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May 2019 - Mass Street Staff Picks


Josh BaldridgeCollings Acoustic Guitars - D2H A Traditional T Series 1 11/16
This is my favorite D2H A traditional that we've had in. The low end on this dreadnought is amazing, similar to the powerful low-end on a piano, without being overly boomy. Fantastic lifetime guitar.

Collings Acoustic Guitars - D2H A Traditional T Series 1 11/16

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Jim Baggett – Martin Acoustic Guitars - 1933 OM-18 Used
Great sounding early '30s OM. Bar frets are in great condition, and it's ready to play right out of the case.

Martin Acoustic Guitars - 1933 OM-18 Used

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

Eric PutnamCollings Electric Guitars - City Limits Gold Top - Aged
You can really get anything you want out of this guitar. The Wolfetone p90s are the perfect fit. Really classy relicing, and a great feeling neck.

Collings Electric Guitars - City Limits Gold Top - Aged

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Matt Pelsma – Fender Guitars - 1993 Custom Shop La Riata Guitar Center 29th Anniversary Tele
This is an insanely unique tele. The custom shop single coils wail and twang like something special. Excellent weight and resonance, along with some unique carved appointments.

Fender Guitars - 1993 Custom Shop La Riata Guitar Center 29th Anniversary Tele

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Brian Soden – BMF Effects Pedals
I'm really stoked about the killer new pedals we just received from Scott at BMF Effects! BMF really nails the classic drive and fuzz tones I dig for late '60s and '70s rock. The build quality is incredibly solid and each unit is super quiet when engaged, which is ideal for recording situations. Come by and check out my three favs - The Godfather II, GB Germanium Boost and BMF Wah. This trio exudes classic rock! All BMF Effects are hand-made in Southern California.

BMF Effects Pedals

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Mike Horan – Leo Posch Acoustic Guitars - L-M
Don't be deceived by the smaller body on this gem. It has projection to spare and sounds great as an old-time backup instrument, or as an upfront flatpicker with a cutting mid-range. Sweet!

Leo Posch Acoustic Guitars - L-M

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Trey DurkinAcri Fingerpicks
These are the most comfortable fingerpicks I've ever used! They are like wrapping the ends of your fingers in down pillows, but pull a lot better sound out of your banjo than a feather would. They are a substantial size and weight, but it translates to comfort, they manage to glide off the strings effortlessly. I use the brass ones when I want a warmer tone for some old-time pickin', and use the stainless when I need that brightness for Bluegrass. If you use fingerpicks regularly these are definitely worth checking out. I have been using these in combination with a Blue Chip Thumbpick for a couple years now, and let me tell you, my picking hand is living in luxury!

Acri Fingerpicks

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Susan Willits - OME Banjos - 12" Minstrel Open Back
The Ome 12" Minstrel banjo is a punchy, sweet sounding, beautiful banjo, built with understated elegance. I love the aged hardware, the simple inlay, and the comfortable wooden arm rest! Another winner from Ome!

OME Banjos - 12 Minstrel Open Back

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Matt KappenmanTaylor Guitars - 517e Grand Pacific Builder's Edition - Wild Honey Burst
I grew up learning to play on a friend's Taylor dreadnought, and these Grand Pacifics scratch that nostalgic itch, with some new sounds. Love the slope-shoulder design, with the warm low-end and the even response across the fingerboard, thanks to the V-Class bracing. It's a Taylor worthy of some campground picking this summer.

Taylor Acoustic Guitars - 517e Grand Pacific Builder's Edition - Wild Honey Burst

We have all five Taylor Grand Pacifics back in-stock right now!

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April 2019 - Mass Street Staff Picks


Josh BaldridgeTaylor Guitars - Grand Pacific Dreadnoughts
I had the chance to play some of the earlier versions of this new model and now I'm very excited to have them at the store to show customers. The Grand Pacifics are a new tonal direction for Taylor. The more mellow attack and clear, focused response is going to make them ideal for the recording musician.

Taylor Guitars - Grand Pacific Dreadnoughts

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Jim Baggett – Collings Acoustic Guitars - OM1 A Traditional T Series
Great sounding Mahogany OM. The Adirondack top brings a lot of power to this orchestra model traditional.

