Repair Spotlight: Herringbone Headstock Repair – Byron Berline

Jim’s been working on the great Byron Berline’s guitars for years. As many of you know Byron’s shop, Double Stop Fret Shop, suffered a devastating fire last year, with many of the instruments destroyed or suffering damage beyond repair. Thankfully this herringbone survived, but did not make it out unscathed. This late ’30s Martin D-28 had previously suffered a break in the headstock which had … Continue reading Repair Spotlight: Herringbone Headstock Repair – Byron Berline

Meet the Plek Machine at Mass Street Music

Meet the Plek Machine

If you’ve been up to the shop in the past few months you’ve probably noticed the latest addition in our lutherie toolbox, the Plek Machine. What is a Plek you may ask? For starters, it’s a tool, an extremely accurate tool. Like an MRI or CT Scan of your guitar, the Plek machine scans an instrument’s frets and fingerboard, and presents that data to our trained crew … Continue reading Meet the Plek Machine

Klon KTR Versus Klon Centaur

Klon Shootout – Centaur vs KTR Demo

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. … Continue reading Klon Shootout – Centaur vs KTR Demo

An Evening with Collings Guitars at Mass Street Music

An Evening with Collings Guitars – Event and Livestream Info

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 … Continue reading An Evening with Collings Guitars – Event and Livestream Info

Fender American Originals Guitars

An American Original: Fender’s New Vintage-Inspired Lineup

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. Vintage Voicing … Continue reading An American Original: Fender’s New Vintage-Inspired Lineup

MSM Holiday Gift Guide

Best Guitar Accessories – Holiday Gift Guide

Guitar/Banjo/Mandolin Straps Lakota Leathers A high quality leather strap is the sort of accessory that every player needs. Whether it’s your banjo killing dreadnought or your prized gold top, you can’t go wrong with these straps. Original Fuzz Okay, so maybe leather isn’t everyone’s thing – it might not vibe with your shell pink mustang. Fear not, our friends at Original Fuzz have you covered … Continue reading Best Guitar Accessories – Holiday Gift Guide

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 month’s 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 Baldridge … Continue reading July 2017 Staff Picks – Collings Edition

Waterloo WL-12

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 all Mahogany 12-Fret model is dark and moody, with a direct, crisp attack followed by a … Continue reading Waterloo WL-12 Mh – First Impressions

Mass Street Music NAMM 2017 Roundup

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 … Continue reading Mass Street Music NAMM 2017 Roundup