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September 2017 Staff Picks


Josh BaldridgeEastman Electric Guitars - SB59 Goldburst
This Eastman nails the look and vibe of a classic solid-body guitar. The Seymour Duncans sounds great, chimes without being too dark. The body produces plenty of sustain without being too heavy. Great guitar and affordable. 

Eastman Electric Guitars - SB59 Goldburst

We've been looking forward to this SB59 since NAMM! It's turned out better than expected. View more Eastman Guitars here

Jim Baggett – Collings Acoustic Guitars - D1 Traditional T Series
An extremely expressive and open dreadnought right out of the case. These Sitka D1 Traditionals might be the best bang for your buck form Collings right now.

Collings Acoustic Guitars - D1 Traditional T Series

Our Collings inventory is always changing - head on over to view the latest in our Collings Collection! 

Eric PutnamTom Anderson Electric Guitars - Icon Classic - Mystic Teal
Our very own Matt Pelsma has been trying to decide what color to paint his walls. I have been suggesting Mystic Teal. What a great look for your walls or a guitar! Besides the looks I also love the combination of the PH-2 in the bridge with the SC1 single coils. The PH-2 is not as far from a single coil as a humbucker would be, but it is a great way to get a fatter bridge sound while still having plenty of chime.

Tom Anderson Electric Guitars - Icon Classic - Mystic Teal

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Matt Pelsma – Gretsch - G5622T Electromatic Center Block w/Bigsby - Georgia Green
As soon as you plug in you experience the bright and full punchy tone for which Gretsch guitars are known. Great feeling Bigsby trem rounds out this classic yet modern package.

Gretsch Electric Guitars - G5622T Electromatic Center Block w/Bigsby - Georgia Green

Check out our current collection of Gretsch Guitars.

Brian Soden – Gretsch Resonators - G9220 Bobtail Round-Neck with Pickup - Sunburst
Whether you're wanting a solid resonator with a pickup to take on the road or looking to round out your guitar collection with more tonal options, this Gretsch resonator is a fine choice. It sounds great and just looks cool as heck!

Gretsch Resonators - G9220 Bobtail Round-Neck with Pickup - Sunburst

Check out our collection of in-stock Grestch Acoustics!

Mike Horan – Waterloo by Collings - WL-S Deluxe
Oh man! I have to pick the Waterloo WL-S Deluxe. After getting a chance to hear Beau Bledose play it at the booth in Winfield I am a true believer. Really excellent antique tone with great string separation when finger-picked!

Waterloo by Collings - WL-S Deluxe

Check out our current inventory of Waterloo Guitars

Matt Harmon – Collings Acoustic Guitars - C10-35 Jet Black Top
This guitar has some serious L-00 mojo and plays better than any you'll find on the used vintage market. Even comes with a new Collings Traditional hard case!

Collings Acoustic Guitars - C10-35 Jet Black Top

Check out our collection of Collings Guitars!

Trey DurkinChuck Lee Banjos - Fretless 12" Open-Back
What a great banjo! A fine example of the wonderful craftsmanship found in Chuck Lee's Banjos. A first rate fretless banjo with as full, warm and, mellow of a tone as any old time banjo picker could want. This instrument has a fantastic cut and drive with steel strings, but could easily handle nylons. It handles clawhammer or fingerstyle equally well, and retains a lovely voice throughout the range of tunings, which are achieved hassle-free thanks to the planetary tuners.

Chuck Lee Banjos - Fretless 12 Open-Back

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Susan Willits - Collings Mandolins - MT2
Another wonderful mandolin from Collings, this MT2 has great tone, with clear, defined notes whether played softly, or with a lot of volume. The Eastern Flamed Maple back and sides are beautiful, but I especially love the velvety sheen and depth of the figuring on the back of the maple neck.

Collings Mandolins - MT2

Take a look through our collection of in-stock Mandolins! 

