Monday, August 6, 2018


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

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!

Monday, June 18, 2018

Not to be over-arching but...

We just got in a couple of interesting archtop acoustics this week!
On the L: Harmony 15.5" ca.60's / R: 1972 Framus 'Studio' 5/51 (03000) 

On the flatter side:

A Waterloo WL-12 MH

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Feelin' Rootsy? We have a lovely trio of Gretsch 'Style 1, 2, & 3' guitars but don't wait too long considering there's an additional $25 off each model until Father's Day.

If a footstool and no fret markers is more your style then take look at this:

It's not every day a Manuel Contreras II comes into the shop and this C-5 is a nice example of a Madrid built (2001) rosewood & cedar used classical. 

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

These old Guilds pop up from time to time and we're glad they do, especially from this era when they were doing great work.

1977 D40

Lookin' to connect?
All your hookups are here again!



Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Start at 1 and count up...

Taylor Guitar's 100 Series is a great place to start:

I great place to experience all the features and tone these guitars possess with walnut layered back and asides, 12-strings, and that well-known ES2 Expression System. Yes, they always come with a quality Taylor gig bag!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

USED Guitars Just In

We get requests every week for used guitars so here's what's in the shop as of today:

From L-R: 
'97 Taylor 412ce / '03 Takamine EF341SCX *SOLD* / '09 Taylor GCE


In fact, here's the complete list of our used instruments as of May 16th:

Alhambra Model 9-C,   1984
Arté Musica,               ca.80's
Kremona CL 650 WS,  ca.90's
Kremona S 63 CW,      ca.2000's

Martin D41                 2016
Takamine EF341SCX.   2003 *SOLD*
Taylor GCE                  2009
Taylor 412ce               1997

Deering Boston            2000's
Deering Black Diamond 2005
Mayfair Tenor               ca.70's

Premier banjo-uke        ca.20's
Apple Creek dulcimer.   2010's
Roosebeck Balalaika     2010's
Regal Artistic Resonator Mando ca.late 30's

In case we missed one check our inventory page for more info:

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

The Guitar That Never Was

Sometimes you think you saw a guitar in our shop but you weren't sure so you come back to see if it's still here and it's gone.

Case in point the Gretsch 9511 Style 1 'Single-O' parlor guitar from their excellent 'Roots Collection' of guitars, ukuleles, and banjos. 

We've had two of these instruments in stock that gathered no dust on our hooks! In fact, one person heard the first one we sold and ordered their guitar immediately! 

The difference when you buy from us rather than some online 'giant' that third party ships your guitar 'as-is' in the box is that we inspect & adjust every guitar we sell. You can also request your favorite strings and setup-good luck asking Amazon to do that for you. ;)

Tuesday, May 8, 2018


It’s not often we see a Yamaha like this electric classical from the 90’s (AEX500N). This guitar has come by for a second visit! You can bet it won’t overstay it’s welcome.…string-thin-body/ 

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Taylor 224ce-k DLX

Taylor's new 224ce-kDLX 
has graced our hooks this week.
The two series guitars look gorgeous enough
but with the addition of figured Koa wood,

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Yamaha Palor Guitars

If you haven't seen one of these yet, you're in for a treat!
The Yamaha CSF series of palor guitars is back with
some of the smartest, tone-centered improvements 
you could ever hope for!

The model pictured above is the CSF-3M.
At a very familiar feeling 23.5" scale length and 
full size guitar feel and tone this could easily become
your next do-all, take anywhere favorite 'couch'
or even performance guitar!

They are in stock as of today! 5/3

Check out the Yamaha (graphics intensive) site 
for more info:

There's more than just the parlors in our parlor:

Monday, April 23, 2018

V-isualize your next Taylor

Can you see the 'V'?
Our Taylor rep, Mike stopped by today with a Builder's Edition
K14ce to check out (that's his hand holding it for us in the pic).

Ok, so you don't
have X-ray vision!
On the L, the 
standard Taylor
bracing, the R,
you guessed it, 
their amazing
'V-Class' bracing
So brace yourself
...yeah, we know, we know...

It'll be here in the near future or you can preorder one!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018


We're inundated with mandolins from $99-$695! Brands from Savannah, Rogue, Kentucky, Loar, and Eastman for every style and budget-lots of 'A-Models' and one 'F' to explore here. Plus, you're buying an instrument that has been professionally set up for easy, beginner friendly action as well as the option of a 'pro' setup with different strings if desired. We never take an instrument out of the box and just hang it up for sale!

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We currently have two Gretsch 'Jim Dandy' models in stock but they rarely stick around long at < $170!
Also pictured to the left of our Eastman parlor guitar, a Gretsch G9531 'Style 3'
If you have't played one of these mid-priced 'Roots Series' Gretsch guitars you're in for a surprise: classic sound and looks with modern feel-astounding value!

Thursday, April 12, 2018

We have two reasonably priced used classicals on consignment this week along with a nice steel string acoustic if your tax return has been kind to you...

Or 'tax return be damned!' a gorgeous Taylor 712ce 12-fret 
has just revisited our hangers. 



Thanks to all of you for supporting the brand with us! 
As our remaining stock is whittled away
we'll begin sourcing another brand or two 
to fill in the showroom-stay tuned. 

Thursday, April 5, 2018


The Silent Guitar from Yamaha just quietly entered the building...

Tuesday, April 3, 2018


We're counting up this week starting with two Taylor 214's. Just in today a shiny 214ce DLX featuring a solid spruce top and layered rosewood back and sides, hardshell case included. A Koa 214ce is also back in stock. (L)

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Just in today one of our 2009 Taylors back for resale after all these years and still in excellent condition!

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Thursday, March 1, 2018

GS Mini Koa

'Its name in the Hawaiian languagekoa, also means brave, bold, fearless, or warrior.'

If you're feeling bold you might want to check out our newest addition to the Taylor lineup this week, the GS Mini-e Koa.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Well Hello Old Friend

Martin Andy Summers 000-28 model stopped by for some maintenance this week: 

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

We haven't forgotten the flutists out there, especially with these exceptional instruments in stock:

In the foreground, an Artley piccolo (synthetic 'wood' body, silver keys). On the left, an open hole Haynes flute and on the right, a Haynes Amadeus open hole.
Looking to upgrade to a concert worthy instrument at a reasonable price? We might just have what you're looking for in your next flute.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Double Bass...Sextuple Bass

It's not often we have more than one bass in the shop let alone six!
Starting at the top right:
Used Alvarez RB-30SCE 
Our GS Mini E Taylor of course

Used Ibanez Gio 4-string (red)*SOLD*
'98 Ibanez Ergodyne EDB-600 R

In the uke section:
Gold Tone 'M-Bass' (Micro Bass) used on L
Kala U-Bass BNGA-FS (new) on R