there have been many phone calls in the last couple of weeks. Many of you have been wondering if we were getting in a new shipment of Cryptic contact mics. Some of you have been wondering if they even really existed. Alas, they do exist, and, they were actually on their way. Wait no longer and come get ’em while they are still here.
That’s right. Critter and Guitari have a new addition to the family – it’s cute, but a total beast of a bass synth. 16 keys (1 octave + 4 notes + it’s midi so you can use a controller and get whatever you want out of it = come play one).
It has a Kaleidoloop™ – style recording/sequence function that not only records what you keyed, it records knob positions – even if you do a sweep while playing, it will play it back exactly as recorded.
The centerpiece of this photo is this 60’s Slingerland kit rewrapped in purple sparkle. Truly a great sounding, awesome looking little kit. *Bonus* It’s under a grand.
Wow. These Vemuram pedals just came through and they are nothing short of spectacular. The brass enclosure exudes a kind of rugged beauty, doesn’t it?
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As tested, from left to right:
Neoplex – super limited run of pedals to maybe 100. This has deadstock transistors from an EP3 Echoplex. It is probably the most formidable boost pedal I’ve ever played. Plug in and it sounds like an echoplex, just without the repeats.
Karen – This has Marshall written all over it. Really nice and tight overdrive, without all the compression. Very harmonically rich as you turn the gain up. Think 50 watt Plexi/JTM 45 sounds.
Rage e – This is a higher gain pedal. Marshall-esque with a little Bogner, perhaps? Still very articulate while being gainy – very musical, with a punch it up to the next level boost thrown in for good measure.
Jan Ray – This is my personal favorite. It sounds and reacts like a turned up blackface Fender amp. More specifically, a Super Reverb. This is a superior drive pedal to pretty much anything I’ve stacked up against it. The bass response is so superb that even bass players are using this thing. Like the rest of its family remains articulate even at its highest gain.
All of these pedals have a small trim pot that controls the gain range. Very useful for tailoring your sound accurately.
Owning a vintage guitar at an affordable price is always fine by me. This one has some changed parts, dropping the price considerably and making it more accessible to the everyday player. Fine with us – it sounds great, looks great and we’re all players so, off to the races on getting this one. Changed parts are: tuners, saddles, pickguard and neck plate. everything else is there and at the end of the day you can snag this tone machine from 1974 at a much sweeter price. It is bad guitar karma to let this instrument become a retiree.
1965 Fender Jaguar that was stripped of its original Dakota Red finish, revealing a really beautiful and resonant piece of wood. This Jag has a meaty tone – with strong midrange characteristics. Not too much biting top end – enough to know it’s a Jaguar, but not so crispy it hurts. It’s a sweet machine.
We touched on this a little while ago, but we just got a new shipment so ALARM! ALARM! ALARM!
If any of you drummers (or drummer friendly folk) have been in our drum shop recently, you may have noticed our the new turkish cymbal line we’re now carrying, Supernaturals Cymbals. These are a great handcrafted turkish cymbal that aren’t a shot to your wallet.
We’re carrying two of their lines in stock right now, Diamond Drive and Heritage. We can, of course, get any of their lines by special order.
Supernaturals Diamond Drive cymbals are very crisp, clean and have great sustain. The Heritage line are raw, dry and complex.
We just received a new batch and currently have:
16″, 17″, 18″ and 19″ Crashes
21″ and 22″ Rides
16″, 18″ and 20″ Crashes
Come check these awesome cymbals out before we sell out!