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zZounds' Guitar Experts' Product Picks: November 2014

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)
Fishman Aura Spectrum DI Acoustic Pedal
When you've spent countless hours rehearsing your set unplugged and gotten your strum to be your sound, your set can't be compromised by a thin, nasal-sounding steel-string tone. Sure, the one-thousand-seat venue downtown will have you covered with a great mixing desk to keep your tone intact, but what about the open mic night at the watering hole around the corner? As with all things acoustic amplification, Fishman is the name I trust for the job. Many players can get by with the simple equalization and tone controls built in to their acoustic-electric, but for the player that needs more control and voices for their instrument, the Fishman Aura Spectrum DI is your best bet, hands down. You get a very easy-to-control pedal that lays out your EQ and one-knob compressor clearly right in front of you, as well as a tuner, effects loop, and feedback filter. For those looking to really knock 'em out of the park, this preamp pedal lets you pick from an amazing library of 128 built-in "Images": studio-quality tone presets that model the sound of gold-standard studio microphones on your guitar. This is some of Fishman's R&D at its finest -- you won't believe the options you can unlock by plugging your Aura Spectrum DI into your computer via USB. There's a ton of amazing-sounding options to play around with to find your perfect performance tone, and don't forget, it's a DI too. Pop it in the gig bag and go!

Grundorf PRO-GSCG Guitar Stand Case
Some folks find one axe, and it's the one guitar they'll need for a lifetime. That's all fine and good, but the rest of us out here are amassing a collection. Once you've fallen into the habit, you lose track and one day you've got half a dozen guitars that need a place to stay. This portable, tough-as-nails, Grundorf PRO-GSCG guitar stand case is your best bet for a secure stand that won't mar or scratch your babies' finishes. When creativity strikes, I don't want my guitars cased up for me to pull out -- I want 'em at arms reach, ready to go. My guitars used to clutter up a bit of real estate in my bedroom and in the rehearsal space. When you can't start drilling holes in your wall to hang 'em, this 6-guitar stand is your best option. It's fuzzy, padded, and has an adjustable lower width for your bigger hollowbodies and acoustic guitars. On the road? Fold it up and go. You've invested in the guitars -- now stash 'em somewhere your bandmate's cat won't knock 'em over.

- Bert, zZounds Guitar Expert

 
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Guitar Expert Product Picks: Justin (1.800.460.8089 x384)
D'Angelico EXDC Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar
The D'Angelico EXDC is a killer guitar in terms of great looks, playability, and price too. I always love semi-hollow guitars, and this D'Angelico is no exception. The ornate headstock and pickguard design are a great change of pace, and only add to the value of the guitar for me. The neck is a decent size and feels comfortable for fretting anything from jazz chords to solos. Tonally, the EXDC's neck pickup is warm without being clunky -- it really complemented the tone of my Fender amp. The bite I got out of the bridge pickup was gritty in the best possible way -- it was nicely complementary to the neck pickup. Overdrives were really clear and focused due to this guitar's body -- semi-hollow maple with a mahogany center block -- and it was able to keep up with rock playing just as well. Overall, the EXDC is a versatile tone monster with plenty of available sounds that just plain work.

Boss FV-500H Mono High Impedance Volume Pedal
A volume pedal may not be the most exciting pedal around, but its capabilities in your guitar rig can be vast. I personally place this Boss pedal after my overdrives for controlling output levels during sets. You can also try placing the FV-500H before your overdrives, and get some interesting variations in gain levels when the pedal is moved to different volumes. The pedal interacts with delays and other modulation effects too, and it can be an easy and unique way to spice up your setup. If placed last, it can also function as a kind of killswitch for your rig if you need it. There is a knob that controls the volume level that the pedal passes when it is in the "off" (heel-down) position, and this becomes very useful if you do not want to totally cut off your sound completely when operating the pedal. As you can see, volume pedals can serve a plethora of functions in your rig. They are affordable, useful tools that I consider to be pedalboard essentials.

- Justin, zZounds Guitar Expert

 
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Guitar Expert Product Picks: Martin (1.800.460.8089 x347)
Eden WT800 World Tour Hybrid Bass Amplifier Head (2x440 Watts)
I recently purchased the Eden WT800 -- and it's one of favorite purchases of my career so far! I've been able to really put this thing through the wringer, playing through it at several different gigs with very different bands. From upright bass with a big band, to my 5-string in a rock band, the WT800 delivered. This amp has tons of power: I was able to push and shake the stage even with a full horn section. The WT800 has the perfect mix of low end and clarity with ample headroom, so your sound stays pristine and clean at high volumes. Need a great bass head for the studio? I am in the process of recording an album with my band, and all my bass tone is coming from my WT800 plugged direct into the board. The Eden WT800 provides everything you expect from the Eden name -- it's a great amp for a serious bassist looking for serious tone.

NS Design NXT4 Omni Electric Bass
I speak to many people who are very interested in upright bass, but are intimidated by it. After all, the upright bass can be quite a beast to tame. Luckily, NS Design has come up with the perfect solution: the NXT4 Omni Electric Bass. The NXT is an electric upright, but it has a 34" scale, just like an electric bass, so it feels very familiar to electric bass players. As an upright bassist and electric bassist, I found it very easy to get around the fingerboard on this bass. I was surprised how easy bowing the Omni Bass was -- it felt very natural, despite being smaller than what I'm used to. NS Design has a great idea with this bass -- the NXT Omni is the perfect way to expand your playing capabilities and venture into the world of upright bass.

- Martin, Bass Specialist, zZounds Guitar Expert Team

 
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Guitar Expert Product Picks: Dan (1.800.460.8089 x310)
G7th Performance 2 Capo
This updated "2" version of G7th's original Performance Capo improves an already-great product with a new smaller, slimmer footprint. Its innovative squeeze design makes using this capo a breeze. With this capo, tuning issues are a thing of the past -- you don't have to worry about the strings being pushed too much and causing any sort of tuning issues. G7th has also made sure that the capo does not cause any damage to your guitar by using silicon rubber. Where other capos come with a preset tension that's bound to be either too tight or not tight enough, with the Performance 2 capo you get to decide how much tension is applied onto your guitar, giving you a great-sounding instrument every time. Everyone needs a capo in their gig bag, and this one is great for all kinds of acoustic and electric guitars.

Lock It Straps 2" Nylon Guitar Strap
Ever since the dawn of man, guitarists all over the world have tried to find ways to prevent their axe from falling off so they can do their crazy guitar flips. That's where the Lock It strap comes in. Securing your guitar is now as simple as the name of the brand. This nylon-and-leather guitar strap comes with a built-in mechanism that works with your existing strap pins, so you dont have to worry about having to install strap lock pegs on your guitar. This is definitely a great add-on for the guitarist who has everything and is needing the next big thing in innovative accessories. See how the Lock It strap works in this 20-second video.

- Dan, zZounds Guitar Expert

 
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