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Fuzz 101 Workshop - 11/23


Fuzz 101 WorkshopSaturday, November 23rd - 1pm - FREE
Fuzz can be a tricky element to add to your tonal arsenal, why not let the crew here at Mass Street Music demystify your options! We'll be talking about different types of vintage fuzz pedals and modern clones, various transistors and what tones they produce along with how to achieve iconic fuzz tones the way classic players do. Set a reminder on Facebook

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Guitar Care & Maintenance Workshop - Saturday 11/16


Guitar Care and MaintenanceSaturday, November 16th - 1pm - FREE
Cars, bikes, even a furnace require a tune-up from time to time, and a guitar is no different. Let our experienced staff of luthiers take you through some of the most important aspects of caring for your instrument including controlling humidity, cleaning and conditioning, string care, along with explaining what exactly is a 'setup' and how it can improve the playability of any instrument. Set a reminder on Facebook

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Saturday Bluegrass Jam - Saturday 11/9


Saturday, November 9th - 1pm - FREE
It's time for another Bluegrass Jam here at the store to work on those flat-picking, Scruggs-style, or Monroe chop skills in a group setting. We're going to gear this towards beginning to intermediate players of all acoustic fretted instruments (fiddlers are welcome too!). We'll be trading tunes around the circle, so bring your favorite fiddle tune to call up and we'll work it around the room. Set a reminder on Facebook

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October 2019 Staff Picks


Josh BaldridgeBourgeois Acoustic Guitars - D - Vintage
I appreciate how Bourgeois' Asymmetrical Bracing Pattern works on this guitar. The lows are easily felt through the body by the player, but it doesn't get overly boomy out in front of the instrument.

Bourgeois Acoustic Guitars - D - Vintage

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Jim Baggett – Martin Acoustic Guitars - 1948 0-18 Sunburst
Great little Martin 0-18 with a big sound.

Martin Acoustic Guitars - 1948 0-18 Sunburst

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

Eric PutnamCollings Electric Guitars - 290 DC - Orange
Plays great, awesome sounding Lollar P90s, and everybody knows orange guitars sound better!

Collings Electric Guitars - 290 DC - Orange

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Matt Pelsma – Jackson Audio - Belle Starr
This pedal sounds like how I want all overdrives to sound: very bright and responsive top-end, just like a small tube amp!

Jackson Audio - Belle Starr

Check out our collection of in-stock Jackson Pedals!

Brian Soden – Mythos Pedals - Au79 Golden Fleece Fuzz - Mass Street Music Edition

NOTE: Currently available for pre-order!!

Introducing - The Mass Street Music edition Mythos Pedals Au79 Golden Fleece! Voiced to match the original big-box Golden Fleece with ram's head graphics, the Au79 version has a tighter low end and slightly less gain. These two features make the Au79 ideal of stacking with other drive pedals or going straight into a gained up amp. We really enjoyed collaborating with Zach of Mythos Pedals on this unit and think you'll dig it!!

Mythos Pedals - Au79 Golden Fleece Fuzz - Mass Street Music Edition

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Mike Horan – Collings Guitars - Parlor Deluxe 2HA MR Traditional T Series - Madagascar Rosewood
I had a chance to sit down with this guitar for a few minutes. Fantastic note separation on this one, with the Madagascar Rosewood adding a surprising clarity to the bass end. The appointments are absolutely classic, the marquetry purfling being a favorite of mine.

Collings Guitars - Parlor Deluxe 2HA MR Traditional T Series - Madagascar Rosewood

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Matt Harmon – Subdecay - Super Spring Theory Reverb
Such a cool reverb pedal that includes two great options in classic verb tone with the option for trails or not. It's definitely on the list for my reverb collection.

Subdecay - Super Spring Theory Reverb

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Trey DurkinLeo Posch Banjos - Dobson Style Banjo
This is a great banjo! It has a soft immediate attack with a bright poppy sustain that only a dobson tone ring produces, it is great for all folk or old-time styles. There were many 4 string banjos made between the 20s-30s, with great rims, but unfortunately many of these banjos have been collecting dust ever since 4-string banjo music lost popularity. I love the idea of taking a neglected old 4 string banjo, creating a new 5-string neck, and bringing new life to the instrument. Leo Posch did a great job with the conversion on this one. This one is definitely ready to tell some tales, come see what it has to say!

Leo Posch Banjos - Dobson Style Banjo

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Susan Willits - Collings Mandolins - MT GT Sheraton Brown
Sheraton Brown is one of my favorite finishes and we have a beautiful Collings MT-GT in Sheraton Brown here in the shop right now. Check out the back on this mando! Collings mandolins have such a defined, clear, ringing tone. They are truly a delight to play, and play, and play...