Collings Acoustic Guitars - OM1 A Traditional T Series

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

Eric PutnamCollings Electric Guitars - City Limits Deluxe Lemon Burst
Another great Collings electric. Has a crazy amount of sustain, and the Wolfetone Legends hit the front of the amp nicely, but still maintain articulate vintage tones.

Collings Electric Guitars - City Limits Deluxe Lemon Burst

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Matt Pelsma – Keeley Effect Pedals - Fuzz Bender
Keeley stuff is always impressive, but this fuzz can sound rich and fat or thin and zippy. A great fuzz at an exceptional price.

Keeley Effect Pedals - Fuzz Bender

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Brian Soden – Mythos Pedals - Golden Fleece Fuzz
This little guy has made a BIG impression on all of us here at the store. Whether you're a fuzz pedal noobie or a collector, you'll love the small footprint, super affordable price and, of course, the glorious tone it emits! You can cover everything from definitive ZZ Top fuzz tones to mid-gain classic rock sounds by adjusting your guitar's volume control. This is one highly addictive fuzz box! Made in Nashville, TN.

Mythos Pedals - Golden Fleece Fuzz

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Mike Horan – Collings Acoustic Guitars - 01 Mahogany Traditional T Series
My pick this month would be the Collings 01 Mh that I recently recorded a demo on. Beautiful and delicate appointments with a full, woody tone.

Collings Acoustic Guitars - 01 Mahogany Traditional T Series

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Matt Harmon – Tom Anderson Electric Guitars - T Icon - Daphne Blue In-Distress Level 2
This tele just feels right. The neck is smooth and plays fast while the body is light and comfortable.

Tom Anderson Electric Guitars - T Icon - Daphne Blue In-Distress Level 2

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Trey DurkinOME Banjos - Juniper Megatone Bluegrass Resonator
I'm more of an old time picker usually, but this banjo has got me itchin' for my fingerpicks lately! All the craftsmanship and beautiful appointments that we have come to expect from OME are there in this build. Featuring a Flathead tonering, frosted head, and presto style tailpiece, this banjo sounds as classic as it gets.

OME Banjos - Juniper Megatone Bluegrass Resonator

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Susan Willits - Kala Ukuleles - Rumbler U-Bass
This Kala Rumbler U-Bass is extremely fun to play! Wonderfully full, round, warm sound from this compact, easily transportable bass. Stand up and play for hours with no shoulder fatigue! Includes a padded gig bag.

Kala Ukuleles - Rumbler U-Bass

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Matt KappenmanCollings Acoustic Guitars - D1 Traditional T Series Custom Sunburst
This is one of those guitars that grabbed my attention from the moment I opened the case. Collings absolutely nailed the sunburst on this D1, and with the Sitka top it's so responsive and easy to play that I might have taken an extra long break to really try it out.

Collings Acoustic Guitars - D1 Traditional T Series Custom Sunburst

Tons of great Collings Traditionals in the shop right now!

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Vintage Guitars of the Past and Future - LIVESTREAM


Vintage Guitars of the Past and Future - Tuesday, April 30th - 7PM

Update: The Youtube feed had a little bit of a glitch at the beginning. We've embedded the Facebook feed as well which should work whether you have a facebook account or not. The stream begins around the three minute mark.

What makes a great Vintage Guitar so appealing? Is it the woods, the bracing, the glue, the craftsmanship? And just as important, what are the vintage guitars of tomorrow?! Check out our Vintage Guitar Livestream presented by store owner, Jim Baggett, to learn what makes these "Golden Era" instruments so special. We're always on the lookout for quality new instruments that embody the techniques of these vintage classics, so even if you're not in the market for a vintage guitar these are tips you can use to help you find a new guitar!

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Taylor Guitars: New Model Showcase - LIVESTREAM


We totally get it that not everyone can make it out on Tuesday, April 16 at 7pm to join us at 1347 Massachusetts ST, Lawrence, KS 66044 for our Taylor Guitars New Model Showcase. That's why we're streaming it live on our Facebook and Youtube channels! We'll be monitoring the stream throughout the event so be sure to bop over and leave a question in the comments.

