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The Year Ahead: Kess' Top Picks for Winter 2016

Posted on December 29, 2015

Looking back at 2015, it was quite the innovative and exciting year for gear. With gems such as the Boss SY-300,  the Electro Harmonix Cool Vibes and Cock Fight pedals, and the newly revoiced Taylor 6 series, 2015 was certainly an intriguing year for gear. 

Here some things we are looking forward to in 2016!

Catalina Chorus - Seymour Duncan

 We here at Rose Morris are huge fans of Seymour Duncan pedals, especially after we named the Vapor Trail Analog Delay one of our favourite pedals of the year.

From clean shimmers to swirling lush effects, this pedal will surely meet every player's needs. With delay times from 6 to 60 milliseconds and a 'hard' and 'soft' modes this pedal gives you versatility and full tonal control. 

Said to be one of the most dynamic and fluent chorus pedals on the market, it isn't a surprise that we are (not so) patiently waiting to get our hands on the Catalina Chorus! 

 

 

720 Stereo Looper - Electro Harmonix

If there is one thing we have seen dominate the pedal market this year it would have to be compact looper pedals. We are quite excited that Electro Harmonix will be joining in with the innovative 720 Stereo Looper. 

The 720 Stereo Looper has 720 seconds (that's 12 minutes) of stereo looping time, giving you 10 independent loops and infinite overdubbing. With Reverse and 1/2 speed options this pedal definitely brings a new twist to the loop pedal. It also provides extended battery life, which is a bonus if you are looking to busk. 

Perhaps the most exciting feature: It also includes a stereo in/out so you can record two instruments at once!

 

SE 277 Semi-Hollow Soapbar Baritone- PRS

 2015 marked the anniversary of 30 years of breakthroughs and innovations for PRS. Boasting a fantastic range of anniversary SE's and Custom 24's, PRS proved that they aren't going to be stopping any time soon, which brings us to one of the guitars we are most excited about in the new year: the 277 Semi-Hollow Soapbar Baritone. 

With its 2 P-90 or 'soapbar' pickups, this guitar offers a flexible, muscled, and over-all aggressive tone. The flexibility of this guitar really shines when played clean- with sparkly high ends for lead work and a warm bass tone for those big chords. Tuned B to B, this guitar unlocks a whole new world of chord voicings and tones. 

 

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