Things are really moving this summer! Already this June we’ve seen brand new AMI, D’Angelico and PRS guitars come into the shop, and now for July we have a bunch of new lefty Martins, lefty ESP/LTD‘s, new Vox Amps, and amazing hand crafted Spector Bass, as well as a bunch of great used guitars that we can’t wait to tell you more about!
Premium Instruments and Incredible Deals
The keyword for this installment of What’s New for July is PREMIUM. Think premium appointments, next level attention to detail, and incredible tone and playability. Since we last talked, an incredible array of left handed Martin acoustics, lefty metal beasts with gorgeous quilted maple tops, great new Vox amps with classic tube tone (and affordable price tags) and some vintage used wonders that won’t break the bank are in need of your attention! Read on to learn more:
New Lefty Martins!
All Martin Guitars are hand-crafted wonders that have set a standard of quality that is unrivalled in the industry. This month we’re happy to have received several new lefty Martin acoustic guitars and ukuleles that continue the incredible tradition of innovation and craftsmanship that is the best of what Martin has to offer.
Built for player comfort and massive tone, the new left handed Martin Dreadnought Jr DJR10E delivers all of the thunderous volume you would expect from a Dreadnought in a slightly smaller body size designed for comfort and playability. The lefty martin DJR10E has been newly updated with satin Sapele back and sides paired with a solid satin finish Sitka Spruce top with high performance scalloped X-bracing with a double asymmetrical tone bar, providing the massive volume and thunderous tone Martin Dreadnoughts are known for.
Further refinements that enhance player comfort include a select hardwood neck with a hand-rubbed finish and a FSC® Certified Richlite® fingerboard, with a 24“ scale length and a high performance taper, making it extremely expressive with incredibly low action, and a shallow body depth with softened back edges provide maximum player comfort.
The southpaw Martin Dreadnought Jr comes stage ready with Fishman Sonitone electronics with built-in tuner and EQ and a host of hardware appointments, including plek dressed frets, a bone nut, FSC® Certified Richlite® bridge and all chrome enclosed-gear tuners that give this scaled down Dreadnought a premium feel and superior playability. This won’t stay in the shop long,so act fast!
A unique, hand crafted uke constructed of Bamboo-patterned High Pressure Laminate (HPL) top, back and sides. This little beauty sports a hand-rubbed natural birch neck with a beautifully dressed Sipo fingerboard and the soprano body size makes it ideal for ukulele enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels!
The Martin Left Handed OXUKEBAMBOO OX Bamboo Soprano Ukulele delivers incredibly rich and warm tone and remarkable volume, making this a uke that punches well beyond its weight class.
Incredibly durable, this natural finish HPL ukulele is the ideal size for travel, and with a premium gig-bag this little uke can stand up to the rigors of gigging, family life and life on the road and still sound great!
The Left handed Martin 000-17E Whiskey Sunset Auditorium acoustic in a beautiful Whiskey Sunset satin finish delivers a look, sound, and feel that is nothing short of amazing! The lefty 000-17E sports a solid Sitka spruce top and mahogany back and sides with grained ivoroid binding, giving it a rich and full tone with plenty of volume.
The Auditorium acoustic is just the right size for player comfort, and the modified low oval neck with a Performing Artist taper has a very comfortable feel with incredibly low action and with Fishman Matrix VT Enhance ™ electronics, it comes stage ready from day one. Fishman Matrix Enhance electronics allow you to dial in the perfect sound when plugged in with ease, delivering that rich, full tone Martin guitars are famous for to any acoustic amplifier or PA system you decide to use. In terms of rich tone, vintage looks and modern playability, nothing beats a Martin!
The LTD Deluxe series is made for professional musicians looking for instruments that deliver versatile tone and unparalleled performance. The MH-1000 QM Duncan guitar features Seymour Duncan passive pickups with push/pull coil splitting capability giving this guitar an incredible level of sonic versatility.