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12-Month No Interest Promo-Financing April 4-10


From April 4, 2019 through April 10, 2019 take advantage of our promotional financing on Qualifying Instrument & Amp Purchases and get 12 Months* no interest payments if paid in full. Whether you're looking to snag that guitar of your dreams or upgrade your rig with that new amp we've got yo...

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PLEK Livestream Archive


Recently Mass Street luthiers Mike and Matt performed a PLEK scan and fret dress live over on Facebook. We had a little bit of a networking lapse at first, but check out the archive of the PLEK livestream including the virtual fret dress and live fret cutting. Looking to have your instrument PLEK'd? Check out our repair shop page for more information about getting in touch.

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March 2019 - Mass Street Staff Picks


Josh BaldridgeGreer Amps - Soma 63 Vintage Preamp
This is one of those pedals that comes in and we all get very excited to buy one. Most of us have more than enough drive pedals, but the way that this pedal responds both at low and high gain is addictive!!

Greer Amps - Soma 63 Vintage Preamp

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Jim Baggett – Collings Small-Body Guitars
Small body guitars have become the instruments of choice by folk artists like the Milk Carton Kids, I’m With Her, Brandy Carlisle and more. These Traditionals are very comfortable to play and surprisingly loud and dynamic.

Collings Small-Body Guitars

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

Eric PutnamCollings Electric Guitars - City Limits Deluxe Olympic White
This City Limit sounds huge while still being incredibly clear and focused. The sustain is unbelievable on this one, even at low volumes notes seem endless. Also if you show up in a t-shirt at a wedding you can just bring this guitar with you and everyone will still think you are classy!

Collings Electric Guitars - City Limits Deluxe Olympic White

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Matt Pelsma – Collings Acoustic Guitars - Baritone 2H
The bass and sustain on this Baritone is unlike anything I have heard before, totally what you would expect from a Collings guitar. Super fun. You'll find it a necessary extravagance after you give it a strum.

Collings Acoustic Guitars - Baritone 2H

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Brian Soden – Collings Acoustic Guitars - OM2H A Traditional T Series 1 11/16
One of my favorite Collings builds. This Traditional model sports a 1 11/16" nut width, which fits my hand perfectly as I'm predominantly an electric player and more accustomed to a smaller neck profile. I can pick this guitar up and feel right at home with it. I've been very fortunate to have played a number of pre-war acoustics and these guitars are as close as you can get in a new instrument, hands down.

Collings Acoustic Guitars - OM2H A Traditional T Series 1 11/16

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Mike Horan – Eastman Acoustic Guitars - DM1-CLA
This traditional Gypsy Jazz build delivers the classic brilliant trebles balanced by a tight clear bass end---all at an affordable price. The fret work is excellent and the neck shape modern and comfortable, making for an exceptionally enjoyable playing experience. Get your Django on!

Eastman Acoustic Guitars - DM1-CLA

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Matt Harmon – BOSS Effect Pedals - Vibrato VB-2W
Simply the best knobs on a pedal, ever.

BOSS Effect Pedals - Vibrato VB-2W

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Trey DurkinGold Tone Banjos - Cripple Creek 11" Open Back
This is a great banjo for someone looking for an inexpensive open back, starter, and/or travel banjo. Fully adjustable for a variety of play styles. Clawhammer is poppy when played over the neck and fingstyle is bright but full. With a full setup in our shop these are fantastic playing and sounding banjos for a great price.

Gold Tone Banjos - Cripple Creek 11

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Susan Willits - Bart Reiter Banjos - Regent Open-Back with Scoop
The Bart Reiter Regent is another quality banjo from this veteran builder. Wonderful warm tone in this open back banjo, built with a Whyte Ladie tone ring, maple rim and neck. You're in for years of dependable delight when you own a Bart Reiter!

Bart Reiter Banjos - Regent Open-Back with Scoop

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Matt Kappenman Fender Electric Guitars - American Performer Series Telecaster - Penny
This tele is a great deal on a Made in the USA Fender. The modern C Shape neck is very comfy, and has just enough meat to the profile that I feel right at home coming from a more vintage-spec guitar.

Fender Electric Guitars - American Performer Series Telecaster - Penny

Tons of great Fender Guitars in the shop right now!

