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Gentlemen (and possibly, ladies),I am now the proud possessor of the Mossman Great Plains (73-274) and I'm simply writing to thank you. The golden rule about buying guitars unseen is, don't do it. However, against all my better judgement, received wisdom and experience, I decided to take a huge risk and buy a forty-year old guitar from a shop that's seven time zones away. And, how delighted I am with the outcome. Eric Mardis deserves particular commendation for firstly, the accuracy of his responses and secondly, the quiet patience with which he dealt with me. I sometimes wonder if he thought he had Woody Allen as a customer and were I to meet him. I'd buy him a glass of fizzy pop or whatever else is drunk in celebration.
I can't shower enough praise on the company for the service I received and hope that you'll accept my very grateful thanks. In hindsight, I noticed that you sell T shirts. I should have bought one to advertise the fact that if you want it done right, come to Mass Street Music.
John T MacArthur
If you're interested to read my extended thoughts about the guitar, do look here.
Eric Mardis sold me my first guitar, a Martin D15. Mass Street Music is my favorite music store and the best in the country. Period.
The Grosh NOS arrived today, and words alone cannot describe how happy I am -it turned out even better than I had anticipated, and my anticipation was sky high. I don’t think there is a better builder than Don and his crew. Just magnificent.
I appreciate the wonderful service you provided in making this guitar happen. I will be back!! I have plans down the road for one of Don’s other builds…just not sure which one yet. If I ever get out your way to visit my in-laws in Tonganoxie, I will definitely stop by the store.
Dear Jim & Tim, Thank you both for making me feel so at home today. I've been to Mass St. Music on several occasions and never felt pressure to buy a thing. A few weeks ago I went to (a big box music store) in Omaha and I was greeted by a dude...as soon as I asked about 12 fret guitars, I lost him, mentally at least. I got my Eastman E20P home almost 2 hours ago and I can't put it down. It has a voice unlike any other instrument in my collection and it feels like everything I had hoped for.
Thanks to both you guys for making my latest guitar acquisition experience a genuine joy!!
I gigged with the Tungsten Buckwheat last night – turned out to be 3, 55-minute sets. Amazing! What great tone! Perfect for my blues band situation. (I even had thoughts of selling the RXJR and getting a second Buckwheat!)
In addition to a Wah, the only other pedal I rely on is an Xotic EP Booster. With these two pedals, the amp and using my guitar’s vol/tone controls, I could conjure/coax all kinds of great tone. The amp was inspiring.
Dear Mass Street,
You know how you have that 48 hour trial period for online purchased instruments? Well I just wanted to let you know the Yellowstone made it here safe and sound and that you DEFINITELY will NOT be getting it back!
Fantastic instrument, fantastic service. Best $2500 mandolin I've ever heard.
Thanks for everything!
I just wanted to email you and let you know I received the Route 66 and it is absolutely fantastic! Your descriptions online and over the phone were accurate and I appreciate the help with getting the amplifier. I received it Friday and had a gig that same night and I ended up using the amp all night with my EZG. Wow what a great sound! Thanks again for the excellent service and speedy FREE shipping! I will be recommending your shop!
Jim Baggett and everybody at Mass Street Music,I come to town at least once a year and I can’t wait to go to Mass St. Music first thing. I have purchased a few guitars there and always feel like I got a great deal, more than fair pricing and a lot to choose from.
As a collector I have a difficult time finding quality instruments that are even remotely affordable, that never happens at Mass St. All of the repair guys are willing to help and inspect and discuss instruments. I think everybody there is honest and genuinely wants your purchase to be a great experience. Don’t be shy with questions and don’t be afraid to buy online!
Thanks Mass St. Music,
Dear Matthew and John,
Thank you once again - you've sold me a dream bass (Grosh PJ Bass)! Thank you also very much for the deal - handling everything so fast, and with shipping, and all. It's a smoking bass – simply great!
John, you have a great person on your staff with Matthew. I wish you all the best!
Best regards from a friend from Switzerland,
Dear Mr. Baggett,
I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you personally for the work your Mass Street Music repair department has done for me. Your repair department, and in particular, repair expert Matt Harmon, has worked on my Fender Telecaster (guitar setup), Fender Telecoustic (guitar set up and fret leveling), and my Godin Kingpin P90 (guitar set up and realignment of the access hole to the truss rod). I want you to know how grateful I am for the extra time Matt has put in to assure that my guitars play correctly. I really appreciate his efforts.