The left handed ESP/LTD MH-1000 QM Duncan features a mahogany double cutaway body with a flamed maple top in a See Thru Purple finish that beautifully highlights the look of the figured wood grain beneath. Also featuring a three-piece thin U-shaped maple neck, the lefty MH-1000 Duncan’s neck thru construction and highly contoured body ensures that you will have incredible sustain and unprecedented access to every bit of its 24 fret ebony fingerboard.
The key to this the LTD Deluxe MH-1000 QM’s tone is its passive Seymour Duncan pickups with push/pull coil splitting controls that deliver a wide range of tones perfect for a variety of musical styles. More premium appointments include a Tune-o-Matic bridge with string-thru construction, LTD locking tuners and a molded nut accurate intonation and rock-solid tuning stability. This is really amust-see lefty!
The left handed LTD EC-1000, in your choice of three burst finishes, offers the working musician a professional quality deluxe design, with plenty of aesthetically pleasing details and a bold tone to match. The EC-1000 features ESP/LTD’s take on the classic single cutaway double-humbucker style guitar with an impressive attention to detail. The body material is a sturdy but lightweight Mahogany with a Flamed Maple top in 3 see thru burst finishes with a gorgeous decorative full body/neck/headstock binding that really makes the finish pop.
The key to the lefty EC-1000's tone is its versatile electronics. Featuring passive Seymour Duncan '59 and Seymour Duncan JB pickups (active EMG electronics in the See Thru Black Cherry model), the EC-1000 delivers a tone that is aggressive and full of punch, yet versatile enough for just about any style of music. Wired with two volume knobs, a single tone and a toggle switch pickup selector, the LTD EC-1000 allows you to control your tone and volume while switching between and blending pickup voicings, changing between overdriven and clean tones with ease.
The lefty LTD EC-1000 delivers the tone, feel and quality that professional musicians need at a price that the average working musician can still afford. The attention to detail that LTD has lavished on EC-1000 is amazing! The left handed ESP/LTD EC-1000 in your choice of three see thru flamed maple finishes offers reliable and consistent performance with killer looks, a luxury feel, professional grade sound, and superior playability -- all at an amazing price!
Many guitarists prefer the sound of a tube amplifier, but the high priced components that go into making them gives them a premium price tag. For years solid state amps have been a reasonably priced alternative to expensive tube amps. The problem, however, still remains that so many musicians prefer the sound and response of tube amps.
In an effort to solve this problem, many companies have introduced hybrid products that put solid state and tube technologies together. In 2016, Vox developed the AV or ‘Analog Valve’ or ‘Valvetronix’ series of amplifiers which were designed to simulate the sound and response of an all tube amp by employing a series of tube-powered hybrid circuits.
The Vox AV15 Modeling Combo Amp is a single input, single channel amplifier powered by a 12AX7 tube, with one half of the tube powering the preamp section, and the other serving as the driver for a 15watt solid state power amplifier. The multi-circuit all analog preamp section models 8 different distinctive tube amp tones which can be modified using the valve stage section’s bright, fat, bias and reactor switches.
Vox AV15 Analog Controls
Built-in effects, which include chorus, delay and reverb, add depth to the tube valve’s already rich tone, allowing the player to enhance their sound further. Additional features like a sealed cabinet design and a retro-inspired aesthetic establish the AV Series as one of the most exciting, and unique offerings in the VOX lineup.
This little Vox is famous for its ability to deliver classic Vox tube sound even at low volume, making it a perfect amp for home or studio use. Introduced in 1961, this little wonder has been one of the most popular amps in the Vox lineup for its ability toserve up an array of authentic VOX tones through its single Celestion 10” speaker.
Want to go bigger? A speaker output allows you to pair the AC4C1-Blue with an external speaker cabinet for increased volume and sonic versatility. This classic 4 watt Vox amp delivers all of the warm clean tones and fat crunch tones you would ever need, and pairs extremely well with your pedal board if you’re looking for a more modern tone.
With its cool vintage aesthetics that make it really stand out onstage, and easy to use controls, you will have no problem grabbing the tones you have been looking for in this compact and affordable authentic Vox tube amp.