Collings Mandolins - MT GT Sheraton Brown

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Matt KappenmanCollings Guitars - OM1 Traditional T Series 1 11/16
This OM is one of my favorites, and probably the most versatile of body shapes. Responding extremely well to a light touch, but with enough power to drive through some chords, I couldn't stop playing this guitar during my lunch break. Complete with the traditional build package and a comfortable 1 11/16" nut width and corresponding neck profile. The attention to detail and care that comes with this neck reminds me why Collings is such a shop favorite, after about 30 seconds of playing I totally forgot about the neck being different from my guitar and just enjoyed playing it. A lifetime guitar.

Collings Guitars - OM1 Traditional T Series 1 11/16

Some great Collings Traditionals in the shop right now!

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Fall 2019 - Inventory Reduction Sale 11/1-11/2


2019 Inventory Reduction Sale

Start the clock. T-minus one week and counting. Every category. Dozens of brands. 10%, 20%, up to 30% off. Don’t miss our Mass Street Inventory Reduction Sale! Shop our In Store Only Pricing. Friday, November 1st through Saturday, November 2nd.

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Mythos Pedals at Mass Street Music - Livestream


While you're going to want to be here in person for hands on demos and giveaways, our Mythos Pedals Livestream is going to be the next best thing! Don't miss it this Saturday at 1pm. Head on over to the event page for more details and set a reminder on the Facebook event page.

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September 2019 Staff Picks


Josh BaldridgeTom Anderson Electric Guitars - Icon Classic - Black over Tobacco Distress Lvl 3
Eric and I ordered this guitar back in January at NAMM and we have been anxiously waiting for 8 months for it to arrive. The Carmel Maple neck is the darkest that I've seen from Anderson and it perfectly complements the amber that is revealed in the burst undercoat of the body. When first picking up the guitar I immediately noticed its superb balance and resonance. It was well worth the wait!!

Tom Anderson Electric Guitars - Icon Classic - Black over Tobacco Distress Lvl 3

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Jim Baggett – Collings Ukuleles - UT1 K Tenor Ukulele
We are fortunate to have a couple Collings Ukuleles in the shop this Fall, with this UT1 Koa tenor being the first. The Collings craftsmanship and attention to detail is very much on display with this Uke. A truly great piece of functional art in such a humble instrument.

Collings Ukuleles - UT1 K Tenor Ukulele

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

Eric PutnamThorpy FX - Fallout Cloud Fuzz
The whole Thorpy line is incredible and this Fuzz is no exception. It does the vintage Big Muff sounds but with more note definition and more eq control. Also one of the most interesting looking pedal enclosures on the market.

Thorpy FX - Fallout Cloud Fuzz

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Matt Pelsma – Tungsten - Foxtrot Fuzz Red
The Bias knob is a really cool addition if you are looking to capture spit-y to velcro fuzz sounds. Combine with the rich fuzz circuit sound that made everyone in the shop stop what they are doing and listen, plus a custom color? Really, two very cool additions.

Tungsten - Foxtrot Fuzz Red

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Brian Soden – Mythos Pedals - Argo Octave Fuzz
My Lord, I'm still in love with this pedal. Inspired by the discontinued C.O.B. (clean octave blend) unit of the past, Zach with Mythos has filled the void with the Argo Octave Fuzz! Come by and plug one in for yourself. And make sure to come into the store Saturday, Oct. 19th at 1:00 PM for our Mythos In-store event. Zach will be here for a run-through of the entire Mythos line and we'll be doing a giveaway!

Mythos Pedals - Argo Octave Fuzz

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Mike Horan – Waterloo by Collings - WL-AT SB
A great little archtop with great punch and pearly highs!

Waterloo by Collings - WL-AT SB

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Matt Harmon – Big Ear - Woodcutter Distortion
I recently got a chance to play a whiteface reissue Rat, Rat2, and the Wodcutter. I was really surprised with the Woodcutter and the wider range of controls than the whiteface and rat2 had. With the original vintage Rats and the whiteface reissues getting harder to find and the prices keep getting higher, the Woodcutter comes in $100 less than the reissues. This will quickly becomes a goto choice for that sound.

Big Ear - Woodcutter Distortion

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Trey DurkinFender Basses - American Performer Precision Bass - Burst
It's hard to beat a Fender P-Bass for that definitive electric bass sound, and this one goes a step further, adding in a Jazz Bridge pickup for some equally classic tonal options. Fender introduced the first mass-produced electric basses (The Precision Bass) in 1951, and ever since, they have been the most popular electric bass of all time. This one lives up to the legacy! Come check it out.

Fender Basses - American Performer Precision Bass - Burst

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Susan Willits - Bacon & Day Banjo - 1922 Silver Bell Serenader Tenor
I love the tubby, round sound of this Bacon & Day Silver Bell Serenader tenor banjo!! There's nothing quite like the sound you get from a skin head. This is a fun banjo, in very good condition, with tasteful inlay. I especially enjoy the cute little design on the heel cap. Plus, I think it wins the contest for having the longest name! Nearly 100 years old, but still going strong!!

