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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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Repair Spotlight: Custom Neck Profile


Repair Spotlight

Up in the Repair Shop our luthiers get unique requests from customers on a daily basis. Whether it's something standard like swapping pickups, to a neck reset and a complete refret, the shop is more than willing to make musical dreams come true. Cut to a recent request to thin down a neck on one of our customer's favorite guitars. Originally the guitar had been built with a wider neck profile and nut width, but over the years the customer had grown to want something thinner and narrower. Jim jumped in and, of course, build a custom jig to get the job done. Scroll through the photos below of routing, carving and refinishing this neck.

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March 2018 - Mass Street Staff Picks


Josh BaldridgeGretsch Electric Guitars - G5420TG 135th Anniversary Electromatic Limited - Dark Cherry Metallic/Casino Gold
Gretsch did two color schemes on this one, and I got to see both of them at the name NAMM show. I was, and still am, absolutely blown away by this dark cherry metallic top.

Gretsch Electric Guitars - G5420TG 135th Anniversary Electromatic Limited - Dark Cherry Metallic/Casino Gold

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Jim Baggett – Blazer and Henkes Guitars - 2008 Deja Vu - Phoenix 28 Sunburst - Used
Great example of the sort of craftsmanship that we've long enjoyed from Willie Henkes and Rudolph Blazer. It's always a treat to get a Brazilian Rosewood guitar of this quality in the shop. A great lifetime guitar.

Blazer and Henkes Guitars - 2008 Deja Vu - Phoenix 28 Sunburst - Used

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

Eric PutnamTom Anderson Electric Guitars - Icon Classic - Metallic Ice Blue
Another great Anderson Icon! Really great finish on this one, the mystic Ice Blue looks great with the carmel maple neck. I am really digging the 62 pete neck shape on this one, too. Great neck that is not too chunky but is also not overly thin. This one also has my favorite set of the noiseless pickups!

Tom Anderson Electric Guitars - Icon Classic - Metallic Ice Blue

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Matt Pelsma – Martin Acoustic Guitars - 00-15M
This "All-Hog" guitar is fantastic for comfortable couch playing, or a small relaxed coffee shop setting. It's brighter than most mahogany guitars that I have played, but it just wants to be broken in. I could play this guitar all day.

Martin Acoustic Guitars - 00-15M

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Brian Soden – Mission Engineering - Rewah Pro
We're all big fans of Mission's expression and volume pedals and their new power supply, but the Rewah Pro deserves some of the spotlight! The internal dip switches make it highly versatile and easy to dial in vintage and modern tones. Plus, it's built tough for the road. And...it's finished in candy purple. I dig it!

Mission Engineering - Rewah Pro

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Mike Horan – Collings Acoustic Guitars - Parlor 2H Traditional T Series
Tired of wrapping your arm around your big honkin' dreadnought? Need a comfy couch-guitar while you watch the NCAA tournament? Have I got the guitar for you...

Collings Acoustic Guitars - Parlor 2H Traditional T Series

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Matt Harmon – Don Grosh Electric Guitars - ElectraJet Standard with Blown 59s - Black
Grosh makes great guitars and this one is begging to be played really loud. The Blown 59's are amazing.

Don Grosh Electric Guitars - ElectraJet Standard with Blown 59s - Black

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Trey DurkinFender Basses - American Professional Precision Bass - Sunburst
I've always been a fan of the p-bass. A fully adjustable pickup, with simple volume and tone controls that allow you to dial in the perfect sound in the blink if an eye. I've always been drawn to 3 tone sunburst finished fenders with a rosewood fingerboard. If you want that classic bass sound, look, and feel, look no further!

Fender Basses - American Professional Precision Bass - Sunburst

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Susan Willits - Bart Reiter Banjos - Buckbee Open-Back - Cherry
Bart Reiter is doing such a great job of crafting well made, dependable and affordable banjos. The 11" Buckbee is a lot of banjo for $1195, with a wonderfully clear and mellow sound. Very easy to play, with no frills, this banjo is a perfect (and fun) upgrade from your starter banjo!

Bart Reiter Banjos - Buckbee Open-Back - Cherry

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Matt KappenmanEastman Electric Guitars - T64/V-GB
There's just something about a fully hollow thinline that I love. There's this acoustic reponsiveness, almost a sort of growl that really makes me feel at home on this Eastman. Loaded with Lollar P90s and a Bigbsy, this is one versatile archtop. It has me thinking about ordering one for myself.

Eastman Electric Guitars - T64/V-GB

Tons of great Electric Guitars in the shop right now!

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