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March 2017 Staff Picks


Josh BaldridgeFender - 2017 American Professional Telecaster - Butterscotch Blonde
Super cool that Fender is building an American made Blackguard Butterscotch Tele as a standard model again. Previously it was only offered as a vintage model. The wood grain on the particular guitar we have in is fantastic.

Check out our collection of Fender American Professional guitars!

Jim Baggett – Collings Acoustic Guitars - OM1A Cutaway
Extremely versatile guitar, great for finger style players but plenty of headroom for flatpicking thanks to the Adirondack top.

Collings Acoustic Guitars - OM1A Cutaway

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

Eric PutnamTom Anderson Electric Guitars - T Classic Shorty Hollow - Blonde
My favorite guitar in the shop at the moment. Its one of those great guitars that makes you go to different musical places. Great player!

Fender Electric Guitars - 2017 American Professional Telecaster - Butterscotch Blonde

Here are the latest Boutique Electrics to hit the website!

Matt Pelsma – Martin Acoustic Guitars - 1963 00-21 Used
This guitar is billed as a great finger style playing instrument, but I think this thing really sings with a pick. This guitar carries a strong vintage tone that could rival a guitar twice it's age.

Martin 1963 00-21

Check out our current collection of Vintage Instruments.

Jade Rowland – Eastman Acoustic Guitars - E20SS
This solid rosewood slope shoulder dreadnought is lovely to play, It sounds loud and full when strummed and every note played finger style has some weight behind it. Its specs and sound far exceed what the price would suggest.

Eastman E20SS

Check out our expanding Eastman lineup

Mike Horan – Gibson Acoustic Guitars -1954 J-45 Used
Someone please buy this guitar before one of us has too....it's just that tempting

Gibson Acoustic Guitars -1954 J-45 Used

Some vintage guitars come into the store and quickly become staff favorites - this J-45 is definitely one of them!

Matt Harmon – Lindy Fralin Guitar Pickups - Tele Stock Bridge
When you bring your tele in the shop for new pickups, this is what I recommend. This Fralin is really hard to beat, coming in at under $100 there isn't anything that comes close to the sound.

Fralin Pickups 

One of the many great pickups here at the shop!

Trey DurkinCollings Acoustic Guitars - 2015 CJ-35 A Used
Perfectly balanced strummer, with a great voice for picking melodies as well. This CJ-35 is amazingly responsive and satisfying to play for a recently build Adi topped guitar. The short scale length makes it a dream to play.

Collings Acoustic Guitars - 2015 CJ-35 A Used

One of best deals on used guitar in the shop right now!

Susan Willits - Bart Reiter Banjos - Round Peak
I love the sound of this Bart Reiter Round Peak. It has a wonderfully warm, round, plunky tone. Bart has a great reputation for making quality banjos and it's easy to see why when you play this Round Peak.

Bart Reiter Banjos - Round Peak

 Check out all the Banjos we currently have in-stock 

Matt KappenmanWaterloo by Collings - WL-12
While prepping for our upcoming vintage guitar on a budget event I dove back into our stock of Waterloos. After play testing them ALL I keep coming back to the WL-12 with it's full low end and loads of projection.

Waterloo by Collings - WL-12

Check out our collection of instruments to just hit the website
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February 2017 Staff Picks


Josh BaldridgeGretsch Electric Guitars - G2655T Streamliner Jr. Center Block - Walnut Stain
Comfy short scale, semi-hollowbody Gretsch with a Bigsby tailpiece. A LOT of tone at a really affordable price.

Gretsch Electric Guitars - G2655T Streamliner Jr. Center Block - Walnut Stain

Check out our collection of Gretsch Electric Guitars!

Jim Baggett – Martin Acoustic Guitars - 1927 0-42
Crack free, really great player thanks to a professional neck reset.

Martin Acoustic Guitars - 1927 0-42

Our Vintage inventory is always changing - head on over to view the latest Vintage Collection! 