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February 2019 - Mass Street Staff Picks


Josh BaldridgeEastman Electric Guitars - SB56/N-GD P90 Gold Top
This guitar rocks! The Custom Lollar pickups sound amazing...heavy and thick when full on in the neck position, articulate and grungy with the bridge pickup cranked, and cleaning up perfectly with the volume rolled off a little.

Eastman Electric Guitars - SB56/N-GD P90 Gold Top

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Jim Baggett – Collings Acoustic Guitars - 1996 C100 DLX Koa - Used
The C100 body shape that Collings worked out back in the 90s has returned as a new model in 2018. This Deluxe build from '96 features some nice appointments and Koa back and sides. Really nice, powerful, small body guitar and one of only 20 or so originally made.

CollCollings Acoustic Guitars - 1996 C100 DLX Koa - Used

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

Eric PutnamBenson Amps - Preamp Pedal
One of my new favorite drive pedals. It can be used as a clean preamp to give an amp more character, or be used as a gain pedal. It sounds great as a low gain or high gain pedal. I have mostly been using mine as a light gain pedal that also adds the right amount of compression. Really great pedal!

Benson Amps - Preamp Pedal

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Matt Pelsma – Tom Anderson Electric Guitars - Raven Classic - Shorty Shell Pink - Distress Lvl 2
This Tom Anderson is one of my favorite guitars that I have ever played. The distressing feels great for such a highly modern-playing guitar. Vintage shell pink and matching headstock! What more could you want?

Tom Anderson Electric Guitars - Raven Classic - Shorty Shell Pink - Distress Lvl 2

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Brian Soden – Greer Amps - Supa Cobra Overdrive
Last weekend I had some guys over for a fun classic rock jam in my basement. The Supa Cobra was at the core of my board for the day and it sounded absolutely amazing! I enjoy running it fairly low on the gain knob for rich, fat rhythm tones and hitting the front with a Keeley Katana Mini for more grunt and volume. I can't tell you how happy I am with this unit. Get yourself one!

Greer Amps - Supa Cobra Overdrive

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Mike Horan – Collings Acoustic Guitars - Parlor 1 Mh Traditional T Series
I love the way this guitar sounds and feels. The word that comes to mind to describe the tone is "transparent." Super-responsive and easy to play, this guitar makes me want to grab a cup of coffee, slip off my shoes, and get lost for a few hours in the easy chair...

Elliott Capos - 1 3/4 Elite Push Button Guitar Capo - 16 Radius

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Matt Harmon – Fender Electric Guitars - American Professional Jazzmaster - Mystic Seafoam
I've been really into Jazzmasters lately and the features on the new American Professionals really take some of the quirkiness out of the originals. I love having the 3 way up at the top instead of the dedicated neck controls and the addition of the Mustang bridge really helps keep the saddles from moving. The posts have also been upgraded to a more stable platform.

Fender Electric Guitars - American Professional Jazzmaster - Mystic Seafoam

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Trey DurkinCollings Guitars - D1 A Traditional T Series
All of the guitars in the Collings Traditional line have been some of the best new acoustic guitars we’ve ever seen. With a more vintage inspired voice and build, these are strong candidates for being the prized vintage guitars of the future. I personally play a D1A Traditional which is an amazing guitar. It is an absolute workhorse and handles anything I throw at it. Through effortless playability and a broad dynamic spectrum, it is constantly inspiring me and pushing me to the next level. I want my playing to be worthy of such a fine instrument.

If you haven’t played a Collings Traditional yet, come by and see what you’re missing out on. 

Collings Guitars - D1 A Traditional T Series

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Susan Willits - Gibson Mandolins - 1917 F4 - Used
You can own a piece of history with this 1917 Gibson F4. It's in wonderful condition, especially for being 102 years old! Easy to play all the way up the neck, this Gibson F4 has a very full, piano like sound, with sustain that goes on and on. I love the delicate design on the Handel tuner buttons. It's an exceptional mandolin!

Gibson Mandolins - 1917 F4 - Used

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Matt Kappenman Taylor Acoustic Guitars - GS Mini-e Bass Maple
These Maple GS Mini basses have blown me away. Something about the laminated Maple back and sides make these models punchy and direct, in a way that works great for campfire jams or for a more portable acoustic bass rig. Plug it in and you've got a really great electric bass sound, that would honestly fool me when mixed in with the rest of a band. Great option from the folks at Taylor.