Matt KappenmanMartin Acoustic Guitars - 2017 D-28
Any time one of our builders announces a redesign I sit up and take notice. I've always leaded more towards mahogany back and sides but there's something about this build and bracing that gives it the bass responsive of rosewood with the punch of the new D-18s. It's a great combination and I honestly can't put this one down.
Martin 2017 D-28 2017 New
Tons of great stuff from Martin in the shop right now!
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August 2017 Staff Picks


Josh BaldridgeFender - 2017 American Professional Precision Bass - Candy Apple Red
This American Professional P-bass brings a classic color to the American Pro lineup. I'm a sucker for bursts and red guitars and this one fills the latter slot nicely. Also, the professional series are now the only stock Fender models to come with Rosewood fingerboards so don't miss out with rosewood becoming more scarce.


Fender Basses - 2017 American Professional Precision Bass - Candy Apple Red 

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Jim Baggett – Collings Acoustic Guitars - 1996 CW-28 Brazilian Used
A great example of the CW Collings model with Brazilian back and sides.

Collings Acoustic Guitars - 1996 CW-28 Brazilian Used

Our Collings inventory is always changing - head on over to view the latest in our Collings Collection! 

Eric PutnamCollings Electric Guitars - CL Deluxe Cherry Sunburst
Leading up to the August 21st eclipse there were many warnings about not looking directly at the sun, and I will issue the same warning about this guitar. I looked at it too long and woke up blind...with the desire to play classic rock riffs, and do rock n' roll high kicks. Another great guitar from Collings. Nice beefy neck, and the Wolftone legends sound excellent in it.

Collings Electric Guitars - CL Deluxe Cherry Sunburst

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Matt Pelsma – Waterloo by Collings - WL-14 X Truss Rod - Boot Burst
Every Waterloo that has come through the store has had its own little amount of magic... that is to say, they all are supremely built, but each one is a little different. The WL-14 Boot Burst is prime example of the best Waterloos that Collings is making, plus in a super cool Western Texas finish.

Waterloo by Collings - WL-14 X Truss Rod - Boot Burst

Check out our current collection of Waterloo Guitars.

Brian Soden – Fender - Brad Paisley Road Worn Telecaster - Silver Sparkle
This guitar possesses everything I look for in a killer Tele. Lightweight, resonant, large comfy neck and spanky pickups. Not to mention the crazy-cool relic'd sparkle finish! If the paisley pickguard isn't your thing, just throw a black guard on it and let 'er rip!

Fender - Brad Paisley Road Worn Telecaster - Silver Sparkle

Check out our collection of in-stock Fender gear!

Mike Horan – Collings Acoustic Guitars - OM1V Western Shaded - Custom
This guitar is a delight to fingerpick. Notes jump out of the guitar and are very evenly balanced. It has a sweet sunburst to boot!

Collings Acoustic Guitars - OM1V Western Shaded - Custom

Check out our current inventory of Collings Models

Matt Harmon – Don Grosh Pickups - 60's Fat Strat Bridge w/Base Plate
My go to replacement/upgrade pickups for the perfect strat tone.

Don Grosh Pickups - 60's Fat Strat Bridge w/Base Plate

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Trey DurkinOme Banjos - 2009 Sundance Megatone Bluegrass Used
Whoo! This banjo rocks. Look out! it is loud and powerful, without being harsh or thin. The feel, clarity and intonation up the neck is fantastic, and makes me want to play all the fun high-up licks and chords. I would describe the sound as rich, warm, and full, but nowhere close to muddy. This Ome Sundance is a gorgeous straight-ahead bluegrass banjo that could handle just about anything thrown at it. My open-back would be jealous if it knew how I felt about this banjo...

Ome Banjos - 2009 Sundance Megatone Bluegrass Used

Check out our gallery of banjos in the shop!

Susan Willits - Flatiron Mandolins - 1992 A5 Artist Used
This is a great Flatiron A5 Artist mandolin! Super clean, with virtually no fret wear, this mandolin has a nice, clear tone from the high notes through the low notes. No tinny high end on this mandolin, and some nice chunk when you chop on it! Sweet!

Flatiron Mandolins - 1992 A5 Artist Used

Take a look through our collection of in-stock Mandolins! 

