Wednesday, December 5, 2018

The More the Merrier

As we close in on the holidays you may find yourself searching for gift ideas both large and small which is why WMC might just have that last minute item to round out your season's gift giving.




Musical themed ornaments, a used Gibson F9 mandolin just in, our shop tree with ornaments on display, good 'ole 'Wolfy', and budget minded banjos from Savanna.

Saturday, November 24, 2018

For those seeking guitar repairs

For those seeking guitar repairs and adjustments
in the South County area, please read below.

Wakefield Music offers these services:

General Services: 
Restring acoustic and electric guitars, basses.
mandolins, banjos, ukuleles, misc. folk instruments
This service includes inspection, cleaning and conditioning
of the instrument and minor adjustments. Certain
instruments are charged above guitars and basses, 
please inquire.
We do install acoustic guitar pickup systems by
K&K Sound and Fishman.

Action adjustment includes:
• Lowering strings or raising them on the fretboard.
• Adjusting the truss rod where applicable
• Lowering the bridge saddle or saddles on electrics
• Dressing and or setting nut action
• Refit/make new saddle or nut

SERVICES WE DO NOT PERFORM:
• Neck resetting on acoustic guitars
• Bridge regluing on acoustic instruments
• Fretwork of any kind
• Finish work or finish repairs
•.Major electrical rewiring or modifications

FOR MORE EXTENSIVE REPAIR WORK LOCALLY
PLEASE VISIT OUR FRIENDS AT THE PUMP HOUSE 
or inquire about referrals for specific brands supported
by regional repair persons.
  

Thursday, November 15, 2018

814ce V-Class

Just in this week!
From Taylor Guitars: 
Our flagship Grand Auditorium now boasts even more sonic delights with the addition of our groundbreaking V-Class bracing architecture. The classic tonewood combination of Indian rosewood and Sitka spruce still delivers its characteristic blend of warmth, low-end presence, and high-range sparkle, but V-Class bracing elevates that tone to new heights. Notes sustain longer, allowing rosewood’s rich overtones to bloom with more clarity than ever, and the advanced bracing scheme introduces greater power and tunefulness across the entire tonal spectrum for a rich and expressive sound. Standout material features include a smoky ebony fretboard sourced from Taylor’s Crelicam mill in Cameroon, maple binding, rosewood edge trim, an abalone rosette edged with rosewood, and mother-of-pearl Element fretboard and peghead inlays. The 814ce also includes a Venetian cutaway and our ES2 acoustic electronics, and ships in a deluxe hardshell case.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Rare Consignments


Some rare used consignment instruments in this week from left to right:

A Martin 5-15 Terz guitar (short scale, all solid mahogany guitar USA 
made). 
Mid 90's Guild A-25 'Concert Series' acoustic *SOLD*
Martin Backpacker / Dixie all solid aluminum ukelele ca.1950's

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Take a deep breath...

Take a deep breath...

...but try not to get dizzy! We have plenty of wind instruments to help you breathe new life into your routine. If you're a string player consider a wind instrument to expand not only your lungs but your musicianship!

Monday, October 29, 2018

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

From Quebec to Nazareth

No, we're not taking a road trip but you can feel like you're on one by checking out our newest additions to the showroom this weeK:
The Seagull 'Coastline Folk Cedar'

The Martin DXM (used).

Monday, October 1, 2018

SO many great instruments have arrived recently!
Starting at the top right, the lovely Taylor 416ce-R (Rosewood) V-Class Grand Symphony that delivers all the crescendos you need to fill up the concert hall...or your living room. Underneath is a shot of the 416's beautiful figured mahogany neck.
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Third down on the left: Another Taylor V-Class, the 614ce with 'torrified' top (yeah, they cooked it for tone). 
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Fourth down, center: Taylor GS-mini Koa. We've seen a handful of these Koa minis with high grade tops showing lots of figure and definition (and tone!) and our latest arrival is no exception.
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At the bottom right: Flight offers up a fantastic synthetic back, neck and fretboard on their 'Travel' series ukuleles.























Gretsch ukes just came in! We now have the G9110L, G9110 concerts / G9121 ACE, G9120 tenors / G9112 & G9126 gtr/uke 

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

The Two Tenors

The Kamaka all solid Koa tenor uke *SOLD*, and Pono MTB Deluxe Tenor (used) have just arrived.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018


The Art & Lutherie collection has just arrived from up north!
At top: Roadhouse Denim Blue
Bottom L: Roadhouse Tennessee / R:Legacy Bourbon Burst e/a

Godin Guitars in Canada produces many instrument lines and these
Art & Lutherie guitars hit the sweet spot between quality and price.
When was the last time you bought a new guitar built in North America 
for less than $500?

