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zZounds' Guitar Experts' Picks: New Year's Resolutions for 2015

zZounds' Guitar Experts are on call Monday through Friday 9 am to 5 pm, offering expert advice, service and product recommendations for customers seeking professional insight into their own rigs. Every month, our guitar experts choose their favorite zZounds gear, and every month we bring you those selections here. Bookmark this page and check back regularly for our latest product picks!

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Guitar Expert Product Picks: Bert (1.800.460.8089 x299)

Bert's Resolution for 2015: Give My Gear Some TLC.

My home has become a storage space for both my bandmates' and my own busted gear, and it's finally time to upgrade and replace blown speakers, set up and repair our axes, and clear out the rat's nest of cables.

Celestion G12T-75 Guitar Classic Series Guitar Speaker (75 Watts, 12")
When I'm not gigging with my Fender '68 Custom Twin Reverb reissue, you'll see me rocking a big old no-name birch cab from the '70s. This cab held up for years and years of gigging, spilled drinks, and rattling around in the band van, but the speakers finally threw in the towel. I'm not necessarily looking for a vintage vibe from my speakers -- I just want a really versatile woofer that does psych, punk and everything in between, without being pigeonholed into one tone across the board. These G12T-75 speakers do the job quite nicely for the rockers out there, and you can rest assured that four of these will really move some air on stage. These are great transparent woofers for vintage and modern heads -- they let your amp sing without coloring your tone.

CruzTOOLS GrooveTech Guitar Player Kit / Gibson Guitar Care Kit / Behringer CT100 Cable Tester
I've given this a Cruz Tools kit a nod before, and I won't stop until I've convinced everyone that this needs to be at your practice spot. I haven't run into a guitar that I haven't been able to set up with this kit, and it's everything a novice-to-intermediate player will need to keep their guitars in line and playing smooth. Seriously, it's all there. After I've ripped the strings off for a setup, I'll get these guitars sparkling and gunk-free. A clean neck is a slick-playing neck in my book. Gibson's Care Kit comes with fretboard conditioner, finish cream, metal polish, and ample microfiber cloths for buffing to a mirror sheen. One of these kits was able to take care of nearly a dozen of my guitars over the year. Lastly, I need to sort out the miles and miles of cables I've accrued over the years, and the CT100 is an invaluable tool that keeps me sane when the cables start piling up around the space. It's easy to use, easy to read, and it has almost every input as well. These three simple products keep me playing instead of pulling my hair out over broken gear.

Guitar Amp Tubes
With any luck, you've all had the chance to log some hours on the tube combos you've picked up from zZ over the last year -- I know I have. Depending on the make and model, you might be surprised to find some stock, no-name tubes in your amp. Swapping your preamp and power tubes can breathe some new life into your head or cabinet, giving you an extra bit of headroom, or a little bit more sparkle in your midrange. Seriously, take a look in your head or cab. You'll be surprised what a little investment can do. Preamp tubes are plug-and-play, but it is extremely advisable to have a professional replace and bias your power tubes. I hope this goes without saying, but always be careful poking around in the back of an amplifier. Call us for recommendations for a replacement duo or quad of tubes.

- Bert, zZounds Guitar Expert

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Guitar Expert Product Picks: Justin (1.800.460.8089 x384)

Justin's Resolution for 2015: Release a New Acoustic Album.

This year, I'm planning to channel my creativity into a solo album that will feature unique instrumentations and textures. I chose a specific set of gear to accomplish my goals while keeping costs down. After all, you don't always need to spend big cash to get the best sounds out of your gear.

Alvarez Masterworks MPA70 Parlor Acoustic Guitar
The Alvarez Masterworks Parlor guitar will help me keep my resolution to release a new acoustic-oriented album. I chose this acoustic for a few reasons. For starters, it is a beautiful guitar, aesthetically and sonically. The price is very reasonable for an all-solid-wood acoustic, and I feel that it would be a good centerpiece for my music that would follow. Parlor acoustics are great for intricacy and for fingerstyle, and this is how I intend to use it. This guitar's appeal lies in its outstanding value -- it's under $1,000 bucks, while retaining characteristics often found in guitars that are two or even three times the price.

