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July 2018 - Mass Street Staff Picks


Josh BaldridgeCollings Acoustic Guitars - 01 Mh Traditional T Series
Warm, mellow tones from a small body guitar that is extremely resonate and responsive. This guitar has been turning heads around the shop all week.

Collings Acoustic Guitars - 01 Mh Traditional T Series

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Jim Baggett – Collings Acoustic Guitars - 002H Wenge
Really interesting and unique sounding 00, love the look and tone of the Wenge.

Collings Acoustic Guitars - 002H Wenge

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

Eric PutnamStomp Under Foot - Pink Hellephant
We did this custom pedal with the crew from Stomp Under Foot, and it is a really fun pedal. It has a Fuzz Face circuit and an Overdrive in the same enclosure. Both can be used individually, or you can stack them for over the top fuzz tones. The most exciting thing about this pedal is the spiffy elephant art work created by yours truly with magic computer help from Matt K!

Stomp Under Foot - Pink Hellephant

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Matt Pelsma – Don Grosh - Electrajet Custom Metallic Orange Pearl
Don's guitars are always super consistent and a joy to play. Guitar to guitar, I haven't found one I dislike both in sound and feel. This one takes on an interstellar hippie look, but don't shy away from standing out. Ask us about putting together your dream guitar from one of the best builders in the world.

Don Grosh Electric Guitars - Electrajet Custom Metallic Orange Pearl

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Brian Soden – Eastman Acoustic Guitars - E1OOSS-LTD
The perfect couch guitar that is gig-ready for grab-and-go shows and coffee shop gigs. Classic look and feel with a fun vibe that just calls out to be picked up for a quick strum when you walk by (which is what I do every time I pass it!). It sounds sooo good, too. The total package!

Eastman Acoustic Guitars - E1OOSS-LTD

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Mike Horan – PreSonus Audio Interfaces - Audiobox USB 96
I tend to be a bit of a Luddite when it comes to technology, but I just started using this great little box. I like to record my own backing tracks for practice purposes and this thing fits the bill simply and economically. I plug my Rode NT-5 in and run a cable to my laptop, recognize it in Garageband and I'm ready to go. Great fidelity and easy to use.

PreSonus Audio Interfaces - Audiobox USB 96

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Matt Harmon – Waterloo by Collings - WL-14 X Truss Rod - Black - Tigerstripe
When I laid eyes on our first WL-14 in black I thought it would look so good with a tigerstripe guard instead of a cream one. It's taken a few years but now we have one!

Waterloo by Collings - WL-14 X Truss Rod - Black - Tigerstripe

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Trey DurkinBart Reiter Banjos - Round Peak
Every one of these we've had in has been a great banjo. This is the same model I play, and I've been extremely happy with my banjo over the last few years. Great build quality, with quality woods and a thin lacquer finish, at a great price. I particularly enjoy the enhanced depth and resonance the 12" pot delivers.

Bart Reiter Banjos - Round Peak

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Susan Willits - Eastman Mandolins - MDA315 Mandola
This Eastman MDA315 Mandola is almost too much fun! Extremely nice build quality with this all solid wood instrument. Great for taking leads, or playing rhythm, giving your fingers a little stretch. I love a good, low end bark on mandolin, so this mandola is especially fun with the open low C growl! Really fun!!

Eastman Mandolins - MDA315 Mandola

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Matt KappenmanFender Electric Guitars - Classic Series - '60s Jaguar Lacquer - Lake Placid Blue
Love these new Classic Series models from Fender, with all nitro finishes and some vintage style specs. Great price for a new, vintage-style, Fender.

Fender Electric Guitars - Classic Series - '60s Jaguar Lacquer - Lake Placid Blue

Tons of great Fender Guitars in the shop right now!

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June 2018 - Mass Street Staff Picks


Josh BaldridgeFender Electric Guitars - Player Stratocaster - Polar White
I've picked Strats like this before, but I really like the Woodstock Hendrix White Strat look, super sharp goes great with a tux, or anything really! A part of the new players series that we just got in, the pickups are the new alnico pickups and they sound great. We've got them in store and they'll up on the website soon. Come check this affordable Strat out!