Bacon & Day Banjo - 1922 Silver Bell Serenader Tenor

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Matt KappenmanTaylor Acoustic Guitars - 717e Grand Pacific Builder's Edition
Inevitably at the Walnut Valley Bluegrass Festival there ends up being some down time in the late afternoon as the booth empties and people head for dinner. That's when I end up grabbing a guitar and playing for a few minutes to regain my sanity. This 717e Grand Pacific was my go to guitar in our Taylor Booth. The new slope-shouldered dreadnought shape is extremely comfortable and it worked great for both flat-picked lead lines and really satisfying chord strumming. The more time I spent with them, the more I continue to be impressed with these V-Class dreadnoughts.

Taylor Acoustic Guitars - 717e Grand Pacific Builder's Edition

Some great V-Class Guitars in the shop right now!

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Robert Bowlin & Wil Maring Visit Mass Street Music


It's always a treat when friends of the store like Robert Bowlin and Wil Maring are traveling and stop by. Robert's career as a musician has taken him everywhere from Walnut Valley Festival competition stage, placing in both the flat-pick and fingerstyle competitions, to performing with Bill Monroe as one of the heralded Bluegrass Boys. Wil's a highly accomplished songwriter and performer, playing everywhere from the Grand Ole Opry to touring all over Europe and Japan. Check out their improtu jam on a pair of amazing Golden Era Marting guitars. Robert's playing a 1936 D-18 Sunburst and Wil is on a 1935 D-28 Sunburst.

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August 2019 - Mass Street Staff Picks


Josh BaldridgeCollings Guitars - 2007 CW Brazilian Adirondack Varnish - Used
With the Walnut Valley Bluegrass Festival right around the corner, I couldn't think of a more appropriate instrument for this month than this 2007 CW (Collings Winfield). The premium varnish finish gives this dread an aged aesthetic, and the tone wood choices deliver with that adi/brazilian combo.

Collings Guitars - 2007 CW Brazilian Adirondack Varnish - Used

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Jim Baggett – Martin Guitars - 1941 D-18
Robert Bowlin has picked this as one of his favorite guitars during his last two visits to the shop. Who can argue with the tone master? (This D-18 it's up and on the website yet, but get in touch if you're interested.)

Martin Guitars - 1941 D-18

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

Eric PutnamChase Bliss Audio - Tonal Recall Analog Delay
Great sounding analog delay! I have been using it as my main delay pedal for a couple of years. With the Fave switch I have enough presets to have a few different delay sounds, and it can even handle some modulation sounds. It knocked three pedals off my board!

Chase Bliss Audio - Tonal Recall Analog Delay

Now through Labor Day get 15% off this Chase Bliss Pedal

Matt Pelsma – Milkman Amps - F-Stop Tremolo Reverb Pedal
The F-Stop is an excellent amp sounding reverb and trem unit in one. It sounds very realistic and pleasing and matches excellent with any amp... Might be a Flint-killer!

Milkman Amps - F-Stop Tremolo Reverb Pedal

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Brian Soden – BIG EAR Pedals - Woodcutter Distortion
BIG EAR Pedals out of Nashville, TN has landed at Mass Street Music and, man, I'm excited! Grant and Karen, the dynamic duo behind BIG EAR, sent us their whole line including their flagship distortion cleverly named the WOODCUTTER. Swing by and check 'em out!

BIG EAR Pedals - Woodcutter Distortion

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Mike Horan – Collings Guitars - 01 Traditional T Series Baked - Sunburst
I really like the big open sound of this guitar. Though slightly smaller, this particular model delivers a very direct fundamental tone that is music to my ears.

Collings Guitars - 01 Traditional T Series Baked - Sunburst

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Matt Harmon – Wren and Cuff Effect Pedals - Your Face 60s Fuzz
Fuzz pedals have always been an effect that brings a smile to my face.

Wren and Cuff Effect Pedals - Your Face 60s Fuzz

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Trey DurkinBacon & Day Banjo - 1922 Silver Bell Serenader Tenor
This is such a cool banjo! It is very well made, and with magnificent appointments that really showcase the banjo designs of the roaring '20s. It has a great sound and the original rogers head is in excellent condition. To top it all off it comes with a super cool and well made original hard case. Tuned in fifths, it is great for a mandolin player looking for an instrument with a different voice.

Bacon & Day Banjo - 1922 Silver Bell Serenader Tenor

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Susan Willits - Gibson Mandolins - 1914 F4 - Used
One of the many good things about working at Mass Street Music is the variety of instruments we get to see, old and new. Every once in a while we get to have some really old instruments and we currently have a wonderful 1914 Gibson F4 mandolin in the store. Lovely inlay on the peg head and tuner buttons. This F4 is in great shape, plays well and has recently been re-fretted. It still has a lot of life left in it even though it's over 100 years old!!