Matt KappenmanTaylor - 214ce-FS Deluxe Figured Sapele Special Edition
This special edition 214ce is a great way to get into a Taylor with an all gloss finish, and a gorgeous Figured Sapele back!
Taylor - 214ce-FS Deluxe Figured Sapele Special Edition
Tons of great stuff from Taylor in the shop right now!
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July 2017 Staff Picks - Collings Edition


This past month Master Luthier, and close friend of the store, Bill Collings passed away after a battle with cancer. We thought we'd take this months' staff picks and turn it into a tribute, showcasing some of the fine instruments Bill and his team have crafted over the years. Feel free to share any of your favorite Collings instruments or stories in the comments below.

Josh BaldridgeCollings Acoustic Guitars - 2007 D2H Brazilian Baaa A
I have had two guitars that I wish I had bought before they left the store. One came back and I bought it the same day, the other was a 2007 Collings D2H BaaaA. It had all of the best traits of a Brazilian Dread, a full low end, bell like highs and a present midrange to match. Around the store we refer to a few guitars as being "piano-like", and this was one of those guitars. It might not be for everyone, but I still wish it had been for me. Bill Collings' dedication to building fine instruments for players will be appreciated by us all for as long as guitars like this continue on...thanks Bill.

Collings Acoustic Guitars - 2007 D2H Brazilian Baaa A

This Brazilian D2H that we have in-stock is almost the exact same build as the one that got away, even down to the year! Check it out

Jim Baggett – Collings Acoustic Guitars - D-45 Custom Brazilian Serial# 1000
When Jim placed the order for the 1000th Collings he told Bill and the guys in the shop to trick it out with every appointment possible. With inlays all over and some gorgeous Brazilian back and sides, this custom dreadnought is every bit a testament to the quality, and craftsmanship that Collings has always delivered. It's fitting that the case project is now in full swing production, and this dreadnought feels right at home in one of Bill's traditional cases.

It's hard to get more special than serial number 1000.

Eric PutnamCollings Electric Guitars - 290 DC - Orange
This 290 is the perfect Rock n' Roll guitar. Great feeling neck, and as always from Collings, the fit and finish is perfect. It is also the best looking 290 I have ever seen!

Collings Electric Guitars - 290 DC - Orange

Check out our collection of Collings Electrics over the years!

Matt Pelsma – Waterloo by Collings - WL-S Deluxe
This guitar is right in the party line with how Collings can design a throw-back style guitar and expertly craft a new instrument that not only plays and sounds phenomenal, but looks newly individual and classic at the same time. I couldn't believe it until I saw and played the WL-D Deluxe. It's no wonder these things don't hang around long. We have one on order that should be arriving soon!

Waterloo by Collings - WL-S Deluxe

Check out our current collection of Waterloo Guitars.

Brian Soden – Collings Acoustic Guitars - 1993 OM2H
This amazing OM2H belongs to my long-time band mate and great friend, Gary. He purchased this guitar brand new from Mass Street Music in 1993. I've been playing music with Gary for close to 20 years and this guitar continues to impress me in the studio as well as on stage. It sounds just as incredible as it looks and has a ton of stories it could tell!

Collings Acoustic Guitars - 1993 OM2H

This OM is serial# 1001! Next in line right after Jim's D-45!

Mike Horan – Collings Acoustic Guitars - 1997 OM1AV
We purchased this OM1AV in 1997, so this is its 20th anniversary! For all those years it has been Jeanie's only acoustic, surviving countless MAW performances and recording sessions (check them out on Facebook). One of the louder OMs I have ever played, this machine routinely holds its own in jam sessions against guitars twice its size. It marks a milestone in Bill Collings' vision for his guitars, as it is one of the first vintage neck guitars to bear the letter "V" on its label. This era was really the first time he had tried to copy a 1930s-style neck shape.

Collings Acoustic Guitars - 1997 OM1AV

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Matt Harmon – Collings Acoustic Guitars - D1
Thanks to Jim and Mike I had finally understood what made Collings guitars so special and this one just kind of showed up for me at just the right time. This is your basic no frills D1 with a 1 11/16 nut spacing.

Collings Acoustic Guitars - D1

Check out Gilly the shop dog with Matt's D1!

