instrumentsDanelectro 12-string electric guitar - 1990's Fender CIJ Jazzmaster (Lollar pickups, Mastery bridge) - 2000's Fender Hot Rod Telecaster - 2010's Fender Musicmaster bass - 1976 Gibson BR-9 lap steel - 1950's Gibson 335 Dot - 2008 Gibson Les Paul (Kalamazoo Made) - 1980 Martin 00015M acoustic Silvertone Artist lap steel - 1950's Sho-bud 6319 pedal steel (Pro I setup) - 1975

amps 65amps Soho (head) Fargen Olde 800 mk2 (head) Fender Princeton Reverb silverface (combo) Mesa Boogie Rocket 44 (combo) Port City Pearl (head) Winfield Cyclone (head) ZT lunchbox (combo) 1x12" open back cabinet - Jensen P12N 1x12" closed back cabinet - WGS Veteran 30

pedals / effects Boss TR-2 Tremolo (JHS mod) Catalinbread Manx Loaghtan Digitech Whammy (version 1) EHX Hum Debugger EHX Holy Grail EHX Memory Man Ernie Ball VP Jr. (250 & 25k ohm) Eventide Space Frantone Glacier Freakshow Effects Maharishi Fulltone Cylde Wah Fulltone Deja Vibe 2 Fulltone Fulldrive 2 (JHS mod) Fulltone OCD Fulltone Supa-Trem Fulltone Supa-Trem 2 Fulltone Fulldrive 2 (JHS mod) Goodrich L120 JHS Pulp 'n Peel JHS Banana Boost JHS Morning Glory Korg Mini-KP Line 6 M9 Line 6 DL4 Malekko vibrato Malekko 616 analog delay Musicomlab EFX MK III+ MXR Phase 90 MXR 108 fuzz ProCo Rat (Keeley mod) Source Audio Programmable EQ Suhr Koko Boost Strymon Mobius Strymon Timeline TC Electronic mini Spark Booster TC Electronic Polytune Mini TC Electronis Ditto X2 looper T-Rex ToneBug Reverb Voodoo Lab Pedal Switcher Voodoo Lab Pedal Power 2+ Xotic EP booster Zvex Fuzz Factory Zvex Super Hard On




Over the past 15 years, I've been fortunate to work with students from ages 8 - 80. sometimes I get excited

Each student calls for his/her own unique strategy and I truly enjoy exploring the world of the guitar and music with each and everyone. I've also learned a lot from my students in watching their development and learning how to be the best resource possible to them.

Please contact me at I'd love to hear about your interests and goals.

easy tells

easy tells

Easy Tells Joe's Pub

Formed in New York City, 2010.

Comprised of singer-songwriter Matthew Crosby, guitarist Ryan Mackstaller, bassist Matt Brandau, and drummer/stylist Keith Robinson.


Various tracks from recordings I've been a part of. Please consider supporting these artists and their efforts.

The following recordings represent live / demo / unfinished recordings from over the years. Please enjoy.

RM (guitar), Phil Sterk (pedal steel), Julianne Carney (violin), Geoff Kraly (bass), Tim Kuhl (drums)

RM (guitar), Daniel Bennett (saxophones), Tim Brown (drums)



Lizzie stage reading

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Guitarist / producer Ryan Mackstaller lives in Brooklyn, NY and is a member of Easy Tells, Tam Lin and The Lost Hours. He has also performed and recorded with The Majorleans, Julie Kathryn, Christian Gibbs (Lucinda Black Bear), Kenneth Aaron Harris (The Films) and Anita Maj (UK). His guitar work also can be heard on the recently released cast recording of the rock musical, "Lizzie." Ryan also moonlights as an improviser and noise-maker in New York performing with artists including Gerald Cleaver, Mat Maneri, Tony Malaby, Michael Formanek, Andrew Bishop, Jon Irabagon, James Ilgenfritz, Vinnie Sperrazza, Rick Parker and Tim Kuhl. Rick, Tim and Ryan comprise the project Little Worlds, which explores the Mikrokosmos pieces penned by 20th century Hungarian composer Bela Bartok.

Ryan works out his production studio, Red Panda Sound, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

little worlds

little worlds

little worlds

Dedicated to innovative reinterpretations of the Mikrokosmos collection. These brief melodies are inflected with new meaning by guitarist, Ryan Mackstaller, trombonist Rick Parker and drummer Tim Kuhl. The trio draws from their dynamic musical experiences in the rock, jazz, avant garde & improvised music scenes of Brooklyn, NY in their dynamic performance of these classical etudes.




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