Here are the friendly people who help you on the phone, on the floor, and behind the scenes. You can contact staff members individually, or you can reach all of us at .
Owner and proprietor since 1978, Jim is a pre-war Martin aficionado -so much so that he was a consultant to Martin when they sought to refine the design of their D-18 and D-28 Authentic 1937 guitars. The Martin company even bought a vintage Martin from Jim for their own museum. When he's not working in the repair shop on a restoration, or working in the acoustic room at Mass. Street, Jim may be spotted on the PBS popular show 'Antiques Roadshow' appraising musical instruments from guitars to violins. Read more about Jim's adventures on the show on our Massresonator.com blog. Check out some of Jim's appraisals on Antiques Roadshow. You can reach Jim at .
Co-owner and Sales Manager of Mass Street Music, Flynn can be found riding bikes and playing his many guitars when he's not here at the store. John recently finished recording a record (with hot producer Isaac Flynn) for Vintage Church where he is leading worship with his wife and son.
Flynn understands the particular needs of a worship leader - whether you're searching for the perfect guitar to ensure a seamless flow to the service or are looking for a microphone that does double duty. His latest find? The Anderson Crowdster Plus which delivers true acoustic or electric sound at your fingertips without losing any momentum in the service. For any guitar or PA needs contact him at .
Also check out John's Guitar of the Week at www.andersonguitars.com. Once you are to the home page, click on Guitar of the Week, and then click Guitar of the Week Archives at the bottom. Now choose the week April 16, 2006 to see John with his Anderson Crowdster.
Eric comes to Mass Street Music with seven years of guitar playing experience and a real addiction to overdrive pedals. He currently plays in a band with our own Alek Nelson and teaches as well. When not rocking out in his band or working at Mass St, you're most likely to find Eric checking out blues and soul music.
We are happy to welcome Eric Mardis back to Mass Street Music as a member of our sales team. Eric is a member of Split Lip Rayfield and plays an incendiary banjo, but he can wield just about any instrument, acoustic or electric, incredibly well. You might catch him playing jazz or metal just as much as bluegrass. You can reach Eric directly at
Alek has been a great addition to Mass St Music and runs a tight ship as the chief-in-command of our shipping. He has always had a love of music - from his earliest days of banging on pots and pans as a young tyke to playing drums and guitar today...he enjoys making noise. Alek currently plays drums on his church worship team. You can reach Alek directly at .
You might recognize Ted from his work in our repair shop a few years back. He rejoins us after several years at a large instrument store in the Windy City and we're thrilled to have him back. Currently he's helping with a myriad of things at Mass Street from appraisals to heading up special projects so you're as likely to see him at the front counter as get an idea of the value of your '60s Fender from him. A musician with expertise in vintage electric and acoustic guitars and luthiery, he also holds a Masters in Creative Writing from KU. He's a self-described Collings fan-boy and is 'ecstatic' to be back in Lawrence and at Mass Street Music. You can email Ted directly at .
General Manager Mike Horan has been the Shop Manager here at Mass Street since 2000 and has been fixing guitars since 1994, doing everything from the simplest of setups to the most complicated restoration work. He also is a member of the Midday Ramblers. Not only snappy dressers, they also play some mean tunes, which you can buy right here. For performance dates and more check them out on their website at www.middayramblers.com.
Josh Baldridge graduated from Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery in 2001. From there he worked at Lakland Basses in Chicago for a couple of years, which has given him more than a little knowledge about all the details that go into making and repairing high-end instruments. Josh came to Mass Street Music in 2003 and now you can find him repairing all kinds of instruments in our shop.
Matt H. is a graduate of the Galloup School of Luthiery in Big Rapids, Michigan. He apprenticed with Bill Moll at Moll Custom Instruments, building both archtops and flattops. He also worked for a time at Springfield Music, in Springfield, Missouri.
We're delighted to welcome back Mike Runyon who worked here previously from 1999 to 2003 after which he ran his own repair shop and excelled at being Mr. Mom. He's a graduate of the Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery, just like Repair Shop compatriot Josh. We're glad to have him back.
Anne has played in Half-Price Stars, Hit & Run and still rocks from time to time with the Shebangs. She creates the web content for Mass Street Music and specializes in photography. She also handles events, marketing, and advertising. She holds a B.A. in Anthropology and sometimes writes about music. Ideas for workshops or shows you'd like to see at Mass Street Music? Let her know. You can reach her at .
Jesse works on the website and is the creative force behind our videos. Jesse graduated from the University of Kansas in '09 with a Creative Writing degree, and when not working on fiction he spends his time writing songs. Jesse plays and sings in the band Quiet Corral, performs solo as Braswell Roberts, and leads worship whenever he can. You can reach Jesse at
Joshua is a Memphis transplant, and brings his soulful skills in the photo and graphics arenas to Mass Street Music. He blows a mean harmonica, is a banjo player in training, and also - watch out, he knows Kung Fu. You can reach Joshua at
|1.||Heritage Eagle Classic|
|2.||Helweg Custom Pedalboard|
|3.||Collings D2H Baaa Brazilian|
|4.||Germino Lead 55LV Head w/ 212 Cab|
|5.||Analog Outfitters Super Sarge Amp|
|6.||Bogner 412 Cab|
|7.||Collings CW Clarence White|
|8.||Grosh Sunset '79|
|9.||Gretsch G5191 Tim Armstrong Signature|
|10.||Dr. Z M12 112 Combo Amp|