Trey DurkinCollings Acoustic Guitars - D1A Traditional
What a wonderful instrument. The most inspirational guitar I have ever owned. Every time I pick it up something new comes out. When I pull it out of the case and set it on my knee, it just feels right, everything about it. Huge, rich tone that could be described as "no-nonsense", from the low E all the way through the last fret high C, with such great playability that I find myself up there fairly often! There's not a bad note on the guitar. The extra thin finish with no sealer coat is beautifully done and will age gracefully. Add the tortoise trim and it makes for quite the looker. I purchased this guitar to have a companion for life, and it has already enriched mine greatly in the 4 months I've had it. Bill and the team really hit the nail on the head with this guitar, and the entire traditional line.

Collings Acoustic Guitars - D1A Traditiona

Check out our gallery of Collings Traditionals here in the shop!

Susan Willits - Collings Acoustic Guitars - 02H 12-String
It's hard to imagine an acoustic music world without Bill Collings. He made a big mark on the hand-crafted guitar and mandolin scene. His drive and ambition will be missed. One of my favorite Collings guitars that we've had in the shop was this Collings 12-string. It was such a wonderful sounding small body guitar. It's nice to have a 12-string that's not huge, but still has a big sound! Another beautiful instrument from Collings!

Collings Acoustic Guitars - 02H 12-String

Take a look through our Sold Collings Gallery to find the perfect model for you. We can special order just about anything! 

Matt KappenmanCollings Acoustic Guitars - D1VN
Around four years go, long before I even thought about working at the store, I attended one of Jim's Vintage Guitar workshops. I love old things, whether it's vintage saxophones or old houses or tools...I've always enjoyed things that were built to last. I was looking forward to hearing all about Jim's passion for old guitars, but he threw me a curve ball when the discussion moved to modern guitars that he felt were well built. Collings kept coming up again and again, a brand I had never heard of, but I became a little bit obsessed with it. I started researching Bill and the company and my entire outlook on modern, vintage-inspired instruments changed. I knew one day I would have to have one...and the first would have to be a D1 - Mass Street style - with a wider vintage now neck, no tongue brace and Adirondack bracing. We play ALL sorts of expensive and amazing guitars every day here at the store, but when I go home to play this D1 there's always something new to bring out of this combination of metal and wood.
Collings Acoustic Guitars - D1VN
We have this guitar in-stock, but with a gorgeous sunburst right now. Check it out!
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June 2017 Staff Picks


Josh BaldridgeMartin Acoustic Guitars - Custom Shop Dreadnought Wild Grain EIR
Our Custom Shop Martin from NAMM has now arrived! Matt and I had a blast picking out the woodset and putting together a beautiful D-28 Style dread with some hot rodded specs. Adirondack top, hide glue, forward shifted bracing...it lives up to everything I was hoping it would be while choosing the specs.

Martin Acoustic Guitars - Custom Shop Dreadnought Wild Grain EIR

Check out the custom Wild Grain Rosewood on this Martin!

Jim Baggett – Collings Acoustic Guitars - OM2H Traditional T Series - Baked
Wonderful small-bodied OM that sounds nice and even like an old guitar.

Collings Acoustic Guitars - OM2H Traditional T Series - Baked

Our Collings inventory is always changing - head on over to view the latest in our Collings Collection! 

Eric PutnamStomp Under Foot - Pink Hellephant
First ever custom made pedal for Mass Street Music! The Pink Hellephant is an overdrive, and fuzz in the same enclosure. The overdrive is a low-medium gain overdrive that sounds great with humbuckers, or single coils. The fuzz half is a lower gain version of the Stomp Under Foot Hellephant. They work great by themselves as stand alone circuits, or if you want some out of control fuzz tones you can stack the two!

Stomp Under Foot - Pink Hellephant

Check out our Pink Hellephant demo video!

Matt Pelsma – Zvex Vexter - Fat Fuzz Factory
I have used one of these for the last four months on my board and I love it for really gross, amp melting sounds. Dial in a fuzz that has a glitch-y attack or ride the volume knob for some unique squealing action. The size and artwork is cool, and stomping on the switch is very satisfying.

Zvex Vexter - Fat Fuzz Factory

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Brian Soden – JHS Effect Pedals - The AT (Andy Timmons) Signature Channel Drive
Wow! This thing is so addictive. Super rich British flavor with tons of gain on tap. Open chords are clear and balanced, even with the gain cranked up. I'm diggin' it!

