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FREE Restrings at Fidpick


Free Restrings at Fidpick

From 1-4pm Sunday, Aug. 28th, we'll be offering FREE restrings at the Mass Street Music booth down in South Park at the Kansas State Fiddling and Picking Championships! Just bring by your guitar, chat us up while you wait, and in no time you'll have a fresh set of steel ready for the day. We'll be using our house brand for the FREE restrings, but we'll have a plenty of other brands on hand if you would like to purchase your favorite. We only ask that you limit it to one guitar per person so we can get to as many pickers as possible.

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August 2016 Staff Picks


Josh BaldridgeTom Anderson Electric Guitars - Raven Classic Shorty - Baby Blue
As summer comes to a close my surfing dreams begging to fade...thankfully this guitar will keep them alive in true Beach Boy fashion! Another killer build from the folks down at Anderson.

 Tom Anderson Electric Guitars - Raven Classic Shorty - Baby Blue

Check out our latest Anderson Gear to hit the store!

Jim Baggett – Collings Acoustic Guitars - D1 A Traditional T Series
The folks at Collings have done it again with this vintage-inspired, modern classic.

 Collings Acoustic Guitars - D1 A Traditional T Series

Our Collings inventory is always changing - check out our Collings Traditional Collection! 

Eric Mardis – Electro-Harmonix Effect Pedals - Mel 9
Plug into the Mel 9 and turn your guitar into a classic Mellotron for that vintage woodwind/brass effect.

 Electro-Harmonix Effect Pedals - Mel 9

Check out all of our Pedals & related Gear!

Eric PutnamTungsten Amps - Crema Wheat Oxblood/Blonde
The Crema Wheat is a fantastic little amp. I really like the way this amp takes pedals when set clean or on the edge of breakup. It is also great when it is turned all the way up for those classic Neil Young/Joe Walsh tweed tones. You can just roll back your volume to clean it up. It is small and lightweight as well, and makes a great small club gigging amp. I liked this amps so much that I bought one for my self! 

Tungsten Amps - Crema Wheat 

Check out our lineup of Electric Guitar Amps!

Matt Pelsma – Empress Effects - Reverb
There are a LOT of different sounding reverbs on this unit. If you're looking for something like a Strymon Big Sky, but with more tailored and specific sounds, grab this pedal. It even has a bubbly delay called "beer"! Can't beat that.

 Empress Effects - Reverb

Check out our growing collection of Reverb Pedals!

Mike Horan –  Shelley Park Guitars - 1998 Gypsy Jazz Guitar Figured Koa
Pretty loud guitar with lots of projection and surprising amount of thickness in the low end. Gorgeous wood choice with the koa back and side, not to mention the bear claw spruce. This wood combination is no longer offered so here's your chance to snag a truly unique guitar from one of our favorite modern builders.

 Shelley Park Guitars - 1998 Gypsy Jazz Guitar Figured Koa

Don't miss our upcoming Gypsy Jazz Rhythm Guitar Workshop 

Jade Roland – Leo Posch Acoustic Guitars - Deep Body OM Full Sunburst
My favorite guitar to play since I've started working at the store. Gorgeous custom building.

Leo Posch Acoustic Guitars - Deep Body OM Full Sunburst

Catch up on our growing inventory of Leo Posch Guitars!

Trey DurkinJohn Ramsey Guitars - Brazilian Dreadnought - Used
This custom build Dread is an absolute cannon, with booming lows, sparkling highs and a rich warm midrange. The term banjo-killer usually scares me as banjo player, but it is totally appropriate for this guitar. Well built and a great price for Brazilian back and sides that you don't see everyday.


John Ramsey Guitars - Brazilian Dreadnought - Used

Check out all our current Dreadnoughts! 

