The shop has been abuzz with Summer NAMM visitors this week! Over in our Presents series, we highlighted the Goodall RP-14 Parlor and the Huber Krautster II, as well as put the spotlight on the Kostal OMC Koa in this week's Pick of the Week. And once again, we released demos galore. Check out the guitars we're excited about as of late!
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Presents: Episode 39. Goodall RP-14 Parlor
If you want rich, deep tone in a small package, James and Luke Goodall have the answer. Lindsay takes a look at the Goodall RP-14 Parlor in Adirondack spruce and Indian rosewood on Episode 39 of Presents.
Presents: Episode 40. Huber Krautster II Cadillac Green
The essence of Nik Huber's Krautster II might be down-to-earth and stripped down, but there's nothing plain about this Cadillac Green model. Check out this bold Krautster II with Todd on our latest episode of Presents.
Pick of the Week: Kostal OMC Koa
Jason Kostal loves working with the less common tonewoods, and one play of his instruments and it's easy to hear and see why. With its delicate figuring and balanced, bright tone, this bold Kostal OMC in koa and German spruce is our Pick of the Week.
Featured Electric Demo: Alembic Darling
When a company has a history as fascinating as Alembic's, it seems fitting that their instruments should be just as alluring. From their beginning making just pre-amps to improve the live sound of the Grateful Dead's live recordings, to their current status as a builder of boutique, custom electric guitars and basses, Alembic has been known for excellent, tone-obsessed craftsmanship. The Darling model is an elegantly carved, neck-through solid body guitar, with tummy and elbow contours, an offset double cutaway, and the Heart Omega at the bottom (because it's a Darling, of course). The mahogany body is topped with dramatically figured buckeye burl, a species endemic to Alembic's home state of California. Two Alembic HGR pickups with volume, filter and off/on/bright controls for each pickup give the player extensive tonal options. Custom details, like the LED side markers, abalone oval inlay fret markers, and purpleheart and maple accent woods, put the finishing touches on this unique guitar. Condition of this unusual electric is excellent, and it comes with its original custom fit Calton hard case.
Featured Acoustic Demo: McPherson MG 4.5 XP Flamed Bubinga & Red Spruce
It's hard to know where to start with this McPherson MG 4.5 XP. Like all of their precisely engineered instruments, it sports an offset--and in this case, enlarged--soundhole, a cantilevered neck, and their bespoke over and underpass bracing system in both rosewood and spruce. All of these engineering decisions were made to maximize the potential vibration of the soundboard. For this dreadnought-style MG 4.5 XP, McPherson have purposed an exquisite set of flamed bubinga for the back and sides. Nicknamed the "African rosewood", bubinga is growing in popularity for its similar overtone-rich and nuanced voice. With its curly figuring and light sapline like an arrow down the center, it's as visually striking as it is aurally. Straight, wide-grained red (Adirondack) spruce brings some pleasing punch and clarity. Like our other new McPhersons, this MG 4.5 XP comes with some major player upgrades to complete the package: EVO gold fretwire, pre-installed L.R. Baggs pickup, and custom Ameritage hard case.