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December 14, 2016


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December 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 December's Staff Picks:

Andrew's Pick

Marc's Pick

Alembic Mark King Deluxe 4 Buckeye Burl Top/Back Purpleheart Fingerboard

Marc's Pick

"We spent 10 hours at the Alembic factory getting schooled on superb craftsmanship, and this is the end result. This bass is far and away the finest instrument I have ever played."

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Hilary's Pick

Rickenbacker 4001 C64 Jetglo (2009 New Old Stock)

Hilary's Pick

"My holiday overindulgence! Compared to chunkier Rick necks, the medium-sized, more streamlined profile is comfortable for small-handed players who, like myself, have the reach of a fat baby. The neck pickup makes that classic bone-chilling Rick treble vintage-toasty in all the right places. Oh man, then there's the reverse headstock and closet-aged finish—like looting Paul McCartney's attic in the mid ’60s. Come on Santa, don't short change me on this one!"

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Drew's Pick

Gibson 1964 ES-345 Mono Varitone Olive Drab w/ Bigsby

Drew's Pick

"This guitar is amazing to play, and the color is simply cool and unique! This is a guitar that you won't see everyday....unless you buy it!!!!"

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Dan's Pick

Collings OM1 Orchestra Mahogany with Full-Body Sunburst

Dan's Pick

"Full-body sunburst is absolutely timeless. It's an appointment of modest beauty that only shows itself at certain angles for moments in time. Beneath the guise, this particular Collings Orchestra Model is super traditional with an all mahogany body, a modified "V" neck shape, and a wider 1-3/4" nut width; just perfect for 14-fret finger pickers and folk flat pickers alike. When I picked it up, I could not stop galloping."

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Chase's Pick

Fender Japan J Mascis Jazzmaster Purple Sparkle 2008

Chase's Pick

"Jazzmasters aren't just for Jazz anymore. If anyone has shown us what a Jazzmaster can do, it's J Mascis.

"This is a perfect combination of vintage and modern appointments in a slick, easy to play guitar. The hassle-free Adjust-O-Matic bridge is a wonderful compliment to the traditional Jazzmaster vibrato system. This J Mascis Jazzmaster also features the same style rhythm circuit and anodized gold pickguard that were made famous by the original Jazzmaster models in the late '50s.

"Bathed in a beautiful Purple Sparkle finish, this little axe is ready for anything...even Jazz, I guess."

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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 December? Check out our selection of recently arrived gear and share this month's favorite with us in the comments. Happy browsing!


Sam Swindell
Sam Swindell

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