JHS Effect Pedals - The AT (Andy Timmons) Signature Channel Drive

Check out our expanding Pedal lineup

Mike Horan – Gibson Acoustic Guitars - 1936 L-50 Archtop Used
Easy-playing archtop tone monster. Like an awesome L-5 for a pittance of the price.

Gibson Acoustic Guitars - 1936 L-50 Archtop Used

Our new, used and vintage inventory is always changing check it out

Matt Harmon – Mono Cases - Guitar Sleeve Electric Gig Bag - Ash
These gig bags are absolutely the best out there.

Mono Cases - Guitar Sleeve Electric Gig Bag - Ash

One of the many great Accessories here at the shop!

Trey DurkinLeo Posch Acoustic Guitars - L-M
So cool! Awesome smaller slope shoulder body with a 13-fret neck joint makes for a unique tone. Strong and bold enough for loud flatpick bass runs, but an even response and treble clarity make it a great choice for strumming and fingerstyle alike. This is a dream guitar for old-time music. It has been tempting me ever since it showed up in the store!

Leo Posch Acoustic Guitars

Check out all of Leo's Guitars that are currently in stock here in the shop!

Susan Willits - Leo Posch Banjos - Weymann Conversion
I like our new/old Weymann Conversion banjo. It has a nice, punchy sound and the new neck makes it easy to play. The engraved pinwheel and star inlays are a classy touch, and it's light weight makes it easy to hold on your lap, or to stand and play for hours with no shoulder pain! Comes with a skin head and a Guardian feather case.

Leo Posch Banjos - Weymann Conversion

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Matt KappenmanTungsten Amps - Mosaic Mk II 1x12 Tweed
I love the simplicity of this amp. Volume, tone, two inputs and lots of tube amp tone. Even pushed to breakup it's not overly loud.

Tungsten Amps - Mosaic Mk II 1x12 Tweed

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Waterloo WL-12 Mh - First Impressions


The crew at Waterloo Guitars, led by master luthier Bill Collings, continues to build these stripped down, vintage inspired guitars, each one filling another niche in the all but forgotten parlor guitars of the past. Whereas the original Maple backed WL-12 has a bright sparkle to the tone, this ...

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Summer 2017 String Sale


It'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. Stop by the store from June 1st through August 31st and stock up on your favorite $5 electric and $6 acoustic guitar strings!

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May 2017 Staff Picks


Josh BaldridgeTom Anderson Electric Guitars - Raven Classic Shorty - Surf Green
Can't beat the quality and attention to detail from the crew over at Anderson. This Surf Green Raven is loaded with a quiet P90 in the neck and a Humbucker in the bridge for tons of tonal variations.

Tom Anderson Electric Guitars - Raven Classic Shorty - Surf Green

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Jim Baggett – Martin Acoustic Guitars - 1937 D-18
Pre-war, wide neck, advanced X braced D-18s are so rare it's a real treat to have this one in the store. With the artfully repaired volume and tone holes in the top it actually makes this one a bargain.

Martin Acoustic Guitars - 1937 D-18 - SN 67842

Our Vintage inventory is always changing - head on over to view the latest in our Vintage Collection! 

Eric PutnamFender Electric Guitars - Classic '69 Telecaster - Blue Flower
This guitar has everything a good Tele should have. A big fat neck, an ashtray bridge, and plenty of twang. It also has a finish that will make you want to get in your flower power bus drive to your nearest hippy cowboy tailor. If you are not into spacemanhippycowboy madness, you can at least appreciate that this guitar will go with any stylish Hawaiian shirt you may be wearing at your neighbors annual summer bbq. Make all of your neighbors jealous of your jaw dropping country/jazz/hillbilly rock n roll licks, or at least of your stylish shirt/guitar combo!

Fender Electric Guitars - Classic '69 Telecaster - Blue Flower

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Matt Pelsma – Electro-Harmonix - Canyon Delay & Looper
You can never have too many delays, but this might be the only one you will ever need. For a multipurpose delay, this pedal has a small footprint at a great price. Also, it sounds great!

