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May 2015 Staff Picks

Chicago Music Exchange staff members always have the scoop on the latest new, used, and vintage gear, and we love to tell you about it all. Check out May's Staff Picks:

Dan Albert

Fano Alt de Facto GF6 in Bull Black

Albert's Pick

"Looking for that classic jangle without going with the stereotypical brand? This Fano GF6 has a classy Bull Black finish, lightly worn ­in feel, and an incredibly resonant featherweight body. The best part is that the Lollar Broiler pickups chime and excel at cutting through the mix, an area where many other toaster ­style pickups fall short of that Liverpool sound!"


Matt Kashuda

Rock N Roll Relics Thunders DC Candy Apple Red

Matt's Pick

"My staff pick has got to be the Rock N Roll Relics Thunders DC in Candy Apple Red. Visually, it is just stunning and demands your attention. I also love how tastefully relic'd this one is! When I first picked this thing up, it just absolutely sang on the first chord, even being played acoustically. It is one of the most lively guitars I've played, RNR Relics really knows their wood! The David Allen pickups just scream and sound great with some overdrive!"


Alec Johnson

1974 Martin D-18 Dreadnought Acoustic

Alec's Pick

"This Martin has such a sweet and even tone! I love the color of the top, along with the great vintage vibe. With a neck reset and brand new frets, this dreadnought plays like new and is perfect for strumming and fingerpicking alike."


Silas Mishler

1966 Fender Mustang in Blue Sparkle

Silas's Pick

"I sit in a pool of the rare, the vintage, and the phenomenal every day, so naturally I'm numb when it comes to gear. But, this '66 Mustang has something magical in it. Though I'm not crazy about short scales, this thing has just the right feel (some extra meat on the neck) and that bridge pickup rolls with the insane amount of fuzz I use. It's almost as if some Rock/Alchemist/Mage wound the thing just to please my mortal soul.

Oh yeah... and it's in Blue Sparkle. Super rare and fancy schmancy. Go Ahead. Drool."


Chase Paul

Late 70s/Early 80s Ludwig 5x14 Supraphonic Snare

Chase's Pick

"This Ludwig Supraphonic Snare is the ultimate workhorse. Brimming with early 80s flash, this snare can fit into any musical setting. It has a great crack to cut through a rock mix, plenty of body to fatten up an R&B backbeat, and is sensitive enough to highlight delicate ghost notes in jazz. After playing this drum, there's no question as to why it's been featured on hit record after hit record."


Ray Knipe

DW Collector's Series Timeless Timber 10/12/14/16/22 5pc Kit in Romanian River Oak

Ray's Pick

"The fact that DW dredged up a 1500 year old Romanian Oak from The Olt River to make less than 100 of these kits shows how insanely epic these drums really are. It’s up there with listening to Iron Maiden while fighting a dragon on top of a mountain on the peak of a castle.. They sound punchy, dark and warm and because of the extreme density of the wood, they produce an unusually musical and resonant tone. Truly a piece of drum­making history!"


If you were curious about what the staff at Chicago Music Exchange was into, there you have it! Guitars, amps, kits... We've got plenty of gear to fall for. What's your pick this April? Check out our selection of recently arrived gear and share this month's favorite with us in the comments. Happy browsing!

Alyssa Welch
Alyssa Welch