Monday, September 17, 2018

Cutaway to the left and the right...

Cutaway to the left and the right this week with these two rather interesting used acoustic electrics:

Fender Sonoran SCE Lefty*SOLD*


Gibson  Songwriter 
Deluxe (used)
















Gibson acoustics don't waltz in here very often and they don't stick around for the next dance so stop by soon. If you're left handed this Fender is about as unique as they get for our southpaw inventory with just one other lefty in stock, a new Yamaha FG820 SL.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Ukes Taking 'Flight' / Silent Steel / 'It's electric!'

We are excited to have the excellent 'Flight' brand Ukes back in stock!
Distributed by the Kremona Guitar company so you know
quality is assured. The zebra wood soprano sounds as good
as it looks!

 
 Yamaha's Silent Guitar is back in steel string format followed
by a Kremona M15 steel string acoustic-a first for us
having steel string Kremona's. Like their nylon
string counterparts (the Fiesta model behind it) they 
deliver loads of tone and a fastidious build quality at an affordable
price.


Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Did someone ask for mandolins?

If you've been looking for a good starter mandolin or perhaps a backup these Savannahs have just come in and we've done our best setups on them to insure you'll want to keep playing long after you start.



Thursday, September 6, 2018

314ce V-Class

One of Taylor's best sellers gets the 'V-class' treatment and you can hear it right here at WMC!


Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Here at WMC we can say with almost complete certainty there are only a handful of situations that merit the term 'musical crisis'. Normally it's a band member with something broken on their guitar and no backup instrument, an impending performance/jury/audition that a musician needs the music for and has either put off ordering until the eleventh hour or through a series of pitfalls lost the piece, etc. but not always so. Lastly, funerals are oftentimes a flurry of people and plans coming together for the service with small details like music to play or musicians to hire that we see harried customers stop by for assistance. Being sympathetic to their situations as we've all lost someone and had to plan for the wake or service in a short amount of time, we are always willing to go the extra mile for those in mourning. Case in point, the guitar pictured below that came into the store today for a much needed sprucing up after having sat idle in an attic for thirty years or so. The customer is going to use it in the service as a kind of tribute to the deceased (as it may have been their guitar). We were pleased to discover that with just a moderate amount of tic, new strings and adjustments this Japan made 70's era steel string came to life quite nicely with a full, resonant sound. We send our condolences to the family and hope that our small contribution eases their grieving.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

There's an alluring tale of the man who came into the store to buy a Martin guitar but ended up leaving with one of these:
See why and check out the Martin FG830 just in this week-your ears will be pleased!

*LAST MINUTE UPDATE*

The Taylor 814 'V-Series' Guitar has landed! Check why so
many players are eager to get their hands on one
of these beauties!

Thursday, August 16, 2018

U-BASS Just Bottomed Out Here at WMC

This is a pretty one:






















The Kala U-Bass EBY-FS

'SPECS
TOP: Striped Ebony
BACK & SIDES: Striped Ebony
BINDING: Maple
FINISH: Satin
NECK: Mahogany 
FINGERBOARD: Walnut
NUT: GraphTech TUSQ® 
SADDLE: Composite
STRINGS: Road Toad Pahoehoe
TUNERS: Custom Hipshot Ultralite™
ELECTRONICS: Shadow® U-Bass NFX
INCLUDES: Deluxe Padded Bag 

MEASUREMENTS
Scale Length: 20.375 inches, Overall Instrument Length: 29.375 inches, Body Length: 14 inches, Number of frets: 16, Width at upper bout: 7.75 inches, Width at lower bout: 10.25 inches, Width at waist: 6.625 inches, Body Depth: 3.25 inches, Fingerboard width at nut: 1.75 inches, Fingerboard width at neck/body joint: 2.213 inches.'

Monday, August 6, 2018

Ok SKHS,

Looks like we've got our work cut out for us!


We'll get all your guitars cleaned, strung and tuned 
before class starts! 👍😊

Thursday, August 2, 2018

What 'V' all have been waiting for...

Yes, that's right the Taylor 414ce 'V-Class' guitar has landed!
An accessible V series guitar we can all warm up to!

Monday, July 30, 2018



We often hear a customer praise us with the phrase, 'I'm glad you're here.' or 'It's good to have a local music shop!'