As a customer I feel well-served by the Mass Street Music repair department. The extra effort Matt Harmon has put in to communicate with me makes me feel that I am a valued customer. I am not a professional musician, but Matt has always treated me as such, and as a result of that treatment, he has gained my loyalty, and in turn, loyalty to your store, Mass Street Music.
Again, thank you for the service you provide to area musicians. I greatly appreciate the assistance I have always received at Mass Street Music.
For not being in a band, I’m having great fun. Played at the Crossroads Blues Festival this past Friday and then on Saturday, played the Sedalia Blues Cruise and BBQ at the MO State Fair Grounds – both were a thrill! Like me, the Grosh and Dr Z had great fun- what a great combination. The Prescription JR mic’ed-up sounded huge, plus the red looks cool!!!
Thanks to you and the rest of the Mass Street gang, helping me take care of my gear needs, I appreciate it.
(Click on the photo to see Mike in action! - Mass St Music)
Just got the tracking info, can't wait. I really want to thank you. Dealing with you and everyone I've spoken to at Mass Street Music has been an absolute pleasure. Every call feels like I'm part of the family. It may take some time but you can be sure I'll be coming to you for all my future Don Grosh needs. Already know this won't be my last. Best wishes to you and yours.
This thing (Grosh Retro Classic) is AMAZING!!!!! Totally exceeds my expectations. Very happy with it. Dang, Grosh makes such great guitars!!!!
Thanks again for all your help, as always.
My E10D Eastman arrived on time and all I can say is OMG; what a cannon. I simply am in love with this guitar. Even though I've never owned a Martin or other fine instrument, I can tell my E10D delivers extraordinary sound and tone. She is everything Tim said and more. Was a little unsure of buying a guitar online but the E10d doesn't disappoint.
Thanks a lot Tim, from the Bahamas.
I bought an Eastman AC320 from you yesterday, and I can't put it down. I just strum chords to hear the rich bell-like tone ring forever! I've got Collings, Martins, Gibsons, Mossmans and my new Eastman is equal or better than any of them. I was looking for another Martin or Collings but not any more, I'm converted! And all for just over $600 bucks! Great case too. God bless the Chinese ARTISANS who crafted this elegant work of art. And thank you all too.
I'll see you later,
The guitar arrived yesterday and is a fantastic instrument, surpassing my expectations.
Thanks for all your help and great communication, etc.
Thanks for everything John! It's been a real pleasure to work with you on this. In fact, it was your service to others that I read about that made me want to buy from you guys!!!!!!!
Have an outstanding day.Ron
Just a quick note to let you know the guitar arrived yesterday. Thank you for your help and service. I am thrilled to now own another Bonanzinga guitar. It's a beauty and it's really fun to compare its sound to the other Bonanzinga guitars I already own. It was a pleasure doing business with you.
The guitar arrived yesterday and, despite having very little time to play it last night, I'm absolutely blown away. Such an incredible tone and the smoothest neck and action I think I've ever come across. Far far better than I'd even imagined.
Thank you so much for all the case candy (I shall wear my t-shirt with great pride) and for all your incredible help and service. It's been a real pleasure, and I very much hope to shop with you guys again. If I'm ever round your way, I'll definitely swing by the store, too - it looks like a truly great place.
Hi Jim & John,
I just wanted to drop you both a note on the fantastic job your Repair Shop did for me.
With Josh Baldridge's help (with the measurements), I ordered a new Gold Plated Tension Hoop for my Deering Golden Classic 5 string Banjo. I purchased this replacement part from OME Banjos, as Deering did not have one in stock.
The new tension hoop arrived at your store a couple weeks ago. Since Josh was out this week and last (due to the arrival of his new baby), Matt Harmon stepped up yesterday - installed this new tension hoop, and adjusted (lowered per my request) the action on my Golden Classic.
Matt did a tremendous job (as this installation required an almost full disassembly - plus string replacement)! My Golden Classic has never looked or sounded better!