Eric PutnamDr. Z Amps - Therapy Head
Great high power tweed tones. Does clean all the way to ZZ Top level gain. Sounds great with pedals too.

Gretsch Electric Guitars - G2655T Streamliner Jr. Center Block - Walnut Stain

Here are the latest Electric Guitar Amps to hit the website!

Matt Pelsma – Fender Custom Shop - Postmodern Strat Journeyman Relic RW - 3 Tone Burst
This is one of the best strats I have ever played. It is just as fluid and fun to play as any Anderson or Don Grosh. And the finish is super comfortable. A next level strat.

Fender Custom Shop - Postmodern Strat Journeyman Relic RW - 3 Tone Burst

Check out our current collection of Boutique Electrics.

Jade Rowland – Fender Electric Guitars - 2017 American Professional Jazzmaster - Mystic Seafoam
This is a guitar that plays as awesome as it looks. The revoiced v-mod pickups have a unique clarity to them that sounds balanced playing clean or dirty tones. The mystic sea foam finish is absolutely stunning in person.

Fender Electric Guitars - 2017 American Professional Jazzmaster - Mystic Seafoam

Check out our expanding 2017 Fender American lineup

Mike Horan – Collings Acoustic Guitars - 1996 D1A V Used
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Collings Acoustic Guitars - 1996 D1A V Used

One of many great Collings currently in stock

Matt Harmon – Xotic Effect Pedals - SL Drive
As my quest continues to make the perfect practice/travel rig I came across this drive pedal. Its perfect for the smaller grab and go travel board but has the sound and tone of the full blown Marshall drive that we all know and love. This drive also makes my list because its simple, once you set your volume to your desired amp you have Drive (Gain) and Tone. It even has dip switches in the pedal to change what Marshall style amp your going after. I left it on default because you can't go wrong with a Jimmy Page Heartbreaker sound.

Xotic Effect Pedals - SL Drive

One of the many great boost pedals here at the shop!

Trey DurkinVega Banjos - 1924 Whyte Laydie Plectrum 5-String Conversion Used
Awesome banjo! Normally Whyte Laydie tone rings are a bit bright to my ears, but the large 11 15/16" rim fitted with a skin head really helps mellow this one out, giving it a very complex, rich, full sound from low to high with plenty of touch sensitivity and head room if you want to dig in. It is very distracting having such a cool banjo in the store right now! I'm tempted to pick it up every time I walk by!

Vega Banjos - 1924 Whyte Laydie Plectrum 5-String Conversion Used

One of many great vintage instruments in the shop right now!

Susan Willits - Collings Mandolins - MT GT - Honey Amber
We have another great mandolin from Collings! This honey amber MT GT is easy to play with a clear sweet tone. It's a lovely mandolin and a wonderful value!

Collings Mandolins - MT GT - Honey Amber

 Check out all the Mandolins we currently have in-stock 

Matt KappenmanGretsch Acoustic Guitars - G9511 Style 1 Single-O Parlor
This Gretsch parlor was far and away the guitar that surprised me most at the NAMM show. This is the perfect low cost couch or travel guitar.

Gretsch Acoustic Guitars - G9511 Style 1 Single-O Parlor

Check out our collection of instruments to just hit the website
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Mass Street Music NAMM 2017 Roundup


NAMM SHOW
NAMM was a whirlwind couple of days catching up with vendors, putting faces to names and scoping out all of the new gear for 2017. This year we sent managers Josh B and Matt K to track down everything from new Academy Series Taylors to Chase Bliss Pedals or new Collings Relics. Below you'll find a photo gallery of some of our favorite gear. Make sure and follow us on Instagram for more details about some of the great new/used gear to hit the store.