Although this blog is not our soap box, we did want to address some of the dynamics that are involved in the running of a small retail music store amidst this ever changing sea of commerce. 

Your support keeps us alive. Where and how you spend your money and the frequency in which you patronize businesses matters. Choices are limitless these days with the online goliaths offering everything we sell and more so how can we make a difference? Service, follow-through after the sale and support.
How can you make a difference? Here are few things that can facilitate and sustain our growth in brief terms:

We are not just a showroom. 
Whether you're here to actually make a purchase or pass the time understand it's a balancing act for us to prioritize paying customers and visitors to the shop. 
It's a kind of nebulous zone to exist in without seeming 'dismissive' of browsers and the curious, offering our time and knowledge that may assist in purchases made elsewhere.

Revolving stock.
We haven't got the same facilities as the 'big guys' to simply return items to stock or make exchanges. Our stock situation is reflective of the local demand and new trends in the market that we are obliged to support (we are literally smaller and like many businesses, we can only hold so much stock). 'Free returns' is not something we can do but we have many times in the past accommodated a customer's needs depending on the situation. Please bear in mind we may take a loss on our part to make a customer happy in the name of good business and other times it's putting out a 'fire'.

A hub.
Due to our support and interest in the local scene we have built a network of connections for all sorts of musicians that we're so pleased to be a part of. This is what being a part of the community is all about-being 'local'. Over the years we have donated freely of our services and time to great local causes and institutions. Good things happen when people meet face to face in this world of online connections. We're here for the same reasons many of you are here for-the love of the arts and what can be expressed through it! Call it 'energy' or 'vibe', no matter how you interpret it it's what weaves it all together. If you like having us here in this brick and mortar location, keep in mind it takes support on both sides to foster and grow the music and musicians of tomorrow. 


Wednesday, July 18, 2018

It's redundant to say...

It's redundant to say we have Yamaha Guitars in stock after a pic like this!
Inside one of those boxes above was one of these:
Yes, that's right! A Yamaha CSF3M elec./acoustic parlor guitar.

Don't fret keyboardists, we have your 'jam' right here:
The Piaggero is here at a price more than a few 
players can afford. Especially students looking for 
something portable and more suited to piano
playing with heavier bass action and lighter
treble action. At this price why buy something
used?


Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Seagulls have landed!

That's right, they're loose in the store as we speak!
However, this kind doesn't require as much care and feeding: The Seagull S6 'Original' like the Seagull guitars by Godin you remember with the latest refinements and feel you expect in a modern guitar: 

Solid cedar top, Wild Cherry, Silver Leaf Maple neck, Rosewood fretboard and bridge. 

If you haven't played a new Seagull prepare to be surprised!

Monday, July 9, 2018

The Cone of Uncertainty

Unlike tropical storms resophonic guitars are somewhat easier to predict.


While we see a handful of them on the bench for maintenance per year,
the primary reason they need tending to is silencing rattles and 
buzzing. Think about it: you play vibrating strings and those vibes
travel throughout the guitar's body so that anything oscillating at
a certain frequency can begin to work loose screws, tuning machines,
and anything else that requires a mechanical fit to stay in place.
Resophonic guitars, dobros, and other resonator based instruments 
including ukes, have many screws holding their cover plates 
(the shiny plate you see on the guitar top) onto the guitar. The 
spider, those 'arms' or metal web you see inside behind the cover plate
is held by string pressure when fully tuned, otherwise it would simply 
fall away from the guitar without the cover plate in place. 
The cone, the heart of the resonator guitar is very light
and must be fitted properly to the wooden body and that
in turn shares the load from the bridge and strings so
that it is all 'unified' so to speak.

When we see resophonic guitars on the workbench we always
check for screws that are loose or not seating properly. We also
inspect saddle placement and tailpiece screws and alignment
so that your strings stay in line from end to end. Even strap 
buttons can rattle if not tightened!


Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Happy Fourth but Take Ten!


10% off any uke in the shop going on now
until July 7th! 

Another satisfied customer! :)

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Alvarez In The Sun

Check it out! We just received a fresh batch of Alvarez guitars that are every bit as slick as their $1,000+ counterparts with beveled edges, solid rosewood, top notch preamp systems and that fast, easy feel these guitars are known for.

Monday, June 25, 2018

It's what's on the inside that counts...

Yup, it's here!
Taylor 914ce 'V-Class' braced guitar

Yup, it's *SOLD* but more are on the way!