Electro-Harmonix - Canyon Delay & Looper

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Brian Soden – Xact Tone Solutions - Atomic Overdrive
Although this unit covers mild to moderate overdrive tones beautifully, don't let the word "overdrive" fool you. It can cross over into VH distortion territory, easily! The EQ section is very powerful and allows you to dial in a great tone no matter what amp you plug into. That feature makes it a perfect grab-n-go drive pedal for any gig or recording session where amps are rented or already provided. Sign me up!

Xact Tone Solutions - Atomic Overdrive

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Mike Horan – Gibson - 1959 SJN "Country Western" Jumbo Used
If you need an awesome guitar to backup your Hank Williams/Jimmy Martin vocal, this is it! An open E chord as big and wide as the American Dream...

Gibson Acoustic Guitars - 1959 SJN "Country Western" Jumbo Used

Our new, used and vintage inventory is always changing check it out

Matt Harmon – Wren and Cuff Effect Pedals - Eye See Pi Small Foot Fuzz
This pedal is my time portal back to the early 90's when my friend Justin introduced me to the Smashing Pumpkins new record Siamese Dream. It totally kills Corgan's Big Muff tone, there are so many great tunes on that record. Riff-a-way!

Wren and Cuff Effect Pedals - Eye See Pi Small Foot Fuzz

One of the many great Pedals here at the shop!

Trey DurkinK&K Acoustic Pickups - Pure Mini Pickup
We install a lot of pickups in the Repair Shop, and this simple system may be my favorite. It sounds very true to the acoustic tone of your instrument and passive construction means no dealing with 9-volt batteries. Sounds great on it's own, but when combined with the K&K pre-amp it really comes to life. An optional sound hole volume control is also available.

K&K Pickups

One of most popular pickup options here in the shop!

Susan Willits - Gretsch Acoustic Guitars - G9511 Style 1 Single-O Parlor
I really like the new Gretsch Parlor guitars. This is a nice guitar for a good price with a solid spruce top and comes with an Appalachia Cloudburst finish, which may vary slightly between guitars of course. The one we have in the store now has a beautiful finish!

Gretsch Acoustic Guitars - G9511 Style 1 Single-O Parlor

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Matt KappenmanLeo Posch Acoustic Guitars - AJ
Moody, dark, powerful guitar ready to pull all sorts of angsty songs right out of you. Fantastic build from local luthier Leo Posch. Don't miss our upcoming Meet the Builder event with Leo on June 10th!

Leo Posch Acoustic Guitars - AJ

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April 2017 Staff Picks


Josh BaldridgeWaterloo by Collings - WL-12
I was really looking forward to the arrival of this guitar and now I can say that it was worth the wait. I love that it has such a distinct voice. Every time I sit with it I find that I approach songs a little differently and that always brings a smile to my face.

Waterloo by Collings - WL-12

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Jim Baggett – Collings Acoustic Guitars - D1 Traditional T Series - Baked
The Traditional line from Collings has really nailed the vintage Pre-war neck profile in a modern guitar. This D1 is no different. Great responsiveness from the baked top, and plenty of focused mahogany projection.

Collings Acoustic Guitars - D1 Traditional T Series - Baked

Our Collings inventory is always changing - head on over to view the latest in our Collings Collection! 

Eric PutnamFender Amps - 1955 Tweed Deluxe Used
Awesome Neal Young-y vibe. Tons of breakup and touch sensitivity.

Fender Amps - 1955 Tweed Deluxe Used

Here are the latest Vintage Instruments to hit the website!

Matt Pelsma – Fender - CD-60S - Mahogany
This guitar sounds great and plays amazingly well. I highly recommend it for beginners, or as a second dreadnought strummer for your acoustic arsenal.

Fender - CD-60S - Mahogany

Check out our current collection of Acoustic Guitars.

Brian Soden – Tom Anderson Electric Guitars - Drop Top Classic - Sweet and Sour Red
One of my favorite Nashville guitarists and Tom Anderson player, Michael Britt, tours with only a handful of guitars. The centerpieces of his guitar stable are two Tom Anderson electrics. This particular Drop Top Classic is one of the absolute best when it comes to versatility and craftsmanship and will prove to be a roadworthy partner for you. Stainless steel frets are one of my favorite features making fret wear virtually non-existent. Treat yourself to this beautiful tone machine!

