Josh take notice of this Collings OM1A Cutaway
Jim Baggett – Martin 000-28K Authentic 1921 Koa Acoustic
Just a beautiful sounding and looking instrument – really spectacular on every count.
Jim favors this 000-28 K Authentic ’21 based on a model at the Martin Museum.
Eric Mardis – 1977 HIWATT DR504 50 Watt Amp Head
As the owner of a Dave Reeves era Hiwatt DR504, I can state with confidence that this is the sweetest, vibey-est amp in the shop. This thing shouldn’t even be here in Kansas. Beautiful condition and fantastic “endless clean headroom” tone that loves fuzz pedals. This really screams David Gilmour – also Pete Townsend, Martin Barre and Jimmy Page. It’s the real deal.
This Hiwatt DR505 is the “Sweetest, vibey-est amp in the shop” according to Eric M.
Eric Putnam – Strymon Deco Pedal
I love the slap back delay sounds on this, also the tape saturation sounds really great! I could not stop playing rockabilly licks. Pair with a nice Fender Twin and a Tele or Gretsch and you’re in heaven!
Eric P, and frankly the entire staff, loves the new Strymon Deco pedal!
Ted Kritikos – Rode Podcaster Mic
This is just a great mic for doing any sort of podcasts or content on the internet. It sounds truly professional, and the built in headphone jack makes it so you can hear yourself talk in your headphones with zero latency. Very cool.
Ted K’s been geekin’ on the Rode Podcaster Mic.
Mike Horan – Collings Tenor 1G Guitar
Perfect for whooping out your favorite Western swing or jazz chords, but also nice for bringing a different texture to your alt-folk music ala Neko Case. Don’t be the last kid on your block to get one!
Luthier Mike H. picked the brand new Collings Tenor 1G Guitar (& so would Neko Case if she stopped by!)
Matt Harmon – Fender 68 Custom Princeton Reverb Amp
Cool, super sleek Princeton Reissue, love the silver front plate. A few tweaks they made to the board make this model better with pedals compared to other reissues. Great amp.
This cool Fender ’68 Custom Princeton Reverb caught Matt H.’s attentions this month.
Susan Willits – Chuck Lee Dobson Open Back 11″ Banjo
This Dobson has a wonderful ‘tubby’ low end and clear ringing treble, but not so bright that it takes your head off. Looks great too!
Susan has taken to this beautifully crafted Chuck Lee Dobson Open Back Banjo.
Thomas Hamm – Grosh Retro Classic Vintage T in Mary Kay Sonic Blue
This Grosh is incredibly balanced and a killer player. I’ve always loved teles and surf guitar tones, and this one nails it.
Surf’s up! Thomas’s pick is this sweet Mary Kay Sonic Blue Grosh RCVT!
Anne Tangeman – JHS Twin Twelve Channel Drive Pedal
Fresh from the mad geniuses at JHS, this Twin Twelve pedal brings the iconic Silvertone 1484 preamp and overdrive growl to you at the push of a button. Really responsive, tweakable and fun. I have a 1484 Silvertone amp and was not only kind of thrilled to see this, but blown away by the tones. JHS did a great job on it.
As a Silvertone amp owner, Anne T. was “kind of thrilled to see this, and blown away by the tones.”