Susan Willits - Bart Reiter Banjos - 2002 11" Standard Used
This used Bart Reiter Standard open back banjo is a really nice instrument. Great build quality with a wonderful sound, it's in very good condition and includes a hard shell case.
Bart Reiter Banjos - 2002 11" Standard Used

Check out our collection of Open Back Banjos 

Matt KappenmanFender - Deluxe Thinline Telecaster - Candy Apple Red
I'm a sucker for a Thinline tele, being able to sit on the couch and play it without being plugged in is so satifying. This new Fender Deluxe series is the real deal with noiseless pickups across the lineup. Check out our other Fender Deluxe Nashville and Thinline tele options!

 Fender - Deluxe Thinline Telecaster - Candy Apple Red

Check out our full lineup of Fender Electrics! 
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Next Day Service on Guitar Setups


Next Turnarounds on Setups at Mass Street Music

The Repair Shop has been working hard this summer. Streamlining procedures, honing of skills, and bringing on more staff has resulted in some serious good news for you! Starting August 8th we're excited to offer Next Day Service, Monday through Thursday, on Guitar Setups and Restrings. Drop of any guitar for a restring or setup and we'll have it ready for you the very next day! 

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July 2016 Staff Picks


Josh BaldridgeFender - Deluxe Thinline Telecaster RW - Burst
When Fender showed me the new MIM Deluxe Series Telecasters, I was impressed with their design choices. This guitar arrived late last week and it is the best guitar under $1K that I have played in a long time. It is so light weight and balanced, that every time I pick it up I involuntarily say "You've gotta be kidding me." It is so nice to have the series wiring position right out of the box as well.

 Fender - Deluxe Thinline Telecaster RW - Burst

Check out our latest Fender Gear to hit the store!

Jim Baggett – Martin Acoustic Guitars - 1941 D-18
I've always been a D-18 fan and this one sounds better everyday.

 Martin Acoustic Guitars - 1941 D-18

Our Vintage inventory is always changing - check out our Vintage Collection 

Eric Mardis – Don Grosh Electric Guitars - Retro Classic Hollow T Standard LE
Classic look and feel on this Hollow T by one of our favorite boutique luthiers.

 Don Grosh Electric Guitars - Retro Classic Hollow T Standard LE

Check out our collection of Grosh Guitars!

Eric PutnamKlon - KTR Pedal
There are plenty of great Klon clones out on the market today, but it is easy to forget that you can still get a Klon designed by Bill Finnegan (who built the original klons). Although it is not an exact replica of the original Klons it excels at the same types of tones as the original. As a clean boost it adds something special to your amps sound. It makes everything sound a bit fuller and more dynamic. It also works great as a light to medium overdrive and has a really nice mid range push that will make you cut through a mix without sounding too focused and nasal.

Klon - KTR Pedal 

Check out our growing collection of Overdrive Pedals!

Matt Pelsma – Waterloo by Collings - WL-K
I have sincerely never player a guitar new or used that I instantly like out of the case as much as this guitar. It has a sustain and balance that could be characterized as vintage, but to me it is entirely sweet like any new 12-fret OO or smaller bodied guitar I have played. Based on your picking technique, this guitar could sing or sob. It is a wild joy to play, and so light it feels like it will fly out of your hands.

 Waterloo by Collings WL-K

Check out this big, bold, vintage sound from a modern guitar!

Mike Horan –  Taylor Acoustic Guitars - 612Ce 12-Fret Grand Concert
I was really surprised by this guitar.  It was very responsive to my pick attack and had a very full sound for a small-bodied guitar.

 Taylor Acoustic Guitars - 612Ce 12-Fret Grand Concert

Don't miss Mike's Demo of this gorgeous sounding Maple Taylor! 

Matt Harmon – Lindy Fralin Bass Pickups - P-Bass
If you research replacement bass pickups you'll find that most folks on the forums are all about Fralins, and for good reason. These are a great upgrade to any P-bass, do your ears a favor and get one installed today.

Lindy Fralin Bass Pickups - P-Bass

Catch up on our growing inventory of Lindy Fralin pickups!

Trey DurkinGibson - 1972 EB-0L Walnut Bass
Great single humbucker rock tone with a pick, with a versatile plucked tone as well - good for anything from Motown to country. This bass has a worn in neck, with a total vintage vibe. Love the slotted headstock!