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Repair Spotlight: 1931 Martin OM-28 Bridge Repair


Repair Spotlight: 1931 Martin OM-28 Bridge Repair

Underneath a layer of overspray was this beautiful, original Martin 1931 OM-28 bridge, with all the contours and craftsmanship that we admire in these vintage guitars. Jim slowly cleaned out the over-cut string slots in order to fill them with new pieces of ebony to correct the breakover angle. While the shop has fabricated hundreds of replacement belly bridges over the years, and have all gotten quite good at it, we're always striving whenever possible to save the original appointments and details of vintage guitars such as this OM.

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January 2017 Staff Picks


Josh BaldridgeFender Amps - Blues Junior - British Red
One of only 250 made, this British Red tube amp has all that classic American breakup with an upgraded British Celestion G12M Greenback speaker.

Fender Amps - Blues Junior - British Red

Check out our collection of electric guitar amps!

Jim Baggett – Collings Acoustic Guitars - 2002 CW Brazilian Used
Really clean example of a Brazilian CW. Big, full sound.

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

Eric PutnamStrymon Effect Pedals - El Capistan
With all of the new exciting delay pedals coming out it can be easy to overlook some of the old favorites. The El Cap is just a great sounding tape voiced delay that can be as simple, or complex as you would like. One of the easiest delays to get a good sound out of, and has become my main delay pedal.

Here are the latest Effects Pedals to hit the website!

Matt Pelsma – Martin Acoustic Guitars - 2004 D-28 Marquis Used
This is a great, vintage feeling and sounding guitar with a lot of life in it. Very dynamic and warm without being too rich for a rosewood guitar. A stellar piece that was played well and that needs some more use!

Check out our current collection of Used Gear.

Jade Rowland – Planet Waves - Tri-Action Guitar Capo
The ability to adjust the tension, and move it around the neck very quickly makes this capo great for performing and won't pull your guitar out of tune.

There are tons of accessories on our website, and even more in the shop!

Mike Horan – Tom Anderson Electric Guitars - T Classic Shorty Hollow - Translucent Butterscotch
Hey, this is just like my guitar! It's true---I own only one electric, and it's an Anderson Hollow T Classic with this finish. I wasn't even planning on buying an electric that day, but it was, as they say, love at first sight.

Can't beat a personal endorsement from Store/Repair Manager Mike Horan!

Matt Harmon – Emerson Prewired Tele 3-way Kit
Hearing is believing, after a few customers had brought me these kits to install I quickly realized that these parts are the real deal. Complete control over your pickups from 1-10 on the volume and tone controls. This tele kit is the easiest of the kits to install if you're a do it your selfer. Click to buy, install it and you will not regret it. Or have us install it for you! Chances are you'll be putting them in all of your guitars.

Finding cost-effective upgrades to your gear is one of the things our Repair Shop excels at!

Trey DurkinGibson Acoustic Guitars - 1959 SJN "Country Western" Jumbo Used
Super cool country or bluegrass guitar with a bold tone for strumming or flatpicking. This would be a good choice in the studio or at a bluegrass jam. Awesome patina, and I love the pickguard.

One of many great vintage guitars in the shop right now!

Susan Willits - Weber Mandolins - 2010 Gallatin A-Style Used
This Weber Gallatin is a very nice mandolin. It has a rich, full sound with plenty of punch. This entry level Weber is built with the same quality as their higher end mandolins. It's in great shape with no fret wear and looks as though it's never been played! A practically new mandolin for a used price!

 Check out all the Mandolins we currently have in-stock 

Matt KappenmanCollings Electric Guitars - I-35 LC - Faded Cherry
After getting back from the NAMM show I've had Collings electrics on the brain. This Faded Cherry has all the vintage-inspired touches I love paired with a Medium-Fat C-shaped neck profile that feels great from first position all the way up the neck.

Check out our collection of Boutique Electric Guitars! 
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December 2016 Staff Picks


Josh BaldridgeGibson Banjos - 2001 Earl Scruggs Standard Mastertone Resonator Banjo Used
With Gibson no longer making new banjos, it is especially cool to get a Scruggs model in the door. This banjo is everything a bluegrass banjo player needs, except for a few fingerpicks.