I won't hesitate to use your Repair Shop again as your repair team (just like your sales staff) is extremely knowledgeable, professional and competent. Very important when working with high-end instruments!!!
I hope you all continue to have a great summer!!
As a middle-aged, gray-haired lady, I hate shopping at the big-box guitar store in my hometown. The twenty-something headbangers who work there act as if they think I have wandered into their store by mistake. So when I found myself in the market for a new acoustic guitar, I decided to wait for my annual trek home to KC so I could drive over to Mass Street Music. I thought I would probably find what I was looking for there, and I also knew that my shopping experience would be first-rate. I was right on both counts.
Brian Soden was wonderful to work with. He asked me what I was looking for, what my price range was and what I was currently playing. He listened to me carefully and then walked over to the wall and pulled down a Collings D2H. He made a joke about starting at the top end of my price range and then said this was his favorite acoustic guitar in the store. I played several other guitars that day, including another Collings, but nothing came close to the D2H in balance, tone and volume. I made a joke about having me play the best guitar in the shop first so that everything else would sound bad by comparison. There was a gentleman in the store who was waiting for his mandolin to be set up, and he agreed that the D2H sounded the best of all the guitars I played.
All of my friends who have heard it have been very impressed with its sound. It's just a beautiful guitar, and as Brian says, It's a keeper. Thanks to Brian and Mass Street Music for caring about quality and service.
The new Anderson Bulldog is wonderful. The top is one of the most 3 dimensional I have seen and well-matched. I love the .050 plus neck - feels like a '59 LP. Just started to play it a lot recently - great sounds...
I recently purchased a Dr. Z Maz 18 112 combo amp with reverb from your store on consignment and took it back to Australia. I wanted to thank your team again for all your help and support. You guys went above and beyond and I love my new amp. I will recommend your business every chance I get. If only all music stores went above and beyond in this way.
Thanks again,John R.
Hi John and friends,
Love the Monza 10 w/brake lite. Great grind, good-simple EQ knob. Plenty of juice to stay up in four piece band with another guitar. Didn't even need pedals. Love the light weight too. :) Just wanted to let you know and thank you.
Dear Mass Street and Fender:
Thanks for the opportunity to win tickets to see John Mayer in concert. We had a great time and great seats. Mayer presented a good concert focusing on the music and presented himself in a humble, quiet manner. His band was superb. Thanks again for the fun evening.
Wanted you to know we made it home safely with the Sting Ray. I've played it a bit already and hope to spend another hour with it this evening. Tomorrow is an all day music day for me to prep for a rehearsal on Thursday, so I'll give it a good workout over the next few days. I'm liking it more already, so I'm sure it's going to be great.
I really want to thank you for your kindness, patience and consideration today. You made me feel right at home at Mass Street and fulfilled all my expectations as you helped me get the info I needed to make a decision, including comparing the Sting Ray with the Warwick and others you had in the store. You did a great job for me.
My cousin (the fellow with me) was very impressed by the store and your exceptional customer service skills, knowledge level and kindness. Again thanks for a great experience today. The bass is going to work out very well for me, but experiences like I had in your store are what will make me keep coming back.
Jim & John,
Last Saturday I had the pleasure of meeting Tim Nelson at your store. After visiting with Tim early that afternoon, I later returned and bought a new Collings SJ Cutaway Guitar that I had been considering for quite some time. As you know, I have been a long time customer of yours. I just wanted to let you know that Tim, in my opinion, is one of the most knowledgeable and nicest people I have ever met. He is truly a Great Addition/Asset to your organization!
In addition, I recently brought in a Rick Turner Custom Acoustic Guitar (which I bought from Kurt Morrow a couple of years ago) which needed a slight neck adjustment. One of your staff made this adjustment for me while I waited at no charge!
Thanks for all that you do, esp for guys like me that appreciate, love, buy, and play the fine instruments you sell. You are truly 'At the Top of your Game'!
My wife (Holly) and I are looking forward to seeing you on April 17th for the Steve Kaufman Concert! Keep up the Good Work!
Once again, my extreme thanks go out to you and Mass Street Music for the amazing opportunity to see Eric Clapton in concert last night at the Sprint Center. I have seen Clapton in concert before, but last night was one of his best performances by far.
