The crew at Waterloo Guitars, led by master luthier Bill Collings, continues to build these stripped down, vintage inspired guitars, each one filling another niche in the all but forgotten parlor guitars of the past. Whereas the original Maple backed WL-12 has a bright sparkle to the tone, this ...
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.
We're constantly talking about music and gear here at the store. Not only is it our profession, it's also our passion. Whether it's a discussion about hide-glue and tongue braces, neck profiles and nut widths, solid-state vs tubes, pickups and wiring, solid vs laminate, analog vs digital...if it has to do with making music it's on-topic here at the store. While the debates can get a little heated, one thing we can all agree on is an excitement for making music. It's in that spirit that we're launching a new series entitled Staff Spotlight. These videos, blog posts, photos and more will be an inside look at what new gear we're excited about, what vintage instruments inspire us, what we're listening to and most importantly what we're playing.
To kick things off we've enlisted General & Repair Manager Mike H. and his intense focus on all things Gypsy Jazz. If you've been watching our demos over the years you've seen this fervor creep into Mike's playing. (Most notably in our demo of the Collings AT-16 from earlier this year) Whether it's gigging around the region in two different Gypsy Jazz groups or blasting Django charts on the Repair Shop stereo it's safe to say this is Mike's passion. Enjoy what we hope will be the first of many Staff Spotlights.
The Repair Shop here at Mass Street is always up for a challenge when it comes to satisfying the requests and mods of our customers. This time around Matt H. was tasked with turning a three pickup Stratocaster into a dual humbucker configured guitar. The easiest way to accomplish this was routing out the entire pickup cavity, and creating what's known as a swimmming pool route. After carefully measuring, and marking out exactly what material will be removed from the body, Matt then setup a custom template/jig for drilling and routing out the excess material.
To say there's been a focus on Collings at the store this past month would be an understatement. It seems like every few days another Traditional model is rolling in, ready to be inspected, photographed, demoed and recorded. We thought it might be a good idea to take a selection of our photos and demos videos, along with some first thoughts from the luthiers up in the Repair Shop and really showcase this new line up of Traditional T Series guitars from Collings.
Every one of the first batch of Collings T-Series guitars has been pre-sold before it's even arrived at the store. We currently have eight more on order, so make sure and give us a call to get your future Collings Traditional locked down.
We have a pretty awesome relationship with Collings Guitars. Bill and Jim bounce ideas back and forth constantly regarding new models, product updates, custom appointments and the like. However, it's something special, even for us, when a guitar like this comes in the door.
Being located right off of I-70 has it perks. One of them being whenever our favorite vendors, artists or customers are heading across the country, Lawrence, KS makes for a fantastic mid-prairie-pit stop.
The staff here at Mass Street is always on the look out for the latest gear, repair techniques and technology to help improve everything about your musical experience. We take this same sort of care and research with every product that comes through the door, whether it's the latest boutique acoustic guitar, or a customers very first instrument. We know first hand how important quality construction is to the enjoyment of learning, playing and making music.
We're always working to keep a wide selection of guitars around for you to check out, play and get a feel for what could be your next lifetime guitar! While we'd love for everyone to be able to come by and enjoy Downtown Lawrence, we're doing our best to make the online experience the next best thing.
Enter out our Behind the Bench demo of four Collings OM1 guitars, ch featuring a unique attribute to their construction. Whether it's the lively bounce of Sitka, the boldness of Adirondack or the mellow vibe of Mahogany there is a Collings OM1 that will fit just about any style.
Be sure to leave a comment below to let us know what differences you hear in the OMs! When you're done, head on over to our Youtube Channel for all of our instrument demos including electrics, acoustics, banjos and mandolins!