Fender Electric Guitars - Player Stratocaster - Polar White

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Jim Baggett – Collings Acoustic Guitars - OM1 A JL 1 3/4 Traditional - Julian Lage Signature
I've been so impressed with each one these JL series guitars that we've been getting from Collings. So much so I'm thinking about buying a 1 3/4" version for myself.

Collings Acoustic Guitars - OM1 A JL 1 3/4 Traditional - Julian Lage Signature

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

Eric PutnamMilkman Sound - 20W Creamer Combo with Power Scaling
All of the milkman amps that we have had in have been great, but the creamer is my personal favorite. It is has enough headroom to gig with, but with the built in attenuator it can breakup at very comfortable volumes. Also the reverb and trem sound amazing in this amp.

Milkman Sound - 20W Creamer Combo with Power Scaling

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Matt Pelsma – Taylor Acoustic Guitars - 714CE V-Class
I have really been digging the new V-Class since our Taylor Road show earlier this year. I recently got to attend Taylor University in Denver, CO and was able to dive into the bracing a little more and hear from different Taylor people and other retailers, and I believe the hype. I think this guitar solves a ton of intonation issues inherent with guitars, and further pushes the richness and consistency Taylor is known for as a manufacturer. I'm impressed, and I want one.

Taylor Acoustic Guitars - 714CE V-Class

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Brian Soden – Xotic Effect Pedals - SP Compressor
I've always enjoyed this compressor on my main electric board, but have recently become even more impressed by how it performs in my acoustic rig! I set the toggle switch to "Lo" so it's not adding a lot of compression - just enough to even things out and make the feel of the strings more natural under my fingers while using the piezo pickup in my guitar. Such a versatile tool to have!

Xotic Effect Pedals - SP Compressor

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Mike Horan – Collings Acoustic Guitars - D1 A Traditional T Series
These Adirondack models continue to be consistently great guitars. Fantastic bluegrass models.

Collings Acoustic Guitars - D1 A Traditional T Series

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Matt Harmon – Tom Anderson - 2001 T Classic Sparkle Silver - Used
I've been on an Anderson kick for the last 3 months and this used classic comes in at a great price and has had the pickups changed out to Fralins which is perfect in my opinion.

Tom Anderson - 2001 T Classic Sparkle Silver - Used

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Trey DurkinMartin Acoustic Guitars - 2018 HD-28 Ambertone
I've really been digging the new HD-28 Ambertone we recently got in. It sounds like a rosewood dread should, and is a head turner to boot. This guitar makes me want to play Neil Young tunes all day....

Martin Acoustic Guitars - 2018 HD-28 Ambertone

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Susan Willits - Gretsch Resonators - G9201 Honey Dipper Round-Neck - Shed Roof Finish
I love these Gretsch Honey Dipper guitars with the Shed Roof finish! They sound so rich and full, and they have a lot of punch. Plus they look amazing, and our shop can set it up for whatever playing style you prefer!

Gretsch Resonators - G9201 Honey Dipper Round-Neck - Shed Roof Finish

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Matt KappenmanCollings Acoustic Guitars - 002H Wenge
This was a new leap for us with Collings. With tonewoods like Madagascar becoming hard to find, we wanted to try a new alternative. We found that option in Wenge, or African Rosewood as it's sometimes called. This wood has been used on our favorite CJ-35s for the bridge and fingerboard for years, but we hadn't tried it as a back and sides. I'm so glad we did. This guitar keeps delivering. I've played it a little bit every day since we got it last week and I can't believe how open and robust it's getting. Don't miss out on trying this little 002H.

Collings Acoustic Guitars - 002H Wenge

Tons of great Acoustic Guitars in the shop right now!

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Summer 2018 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 13th through Au...