Cascade Microphones Fat Head II Ribbon Microphone with Lundahl LL2912 Transformer
Because I plan to record acoustic instruments, electrics, and a variety of other wind and percussion instruments, a ribbon microphone is the clear choice to meet all of my needs. I went with a long ribbon mic, as they tend to work out better with acoustic instruments and help achieve maximum clarity. The Lundahl transformer is a welcome addition as well. To top it all off, these Cascade mics are affordable and won't require you to sell off all your other gear to own one -- or two.

Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 USB 2.0 Audio Interface
The Scarlett lineup of audio interfaces are no-nonsense units that get the job done. This is a versatile and powerful interface with 4 professional-grade preamps. It's perfect for recording an acoustic guitar, but can handle recording larger groups like ensembles too. Its flexibility is enhanced with the inclusion of the Xcite+ pack, which includes Ableton Live Lite, the Novation Bass Station software synth, and 1 GB of Loopmasters samples.

- Justin, zZounds Guitar Expert Team

Guitar Expert Product Picks: Martin (1.800.460.8089 x347)

Martin's Resolution for 2015: Make Time to Experiment with Original Music.

I have had a passion for experimental music for as long as I have been a musician. As I have grown into a professional musician, I've found less and less opportunity for experimental, freely improvised music. 2015 is the year I start experimenting with the sounds my bass is capable of. I have two pedals I have enlisted to start this process.

MXR M83 Bass Chorus Deluxe Pedal
We all know Jaco brought the chorus effect sound to the bass. It was a large part of his iconic sound. MXR is famous for their chorus, so naturally I started there with the M83 Bass Chorus pedal. I am so glad that I did. I was able to dial in a lush chorus sound, with both low end and clarity. The X-Over button is the perfect feature for this. It lightens the modulation on lower frequencies, thus minimizing clash with harmonies -- a super-handy feature for a bass player. It can be dialed in to be very utilitarian, or far out. I have found the MXR M83 Chorus pedal to be a great way to expand my sonic palette.

EarthQuaker Devices Pitch Bay Harmonizer Pedal
We were all excited when we started carrying EarthQuaker pedals. I have tried a lot of octave and harmonizer pedals out there, and many of them are great, but the Pitch Bay is something unique. I was able to make some sick sounds with my bass. The gain on this pedal enabled me to put dirt on the sound, and tune or detune the harmonizer. To make the craziest sounds, I would tune up the pedal with knobs, then slightly detune it. When I wanted to get really out there, I plugged my fretless bass into it -- I was amazed at the sounds I was able to make combining a fretless bass with the Pitch Bay. When I'm looking to go into a far-off dissonant place, the Pitch Bay is the first pedal I click.

- Martin, Bass Specialist, zZounds Guitar Expert Team

 
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Guitar Expert Product Picks: Dan (1.800.460.8089 x310)

Dan's Resolution for 2015: Get My Equipment Road-Ready and Start Touring.

In 2015, I'm going to make my equipment road-ready. Once I start going from place to place, the last thing I need is for my equipment to break or fall apart while I'm transporting it. No more using flimsy bags that can potentially break and ruin a guitar.

Gator GPE-ELEC-TSA
I've learned to protect my guitars the hard way. I used to use just my gig bag when I would travel with my guitar. One night, I slung on my gig bag to get ready to leave, when I saw that the strap had broken off the bag. By the time I realized what had happened, it was too late. My headstock hit the floor, and just like that, my guitar's neck broke. Gator makes a solid hard case with their GPE-ELEC-TSA model. You can trust this sturdy case to protect your guitar. And when I'm ready to take my axe on an airplane, I won't have to worry, since this is an ATA flight case.

Pedaltrain 2 HC Pedalboard with ATA Flight Case
When I go out traveling, I have to make sure my pedals are protected from being dropped. I used to just tote my pedals in a bag, then have to set up the pedals when I went to play. With this pedalboard, everything can be set up ahead of time, and all you'll have to do is just plug and play. By having everything all ready, you'll have more time to prepare everything else. Especially with this particular model, Pedaltrain provides more than enough space for all the pedals that you might need.

- Dan, zZounds Guitar Expert Team

 
 
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