As I'm sure you know, Roger Daltry was the opening act and took the audience on a one-hour nostalgic tour of the glory days of British invasion rock. He may have lost a bit of vocal range but has not lost any showmanship. His band did a very fine job of creating the other components of the familiar Who sound.
After a short break for stage reset, Professor Clapton strolled calmly to center stage and commenced his clinic on how to play guitar. His non-stop 1 1/2 hour performance left no one doubting his superior musical talents. His first segment had him weaving his rock magic by way of his very familiar Fender Stratocaster. He then shifted gears behind an Eric Clapton Signature Martin acoustic, with which he enthralled all of us with a fine selection of blues and ballads (including a wonderfully mellow version of "Layla"). For his final segment, he returned to his Fender magic wand and brought the crowd to its feet for a series of his career classics. He ended his set with "Cocaine", which had the entire crowd joining in the musical euphoria. He returned for a one song encore and left a very grateful audience with the same grace he entered ... making us all feel honored to have shared the evening with a true legend.
This fantastic gift package with great seats came just 2 1/2 weeks after my birthday, so thanks for making this year one of my best.
Hello John! The amp has arrived safe and well at my home in Germany. It's beautiful and nice sounding and I really dig the trem & verb! You've packed it fantastic, never saw an amp packed so secure and safe! So here's to all international customers: the people at Mass Street Music are reliable, friendly, helpful and they take care! Great service.
Thank you, John!
It was a pleasure to make business with you. Keep up the good work!
All my best,
I came in last Thursday and bought the strat and amp. What can I say but, "wow." Everything I'd hoped for and more. As we say in bike racing, it's the motor that makes the difference, but sometimes great gear does, too. That's certainly the case for me. I'm very pleased with my purchase.
Speaking of, I just wanted to let you know what a great job Brian did in taking care of me during my visit. He spent the better part of an hour to make sure I got what I wanted, setting up the gear, doing a brief demo and pointing out a few of the features of the amp, discussing a couple other guitars, and setting me up with some accessories. I met Jim when he came in, and the three of us had a few moments to talk cycling and shoot the breeze a bit.
By this time it was probably pushing 6:30 and I remembered that I had ridden my bike to the shop (I hadn't been sure that I was going to get the whole rig that night). I asked if I could pick up the stuff at lunch the next day. Brian asked where I lived and then, after I left with the stand, cables and stuff, and he took care of Rudy, delivered the guitar and amp to my door! I live only about a half-mile away, but he didn't have to do that, or stay late, or spend as much time and attention on me as he did, but he was very enthusiastic and helpful, and I definitely felt that he went the extra mile for me, and I thought you should know. Thanks again and take care.
Dear Mass Street Music staff,
I just received my Nash TK-54, and I am truly thrilled with this guitar! The looks, the TONE, the feel, everything about it is more than I hoped for! Thanks to your fine staff for an excellent online transaction! Packing and shipping was first-rate and trouble-free. EVERYTHING about your website is well thought out, well organized and fun to navigate. Thanks to the personnel profiles, I feel better about doing business with such nice, knowledgeable and capable salespeople. Best wishes to you all for years of success, you are the best! And my deepest thanks to you all for getting this guitar into my hands!
The guitar arrived on Monday. It plays and sounds great. It looks good too. Great packing job by the way. This guitar is pretty heavy and the case is a fortress.
It was great working with you. I hope to visit your store this summer, or sooner and I will look you up when I stop in. Your store web site is also very good. I'll definitely add it to my favorites so I can keep up with your inventory.
Over the course of 20 years I have had the greatest experiences at your store. The service is knowledgeable, kind, professional, and is constantly focused on what is best for my need, not just the sale at hand. I have never questioned the trust that Mass Street Music instills in the customers. I will continue to drive the hour it takes to get there for all of my musical needs. Quality in everything you are offering!
Wanted to say how very happy I am with the Eastman guitar I bought from you yesterday. It sounds fantastic, it looks good, and it's very easy to play.
I would like to thank you and the other people I met in your store for the warm welcome I received. It felt like I was surrounded by old friends, and it was so nice to be trusted to take the instruments down and try them. I look forward to visiting your store again one of these days. (I wish you were closer to Emporia.)
Best wishes to you and everyone there for the holidays and the New Year.