Gibson Mandolins - 1914 F4 - Used

Take a look through our collection of Mandolins in the shop! 

Matt KappenmanCollings Guitars - D1 Traditional T Series Custom Sunburst
Winfield is right around the corner and this D1 is not only extremely responsive and sounds great, but is sure to turn some heads when you sit down for a jam. The custom sunburst was something we worked on with Collings, referencing it off a few of Jim's vintage Martins. Every time I walk through his office I second guess whether this D1 is a new or a vintage guitar. Not to mention the fact that it's spec'ed out with the traditional package. A flat-picking canon that's ready for more than a few rounds of Blackberry Blossom.

Collings Guitars - D1 Traditional T Series Custom Sunburst

Some great Dreadnought Guitars in the shop right now!

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July 2019 - Mass Street Staff Picks


Josh BaldridgeGibson Electric Guitars - 1955 Les Paul Junior
Every now and then a guitar comes into the shop that is a glimpse into the past. This 1955 Gibson Les Paul Special is one of those guitars. It was well preserved and is incredible in both feel and tone. Examples of this caliber are tough to come by, and I feel fortunate to have one at the store right now.

Gibson Electric Guitars - 1955 Les Paul Junior

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Jim Baggett – Martin Acoustic Guitars - 1929 000-28
A rare 20s model often thought of as one of the very finest fingerstyle guitars.

Martin Acoustic Guitars - 1929 000-28

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

Eric PutnamChase Bliss Audio - MOOD Granular Micro-Looper / Delay
Super fun, and a little weird. Great way to add spontaneity to your board.

Chase Bliss Audio - MOOD Granular Micro-Looper / Delay

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Brian Soden – Dr. Z Amps - MAZ 18 Jr. Reverb Mk.II Head Black
This Dr. Z MAZ 18 never ceases to amaze me. We've been stocking it for close to 20 years, and for good reason! It provides the perfect blend of vintage American tube tone and British flavor. It's an excellent pedal platform amp, but performs equally well cranked up using the master volume to tame output volume to taste. It's one of my favorite amps in the store!

Dr. Z Amps - MAZ 18 Jr. Reverb Mk.II Head Black

Check out our collection of in-stock Boutique Amps!

Mike Horan – Bourgeois Acoustic Guitars - Championship Dreadnought
This guitar delivers the bluegrass goods----articulate and powerful, notes leap out of it even with moderate pick attack. The excellent craftsmanship is merely the icing on the cake on this one!

Bourgeois Acoustic Guitars - Championship Dreadnought

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Matt Harmon – Fender Basses - American Professional Precision Bass - Antique Olive
Can't beat a P-Bass, love the color combo on this one and the notes ring for days.

Fender Basses - American Professional Precision Bass - Antique Olive

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Trey DurkinNechville Banjos - 2018 Aries Resonator Used
In the world of resonator banjos, there is a pattern or mold that 99% of banjos follow, because a few of the most famous players back in the day used said banjos. Not that there is anything wrong with this classic design, but the banjo as a whole has more to offer than just one basic design. Doing away with all the hooks, nuts, flanges, and coordinator rods, Tom Nechville has proven that you can get a classic Bluegrass sound on a instrument that has several radically different design aspects than the average banjo, or it could be easily set up for something completely different if you choose. Dialing in setup is a breeze on this banjo. One of the best features on this instrument is an adjustable angle neck joint, eliminating the need to ever have the neck reset on this banjo. It will always be a simple matter to get the banjo playing perfect again if the angle ever changes. The radiused fingerboard with jumbo frets makes for one of the best players to come through the shop in quite some time. I can't get over how satisfying this banjo is to play! Come check it out!

Nechville Banjos - 2018 Aries Resonator Used

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Susan Willits - Collings Mandolins - MT2 - Burst
We have another beautiful Collings mandolin in the store. This Collings MT2 is a beauty, with tone to match. It's no surprise that it plays effortlessly, sounds great, and is built with first rate craftsmanship. It's what we all expect and appreciate from Collings! Another winner!

Collings Mandolins - MT2 - Burst

Take a look through our collection of Mandolins in the shop! 

Matt KappenmanFender Electric Guitars - Vintera 60's Telecaster Modified - Lake Placid
Vintage looks with the addition of some modern electronics make this new Vintera 60s tele one of my favorites in the shop. The modern neck profile and fingerboard radius (9.5) deliver on all the comforts we're all used to, but the guitar looks classic which is a big plus for me.

Fender Electric Guitars - Vintera 60's Telecaster Modified - Lake Placid

Some great Vintara Guitars in the shop right now!

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