Gibson - 1972 EB-0L Walnut Bass 

Check out our current inventory of Vintage Gibsons 

Susan Willits - Leo Posch Acoustic Guitars - Deep Body OM Full Sunburst
Here's another wonderful guitar from local luthier Leo Posch. This deep body OM guitar has a rich, robust sound with plenty of power when you drive it, as well as sounding lovely, with a sweet tone when finger picking. The highly figured maple looks classy with the full body sunburst and I love the rope purfling around the red spruce top!
Leo Posch Acoustic Guitars - Deep Body OM Full Sunburst

Check out our collection of Leo Posch Guitars 

Matt KappenmanMartin Acoustic Guitars - D-18 - Sunburst
Winfield is right around the corner, and I'm starting to feel that yearly pull back to a big, bold dreadnought sound. It's a weekly battle between two of my favorites in the hotrod Collings D1 Custom and this classic Martin D-18 sound.

 Martin Acoustic Guitars - D-18 - Sunburst

Check out our full lineup of Dreadnoughts! 
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Repair Spotlight: Swimming Pool Route


Swimming Pool Route - HH Strat

The Repair Shop here at Mass Street is always up for a challenge when it comes to satisfying the requests and mods of our customers. This time around Matt H. was tasked with turning a three pickup Stratocaster into a dual humbucker configured guitar. The easiest way to accomplish this was routing out the entire pickup cavity, and creating what's known as a swimmming pool route. After carefully measuring, and marking out exactly what material will be removed from the body, Matt then setup a custom template/jig for drilling and routing out the excess material.

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June 2016 Staff Picks


Josh BaldridgeCollings Electric Guitars - Used 290 - TV Yellow
Besides looking completely awesome, these guitars sound amazing. The Lollar P90s have a gritty edge to them that hits the amp with enough punch to drive the front end beautifully.

 Collings Electric Guitars - Used 290 - TV Yellow

Check out our latest Used Gear to hit the store!

Jim Baggett – Gibson - 1938 Ray Whitley "Recording King"
Classic '30s Gibson built model sold under the Recording King brand.

Gibson - 1938 Ray Whitley "Recording King" 

Our Vintage inventory is always changing - check out our Vintage Collection 

Eric Mardis – Tom Anderson Electric Guitars - Angel Player - Black
This guitar is like a Ferrari. Aggressive, perfectly balanced, wicked good looks, and an addictive high performance feel. This may be the ultimate stunt guitar!

 Tom Anderson Electric Guitars - Angel Player - Black

Check out our collection of Anderson Guitars!

Eric PutnamCaroline Guitar Effect Pedals - Wave Cannon MKII Superdistorter
With as many drive pedals as we carry it can be easy to overlook a great pedal. Although we have carried the Wave Cannon for a while, I forgot how fun and great sounding this pedal is. It can go anywhere from a light drive to a wall of sound. Also the self osculation momentary switch is great for noise makin'.  

Caroline Guitar Effect Pedals - Wave Cannon MKII Superdistorter

Check out our growing collection of Distortion Pedals!

Matt Pelsma – Cusack Effects - Tap-A-Delay
One of the most useful utility delay pedals I have ever played. I don't use a tap tempo function all too often, so having that switch double as a ramp to slow or speed up to a different delay speed is a great option! I would use this mostly for killer warm delays, but some of the outside modulation settings certainly have their place as well.

 Cusack Effects - Tap-A-Delay

Check out our current lineup of new Effects Pedals!

Mike Horan –  Waterloo by Collings - WL-K
"Best Little Guitar in Texas" Award.

Waterloo by Collings - WL-K

Short and sweet, Mike's picked a new shop favorite from Collings! 

Matt Harmon – Wolfetone Legends Neck - Raw Nickel Cover
These are our top notch 50's PAF humbucker replacements. Just listen to our recordings and decide for yourself. If its time to swap those stock PAF wannabees and get a pickup worthy of your guitar these Wolfetone Legends are it.