Just wanted to write a note of thanks for a great repair job on my 1952 Martin 00-17. Mike did a complete refret on the guitar along with some other needed repairs and the workmanship is outstanding! I spent a couple hours playing it last night after I just getting it home and it is remarkable the difference his skilled repairs have made in this little gem of a guitar- it plays like a new instrument. Thanks so much for the care and service you all show your customers at Mass Street - why would anyone go anywhere else?
Hi Brian -
This is the nicest Goodall I've owned or played, and I've owned too many.
Jim - thanks for the wonderful setup on this guitar, it makes a huge difference to have them set up so well.
Hi Brian -
Just a note to say "thank you" again for your great service in our recent purchase of my HD-28 Martin guitar. It's awesome. Wish I could play it like you do, but I'll just keep practicing and learning. You are great at what you do; we wish you the best and continued success with your music. The CD is great! We like your style.
You don't know this (probably) but the shop (and especially Mike) did the repair work on my Hummingbird...stellar job..sounds like a new guitar and I've fallen in love with it all over again.
The Collings I-35 has arrived safe and sound. What a great guitar! I really appreciate your dedication...
Many thanks to all of you. Best regards,
The T-shirt fits me well, I'm almost...cute
The Electrajet is gorgeous--even the speed knobs--and Don should be congratulated on the placement of the pickup switch and volume knob (perfect, like everything else about the guitar). You weren't kidding about the pickup voicing either--I can see why you're having the center one retrofitted. This will probably be the favorite. Thanks!!
I received the Tom Anderson Crowdster last Tuesday and this guitar is really something else. I had a chance to use it in the worship setting yesterday and I couldn't be more pleased. The guitar plays so well (very easy to play and so smooth) and sounds great - you forget you are even playing. I mean, it was a first go, so there are definitely things that I need to work on in terms of EQ and overall sound mix, but I am very excited to go back at it this coming weekend. Also definitely want to play around with the different functions of the guitar. We'll see how that goes.
Wanted to say thanks to you and Mass St. for all your help - it was really a painless process that I can see myself repeating in the future with all my equipment needs.
Both instruments are beyond what I command as a beginning player but they certainly are going to be respected and played to my limited abilities (which can do nothing but improve)!
You were nothing less than fantastic to deal with and I'm sure you haven't seen the last of us.
By the way, if you remember my wife is the one who wouldn't let me come alone as she thought I'd buy something beyond the Anderson I went up to pick up.
Look who wouldn't leave without the Grosh :-)
Rick and Debbie
RE: Anderson Crowdster Plus
It arrived the day you said and IT IS AWESOME. Looks, SOUND is UNREAL. Seems like God really knows our hearts, LOL. Beautiful guitar, and when I plugged it in to my Fender acoustic amp it blew me away. I plugged in to my fender FM212DSP -just floored!
Thank you, Thank you Thank you...Love the T Shirt too..Awesome~!
I opened the new Eastman 815 V mandolin package today - and WOW! What a beautiful instrument. I could not be more pleased, and it sounds even better than it looks. John's description was fully born out by the reality. I also want to let you know that the way you run your business is highly appreciated. The whole staff is responsive - focused - and polite on every occasion I made contact. You've proved yourselves to be a first rate and trustworthy business. I'm recommending you to anyone who asks, and you'll be the first music supplier I contact when any future needs arise.
Thanks a Million
The guitar arrived today. Fastest shipping ever! I'm very satisfied. Sounds and looks great, and thanks for the T-shirt!
The Eastman AC412 just arrived to the office, and it is lovely. I can't believe how much instrument is here for the money. All I can say is wow and thank you.
The other day was my first visit to Mass Street Music. Highly impressed. All very cool stuff, and I hope to see you again soon.
|1.||Collings CW Clarence White|
|2.||Germino Lead 55LV Head w/ 212 Cab|
|3.||Grosh Sunset '79|
|4.||Analog Outfitters Super Sarge Amp|
|5.||Eastman E10PM Mahogany|
|6.||Gretsch G9210 Boxcar Square Neck|
|7.||Seuf OH-16 Bass|
|8.||Gibson SG Special '60s Tribute|
|9.||Squier® Vintage Modified Mustang|
|10.||Gibson Les Paul Studio '50s Tribute|