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Klon Shootout - Centaur vs KTR Demo


Klon Centaur vs KTR Demo Shootout

Have you ever wanted to A/B a legendary pedal with its modern counterpart? Well do we have the demo for you. Recently we had our very own Eric P demo the classic Klon Centaur with the newer Klon KTR. Demo'd as a boost as well as an overdrive, we ran these pedals through both single-coils and humbuckers to give you a range of tonal variations. The result is one fantastic demo. Centaur versus KTR - Which pedal is right for you?

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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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July 2017 Staff Picks - Collings Edition


This past month Master Luthier, and close friend of the store, Bill Collings passed away after a battle with cancer. We thought we'd take this months' staff picks and turn it into a tribute, showcasing some of the fine instruments Bill and his team have crafted over the years. Feel free to share any of your favorite Collings instruments or stories in the comments below.

Josh BaldridgeCollings Acoustic Guitars - 2007 D2H Brazilian Baaa A
I have had two guitars that I wish I had bought before they left the store. One came back and I bought it the same day, the other was a 2007 Collings D2H BaaaA. It had all of the best traits of a Brazilian Dread, a full low end, bell like highs and a present midrange to match. Around the store we refer to a few guitars as being "piano-like", and this was one of those guitars. It might not be for everyone, but I still wish it had been for me. Bill Collings' dedication to building fine instruments for players will be appreciated by us all for as long as guitars like this continue on...thanks Bill.

Collings Acoustic Guitars - 2007 D2H Brazilian Baaa A

This Brazilian D2H that we have in-stock is almost the exact same build as the one that got away, even down to the year! Check it out

Jim Baggett – Collings Acoustic Guitars - D-45 Custom Brazilian Serial# 1000
When Jim placed the order for the 1000th Collings he told Bill and the guys in the shop to trick it out with every appointment possible. With inlays all over and some gorgeous Brazilian back and sides, this custom dreadnought is every bit a testament to the quality, and craftsmanship that Collings has always delivered. It's fitting that the case project is now in full swing production, and this dreadnought feels right at home in one of Bill's traditional cases.

It's hard to get more special than serial number 1000.

Eric PutnamCollings Electric Guitars - 290 DC - Orange
This 290 is the perfect Rock n' Roll guitar. Great feeling neck, and as always from Collings, the fit and finish is perfect. It is also the best looking 290 I have ever seen!

Collings Electric Guitars - 290 DC - Orange

Check out our collection of Collings Electrics over the years!

Matt Pelsma – Waterloo by Collings - WL-S Deluxe
This guitar is right in the party line with how Collings can design a throw-back style guitar and expertly craft a new instrument that not only plays and sounds phenomenal, but looks newly individual and classic at the same time. I couldn't believe it until I saw and played the WL-D Deluxe. It's no wonder these things don't hang around long. We have one on order that should be arriving soon!

Waterloo by Collings - WL-S Deluxe

Check out our current collection of Waterloo Guitars.

Brian Soden – Collings Acoustic Guitars - 1993 OM2H
This amazing OM2H belongs to my long-time band mate and great friend, Gary. He purchased this guitar brand new from Mass Street Music in 1993. I've been playing music with Gary for close to 20 years and this guitar continues to impress me in the studio as well as on stage. It sounds just as incredible as it looks and has a ton of stories it could tell!

Collings Acoustic Guitars - 1993 OM2H

This OM is serial# 1001! Next in line right after Jim's D-45!

Mike Horan – Collings Acoustic Guitars - 1997 OM1AV
We purchased this OM1AV in 1997, so this is its 20th anniversary! For all those years it has been Jeanie's only acoustic, surviving countless MAW performances and recording sessions (check them out on Facebook). One of the louder OMs I have ever played, this machine routinely holds its own in jam sessions against guitars twice its size. It marks a milestone in Bill Collings' vision for his guitars, as it is one of the first vintage neck guitars to bear the letter "V" on its label. This era was really the first time he had tried to copy a 1930s-style neck shape.

Collings Acoustic Guitars - 1997 OM1AV

Check out our current inventory of Collings Models

Matt Harmon – Collings Acoustic Guitars - D1
Thanks to Jim and Mike I had finally understood what made Collings guitars so special and this one just kind of showed up for me at just the right time. This is your basic no frills D1 with a 1 11/16 nut spacing.

Collings Acoustic Guitars - D1

Check out Gilly the shop dog with Matt's D1!

Trey DurkinCollings Acoustic Guitars - D1A Traditional
What a wonderful instrument. The most inspirational guitar I have ever owned. Every time I pick it up something new comes out. When I pull it out of the case and set it on my knee, it just feels right, everything about it. Huge, rich tone that could be described as "no-nonsense", from the low E all the way through the last fret high C, with such great playability that I find myself up there fairly often! There's not a bad note on the guitar. The extra thin finish with no sealer coat is beautifully done and will age gracefully. Add the tortoise trim and it makes for quite the looker. I purchased this guitar to have a companion for life, and it has already enriched mine greatly in the 4 months I've had it. Bill and the team really hit the nail on the head with this guitar, and the entire traditional line.

Collings Acoustic Guitars - D1A Traditiona

Check out our gallery of Collings Traditionals here in the shop!

Susan Willits - Collings Acoustic Guitars - 02H 12-String
It's hard to imagine an acoustic music world without Bill Collings. He made a big mark on the hand-crafted guitar and mandolin scene. His drive and ambition will be missed. One of my favorite Collings guitars that we've had in the shop was this Collings 12-string. It was such a wonderful sounding small body guitar. It's nice to have a 12-string that's not huge, but still has a big sound! Another beautiful instrument from Collings!

Collings Acoustic Guitars - 02H 12-String

Take a look through our Sold Collings Gallery to find the perfect model for you. We can special order just about anything! 

Matt KappenmanCollings Acoustic Guitars - D1VN
Around four years go, long before I even thought about working at the store, I attended one of Jim's Vintage Guitar workshops. I love old things, whether it's vintage saxophones or old houses or tools...I've always enjoyed things that were built to last. I was looking forward to hearing all about Jim's passion for old guitars, but he threw me a curve ball when the discussion moved to modern guitars that he felt were well built. Collings kept coming up again and again, a brand I had never heard of, but I became a little bit obsessed with it. I started researching Bill and the company and my entire outlook on modern, vintage-inspired instruments changed. I knew one day I would have to have one...and the first would have to be a D1 - Mass Street style - with a wider vintage now neck, no tongue brace and Adirondack bracing. We play ALL sorts of expensive and amazing guitars every day here at the store, but when I go home to play this D1 there's always something new to bring out of this combination of metal and wood.
Collings Acoustic Guitars - D1VN
We have this guitar in-stock, but with a gorgeous sunburst right now. Check it out!
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Waterloo WL-12 Mh - First Impressions


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 ...

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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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Staff Spotlight: Mike & All That Gypsy Jazz


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.

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Repair Spotlight: Swimming Pool Route


Swimming Pool Route - HH Strat

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.

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First Look: Reviews and Impressions of the Collings Traditional T Series


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. 

Collings Traditional T Series D1 Torrified

Glamour shot of our D1 Traditional T-Series Torrified guitar

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.

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Custom Collings AT 16 - Gypsy Demo


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.

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