Taylor Acoustic Guitars - GS Mini-e Bass Maple

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January 2019 - Mass Street Staff Picks


Josh BaldridgeTom Anderson Electric Guitars - Icon Classic - Fiesta Red - Distress Lv1
This Icon Classic rings out so clearly, even when unplugged. Great for lead lines up the neck, very expressive/vocal and screams to be played with the trem arm.

Tom Anderson Electric Guitars - Icon Classic - Fiesta Red - Distress Lv1

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Jim Baggett – Collings Acoustic Guitars - D2H Traditional T Series 1 11/16
Extremely comfortable neck profile matched with a very responsive guitar. These new necks are some of the best feeling we've had from Collings.

CollCollings Acoustic Guitars - D2H Traditional T Series 1 11/16

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

Eric PutnamStrymon Effect Pedals - Volante
Another amazing delay from Strymon! You can get anything from Binson echorec sounds to studio tape delays. The multiple heads give you endless options for rhythmic delay sounds or ambient washes. The sound on sound mode is very useful, and the built in spring reverb sounds great!

Strymon Effect Pedals - Volante

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Matt Pelsma – Taylor Acoustic Guitars - K14ce Builder's Edition
The new builder's edition is fantastic, Taylor keeps pushing the envelope with the V-Class architecture. Really looking forward to the new Grand Pacific and Grand Concert, but the Grand Auditorium hits a serious sweet spot.

Taylor Acoustic Guitars - K14ce Builder's Edition

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Brian Soden – Fender Amplifiers - '57 Custom Deluxe - Alnico Cream - Limited
I can't say enough good things about this amp - it just exhibits pure vintage Fender vibe and tone! Fantastic touch-sensitivity and breaks up very nicely with the Cream Alnico speaker. By far, one of my favorite amps in the store!

Fender Amplifiers - '57 Custom Deluxe - Alnico Cream - Limited

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Mike Horan – Collings Acoustic Guitars - 01 Traditional T Series Baked - Sunburst
This guitar is a little gem! Beautiful to behold and with a full tone despite its size. An obvious choice for fingerpicking, and I loved the way it responded to a flatpick!

Elliott Capos - 1 3/4 Elite Push Button Guitar Capo - 16 Radius

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Matt Harmon – Greer Amps - Lightspeed Organic Overdrive
Greer is making some great overdrives, if you're looking for either a small boost or medium overdrive this is the one.

Greer Amps - Lightspeed Organic Overdrive

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Trey DurkinLakota Leathers Straps
These straps are great! I've got one for my banjo and my guitar and they perfectly distribute the weight of the instrument in a comfortable, yet fashionable way. I'm thinking about getting a couple more! These are made with excellent quality leathers, with many styles and color options. A great accessory to go with a fine instrument!

Lakota Leathers Straps

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Susan Willits - Eastman Mandolins - MD404
The Eastman MD404 oval hole mandolin has a lovely sound and plays easily up and down the neck. Made with a solid spruce top and solid mahogany back and sides, this is a quality instrument at a great price. Even comes with a hard shell case!

Eastman Mandolins - MD404

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Matt KappenmanGretsch Electric Guitars - G5622T Electromatic Center Block w/Bigsby - Georgia Green
This Georgia Green Electromatic catches my eye every morning when I walk in the door. Something about the Green/Cream combo and the vintage inspired pickups that makes me want to start the day playing it. Great deal on a thin archtop!

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

Tons of great Gretsch Guitars in the shop right now!

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Introducing the Taylor Guitars - Grand Pacific Series Dreadnoughts - Preorder Now


Preorder Taylor's Grand Pacific Series Dreadnought Guitars - 317e - 517 Builders 717 Builders
"This guitar is my interpretation of a round-shoulder dreadnought, with a new musical personality, and the high standard you would expect from a Taylor guitar." Andy Powers - Master Guitar Designer

New Taylor Shape, New Taylor Sound. Here at Mass Street Music we're excited to partner up with Taylor as a launch dealer for their new line of dreadnought guitars, the Grand Pacific Series.

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