Gibson Banjos - 2001 Earl Scruggs Standard Mastertone Resonator Banjo Used

Check out our current collection of banjos!

Jim Baggett – Collings Acoustic Guitars - D2H MR A Traditional T Series
A really fine example of the Rosewood Traditional models from Collings.

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

Eric PutnamGreer Amps - Black Fuzz
I am really enjoying pedals with a single knob lately. The lack of options on this pedal is what makes it work so well. There are a lot of sounds in this pedal depending on where you have the volume set, and I've it to be very responsive with the volume control. It worked well with a clean amp, but it was almost an overdrive with the amp set clean. When combined with an amp that is already breaking up it sounds huge! The tone was bright enough to sound good with humbuckers, but not so bright that it doesn't work with single coils. Great fuzz for people who find other fuzzes uncontrollable.

We've been stocking up on Greer Amps pedals - check out our current collection!

Matt Pelsma – Fender Electric Guitars - 2017 American Professional Stratocaster - Sonic Grey
I grew up playing a Strat with a Maple neck, and this guitar reminds me why I loved it. The feel, the look, and the sound is really very addictive. Also, the minty, aged coffee dipped knobs and pickup covers were exactly what I wanted, but it wasn't around 15 years ago, unless you were lucky enough to find a vintage piece.

These new for 2017 Fender American Professionals are a hit here in the shop!

Jade Rowland – Eastman Acoustic Guitars - E20P-SB
It's a little guitar that sounds much bigger than its size. It has a well rounded low end, and a vibrant and dynamic response.

We've stocked up on Eastman for the season - stop by the store to check out our current inventory!

Mike Horan – Collings Acoustic Guitars - OM1 Traditional T Series - Baked
This OM-1 T is a pure joy to play. I was blown away by the sustain and depth of tone on the treble strings. One of the best-balanced guitars I've played, period.

We recently recorded a demo with this OM1 - give it a listen!

Matt Harmon – Gibson Acoustic Guitars - 1936 L50 Archtop
Vintage guitars are where its at. This one isn't the most expensive or the most collectable but it sits in just the right price range if you enjoy the craftsmanship and sound of older guitars.

Keep up with all of our vintage gear over on the Vintage Collection.

Trey DurkinWeber Mandolins - 2010 Vintage F Mandolin Oval Hole Used
Great full rich tone, with plenty of bottom end. Beautifully constructed, with great grain in the maple, and a lovely red sunburst. Whether you are playing chords, or melody, this has a nice balanced tone.

We have a great bunch of Used Mandolins in the store right now.

Susan Willits - Gibson Mandolins - 1923 A-Jr. Used
This 1923 Gibson A-Jr. mandolin is a nice little instrument at a great price! No frills, but it sounds lovely. It's in really good condition and comes with a hard shell case.

 Check out all the Mandolins we currently have in-stock 

Matt KappenmanFender Basses - 2017 American Professional Precision Bass - Sunburst
I typically lean more towards a Jazz Bass, but this new American Pro has a super comfy neck that I really enjoy playing. Feels great when playing finger-style or with a pick.

Check out our collection of Bass Guitars! 
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November 2016 Staff Picks


Josh BaldridgeDon Grosh Electric Guitars - NOS Retro - Vintage Maple Burst
Vintage look and feel on a brand new guitar, love these NOS Retros from Grosh.

 Don Grosh Electric Guitars - NOS Retro - Vintage Maple Burst

Check out our collection of boutique electric guitars!

Jim Baggett – Collings Acoustic Guitars - OM2H Traditional T Series Baked
Great example of the Traditional look and sound, complete with a Torrefied spruce top.

