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July 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 July's Staff Picks:

Sarah Neczwid

Shure SM7B Microphone

Sarah's Pick

"This dynamic mic is a must-have for any studio big or small. It's got a smooth, flat frequency range and both bass roll off and presence boost controls. Whether you’re recording a screaming rock vocal, an intimate singer-songwriter, a bass guitar, or even hi hats, this mic will handle it with class."


Nik Simic

Fender Custom Shop 1957 Relic Stratocaster

Nik's Pick

"My pick for July would have to be the Fender Custom Shop 1957 Relic Stratocaster. I love the look of the distressed white finish over the 2 color sunburst. The V shape on this maple neck feels incredibly comfortable and fun to play. I was impressed with how consistent the action was no matter what fret I was at. Come on by and check it out, you'll love how this thing sounds! "


Marc Najjar

Sandberg Electra VS4 in Creme Hi Gloss

Marc's Pick

"The newer, intermediate series from Sandberg, the Electras DELIVER! They pack a hell of a punch for under $1000 and they play incredibly fast with their smooth-as-silk neck. I choose the VS4 Creme because of it's woody-yet-versatile tonal spectrum and sexy-as-hell appearance."


Joel Bauman

1959 Martin D-18E Acoustic-Electric in Natural

Joel's Pick

"This '59 D-18E is the craziest, vibiest, coolest guitar currently in the shop. Yes, it's real. Came from the Martin factory this way. If you've seen the Nirvana "Unplugged" concert, then you'll recognize this guitar as the same model that Kurt Cobain used. Though it looks like a D-18, it sounds like the most incredible hollowbody electric you've never heard, thanks to a pair of fabulous sounding DeArmond single coils (with 3-way switch and volume/tone controls). Yes, it's had some work done - a pro neck reset and refret - but it plays like a brand new guitar because of it. If you've ever wanted a D-18E, you'll never find one that plays and sounds better than this one. However, it NEEDS to be plugged in. This is not an acoustic guitar; this is much cooler than that. If I had the scratch, I'd already own it."


Drew Brown

BC Rich Warlock

Drew's Pick

"This BC Rich Warlock, a late 80's model from when they were still made in the USA, is awesome. The guitar inspires the creation of good riffs and it can be used to fight off enemies. Also, it has the internet painted on it. What more could you want!?"


If you were curious about what the staff at Chicago Music Exchange was into, there you have it! Guitars, mics, basses... We've got plenty of gear to fall for. What's your pick this July? 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