Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Counterfeits! Buyer beware!
This instrument came into our shop for adjustments recently, the third in a 'series' of counterfeit guitars we've come across here. Purchased in good faith by their owners only to be duped by the all-to prevalent deception of forgeries in many things but in our experience, musical instruments imported from China. This guitar is badged a 'Gibson Les Paul Special' but is obviously a 'clone' with several glaring discrepancies, most importantly the choice of woods (the mahogany is obviously not genuine), there's something just not right about the lettering and the Gibson logo, and a few other points. The smoking gun is hidden under the truss rod cover for those of you presented with more questions than you have answers for: Gibson guitars (as far as we've experienced over the years) use a 'nut' to adjust the truss rod so you'll need a nut-driver/wrench to turn it-this guitar uses an almost hidden hex head adjuster (allen key wrench) to adjust. 
On the left, an authentic 60's Gibson truss rod, R-forgery.

The simplest answer for the tentative buyer would be to contact Gibson Guitars directly with the serial number-chances are the numbers are not in their database or a mismatch.


Thursday, July 24, 2014

There's a growing vintage corner in the shop these days…

...and by vintage we mean the real McCoy! 
From L-R: 
'67 Gibson 'C-0' classical / mid-late 60's LG-2 with pickup / 1916(?!) Vega Model 205 'Cylinder Back' mandolin / early 1920's F4 Gibson mandolin.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Thanks to a very generous donation, we have received a welcome upgrade for our piano students this week!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Just out of their shipping boxes today:

In the foreground: A Martin DCPA5K and an 'aged-top' D15M! 

Monday, July 7, 2014

The last of the American Telecasters…
Sounds like a work of fiction but it's reality here at Wakefield Music. We've whittled our Fender USA Tele collection down to this American Deluxe in 'pewter' finish. Coupled with our 'Born in the USA' sale and the current markdown, this is guitar is $200 off the sale price! Don't wait 'til the 15th of July to come and go for the deal will vaporize just like the Summer humidity…