Tom Anderson Electric Guitars - Drop Top Classic - Sweet and Sour Red

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Mike Horan – Martin Acoustic Guitars - D-18
Fantastic bang for your buck from Martin, the best thing they've made in this price range in a long time!

Martin Acoustic Guitars - D-18

Our new, used and vintage Martin inventory is always changing check it out

Matt Harmon – Gibson Acoustic Guitars - 1959 SJN "Country Western" Jumbo
This one just went through the shop, Jim spliced in the missing binding on the fingerboard and I made a new nut for it. This one has a great feel up and down the neck and is a great playing guitar.

1959 SJN Country Western Jumbo

One of the many great Vintage guitars here at the shop!

Trey DurkinGibson Mandolins - 1928 A
Great little Mando with a huge low-end. The adjustable bridge and truss rod will keep this mandolin playing as good as it can. The black-top finish gives it an undeniable cool factor.

Gibson Mandolins - 1928 A

One of great deals on used instrument in the shop!

Susan Willits - Lakota Leathers Guitar/Banjo/Mandolin Straps
I love these straps!! They are works of art, soft and comfy, as well as strong and beautiful. I also love the fact that they are hand made by members of the Lakota Sioux Nation in South Dakota. A truly great strap, they are available for mandolin, guitar and banjo.

Lakota Leathers Guitar Banjo Mandolin Straps

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Matt KappenmanGretsch - G5622T Electromatic Center Block w/Bigsby - Georgia Green
I've been looking forward to getting this is since Josh and I checked them out at NAMM. Spruce Center block, bound f-holes and a bigsby...what's not to like? The 2017 Gretsch lineup has been fantastic, especially for the price.

Gretsch - G5622T Electromatic Center Block w/Bigsby - Georgia Green

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March 2017 Staff Picks


Josh BaldridgeFender - 2017 American Professional Telecaster - Butterscotch Blonde
Super cool that Fender is building an American made Blackguard Butterscotch Tele as a standard model again. Previously it was only offered as a vintage model. The wood grain on the particular guitar we have in is fantastic.

Check out our collection of Fender American Professional guitars!

Jim Baggett – Collings Acoustic Guitars - OM1A Cutaway
Extremely versatile guitar, great for finger style players but plenty of headroom for flatpicking thanks to the Adirondack top.

Collings Acoustic Guitars - OM1A Cutaway

Our Collings inventory is always changing - head on over to view the latest in our Collings Collection! 

Eric PutnamTom Anderson Electric Guitars - T Classic Shorty Hollow - Blonde
My favorite guitar in the shop at the moment. Its one of those great guitars that makes you go to different musical places. Great player!

Fender Electric Guitars - 2017 American Professional Telecaster - Butterscotch Blonde

Here are the latest Boutique Electrics to hit the website!

Matt Pelsma – Martin Acoustic Guitars - 1963 00-21 Used
This guitar is billed as a great finger style playing instrument, but I think this thing really sings with a pick. This guitar carries a strong vintage tone that could rival a guitar twice it's age.

Martin 1963 00-21

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Jade Rowland – Eastman Acoustic Guitars - E20SS
This solid rosewood slope shoulder dreadnought is lovely to play, It sounds loud and full when strummed and every note played finger style has some weight behind it. Its specs and sound far exceed what the price would suggest.

Eastman E20SS

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Mike Horan – Gibson Acoustic Guitars -1954 J-45 Used
Someone please buy this guitar before one of us has too....it's just that tempting

Gibson Acoustic Guitars -1954 J-45 Used

Some vintage guitars come into the store and quickly become staff favorites - this J-45 is definitely one of them!

Matt Harmon – Lindy Fralin Guitar Pickups - Tele Stock Bridge
When you bring your tele in the shop for new pickups, this is what I recommend. This Fralin is really hard to beat, coming in at under $100 there isn't anything that comes close to the sound.

Fralin Pickups 

One of the many great pickups here at the shop!

Trey DurkinCollings Acoustic Guitars - 2015 CJ-35 A Used
Perfectly balanced strummer, with a great voice for picking melodies as well. This CJ-35 is amazingly responsive and satisfying to play for a recently build Adi topped guitar. The short scale length makes it a dream to play.

Collings Acoustic Guitars - 2015 CJ-35 A Used

One of best deals on used guitar in the shop right now!

