Maple Leaf Music http://www.mapleleafmusic.com High End Stringed Instrument Shop in Brattleboro VT Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:00:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 Cedar Mountain Banjos on their way from Brevard, North Carolina http://www.mapleleafmusic.com/cedar-mountain-banjos-from-brevard-north-carolina http://www.mapleleafmusic.com/cedar-mountain-banjos-from-brevard-north-carolina#comments Thu, 10 Apr 2014 18:21:07 +0000 RileyAdmin3 http://www.mapleleafmusic.com/?p=7288 As you well know, the team here at Maple Leaf Music makes it our business to find the cream of the crop of anything with strings and frets. We look tirelessly, day-and-night for the best  fretted instruments in all of North America to bring back home to southern Vermont. During our latest expedition in search of a great new banjo maker to bring aboard, we came upon the beautiful creations of Cedar Mountain Banjos from Brevard, North Carolina.

Cedar Mountain’s banjos have an elegance to them that permeates the instrument, from the fantastic old-time tone to luthier Tim Gardner’s sublime finish work. CMB also has an excellent range of models, and they can please the player looking for the most deluxe instrument with highly figured woods to the musician hoping for a locally-sourced, simply styled, mountain music hos’.

In the next week or two, we’ll be getting in three of these great banjos, so come in, give ‘em a pick and make ‘em feel welcome here up north!

 

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Mule Resophonics Are Coming and They Are Kickin’! http://www.mapleleafmusic.com/mule-resophonic-guitars http://www.mapleleafmusic.com/mule-resophonic-guitars#comments Thu, 06 Mar 2014 00:28:37 +0000 RileyAdmin3 http://www.mapleleafmusic.com/?p=7066

Over the coming weeks we’re getting a trio of killer Mule Resophonic guitars handmade by Matt Eich in Michigan. These resonators have got a kickin sound and soul in spades! Christian put one through its paces a little while back, and the playablity of the instrument and gutsiness of tone were mind-blowing.

More Mule musings:

Luthier Matt Eich runs his one-man production making Mule Resophonic guitars in Bay City, Michigan. Matt started out building acoustic instruments at Huss & Dalton guitars in Staunton, Virginia and transitioned a few years later to experimenting with resonators after falling in love with the sounds of the great resophonic instruments of the 1930s.

His experimentation has payed off, and what he’s come up with is truly special. Mule Guitars are versatile in tone, and their aesthetics are of timeless practicality and intrinsic mojo. The handsomeness of the raw material comes right through in Matt’s work and he never covers any of his fine metalwork in chrome or powder coat. The only thing that we love more than the design of his instruments is the sound!

No matter whether you pick or strum, whether you play the blues or bluegrass or folk-rock (Steel Wheels likes Matt’s guitars), you should come by and check out Mule Resonator Guitars.

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Changing Faces at Maple Leaf Music http://www.mapleleafmusic.com/changing-faces-at-maple-leaf-music http://www.mapleleafmusic.com/changing-faces-at-maple-leaf-music#comments Fri, 14 Feb 2014 21:51:24 +0000 MapleLeafAdmin http://www.mapleleafmusic.com/?p=6959 You may stroll into Maple Leaf Music in the next few weeks and see a new face behind the counter finishing a setup or polishing a guitar. We’re super excited to have Riley join our team and we think you’ll enjoy his bright smile and comprehensive knowledge of all things musical.  As part of this change, we send our farewell to Sam Moss who worked at Maple Leaf Music for the last few years. He has taken flight on a mini solo tour in conjunction with a music residency in Aspen, Colorado. You can follow his journey and listen to tracks from his most recent releases here on his website http://sammoss.net 
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Riley Goodemote

Riley Goodemote

Riley Goodemote is a Brattleboro native and has been a prominent musical feature of the southern Vermont post-modern traditional and baroque-funk circuits for several years now. He can be seen from time to time in the horn section of several area bands and classical ensembles as well as with his own northern roots/progressive contradance group, Dangerous Intersection. Riley is a semi-recent graduate of the Ithaca College School of Music where he was a trombone major (don’t hold it against him), and he now holds a degree in Music Education. Don’t worry though, he is also an accomplished mandolinist and is certifiably obsessed with the acoustical riches that abound in the world of fine fretted instruments that he now inhabits. Needless to say, Riley’s thrilled to be a part of the gang at Maple Leaf Music, and looks forward to seeing you when you next come into the shop!

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Happy Holidays 2013! http://www.mapleleafmusic.com/happy-holidays-2013 http://www.mapleleafmusic.com/happy-holidays-2013#comments Wed, 18 Dec 2013 20:59:59 +0000 MapleLeafAdmin http://www.mapleleafmusic.com/?p=6772  

Happy Holidays

As 2013 draws to a close, we would like to extend our gratitude for your continued support over the past year. We wish you a wonderful holiday season filled with family, cozy fires, and joyful music. This has been a year where we have seen many familiar faces and it is heartening to know you’re all still out there playing music.  For 2014 we plan to continue our search for the finest stringed instruments made in New England and throughout the United States.

Christian’s Pick:

Collings MF5 Mandolin


For my selection, I feel like our Collings MF5 mandolin is a real standout. If we just took this as an object of beauty and the holidays are all about sparkling lights and golden shimmering things, this would stand on par. I truly love a classic sunburst, one that has three or more colors in the gradation. On this instrument, the sunburst really enhances the depth and optical quality of the highly figured spruce and maple. After picking a few of my favorite Christmas tunes on the MF5, I can definitely say that is one warm and woody mandolin.