This left handed Spector Bantam 4 Euro Series short scale bass comes equipped with a number of premium appointments designed for player comfort, superior playability and thunderous tone. Featuring a highly resonant, chambered Alder body in the popular Spector NS body style, and a short scale neck that is lightweight and extremely comfortable to play, this lefty Spector is hand crafted in Czechoslovakia and available in extremely limited quantities!
The lefty Spector Bantam 4 has a silky hard maple neck with a 30“ scale length which reduces string tension, making this bass incredibly easy to play. The 22-fret Rosewood fretboard has flat 16“ radius and the deep inset neck joint makes playing at the highest register of the fretboard easier than ever. The maple neck is fortified with Graphite support rods, making its intonation extremely accurate, while the professional grade Spector hardware, including a Spector locking bridge, ensure top notch tuning stability no matter what style you play.
Though the Bantam 4 has a short scale and chambered body designed for comfort and superior playability, EMG active electronics ensure that it still has the seismic tone that you would expect from a Spector bass. Outfitted with two EMG 35DC pickups and an EMG BTS active circuit, the lefty Bantam 4 gives you total control of your sound. With independent volume controls for each pickup, and treble boost/cut and bass boost/cut controls, you can dial in the exact sound you are looking for no matter what style of music you play.
This gently used Ibanez Premium RG950QM combines the best of what Ibanez Guitars has to offer in a precision instrument that is built for silky smooth playability and sonic versatility. Featuring a solid Basswood body with a Quilted Maple top in a Cobalt Blue finish, the RG950QM is lightweight and well balanced, with a high performance all-access neck joint that makes playing at the highest register of the fretboard a breeze.
The DiMarzio IBZ pickups give this axe a vivid tone that is both versatile and easy to control. Built for medium high output and clarity, these DiMarzio pickups are versatile enough for the modern music scene, with enough output for metal and ample clarity for rock and alternative music. While not ideal for vintage tones, the HSH pickup configuration and 5-way pickup selector allows you to blend humbucker, single coil, and split coil tones, making this much more sonically than just a metal shred machine.
Another incredible component is the Edge-Zero II tremolo system with ZPS3Fe. The Edge-Zero II has been engineered to remove all points of friction, making this the most stable and smooth tremolo system Ibanez has created to date. The Edge-Zero II also can easily be converted to a full floating tremolo system simply by removing the stop bar. If you like the way this one looks, you betteract fast because this one is priced to move!
This rare Japanese made 1983 Ibanez Roadstar II RS-505CS features a resonant yet lightweight Alder double cutaway body with a birdseye maple top and a cream body binding, combining for a vintage look that is at once classic and strangely contemporary. The double cutaway body is contoured for functionality and comfort and the neck joint is shaped to allow easy access to the highest register of the Maple 21-fret Rosewood fingerboard.
In a lot of ways, this Roadstar II anticipates the later RG Series guitars that would be an incredible success from the late 80‘s to the present. In fact, with the thin and silky smooth playability of its Maple neck and the power of its proprietary Super Power 6 pickups, this vintage Roadstar is already moving in the direction that Ibanez would take us only a few short years later.Scoop up this vintage beauty while it’s still available!
This used Framus Missouri is an arched-top single-cutaway hollow body with a laminated Spruce top and laminated Mahogany back and sides that give it a rich and colorful Jazz sound. This hollow body delivers a surprisingly bright tone when it’s not plugged in, while the two P-90 pickups color it with a richness that is perfect for Jazz, country, or early rock and roll. With master tone and volume controls and a 3-way toggle switch you can dial in just the right sound for your favorite style of classic music.
The neck on this vintage Framus guitar is where the bulk of its mojo resides. The neck is made from layers of sandwiched hardwoods giving it a unique feel and playability that you find in many of today’s leading acoustic guitars, in a size and shape reminiscent of many of the most modern guitars on the market today. If you love vintage jazz boxes, this rare find is perfect for you!