Since I opened up on guitar stores I have to talk about my favorite guitar store of all. Chuck Levin’s in Wheaton, Maryland. Chuck Levin’s has been around forever, and by forever I mean the 1950’s. I have gotten most of my big purchases from Chuck’s. My tele, my taylor and the amp I used to have the Peavy Bandit 112. If you read my blog you know how much I love my telecaster and I like to use my Taylor as a default picture.
Not only do I love supporting local music locations, but I also grew up a few miles away in Maryland and they have the lowest prices. I have seen them under cut craigslist. I don’t have to any comparison shopping. Also their employees have always been nice, which is not the norm. When the Johnny Marr Jaguar came out I wanted to play it immediately, and one day I ended up at Chuck Levins and they actually opened up a new case for me to try out. It was amazing. Also very knowledgeable, these guys have been in business for decades and are always willing to talk about guitars. They also have an extensive PRS section because of that special MD connection.
They also deal with other instruments besides guitar, bass and drums. So if you are in the market for a violin or cello, or maybe a trumpet you can pick one up along with the guitar you are most likely buying. I tried to get into violin, but it was not my destiny.
Here is the link and if you are ever in Wheaton, Maryland stop by. I don’t think they know who I am though.
A few items I have gotten there
Telecaster with black pick guard
Reverend Flatroc from Reverendguitars.com
I was recently in Ann Arbor for a graduation and I found Herb David Guitar Studio. As far as guitar stores I’ve been to it is one of the best. I only ended up buying a banjo strap but I tried out a few Reverend guitars. If you are ever in Ann Arbor is highly recommend stopping in. They have jams on Sundays and the staff is very friendly and helpful. They carry a lot of Seagull acoustics and Fender electrics. I only ended up buying a banjo strap there, but I did try out a few of the Reverend guitars they had in stock. If I ever decide on a Reverend I’m going to get it there.
So I tried out the Reverend Flatroc and it is a damn nice guitar. The one I played had contoured korina body, mini humbucker pick-ups and a rosewood fret board. I was playing it through an orange tiny terror head which sounded great. It doesn’t have a lot, I think just 4 dials but dialing down the wattage gave the Reverend a nice gritty sound. Playing the Flatroc really gave me an appreciation for mini humbuckers. They are really a different sound and I have been looking for minis. The puck ups look a lot like the filtertron humbuckers that Gretch uses. I think that was a smart move because it’s really has that warm country sound I was looking for. I loved the contour of the body it was like a modified Strat contour but the guitar felt very substantial. I think I loved everything about the body from the feel to the retro style.
The only thing I didn’t like was the bound fret board and the frets were too large for me. That is totally a personal preference and its one of the same reasons that Les Pauls and SGs feel weird to me. However, I would chose the Reverend neck over an SG neck any day. I also picked up a reverend six gun and it sounded very close to my telecaster. Which was great but I would probably stick with my tele. Ultimately, if I hadn’t been traveling by air I probably would have bought the Flatroc.
Here are some links
I know my posting has been pretty sparse lately but I am finally done with all the busy stuff I had in April.
Here is where I am.
The last post I was talking a little bit about amplifiers and I ended up buying an Egnater 20 rebel. I am so excited about it. I spent a lot of time in different shops trying out gear. Figuring out what my needs are. Since I live in a 1 bedroom apartment there is no reason for me to get a 100 watt amp. One of the reasons I bought the Egnater rebel is that you can dial the wattage down to 1 watt from 20 which is an amazing feature that I jumped on. I don’t have it yet but when I get it there with certainly be a post on it. I have been looking at a lot of tube amps lately and have been around to a few store and have been trying out different tube combos and heads. I ended up going with a head and cabinet instead of a combo because I like the ability to mix with different cabinets and heads.
Just so you know where I am coming from, I have a small 8 watt bass amp I use for all my amp needs. This is very inadequate for my electric guitar, but perfect for my bass and acoustic. I used to have more amps but moving from apartment to apartment makes you reevaluate your things.
The next guitar I am going to get is a Gibson Les Paul. I have been looking at them extensively for a long time and I don’t know when I am going to get one or from where but it’s coming.
Finally, I am thinking about basses. I have been playing more bass and I have tried a few fretless basses that I really like. That might be coming in the future, especially because it’s a good contrast to the heavy metal Schecter bass I have right now.
That’s all for now, I will have a lot more coming in May.