Monday, December 30, 2013

In with the new…


Taylor's new all-mahogany series guitars has brought to our door a 324ce. 

A rare siting these days on our shelves: an Eastman MD 504cs, oval soundhole mandolin. These elusive creatures never hide out in one spot very long as they've a habit of disappearing from our view rather quickly!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

It's a great time of year to think of sunny, warm, Madrid Spain…

Especially when there are Ramirez guitars hanging around the shop. In the foreground: Ramirez '2NE' *SOLD* and Ramirez '4NE'. Unfortunately, the 4NE is presold but we do have available the 'R1' model. Stop in and see why some of the greatest classical guitarists in the world have played Ramirez guitars!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Wow, do we have lots of new things in the shop this week: 

Stop on over to the 'Used, Consigned, One-of-a-Kind' section of our website soon!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Play it again…
Two used models back in for a repeat performance. L-R: Recording King RNJ-16 / Guild M-120

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

It's been a while but Eastman Guitars are back in the shop this week.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Christmas arrived early!
A fantastic curly Koa Taylor K26ce with Taylor's 
newest version of their Expression System.
The Taylor T5-X just in this week…
From Taylor's website:

"An African relative of rosewood, Ovangkol lends rosewood-inspired sonic properties to the T5 Classic (T5-X). The result is a full acoustic midrange with bright trebles that are accentuated by the T5’s fully-hollow design. Then switch to the T5’s electric side and discover just how versatile a guitar can be."  

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Dennis Costa in Concert

Come hear Wakefield Music's own Dennis Costa in concert on Sunday, November 17 at the Narragansett Towers at  2:00 p.m. The one hour program will feature Dennis performing on various vintage and contemporary guitars and ukuleles in a wide variety of styles playing the  music of Scott Joplin, George Gershwin, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Isaac Albeniz, Harold Arlen, Luis Bonfa, Thelonious Monk, Carlos Gardel, George Harrison and more.
Admission is $12 at the door.

Monday, November 4, 2013

The old and the new:

A 1961 Gibson LG-2 with Sunrise passive pickup installed. Just behind, the Taylor GSmini in mahogany with the ES-T pickup system.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Monday, October 28, 2013

As the temperatures plummet, so does the moisture in the air which means…

Your acoustic guitars!

(As well as many other instruments made of wood).

Thursday, October 24, 2013

A 1921 Gibson A-Model Mandolin has just arrived on consignment.

Monday, October 21, 2013

In on trade this week, a Taylor 214ce. Acoustic electric, solid sitka spruce top, rosewood laminated back and sides, ES Element pickup system, with hardshell case!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Drumming Circle at Wakefield Music on Oct 22

Come and join us for a fun and recreational drum circle session that is open to all hand drummers from the beginner to the experienced. Everyone loves to feel the beat and immerse themselves in the rhythms of the world. Bring your own drum or use one of ours!

Presented by Rhythm of Life Percussion

at Wakefield Music Co.
6:30 TO 7:45
Admission: $15

CALL 401-783-5390 TO RESERVE

Monday, October 7, 2013

He's back! 

For a limited engagement…Eric Clapton! (At least in guitar form). The Martin 000-28EC. Talk about a classic feeling Martin that 'brings it'! All solid Sitka Spruce top, Indian Rosewood back and sides, ebony fretboard and bridge, classic 'X' braced top, 24.5" scale length. Based on the 000-28 Clapton used to record his 'MTV Unplugged' performance-it delivers a low, 16" radius fretboard with a 1-3/4" nut width great for fingerpicking with Martin's modified 'V' neck shape. Clear, loud, and balanced! 

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Taylor for Taylor…

Although we said goodbye to our beloved 814ce, it was replaced by a wonderful, used GA-4 in Ovangkol.

