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June 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 June's Staff Picks:

David A

Rock N Roll Relics J Classic Bass in Lake Placid Blue over Sunburst 

David's Pick

"I play guitar. (Repeat 2x). But this magic from Rock n Roll Relics is why I may soon be playing bass. Best neck I've EVER played!"

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Dan Albert

1965 Fender Jaguar in Lake Placid Blue Refin

Albert's Pick

"This '65 Jaguar may have had some work, but the refinish and refret are very professionally done, and the original pickups still have their bite! The Lake Placid Blue looks very true to the original Fender shade and matches the rest of the guitar's patina very nicely. If you're looking to get into a great vintage Jaguar without spending a bundle, this is the one!"

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Matt Kashuda

PRS S-2 Vela in Vintage Mahogany

Matt's Pick

"my staff pick is the new PRS Vela. This is the PRS for people who don't typically like PRS.The offset body feels like a familiar, classic shape from California and the pickups give you a ton of different sounds from hot and crunchy to crisp and twangy. I love the Tele style bridge, and the Gretsch style neck pickup on these!"

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Drew K

Strymon Dig

Drew's Pick

"This new pedal from Strymon is as incredible as expected. A great option for some cool delay abilities with out going down the "programable hole". I love its ability to run a Delay behind a Delay. And "Free Mode"? Yeah, that's cool!! Come in and try it out!"

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Matt Margeson

3-Piece Craviotto Center Stage kit 

Matt's Pick

"I'm really excited about this 3pc Craviotto Center Stage kit that we have in stock!  You'll be hard pressed to find a bolder, more resonant kit in the shop at the moment.  This kit is extremely articulate and very classy, so stop by the drum shop at Chicago Music Exchange today to check it out!"

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Alex Lemon

Fender Telecaster Custom Shop 1959 Journeyman Relic in Surf Green

Alex's Pick

"Surf into summer with this awesome Fender Telecaster Custom Shop 1959 Journeyman Relic Surf Green. This guitar has major vintage vibe and classic tone to play all the tasty licks you want all summer long!"

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Brian Westfall

Rickenbacker 1993Plus 12-String in Jetglo

Brian's Pick

"The pure spirit of this revamped (to Pete Townsend’s specs) 1993 Rickenbacker Plus transfixed me in such a way that I just had to slam a “windmilled” open E chord, let the feedback ring out on my Block Logo Marshall stack and then smash this beautiful axe into a million pieces as the CME photographers watched on in horror. Luckily, I was snapped from my Rock and Roll dream seconds before I executed that last part. So, now you have the opportunity to own and enjoy this modernized version of an all-time classic.

No refunds if smashed."

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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

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