Repair Spotlight: Andy McKee – Greenfield Harp Guitar Repair

Life on the road can be rough for the touring musician, but even more so for their instruments! Friend of the store Andy McKee has been jet-setting around the world, playing his unique combination of top-tapping, fingerstyle and percussive acoustic guitar, and his gear has logged some serious miles with him. Unfortunately, the headstock on the bass side of his Greenfield HG Harp Guitar broke off while traveling … Continue reading Repair Spotlight: Andy McKee – Greenfield Harp Guitar Repair

Next Day Service on Guitar Setups

The Repair Shop has been working hard this summer. Streamlining procedures, honing of skills, and bringing on more staff has resulted in some serious good news for you! Starting August 8th we’re excited to offer Next Day Service, Monday through Thursday, on Guitar Setups and Restrings. Drop of any guitar for a restring or setup and we’ll have it ready for you the very next day!  Continue reading Next Day Service on Guitar Setups

Repair Spotlight: Swimming Pool Route

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 … Continue reading Repair Spotlight: Swimming Pool Route

Repair Spotlight: Gypsy Braces

The Repair Shop sees their fair share of instrument disasters. Dropped, kicked,   water damaged, dried out are just a few of the many maladies that can befall a perfectly good guitar. When this particular Gypsy Jazz acoustic showed up in the shop it provided a new level of challenge in exactly how they were going to not only gain access to the top crack, but … Continue reading Repair Spotlight: Gypsy Braces

Repair Spotlight: 1938 Martin 000-45 Bridge Plate Repair

Sometimes bad repairs happen to good guitars, and this 1938 Martin 000-45 on Boss Jim‘s bench was a prime candidate for a repair rescue. This stunning 000-45 had an extra block of wood attached to its bridge plate on the underside of the guitar top. Carefully removing this mess took almost 8 hours, slowly planing off the excess wood until Jim could get some leverage and use a … Continue reading Repair Spotlight: 1938 Martin 000-45 Bridge Plate Repair

Repair Spotlight: Mustang Overhaul

If you’ve ever taken an instrument up into the Repair Shop here at Mass Street you know exactly what to expect from this article. Whether it’s restoring a family heirloom, getting your axe modded up, or taking advantage of our Free Setup, the Repair Shop takes what it does very seriously. Now, that doesn’t mean they don’t like to have a little fun! Some of favorite customers love to … Continue reading Repair Spotlight: Mustang Overhaul

Repair Spotlight: New Banjo Old Tricks

There is no end to the unique requests that come through the Mass Street repair shop. Everything from gluing down a stubborn bridge, to restringing an elaborate lute, to performing free setups on new gear, the guys will do just about anything to keep your instruments performing. Sitting less than 10 feet from the shop I’m constantly amazed by the unique instruments that come through, and … Continue reading Repair Spotlight: New Banjo Old Tricks

Repair Spotlight: 1927 Martin 0-42 from Jim’s Bench

This beautiful, no crack, vintage 1927 Martin 0-42 guitar is fresh off Jim’s bench after getting a little TLC. He’s owned this guitar for many years and has just recently started prioritizing some of these special guitars for restoration. Really fine guitars with primarily playability issues are some of his favorite projects. This 0-42 guitar has some obvious play wear on the top, but no rough use or damage. He very … Continue reading Repair Spotlight: 1927 Martin 0-42 from Jim’s Bench

Repair Spotlight – Vintage Washburn Acoustic Guitar

Mass Street Music luthier Mike Horan recently restored this circa 1900s Washburn acoustic guitar, a ‘Style 1897’ model. It was brought in by Mike Nye, whose grandfather gave it to him in 1967, when Nye was just 12 years old.  When he received it, it had been well-loved and was no longer playable, so Nye, at 12, set about fixing it himself, even refinishing it. “He … Continue reading Repair Spotlight – Vintage Washburn Acoustic Guitar

Repair Spotlight: Gibson Pickguard for Acoustic Pickup

While we do a lot of standard repairs here at Mass Street Music, we also do a heck of a lot of specialty repairs for folks. This sweet custom Gibson style pickguard is one. A customer brought his Gibson SJ-200 in to luthier Matt H. wanting to install an LR Baggs M1A acoustic pickup. His original pickguard was already starting to come off, but Matt … Continue reading Repair Spotlight: Gibson Pickguard for Acoustic Pickup