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Saturday 11/30 Free Workshop - Choosing a First Guitar!


Learn what to look for in a first acoustic or electric guitar for kids & adults, what makes a guitar sound great & what works for various budgets. Also a few minutes will be dedicated to our annual soapbox reminder about humidifying your acoustic guitar over the winter, brought to you by our Repair Luthiers - all too familiar with the damage that can occur in dry months when your home heater is going. Stop by and learn something new, for free. More details on our Facebook page.

 

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November 2013 Staff Gear Picks


Ernie Ball Silhouette electric guitar burst finish
Check out the staff's favorite gear this month! Josh Baldridge - Tom Anderson Raven
We've taken a lot of special order custom builds for Andersons this year, so it's always a treat for us to have a beautiful guitar like this available for our store stock. The Raven is a totally new model, right down to the PH1 & PH2 pickups - which sound great even as you roll off the volume for some clean/vintage tones. A big thanks to Tom Anderson and crew for another great guitar! 
Eric Putnam
- Fralin Pure PAF Pickups - 7.5k & 8.5k
I just had Matt H. put a set of these PAFs in my Les Paul and they sound incredible. I wanted to get that articulate, bright, late fifties Les Paul tone and these pickups nailed it. I went with the 7.5 in the...

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Saturday Clinic Nov. 23 - MICROPHONES!


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 Join us for this Saturday's free workshop at 2PM - all about Microphones, with our own Ted. K - who I might add is a very entertaining fellow. He'll be going over a variety of mics and what works best for various situations including acoustic solo, group, electric vocal and instrument, recording, podcasting and more.

Mics can be confusing with cardiod, omnidirectional, hypercardiod...Ted will help cut through the jargon and get to what works best when.

Bring your questions!

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Eastman Guitars Clinic, Sat., Nov. 16 - FREE!


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Join us this Saturday, Nov. 16 from 2pm to 4pm as we take a closer look at Eastman Guitars! Learn more about one of our favorite guitar & mando builders and why many of the Mass Street Music staff choose Eastmans for their own guitars. We'll explore the building process, wood choices and what body styles suits which playing styles. Tim Nelson will be here from Eastman and our own luthier Mike Horan will be in attendance too. WIN AN EASTMAN TOO...

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Anniversary/Grand Re-Opening Shindig begins!


prizes for anniversary party
We're putting last minute touches on the place, just picked up our new coffee mugs from our buddies at Blue Collar Press and we're anticipating a whole weekend of music and fun as we celebrate our 30th Anniversary! We'll have some great gear on sale, but you can have a great time here without spending a dime. Our good friends at Collings Guitars and Mandolins, Taylor Guitars, D'addario, Martin, Yamaha, Skreddy, Fender and more have all contributed some great goods so we can make sure just about everyone visiting us this weekend will leave with a giveaway prize. Just check out the t shirts in the photo! Remember all the music is FREE - it's a party! Read on for the full schedule, daily grand prizes and more!

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Tuner & Restringing Clinic - Sat., Nov. 2!


If you're new to playing, need a refresher or are thinking about a pedal tuner, this free clinic at Mass Street Music is for you. This Saturday, Nov. 2, our own Eric M. will go over a variety of today's tuners and how to use them - from clip-ons to classic pedal tuners to the innovative Polytune (& even a tuning fork!). Includes a guitar restringing demo too. 2:30 PM, Sat., Nov. 2 - see you there.

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October News


We revamped our website! If you haven't checked it out yet, please do at massstreetmusic.com. We upgraded our site not only for technological reasons, but to better reflect the actual store here in Lawrence and better showcase our unique gear. We are still in the process of making a few tweaks to...

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Fuzz Focus - Free Pedal Clinic, Sat. Oct. 26


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Take a tour of fuzz pedals with our own Eric P.: Check out what they do including the nuances of various brands, how to use them with your sound, and what's up with germanium vs. silicon transistors. You'll get to check out an array of fuzzes including JHS, Skreddy, Dunlop Fuzz Faces, Wren and Cuff and more. We'll also have a showdown pitting the modern fuzzes against classics like the Bubble Font Russian Big Muff (think Black Keys) and the fuzz that drove the Stones' 'Satisfaction' – the Maestro Fuzz! Totally free!

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October 2013 Staff Gear Picks


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Here's a look at the latest gear that's been grabbing our attention this October, including a killer new line of acoustic amplifiers- one of which caught Ted K's attention, a new reissue amp from Fender that Eric P. and luthier Mike R. agree is flat-out amazing, and a custom BTO Taylor acoustic that our own Eric P. selected the woods for. Sales Manager Josh B. and Eric M. agree on Anderson Guitars but they each favored a different electric.

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History of Mass Street Music


1970s Michigan Street Music - early Mass Street Music
Mass Street Music started out as Michigan Street Music in 1978, as it was on Michigan Street in Lawrence. Owner Jim Baggett (L) and Rick Dishinger (R), together with Greg Smith, founded the store, crafting and repairing acoustic instruments. The growing demands of the business led Jim to purchase the larger building of 14th and Massachusetts Street where we are today. After doing some heavy-duty cleaning in the new building, Mass Street Music officially opened its doors with the new name in 1983.

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Upcoming Events!

  • Bluegrass Jam - 7/20 - 1pm
  • PLEK Party - 7/23 - 7PM
  • Gypsy Jazz Jam - 8/3 - 1pm

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