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An Evening with Collings Guitars - Event and Livestream Info


An Evening with Collings Guitars at Mass Street Music

The shop has been abuzz with the latest additions to the expanding Collings Traditional Series, so much so we wanted to have an evening to show them off. Come on down to the store Tuesday, June 5th at 7pm for a night of Collings Guitars - Mass Street style. Check out the all new models including 01, 02H, Parlors and of course the elusive Julian Lage Signature models. We're also stocked with our favorite dreadnoughts, OMs and CJs as well - stop by and compare them all. Our owner, Jim Baggett, will be on hand discussing Collings build techniques, bracing, construction and history. Door prizes, swag and special limited time financing will be available for attendees of the event. We'll also be offering a FREE K&K Pure Mini pickup and install with any new in-store Collings guitar purchase on Tuesday night.

If all goes to plan we're going to be debuting some Youtube and Facebook Live Streaming of the event asl well, so if you can't make it be sure to tune in!

Bookmark this page for easy to access to the streams and as always here is a link to Set a Reminder on Facebook 

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Mass Street 12 Month Promotional Financing - 5/24 - 6/06


From May 24, 2018 through June 06, 2018 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 you covered with convenient 0% Interest financing through Synchrony Financial. Stop by the store for more details on how to take advantage of this limited time offer.

Legal Notice to keep the lawyers happy: *Qualifying purchase amount must be on one receipt. No interest will be charged on the promo purchase if you pay if off, in full, within the promo period. If you do not, interest will be charged on the promo purchase from the purchase date. The required minimum monthly payments may or may not pay off purchase by the end of the promo period. Regular account terms apply to non-promo purchases and, after promo ends, to promo balance. For new accounts: Purchase APR is 29.99%; Minimum Interest Charge is $2. Existing cardholders: see your credit card terms. Subject to credit approval.

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May 2018 - Mass Street Staff Picks


Josh BaldridgeFender Guitars - 1988 Custom Shop '57 Stratocaster - Surf Green Used
I have grown to love Alder-body/Maple-neck Strats, so this early Custom Shop version has been killing me since we picked it up a couple weeks ago. The pickups have that 50's chime that sounds great clean in a band and keeps the tone from getting too dark when I'm really pushing an amp.

Fender Guitars - 1988 Custom Shop '57 Stratocaster - Surf Green Used

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Jim Baggett – Collings Acoustic Guitars - 01 A Traditional T Series
Remarkably big sound out of a little guitar. All the bold tones of an Adirondack build, with the comfortable 14-fret 0 size.

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

Eric PutnamLeo Posch Acoustic Guitars - D-M
This has been my favorite Dread in the shop since it arrived. It can handle big chords and bluegrass licks, but it also sounds great for finger style. Some addy top guitars can be too stiff for fingerstyle, but this one is sensitive enough to pull off fingerstyle. I could easily be happy with this guitar as my only acoustic. Awesome guitar!

Leo Posch Acoustic Guitars - D-M

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Matt Pelsma – Martin Acoustic Guitars - 0-18
This guitar is fun to play and has more dynamics than a player might guess at first glance. The smaller top projects with less energy needed which is great for fingerstyle. Solo strumming and lead playing stand out easily as well. The aging toner and bevelled pickguard are excellent and classy touches.

Martin Acoustic Guitars - 0-18

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Brian Soden – Strymon Effect Pedals - Deco
The Strymon Deco has recently earned a place on my board and I'm so pumped to start gigging with it! Hands down - the best slapback delay out there. And through-zero flanging so you can get your "Are You Gonna Go My Way" tone sounding proper! All of the great sounds from the '50s through the '70s, achieved through manipulating tape machines, are in there. It's like you're sitting in Sun Records during an iconic session.

Strymon Effect Pedals - Deco

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Mike Horan – Collings Acoustic Guitars - Parlor 1 Traditional T Series
Eminently playable, this little wonder begs to be played on the couch. Simple yet elegant appointments and clean lines make this guitar an instant classic. Surprising amount of volume for its size.