Wolfetone Legends Neck - Raw Nickel Cover - Braid

Read all about our demos of the Wolfetone pickup line!

Trey DurkinGibson Acoustic Guitars - 1936 L50 Archtop
This L50 has a fantastic tone that's great for many genres, from Old-time rhythm to Jazz leads and everything in between. It might have the most comfortable neck ever? Well worn, like a hard 'V' that has been played so much it's become a soft 'V.' Instantly feels like a familiar old friend.

Gibson Acoustic Guitars - 1936 L50 Archtop 

Check out our current inventory of Vintage Gibsons 

Susan Willits - Leo Posch Acoustic Guitars - NL
The figured maple back and sides are gorgeous and the full body sunburst makes it even more striking. This, as well as the tiger stripe pickguard and impressive inlay all combine to make this a very attractive guitar. The NL has a wonderful sound across the whole spectrum. Plenty of volume for playing in a band, or sounds lovely solo!

Leo Posch Acoustic Guitars - NL

Check out our collection of Leo Posch Guitars 

Matt KappenmanBart Reiter Banjos - Standard Open-Back
Summer means sitting out on the deck with a cold beverage and an instrument in hand. Lately, I can't seem to put down is my Bart Reiter banjo for such backyard jams. This Standard is a fantastic combination of Bart's no frills, vintage appearance with tried and true building techniques. There's a reason he's been doing this for over 35 years.

 Bart Reiter Banjos - Standard Open-Back

Check out our full collection of Banjos! 
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May 2016 MSM News


Mass Street Music November 2015 newsWith summer just around the corner now's the perfect time to start getting serious about your playing, or possibly venturing into new territory, or maybe contemplating a new musical partner in crime! Mass Street has you covered on all fronts in the coming months. From the return of our String Sale, to the arrival of the Collings Traditional Series along with upcoming Pedal and Recording workshops we have something for every skill level to kick start their musical summer. Throw in our Free First Guitar Lesson courtesy of the crew at The Guitar Studio and there is no end to the possibilities.

 String Sale at Mass Street Music

Don't miss the chance to stock up on your favorite strings this summer. Head on over to read all about the Summer String Sale.

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First Look: Reviews and Impressions of the Collings Traditional T Series


To say there's been a focus on Collings at the store this past month would be an understatement. It seems like every few days another Traditional model is rolling in, ready to be inspected, photographed, demoed and recorded. We thought it might be a good idea to take a selection of our photos and demos videos, along with some first thoughts from the luthiers up in the Repair Shop and really showcase this new line up of Traditional T Series guitars from Collings. 

Collings Traditional T Series D1 Torrified

Glamour shot of our D1 Traditional T-Series Torrified guitar

Every one of the first batch of Collings T-Series guitars has been pre-sold before it's even arrived at the store. We currently have eight more on order, so make sure and give us a call to get your future Collings Traditional locked down.

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Summer String Sale at Mass Street Music


Mass Street String SaleIt's the time of year for backyard bbq jams, and garageband rehearsals. Time to tune up, and restring those guitars that have been neglected during the winter. To celebrate summer being just around the corner we're bringing back our Summer String sale. Anytime through August 31st stop by the store and stock up on your favorite $5 electric and $6 acoustic guitar strings!

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May 2016 Staff Picks


Josh BaldridgeFender American Elite Jazz Bass - Tobacco Burst
It feels like Fender paid extra attention to the body on these new Elite basses. The weight is really light and well balanced. Also, I love the color on this one, reminds me of the vintage '66 P-bass we had in a while back. The neck on this feels great, and the tone out of these new noiseless pickups is fantastic.

Fender American Elite Jazz Bass - Tobacco Burst

Stop by and check out the killer active electronics on this Fender Elite Jazz Bass

Jim Baggett – Collings Acoustic Guitars - C10-35 SB
Picked this C10-35 up after a recent trip down to the Collings workshop, and we're continually blown away by the tone and volume produced by this small bodied guitar. A really fine model from the folks at Collings.

