Mass Street Music News – August 2013!

John Flynn with son Isaac

Boss Flynn, pictured here with his son Isaac, at the store a few years back.

Boss Flynn is stepping back from day-to-day duties at Mass Street Music to join the team at Heartland Community Health Care here in Lawrence. He’s still co-owner of Mass Street Music, and will still be involved for sure. You’ll see his mug around the store, just not as frequently, so stop by before October 1 and say hi to John while you can.

After 26 years of fueling passion at Mass Street Music, I have decided to step aside from my current daily role here to work with the Heartland Community Health Center here in Lawrence – a multifaceted medical clinic for the under-served in our community. As many of you know, my passion for guitars and music is only trumped by my passion for my faith and my family. This opportunity will allow me to daily serve those in need. The Mass Street Music staff is the best it has ever been, and as such, I feel I am able to put my attentions towards HCHC. My day to day role at Mass Street Music will not be what it has been, but I remain a committed owner and will continue to serve this wonderful place that is so dear to me in many different ways – you’ll still see me behind the counter from time to time!” – John Flynn.


Join our Team – With Boss Flynn focusing on HCHC, Mass Street Music is currently seeking a qualified Sales Manager. If you are friendly and outgoing, know a nut from a fret, possess exceptional customer service skills, extensive sales experience and the ability to manage people effectively in a dynamic environment, this might be the job for you. Check out the full details and application info here.


1923 Gibson A2 mandolin

This ’23 Gibson A2 is just one of many vintage mandos we just received at the store.

New Gear Just In
– We received a bounty of really sweet vintage mandolins recently – you can check the mandos out here. In the pedal department, new arrivals include Skreddy Pedals – original and super versatile effects which Eric M. brought in. Eric P. has brought in Wren and Cuff effects which are great takes on classic fuzz/Big Muff and distortion effects. He also nabbed us some Heavy Electronics pedals, unique pedals which are handmade in Minneapolis. Taylor Guitars just sent us a few of the super cool new Taylor Fall Limited GS Mini guitars – one with Rosewood back and sides which sounds amazing and one made with quilted Sapele that comes with their great ES-T pickup system already installed. These guitars are perfect for travelers, campers and those just wanting a smaller guitar with a big sound.

This weekend in Lawrence – The 33rd Annual Kansas Fiddling and Picking Championships will be held this Sunday, August 25 and we’ll be there, so stop by the tent and say hi to Jim, John, Mike and the crew. It’s not only a great opportunity to witness some champion pickers and players of all ages, but there are concerts too including Pat Nichols, MAW, Signal Ridge, and more. Check out the site for more info on this, one of our favorite gatherings of the year. That is if you make it there after the great Buskerfest which is happening all weekend too!

KS Fiddling Picking Championships Poster 2013

The Kansas Fiddling & Picking Championships are this Sunday, Aug. 25!

– Who is ready for Winfield, Sept. 18-22? We will be there at this incredible annual music festival with a compact version of the store and a slew of familiar faces including Jim, John, Josh and our Taylor buddy Eric Sakimoto. We’ll also have some brand new shirts (and coozies!) sporting our sharp new logo, so stop by. We’ll see you there!

Leo Posch – A big thank you to all the folks here in Lawrence and beyond who have contributed to the recovery fund for luthier Leo Posch. The Benefit Show on the 9th was a big success and such a great show of the community coming together for a great cause. Thank you to all involved and to everyone who has contributed. Leo is on the mend, with a long way to go, but he is home and is healing. Contributions can still be made to the Leo Posch Medical Fund here. There are also just a few of the great ‘Banjo Bike’ show posters still available, some even signed by a few band members, on nice card stock – contribute to the fund and you might score one!

Leo Posch Benefit show poster by Chris Milspaugh

There are a few ‘Banjo Bike’ posters still available – beautiful work designed by Chris Milspaugh.

Speaking of donations, (nice segue eh?) we’d like to give a plug to Americana Music Academy, our good neighbors and a very cool non-profit music school that teaches folks of all ages. They also give out several music scholarships during the year. We hope you’ll consider becoming a member and supporting this great organization that does so much for our community.

Renovations – The main acoustic room is nearing completion! We have a ways to go, but take a gander at this …

new acoustic room mass street music 2013

The first room on the main floor is now freshly painted, carpeted, & houses most of our acoustic instruments!

We are excited for the new look in the store and have more exciting updates just around the corner!

Westside Folk Tickets – West Side Folk has a great roster of shows for the fall and you can check the whole line up out at – Remember you can pick up tickets at Mass Street Music for these great shows or order through West Side’s website.

Last but not least…the Repair Shop Spot column will return to our newsletter next month! Til then, stop by and try out the Grosh/Fralin Squier Mustang test drive guitar, or check out the Repair Shop Spot Archives here. Remember you can keep up with all of the latest Mass Street Music news on our Facebook and Twitter.


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