Susan Willits - Bart Reiter Banjos - Round Peak
I love the sound of this Bart Reiter Round Peak. It has a wonderfully warm, round, plunky tone. Bart has a great reputation for making quality banjos and it's easy to see why when you play this Round Peak.

Bart Reiter Banjos - Round Peak

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Matt KappenmanWaterloo by Collings - WL-12
While prepping for our upcoming vintage guitar on a budget event I dove back into our stock of Waterloos. After play testing them ALL I keep coming back to the WL-12 with it's full low end and loads of projection.

Waterloo by Collings - WL-12

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February 2017 Staff Picks


Josh BaldridgeGretsch Electric Guitars - G2655T Streamliner Jr. Center Block - Walnut Stain
Comfy short scale, semi-hollowbody Gretsch with a Bigsby tailpiece. A LOT of tone at a really affordable price.

Gretsch Electric Guitars - G2655T Streamliner Jr. Center Block - Walnut Stain

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Jim Baggett – Martin Acoustic Guitars - 1927 0-42
Crack free, really great player thanks to a professional neck reset.

Martin Acoustic Guitars - 1927 0-42

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Eric PutnamDr. Z Amps - Therapy Head
Great high power tweed tones. Does clean all the way to ZZ Top level gain. Sounds great with pedals too.

Gretsch Electric Guitars - G2655T Streamliner Jr. Center Block - Walnut Stain

Here are the latest Electric Guitar Amps to hit the website!

Matt Pelsma – Fender Custom Shop - Postmodern Strat Journeyman Relic RW - 3 Tone Burst
This is one of the best strats I have ever played. It is just as fluid and fun to play as any Anderson or Don Grosh. And the finish is super comfortable. A next level strat.

Fender Custom Shop - Postmodern Strat Journeyman Relic RW - 3 Tone Burst

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Jade Rowland – Fender Electric Guitars - 2017 American Professional Jazzmaster - Mystic Seafoam
This is a guitar that plays as awesome as it looks. The revoiced v-mod pickups have a unique clarity to them that sounds balanced playing clean or dirty tones. The mystic sea foam finish is absolutely stunning in person.

Fender Electric Guitars - 2017 American Professional Jazzmaster - Mystic Seafoam

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Mike Horan – Collings Acoustic Guitars - 1996 D1A V Used
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Collings Acoustic Guitars - 1996 D1A V Used

One of many great Collings currently in stock

Matt Harmon – Xotic Effect Pedals - SL Drive
As my quest continues to make the perfect practice/travel rig I came across this drive pedal. Its perfect for the smaller grab and go travel board but has the sound and tone of the full blown Marshall drive that we all know and love. This drive also makes my list because its simple, once you set your volume to your desired amp you have Drive (Gain) and Tone. It even has dip switches in the pedal to change what Marshall style amp your going after. I left it on default because you can't go wrong with a Jimmy Page Heartbreaker sound.

Xotic Effect Pedals - SL Drive

One of the many great boost pedals here at the shop!

Trey DurkinVega Banjos - 1924 Whyte Laydie Plectrum 5-String Conversion Used
Awesome banjo! Normally Whyte Laydie tone rings are a bit bright to my ears, but the large 11 15/16" rim fitted with a skin head really helps mellow this one out, giving it a very complex, rich, full sound from low to high with plenty of touch sensitivity and head room if you want to dig in. It is very distracting having such a cool banjo in the store right now! I'm tempted to pick it up every time I walk by!

Vega Banjos - 1924 Whyte Laydie Plectrum 5-String Conversion Used

One of many great vintage instruments in the shop right now!

Susan Willits - Collings Mandolins - MT GT - Honey Amber
We have another great mandolin from Collings! This honey amber MT GT is easy to play with a clear sweet tone. It's a lovely mandolin and a wonderful value!

Collings Mandolins - MT GT - Honey Amber

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Matt KappenmanGretsch Acoustic Guitars - G9511 Style 1 Single-O Parlor
This Gretsch parlor was far and away the guitar that surprised me most at the NAMM show. This is the perfect low cost couch or travel guitar.

Gretsch Acoustic Guitars - G9511 Style 1 Single-O Parlor

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