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

Eric PutnamWaterloo by Collings - WL-S L T-Bar Sunburst
All of the Waterloo guitars that I've seen have been great, but I particularly enjoyed the WL-S. For a small guitar it is incredibly resonant, and although it sounds great fingerpicked it still holds up with a pick. Really fun and surprisingly versatile guitar!

 

Here are the latest Waterloo models to hit the website!

Matt Pelsma – Collings Mandolins - 2007 MF Used
This mandolin feels remarkable and has a brilliant and even tone. No wonder as it's a Collings! Very light wear will make you want to cherish this MF like the previous owner. Lots of playing left to be had in this instrument!

This used MF is a store favorite right now - Susan picked it this month as well!

Jade Rowland – Fender Amps - Pro Junior III
This month's pick comes from personal experience as I own this one. It's a small, light, 15-watt tube amp that's powerful enough to keep up with a band. It's easy for me to carry around, and it handles my pedals beautifully. It breaks up nicely too.

New, used and vintage amps aplenty - check out all of our Fender Amps!

Mike Horan – Leo Posch Acoustic Guitars - D-M
I've played a lot of Leo's dreadnoughts since he first started making them, and this just may be the best one yet. A powerhouse of a guitar, it manages to remain well-balanced in spite of its incredible output. It receives my Bluegrass Seal of Approval!

 

We're all big fans of local luthier Leo Posch's acoustic guitars!

Matt Harmon – Gretsch Electric Guitars - G5422T Electromatic - Orange Stain
Every time I walk by this guitar the great looking orange finish catches my eye. If you've been looking for a Gretsch style guitar but don't want to spend over $2000 the Electromatic series is the way to go.

So many great, affordable electric options from our friends at Gretsch

Trey DurkinGretsch Banjos - G9455 Dixie Special Open-Back w/ Scoop
Great Clawhammer tone, with plenty of room to dig in with the frailing scoop. The deeper rim adds resonance and volume, which will help you be heard in a jam. Great for beginners and pros alike.

One of many great open-back banjos including Bart Reiter, Ramsey and OME!

Susan Willits - Collings Mandolins - 2007 MF Used
This used 2007 Collings MF is amazing! It has a wonderfully punchy, warm sound with a growly low end that I absolutely love. Clear note distinction. There's no muddy sound here. I can't say enough about the tone of this mando! To top it off it's extremely clean and comes with a hard case. If you're looking for a top quality mandolin with killer tone this is it!

 

 Check out all the Mandolins we currently have in-stock 

Matt KappenmanTaylor Acoustic Guitars - 814ce DLX
This Grand Auditorium sized guitar from Taylor is super comfy to play, and the newly designed armrest adds to the playability of this limited edition deluxe model.

 

Check out our collection of 800 Series Taylor Guitars! 
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Black Friday - Mystery Sale


Give us a call, drop us a line or stop by the store to take advantage of our Black Friday Mystery Sale! Special Pricing will be available on some of our best-selling brands, including gear throughout our handpicked product line. The Mass Street Mystery Sale will run from Friday, Nov. 25 through ...

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Customer Appreciation Party - Thursday, Dec 1st


We're having a party - and you're invited! Thursday, Dec 1st we'll be staying open late to celebrate another year of Mass Street Music with food, drinks, LIVE MUSIC and door prizes. Come down to the store from 7pm-9pm to celebrate with the Mass Street Staff and fellow customers. Might even have...

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Holiday Sale - 10% Back Gift Card



It's backkkkk! It's time for the return of our Holiday Sale here at the store, and like last year we're letting in-store and online customers in on the fun. Every purchase of new gear in store or at MassStreetMusic.com totaling over $100 will earn you a Gift Card worth 10% of your purchase total. These Gift Cards are good from January 1st through August 31st of next year (2017) and are a great way to maximize your purchasing power! Now's the best time of the year to pick up that guitar you've been lusting over, or even to stock up on strings! Feel free to contact us for more details! 

What are you waiting for? Head on over to the home page and get started!
*Excludes all new consignment items.

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