Collings Acoustic Guitars - Parlor 1 Traditional T Series

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Matt Harmon – Tom Anderson Electric Guitars - Icon Classic - Metallic Ice Blue
Easy pick this month. This Icon Classic from Anderson does it all.

Tom Anderson Electric Guitars - Icon Classic - Metallic Ice Blue

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Trey DurkinOME Banjos - Juniper Megatone Bluegrass Resonator
This is a great banjo for all fingerstyles of playing. It is a ton of fun to play. In CGBDg tuning playing in the key of C it works great for Charlie Poole style old-time picking, with a huge full sound. Bright and crisp but managing to be warm and full all at the same time? How does Ome do it? And as always, the craftsmanship, fretwork, attention to detail and overall aesthetics are the same top notch level that we've come to expect from Ome.

OME Banjos - Juniper Megatone Bluegrass Resonator

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Susan Willits - Collings Mandolins - MT GT Honey Amber
It's a fact, Collings makes wonderful mandolins! This Honey Amber MT GT is a beauty, but sounds even better than it looks, with super clear, sweet tone up and down the register. I had a hard time putting this one back on the wall, because once you start playing you won't want to stop!

Collings Mandolins - MT GT Honey Amber

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Matt KappenmanMilkman Sound - One Watt Plus
This amp makes me excited about plugging in and turning up...only without getting too loud! A 10 Watt Combo, this Milkman has built-in adjustable power scaling down to 1 Watt, bringing that saturated crunch to your guitar tones at bedroom or practice space volume levels. Perfect for smaller-gigs or recording, it also takes pedals extremely well. We couldn't be more excited about having Milkman Amps in the store.

Milkman Sound - One Watt Plus

Tons of great Amps in the shop right now!

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Collings Traditional T Series - New 1 11/16" Nut Width Models


Collings 1 11/16th Nut Width option on Traditional Models
We're thrilled to once again be a part of the ever expanding line of Collings Traditional models. For the past two years we've been big fans of the Traditional T Series of guitars from Collings which feature lightweight bracing, traditional voicing, thin nitro finishes and animal protein glue builds. And now with the introduction of the newly designed 1 11/16th necks, players of any nut width preference can get in on these truly breathtaking guitars.

Inspired by the 1938, '39, and '40 pre-war vintage guitars, these narrower nut models are very similar to the comfortable 1 3/4" Traditional neck, but rescanned and scaled down to make for a really smooth playing 1 11/16" nut width and corresponding profile.
"I was lucky enough to put a hand on an unfinished prototype neck while visiting Collings and found it to be very comfortable, for 1 3/4" and 1 11/16" players alike." - Jim Baggett - Owner, Mass Street Music

These T Series neck are their own thing though, different from both the 1 3/4" profile and the custom Julian Lage neck, both of which we love. Even if you're a 1 3/4 player, you'll find it to be very comfortable, and for 1 11/16" players it is one of the most comfortable necks we've found.

We liked it well enough to immediately put 5 guitars on order, on the spot.

Give us a call or email us to get first dibs on these narrower nut width models. It's far enough out that we may be able to swap specs if there's something specific you have in mind for your future Traditional Collings.

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An American Original: Fender's New Vintage-Inspired Lineup


Fender American Originals

We've been in countdown mode ever since the folks at Fender announced the all new American Original series. These "Best of the Decade' guitars deliver vintage tone, style and appointments with some modern playability. With era-appropriate materials, build and construction techniques these solid-body electrics have set themselves apart at this price point. Here are just three of our favorite features across the line.

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Repair Spotlight: Gretsch Electronics Upgrade


Repair Spotlight: Gretsch Electronics Upgrade

While we often focus on the acoustic side of things in our Repair Spotlight posts, the shop also specializes in all things electric. In this edition of the Repair Spotlight we're talking electronics swap out...all of the electronics. Here Matt Street Luthier Matt H is taking a stock Gretsch G5420T and upgrading all of the pots and switches with gear from our friends at Emerson Custom and swapping out the pickups with TV Jones TV Classics. Click through to check out the process!

