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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

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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

Check out our collection of in-stock Milkman Gear!

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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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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Josh BaldridgeCollings Mandolins - MT2 - Burst
Collings makes such beautiful mandolins. It is easy to fall for them solely based on looks, but playing this MT2 is so enjoyable that the only reason I have to stop is to give my cheeks a break from smiling.

Collings Mandolins - MT2 - Burst

Check out our collection of Collings Guitars!

Jim Baggett – Collings Guitars - 2003 OM42 Baaa A V Sunburst - Used
Beautiful set of Brazilian rosewood paired with an Adirondack top and 42-style appointments.

Collings Guitars - 2003 OM42 Baaa A V Sunburst - Used

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

Eric PutnamDon Grosh Guitars - 2009 Reserve PlexiT Hollow - Used
This Grosh has a really sweet mid range, and is incredibly fun to play. Hard to put this one down!

Don Grosh Guitars - 2009 Reserve PlexiT Hollow - Used

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Matt Pelsma – Milkman Sound - The Amp
Versatile, pedalboard friendly amp head with an XLR out and cab simulator makes this a fantastic piece of gear for any gigging musician tired of lugging amp heads around. Also works great for personal practice with the included headphone jack.

Milkman Sound

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Brian Soden – Squier - Classic Vibe 50's Strat - Sherwood Green Metallic w/Matching Headstock
These Classic Vibe guitars are total sleepers. If you're past the "entry level" stage in your playing, it's easy to think of a Squier as something you wouldn't consider. Let me tell you something - these are awesome guitars! The fretwork is smooth and highly polished, the neck shape is excellent and they've all been lightweight. This guitar, in particular, is killer with the matching headstock and vintage tint to the neck. I really dig it!

Squier - Classic Vibe 50's Strat - Sherwood Green Metallic w/Matching Headstock

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Mike Horan – Martin Acoustic Guitars - HD-28 Ambertone
It is hard to beat this guitar in this price range. Huge voice with plenty of rosewood punch and an attractive sunburst to boot!

Martin Acoustic Guitars - HD-28 Ambertone

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Matt Harmon – Eastman Electric Guitars - SB56/N-GD P90 Gold Top
Very impressed with this one, feels good and sounds great unplugged. Is it too early to recommend picking one up because apparently "Gibson's looking out"? #PRnightmare

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

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Trey DurkinOME Banjos - 12" Minstrel Open Back
Our friends at OME have created another winner with this one. It is a huge sounding open back. Very deep and plunky but with enough of a bright edge to easily cut through the mix. It’s an absolute monster for Clawhammer but could easily be setup for any style. I also appreciate a few of the design features paying homage to the earliest banjos like the large rim with relatively few hooks, no tone ring, and scroll headstock.

OME Banjos - 12 Minstrel Open Back

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Matt KappenmanWaterloo by Collings - WL-AT SB
I've been looking forward to getting this Archtop from the Waterloo crew into the shop since January when we first played the prototypes. Dry, focused and articulate, with loads of natural reverb. Great for lead picking or blues box style playing.

Waterloo by Collings - WL-AT SB

Tons of great Waterloo Guitars in the shop right now!

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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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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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