Staff Picks: Andrew Yonke

Now these are some serious picks! Would you expect anything less from the CEO of the worlds greatest guitar store? With access to the most sought after gear on earth, Andrew gets his hands on and creates – with the CME buying team – the coolest darn guitars we've ever seen. Enjoy Andrew's Staff Picks! 

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FENDER CUSTOM SHOP 1963 KORINA STRATOCASTER RELIC FADED 3-TONE SUNBURST MASTER BUILT by PAUL WALLER

The benchmark of craftsmanship, the Fender Custom Shop is the apex of what Fender has to offer. Each instrument is hand-crafted by Fender Master Builders from only the finest, premium-grade components. The Custom Shop, known also as “The Dream Factory,” produces extremely limited runs of period-correct touchstones from the Fender catalog, as well as special one-offs featuring experimental, ground-up design and appointments. Custom hand-wound and treated pickups, exotic tonewoods, hand-aged hardware, special relicing techniques–only the best of the best goes into what leaves the Fender Custom Shop. Fender’s finest expression of quality and art, supreme in all ways.

FULLTONE OCD V2 CME EXCLUSIVE LIMITED EDITION BLACK

The Fulltone OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Drive) overdrive pedal is the perfect mate for a great tube amp. If you're lucky enough to own a Vox AC15 or a Marshall JTM45 and have a place where you can turn it up all the way, then you have an idea of what the Fulltone OCD is capable of.

Plug in the OCD pedal, lay into a bar chord, and you will hear multiple layers of rich harmonic overtones in addition to the fundamental tone. This is not a subtle effect, these are beautiful ringing feedback tones that can be easily discerned and even sung if you have good ears! The Full Tone OCD produces classic tones you've heard on records by Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Hendrix, AC/DC and others.

Roll back your guitar's volume knob and you'll have access to a whole myriad of gorgeous tones, including shimmering, spanking, full range clean sounds. The OCD pedal allows your guitar's natural tones to bloom, so your Strat will still sound like a Strat, and your vintage Les Paul will still sound like a vintage Les Paul.

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GRETSCH 6129 SILVER JET 1958

An amazing example of an early sparkle Gretsch with vibe for days. It's not very often that something like this comes around...It's got that original "great Gretsch sound" and plays like a dream. 

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LUDWIG & LUDWIG 3PC 13/16/26 TOP HAT & CANE DRUM KIT 1946

Taken from Ludwig’s 1940’s logo “Tops in the Drum World” - The Ludwig & Ludwig Top Hat & Cane Drum Kit is considered to be one of the rarest and quite possibly the most collectable drum set to ever exist. This was the creme of the crop, Ludwig’s top end drum kit, in the early 1940’s. What makes these kits so collectable is the fact that they were only built for 2 years between 1940 and 1941. The date stamps range all the way to 1946 because Ludwig would not finish building them until they sold. Being that these kits were being produced at the end of the Great Depression, it makes sense why were so few to ever see the light of day.

This Top Hat & Cane is very special because it may be the only one in existence today to have tack resonant heads. Because of the nature of these calf-skin drum heads, it is likely that other Top Hat & Cane tack heads have been destroyed over time.

This kit is in immaculate shape for being as old as it is. We have the original tom mount, floor tom basket, and bass drum spurs to go along with it. This is definitely a one of kind kit. There are only about 20 of these kits known to exist worldwide. 

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GIBSON CUSTOM '61 SG STANDARD SAGE HEAVY AGED

For over 20 years Gibson Custom has been carrying on their legacy of American craftsmanship and human ingenuity. They firmly believe that there remains a place in the world for the best of the best, and the value of their achievement extends well beyond the glossy sheen and gratifying weight of a well crafted Les Paul guitar.

Gibson Custom takes pride in knowing they bring the most discerning players and collectors in the world some of the most refined Historic Reissue, Archtop and Custom guitars available today. Their achievements reflect decades of a passionate commitment to their position as the World’s Finest Guitar Maker.

EPIPHONE FRONTIER NATURAL 1966

How could I pass this one up? The pickguard alone makes it one of the most badass acoustics I've seen in a while. I love vintage guitars that you aren't afraid to play. I think them being a little beat up just adds to the whole vibe they have - which for me is the whole point of buying a vintage guitar. 

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MARSHALL 1958X 18-WATT 2X10 HANDWIRED TUBE COMBO

The 1958X is a hand-soldered reissue of the revered 1958, 18 Watt all-valve 2 x 10" combo. A painstakingly accurate reissue, the 1958X is a plain, straightforward amp that likes to be turned right up, overdriving its EL84 power valves; the 1958X sounds its best when cranked, producing harmonically complex and full, rich tones. But because of its lower Wattage, the 1958X will produce incredible authentic Marshall tone at a volume that won't shift your hearing.

For real authenticity, the 1958X also features valve-driven Tremolo, and just like the 1973X, has no negative feedback in its cathode-biased output stage.

The original Greenback speakers used in the1958 combo would mature over time, their sound softening with age. The special 10" Celestion G10F-15 Greenbacks in the 1958X have been 'aged' to get as close as possible to that vintage, worn in, '60s vibe.

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FENDER CUSTOM SHOP PINE ESQUIRE CLOSET CLASSIC BLACK MASTER BUILT BY CHRIS FLEMMING

Incredibly light and resonant, and a stunning, historical exmaple of what a super early Esquire might've looked like. I'm a sucker for any guitar that's factory black and this one was just too good to pass up. 

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