And speaking of Watch Hill residents… a signature model Taylor Swift is back in the shop this week. ;)

Monday, September 30, 2013

Have we mentioned we're a Yamaha keyboard dealer? We often have keyboard specials you won't see in the 'big box' stores…

Thursday, September 26, 2013

New arrivals for the mid-week update:

A Gresch 9121 uke and 9126 Guitar-Ukulele

Eastman AR371CE Jazz guitar

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Winter Guitar Maintenance Tips

With the shift in the seasons comes changes in your guitars adjustments and playability. As the nights get cooler and the humidity dries up this Fall, it's time to familiarize yourself with your guitars 'signals' of change: 

This first pic is most commonly how we assess your guitar's neck angle. It may not appear obvious to you but this neck has too much back-bow (too much angle pulling the strings closer to the frets). You may notice that most of the first position notes and chords are buzzing against the frets and it's difficult to play cleanly. This issue can usually be corrected by adjusting the tension on the truss rod (the adjusting rod inside the neck) which most guitars, except classicals, (traditionally built without) have. 

The side view of the same guitar neck shows very low string height off the frets-a sure sign that something has changed. On occasion, a brace inside the body of the guitar can become unglued, break, and simply fall away from the top which will cause an immediate action 'adjustment', allowing the guitar top to sink and bring the strings further towards the fretboard. 

Another sign of seasonal changes may be noticed on the fretboard. You may experience sharp edges on the ends of the frets where you play the neck. This is due to the wood of the neck loosing moisture and literally shrinking, leaving the metal frets to protrude out of their slots. This can be adjusted by adding moisture to the guitar via a humidifier and filing the offending fret ends down if the neck doesn't swell back into shape.

Guitar tops will distort with the accumulation and loss of moisture, sometimes warping (not always permanently) and 'sinking' in front of the bridge or bowing behind the bridge. Taking a few extra steps to control your guitar's environment via temperature and moisture will ensure that future repairs or maintenance are minimized. We often advise customers to 'Treat your guitar like you'd treat yourself: don't sit in your car in scorching hot or freezing cold weather!' Also be mindful of the quick transitions from a cold car right inside a warm home (and vice-versa). You must allow your guitar to adjust to the temperature and the best scenario would be to leave it in it's case until in 'acclimates' to the room temperature.

Enjoy the autumn weather and playing your guitar!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Catching up on some new additions to our guitar room this week…

A new Martin DC-16 GTE
A Larrivee LJ-09 on consignment.
A used Cameo 000-sized acoustic

Gretsch Dixie 6-six

Monday, August 19, 2013

Sometimes you have to turn around to discover a good thing…

Just in today, L-R: Martin GPCPA5K (HPL Koa) / Taylor GS Mini-e QS Fall Limited

Monday, August 12, 2013

Guild guitars just in this week:

L-R: D140 SB / F130 SB

A new twist on the Taylor GS Mini-Rosewood! 

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

We're proud to announce the arrival of our newest ukulele line this week, Ohana! Exceptional quality and tone that sets them apart from the crowd. Stop in and hear what inspired us to add them to our expanding uke showcase!

Also in this week:

Two gorgeous Martins! A SWOMGT and a 000-15SM.

Monday, July 22, 2013

New 'old' guitars in this weekend:

An early 80's Westerly Guild F45ce acoustic electric with original hard case (consignment). *SOLD* Behind the Guild, a Recording King ROS-16 herringbone, all solid 'fingerstyle' acoustic with hard case. Not pictured, a Stagg left-handed dreadnought acoustic in black finish. 

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

We never see guitars made in Finland, but there's a first time for everything…

A ''Val Dez' from the 1960's. A great, solidly built student guitar at a modest price!   *SOLD*

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Johnny Smith

Johnny Smith 
June 25, 1922-June 12, 2013

Many customers have asked where the guitar tech learned how to restring their instruments in such a unique way? Johnny Smith, from an article in Guitar Player Magazine, July 1984.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Our Annual "Born in the U.S.A. Sale" in Bloom

Save on all our U.S. made instruments in stock. Includes models by Martin, Deering, Fender, Taylor and more.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The high and low in this week:

A pro level Carvin 5-string bass with active electronics, abalone inlays and hard case, used, in mint condition-a rare find? 

A Squier dreadnought in this week, too. A great value in a modestly priced Fender acoustic.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Jumpin' Jim Workshop a Hit

Jim Beloff returned to Wakefield Music on Wednesday to an overflowing and appreciative group for a ukulele workshop. Thanks to all the participants!

Jim Beloff


Liz & Jim Beloff
Our E X P A N D E D Uke Wall