Tuesday, July 25, 2017

What Went Right?

We're often flummoxed by inexpensive, almost disposable student guitars that perform flawlessly and sound great. The 1/2-size Harmony just in for a repair above is a bit rough around the edges but every note plays without buzz and its intonation far exceeds the demands placed upon it. 

Although your guitar may appear similar you may not be as lucky-many of these types of student guitars made years ago often suffer from collapsed and or warped necks, lifting (unglued) bridges and buzzing frets not mention intonation issues. Although many parents, grandparents, or friends mean well, instruments for young players need to be both functioning and resilient. Just because the guitar looks like a guitar and it 'just needs a string', it may be unusable or never play in tune or let alone be accurately tuned up. We never charge for assessments and would be happy to assist you in encouraging a young musician's interest with an instrument that's an asset, not an impediment. 

Monday, July 17, 2017

We've read there's a downward trend in fretted instrument sales as computer based performance interfaces supersede them. So, we have to ask: would you rather sit here playing your guitar: 

or bring your computer to your favorite 'chill-out' spot:
(our former employee Jamie). 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Unique Visitors

It's a rare day when an official, handmade in South County instrument walks through our doors for some adjustments:

Jon Campbell bouzouki: 1978, Narragansett, RI
Sounds as rich and full as the man himself! ;)

And this is just guitar bling:
A Taylor K65 12-string in for some new strings. Just gorgeous koa
wood and one of their best designs ever.

Oh, and if you peer around the register back to a little nook 
in our uke display area you'll find our newest additions:
Islander Ukes are designed and distributed by
Kanile'a Ukuleles.
Very affordable and rock solid designs bring 
a little boutique for a bit less buck!

Monday, July 3, 2017

Our annual "Born in the U.S.A. Sale" is under way!

Our annual "Born in the U.S.A. Sale" is under way. Over 40 U.S made musical instruments are available with savings up to $300 off. These native sons include brands such as C.F. Martin, Gibson, Taylor Guitars, Deering Banjos, Kanile'a Ukuleles and more. Please note that we will be closed on the Fourth of July to celebrate the holiday. Have Fun and come visit.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Maple's Musical Makeover

Maple's Musical Makeover
Maple acoustics haven't been known for their warm, rich tone. Until now. Andy Powers has poured his expertise into revoicing Taylor's maple 600s with stunning results. From specially aged tops creating a played-in sound to bracing that unleashes low-end warmth and sustain, Taylor's 600s suit all playing styles.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Just in this week a used Fender CD220 CE acoustic electric made from 'Dao' wood and a factory installed Fishman pickup and four band eq.
And on the bottom right a brand new ROOTS COLLECTION Gretsch G9521 slot head acoustic in 'Cloudburst' finish with a solid spruce top.

And look what just came through the door:
Taylor's Academy 12

For the uke minded we just received an infusion of more Kala brand ukes for the budget minded as well as the aspiring player.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

If your woodwind blew up...

Maybe we can help?
We are pleased to have our veteran technician on call for your basic to moderate woodwind repairs. Although we can't offer everything such as complete overhauls or replating/soldering we can patch things up, adjust and get you playing again.

Instruments serviced:
                   *Double reeds
Summer is a great time to bring your instrument in before the fall rush and to keep your technique and repertoire sharp! ;)

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The Academy is in Session!

The Taylor Academy Series just keeps getting better and better!
Just in today is the Academy 12E acoustic electric on the left, the Academy 10E on the right. We also have the Academy 10 acoustic in stock.

And look who's back:
Our little friend the GS Mini, this time in rosewood with electronics.

A new guitar for Gretsch and us, the G9511 Style 1 "Parlour" Appalachia Cloudburst:

With it's sold spruce top, laminate mahogany back and sides and 24-3/4" scale length the G9511 will feel like your favorite old fingerstyle/blues/folk/songwriter guitar but with modern playability and function. And with a list price of $499 you can bet it won't hang on our hook for long in the shop!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

How about this wonderful Kala mahogany uke:
Just in this KA-CEM concert size uke. Here's what Kala has to say about it:

"The traditional look of the Exotic Mahogany line is complemented by the unique grain patterns. The woodgrains range in variety from a wavy curl to a straight sharpness and everything between."

Scale Length: 14.875 inches, Overall Instrument Length: 24.125 inches, Body Length: 11.125 inches, Number of frets: 18, Width at upper bout: 6 inches, Width at lower bout: 8.25 inches, Width at waist: 4.875 inches, Body Depth: 2.75 inches, Fingerboard width at nut: 1.39 inches, Fingerboard width at neck/body joint: 1.73 inches
Attractively priced as well as attractive to behold!


Also in this week are some 'reinforcements' for our ever revolving Makala Sharks and Dolphins series ukes with an affordable starting price that gets almost everyone started on uke!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Quite a few additions to our lineup this week:
Top: Goldtone OM800+ Electric Octave Mandolin (tuned one octave below
standard mandolin, same tuning).

Bottom Left: Goldtone Mandola (tuned in 'A', fifths apart).

Bottom Right: Goldtone GM50 Mandolin

And below are two attractive used guitars for your consideration:
Top: 2005 Gibson J-45
Bottom: 2004 Martin D28