Collings Acoustic Guitars - C10-35 SB

Our Collings inventory is always changing - check out our Collings Collection 

Eric Mardis – Tom Anderson - Raven Superbird - Transparent Cherry
This is one killer Anderson with a short scale length for easy shredding. Throw in two custom Anderson pickups in the PH1 and HC2 and you've got an incredibly versatile electric.

Anderson Superbird

Check out collection of Anderson Guitars!

Eric PutnamFender - American Elite Stratocaster - Aged Cherry Burst
When I first heard about the Elite Strat I didn't think it would be that different from the deluxe series. But when we got one in it surprised me. The first thing I noticed was the asymmetrical neck shape, which is extremely comfortable and very fast. The noiseless pickups have a lot more character than previous noiseless fender pickups. Really great guitar!   

Fender - American Elite Stratocaster - Aged Cherry Burst

Check out our collection of Fender Electrics in stock!

Matt Pelsma – Chase Bliss Audio - Tonal Recall Analog Delay
Warm and punchy analog sound without the trappings and tone draining characteristic of some vintage analog delays.  This pedal can be subtle, but also outlandish.  The "ramp" knob will determine the speed of the pitch shifts, while the modulation can be used to dial in some chill with your warmth.  I didn't even get into all the expression options and controls that Chase Bliss is known for before I got lost in everything that is tweak-able on the front face.  The most versatile analog delay I have ever played!

Chase Bliss Audio - Tonal Recall 

We're really excited to have pedals from Chase Bliss Audio in stock - stop by the store to check out our lineup!

Mike Horan –  Collings Acoustic Guitars - 02SB 12-Fret - Western Shaded
This 12-Fret 02SB is an obvious choice for any fingerpicker, but it has a surprising amount of projection when played with a flatpick as well. A real stunner with the Western Shaded finish.

 Collings Acoustic Guitars - 02SB 12-Fret - Western Shaded

Check our the BIG sound out of this little guitar in our latest Mass Street Demo! 

Matt Harmon – Eastman Electric Guitars - USED T486 Thinline
Get this 486 while you can, I replaced the pickups with Wolfetone Legends and it sounds amazing. The pickups alone are $300 new and with this setup you can save on labor install as well.

Eastman Electric Guitars - USED T486 Thinline

Read all about our demos of the Wolfetone pickup line!

Trey DurkinGibson Banjos - 1932 TB-1 5-String Conversion
This is an exceptional banjo in very good shape. Great feeling wider than average neck profile, with smooth playability due to the radiused fingerboard. It has a rich complex tone, very full with a deeper bass than you might expect without being muddy. Loud as a cannon, you'll be heard in just about any situation. Although this style banjo is much more commonly played with picks (which it handles great) this resonator sounds fantastic for frailing as well!

Gibson Banjos - 1932 TB-1 5-String Conversion

Check out our current inventory of Vintage Gibsons 

Susan Willits - Collings Mandolins - 2010 MT2 USED
This used Collings MT2 is a gorgeous instrument! The beautiful maple back, sides and neck practically glow and I love the elegant flourish peghead inlay! This MT2 is extremely clean and is a great player with clear high notes and well defined tone across the board. It comes with a pickguard and a hard shell case that looks like it's never been out from under the bed! A great deal at this price, it probably won't be here long!!
Collings Mandolins - 2010 MT2 USED

Susan with a great used Collings Mando!  

Matt KappenmanMartin Acoustic Guitars - 2009 D-18GE Golden Era
This is one of those dreadnoughts that when given a little push it can really roar! With the vintage string spacing there's plenty of room to really lay into a bass run without tripping up your picking. Some mahogany dreads end up with a muddy low end - but this D-18 has a punch and directness that's ready to deliver a knock out punch at your next jam.

 Martin Acoustic Guitars - 2009 D-18GE Golden Era

Check out the sound samples on this Golden Era D-18! 
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