Blogging it up here this weekend to let you in on some of the cooler new finds we've come into at the shop. Observe!
ESP EII Mystique ($1799.99):
This'll be the shop's first sample of ESP's new(ish) E-II series. I have to admit, I ended up liking this guitar much more than I thought I would. ESP and its lil' brother brand LTD tend to gear their guitars towards the metal heads with a lot of Floyd Roses and pointy shapes and active electronics, so I can appreciate them from a distance most of the time. But the Mystique stirred up curiosity (probably cause of the name, who knows?) and I picked it up and played it. For a while. Had to remind myself to stop playing it eventually because, though its marketed towards the metal crowd by default, this guy proves itself to be a pretty sweet hard rock workhorse of a guitar. Very easy player, certainly encourages precision while passing my first "How does it feel" test. A substantial guitar, but not overly heavy or burdensome in your hands. I really like the organic growl that comes out of the passive electronics, which get surprisingly punchy even at low volumes. As far as tone is concerned, think of it like a tasty Les Paul, just without the pretentiousness ;) I certainly recommend it for anyone looking for a deliciously hard-rockin' weapon to wield in their arsenal.
- Set maple neck with rosewood fretboard
- Mahogany body for warm, growly lows with quilted maple top for clear, punchy highs
- Seymour Duncan APH-1N (neck) and Seymour Duncan SH-4 (bridge)
- Gotoh locking tuners
- Case included!
Used Alavarez WY-1 Lefty ($1149.99):
If you're an Ani DiFranco fan, or just a fan of cool folk acoustics, you'll find a quick appreciation for the WY-1. And if you happen to be a southpaw looking for a great deal on top of it, lucky you! This is a pretty cool sounding guitar with a lot of character and full-bodied tone. Definitely recommend it to lefty's everywhere who are thirsting for a sweet sound.
- Solid cedar top with rosewood back and sides for a hearty, traditional tone.
- Ebony fretboard and ebony bridge
- Abalone rosette to add a little sophisitacation
- Alvarez System 500A preamp
Used D'Angelico New Yorker ($2499.99):
Certainly a classy, well-versed instrument among the Bigfoot guitar family, the D'Angelico New Yorker is a great instrument to add some ol-fashioned sophistication to your sound. Plays like butter, sounds like honey. Very mellow, warm tones to make you and remember the good ol' days of electric guitar.
New Yorker Features:
- Laminated spruce top with maple back and sides for optimal clarity and resonance.
- Hard maple neck with walnut center strip
- Floating humbucker at the neck position for excellent output and warm tone
- Stairstep pickguard and tail-piece
- Grover Super Rotomatic tuners
- Ebony fretboard and mother of pearl inlays
Used Blueberry 12-String Acoustic ($1379.99):
This one happens to be an exceedingly interesting and unique instrument. If you ever wondered what would happen if a tattoo-artist turned luthier, look no further than the Blueberry 12-string acoustic here at the shop. When we first got it in, none of us had heard anything about Blueberry guitars, but we did some digging and it turns out they are a pretty interesting outfit. Operating out of Montreal, these guitars are produced one a time, each completely unique and handcrafted by a staff of like, three dudes. All of them loving handcarved and instricately designed from excellent quality material.
And if you aren't one to be dead-ended by distracting aesthetics, you'll be pleased with how this thing sounds and plays. If you're interested in a totally unique guitar and sound all your own, I think this one is definitely worth a test drive!
If you are interested in more of Blueberry's work, they have a Facebook page and a store front of eBay featuring a lot of their coolest designs and instrument styles. Check 'em out!