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April 2018 - Mass Street Staff Picks


Josh BaldridgeCollings Acoustic Guitars - Parlor 2H Traditional T Series
If you’re looking for a guitar that does its thing and does it well, this parlor has it. Super responsive and comfortable, with so much volume for a little guitar.

Collings Acoustic Guitars - Parlor 2H Traditional T Series

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Jim Baggett – Collings Acoustic Guitars - 02H Traditional T Series
This little guitar has a big sound. Extremely resonate, notes just leap out of it.

Collings Acoustic Guitars - 02H Traditional T Series

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

Eric PutnamKeeley Effect Pedals - 1962x Overdrive
Keeley really nailed the Marshall combo sound, and feel with this pedal. I was surprised by how touch responsive it is. It's a great pedal if you want to use your guitar's controls to get different tones. Although no pedal can fully capture the experience of a cranked up Marshall this one captures enough to be a great alternative to bleeding ears!

Keeley Effect Pedals - 1962x Overdrive

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Matt Pelsma – Fender Electric Guitars - American Original 60's Telecaster - Fiesta Red
I love everything about this guitar, from the binding to the pickups. Sounds and feels exactly like Fender has built the telecaster from my dreams. Everything about this guitar looks and sounds perfect. Tele single coils can be the most touch sensitive and expressive around, and with pedals, you can get any electric sound under the sun.

Fender Electric Guitars - American Original 60's Telecaster - Fiesta Red

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Brian Soden – Elliott Capos - 1 3/4" Elliott Push Button Guitar Capo - 17" Radius
We're big fans of Elliott Capos here, and I love that we can custom order them to accommodate guitars with specific neck radius measurements. Collings has tested and confirmed the actual radius between the 2nd and 5th frets on their guitars is 17" to 17.75", making the Elliott 17" radius capo ideal for a Collings fingerboard. This one fits evenly across the fretboard of my new OM2H allowing each note to ring out beautifully. It's lightweight and looks gorgeous, to boot!

Elliott Capos - 1 3/4

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Mike Horan – Yamaha Electric Guitars - Revstar RS502T Bowden Green
We just received these new Revstar Yamaha electrics. I really like the RS502T in Bowden Green---a cool original design while still maintaining a vintage look and feel. The P-90s really make it bark!

Yamaha Electric Guitars - Revstar RS502T Bowden Green

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Matt Harmon – Tom Anderson Electric Guitars - Raven Classic Shorty - Egyptian Gold
I couldn't decide between two guitars for this Month's pick, both Andersons, and it came down to the Raven and the Icon Classic. There is just something about the aesthetics of the Raven that is very appealing to me. I love the egyptian gold finish and I'm a fan of single ply matte black pickguards. The headstock painted black just seals the deal. Both guitars play and sound great, but the Raven is a head turner.

Tom Anderson Electric Guitars - Raven Classic Shorty - Egyptian Gold

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Trey DurkinCollings Acoustic Guitars - OM1 A Traditional T Series
A responsive and inspiring instrument. It begs to be played. When I first played it, I put it into DADGAD and was amazed at the rich sound. If you haven't checked out the Collings Traditional line yet, you owe it to yourself to come give one a strum!

Collings Acoustic Guitars - OM1 A Traditional T Series

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Susan Willits - Martin Acoustic Guitars - 1963 00-21 Used
We have a fun 1963 Martin 00-21 here in the store! I love the 00 size, it's so comfortable to hold on your lap and play. This guitar has a lot of personality, along with a lot of sound, and you can just tell it has songs waiting to be teased out of it! I wonder what they are...

Martin Acoustic Guitars - 1963 00-21 Used

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Matt KappenmanHenriksen Amps - The Blu
We had these Henriksen amps recommended to us by one of our favorite customers, and after a chance to check them out at the NAMM show we're excited to have the entire lineup here in the store. Plug into these small, portable amps with a big sound next time you're in the shop. They handle everything from acoustic guitars to electrics and jazz boxes.

Henriksen Amps - The Blu

Tons of great Amps in the shop right now!

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