1890's Fairbanks Banjo

Sam’s Pick:

1890′s Fairbanks Banjo


We’ve had a bunch of great old banjos in the shop this year, but for me this Fairbanks is at the top of the heap. It has a dark, warm, mysterious tone that I haven’t quite heard anywhere else. Easy playability, cool inlay, beautiful wood selection, and an interesting backstory all make it an especially good one.

1940's Gibson Trio

Aaron’s Pick:

1940 Gibson Trio 


As older instruments get increasingly scarce, it’s always a pleasure to see anything of this vintage in such great playable and cosmetic shape. These three pieces are older and more historically significant than current instruments in my own collection. I would own them myself if I wasn’t so attached to what I already have. The son of the original owner brought these in one day and told us a great story about his dad purchasing them all on the same day in 1940. What more could you want in a trio of early Gibson electrics?

OO Bourgeois Custom

Dawn’s Pick:

OO Bourgeois Guitar


This smaller bodied Bourgeois has amazed me from the moment it arrived at Maple Leaf Music.  The tone is well blended and inspiring – it has rich bass, solid mids, and twinkling trebles.  It is versatile sonically in that it performs beautifully when strumming and fingerpicking.  I particularly like playing jazz chords and Mississippi John Hurt style on it. It boasts immense volume and is very comfortable to sit with.

 

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Holiday Instrument Packages http://www.mapleleafmusic.com/holiday-instrument-packages http://www.mapleleafmusic.com/holiday-instrument-packages#comments Tue, 26 Nov 2013 17:33:04 +0000 MapleLeafAdmin http://www.mapleleafmusic.com/?p=6618

The Best Holiday Season is a Musical One

We’ve done all the busy work for you! Save time and energy this holiday season by surprising your loved one with an expertly assembled musical instrument package. We’ve paired quality instruments and accessories together for the least expensive cost, which everyone can appreciate this time of year. These will only be available in store while supplies last.

Holiday Instrument Packages


The Strummers Package

The Strummers PackageArt and Lutherie acoustics are Canadian-made, lifetime guaranteed, solid-topped, historically dependable guitars. We’ve carried them for years and we’re still unable to find a better package available in the industry as a starter or travel instrument.

What’s included:

  • Art & Lutherie Folk Guitar (Black or Sunburst) with Solid Cedar Top: $349
  • Gig Bag: $40 Free!
  • Snark S-1 Clip-On Tuner: $20
  • Planet Waves Nylon Guitar Strap: $8
  • Picks: Free!
  • Hal Leonard Guitar Method Book 1: $10.99

Was: $428.99  |  Now: $387.99


The Travelers Package

The Strummers PackageArt and Lutherie acoustics are Canadian-made, lifetime guaranteed, solid-topped, historically dependable guitars. We’ve carried them for years and we’re still unable to find a better package available in the industry as a starter or travel instrument.

What’s included:

  • Art & Lutherie Ami Guitar (Black or Sunburst) with Solid Cedar Top: $349
  • Gig Bag: $40 Free!
  • Snark S-1 Clip-On Tuner: $20
  • Planet Waves Nylon Guitar Strap: $8
  • Picks: Free!
  • Hal Leonard Guitar Method Book 1: $10.99

Was: $428.99  |  Now: $387.99


 

The Garage Rocker Package

The Garage Rocker PackageThese electric guitar kits are comprised of the most dependable, best quality and least expensive products we’re able to source that we’ll confidently stand behind. Across the board, these kits are far better than any pre-boxed packages readily available from the box stores. We will back these up for life with free setups and free pro advice over time. Box stores sell boxes… We sell instruments, do yourself a favor. 

What’s included:

  • AXL Marquee (pictured) or AXL Badwater MJZ Electric Guitar: $239.99
  • Orange CR12L Amplifier: $99
  • Hosa Cloth Cable: $17
  • Guardian Gig Bag: $44.99 Free!
  • Snark S-1 Clip-On Tuner: $20
  • Planet Waves Nylon Guitar Strap: $8
  • Picks: Free!

Was: $429.98  |  Now: $383.99


 

Bass Thunder Package

Bass Thunder PackageWhat the world needs is more bass players and we put this package together with this fact in mind.  We selected all quality components which can bring you from starting all the way up to gigging with a band. If you already play guitar, this would be the perfect second instrument and will probably get you more gigs.

What’s included:


Was: $534.99 or 587.49

Now: $483.99 or $536.49


 

Old Time Banjo Package

Old Time Banjo PackageFor this package, we wanted to get you up and picking on an open back banjo.  This banjo lends itself to the style called clawhammer or frailin’ and is perfect for front porch relaxation or fireside folk songs.  We’ve compiled the best quality for the lowest cost.

What’s included:

  • Recording King Dirty 30’s Open Back Banjo: $229.99
  • Gig Bag: $40 Free!
  • Snark S-1 Clip-On Tuner: $20
  • Levy’s Black Nylon Strap: $19
  • Beginning Clawhammer Banjo Book by Ken Perlman: $24.99

Was: $333.98 Now: $293.98


 

Bluegrass Banjo Package

Bluegrass Banjo PackageLooking for a more straight ahead driving banjo to get started with?  Then you’ve found the package for you.  This is for folks who love the sound of bluegrass music and always wanted to give it a shot.  It includes a resonator banjo which is mandatory for all of those high speed Bill Monroe and Flatt & Scruggs tunes.

What’s included:

  • Gold Tone CC-100RP (Resonator and Planetary Tuners) Maple Banjo: $495.00
  • Gig Bag: $40 Free!
  • Snark S-1 Clip-On Tuner: $20
  • Levy’s Black Nylon Strap: $19
  • Dunlop Nickel Finger Picks and Dunlop Thumbpick: $4.50 Free!
  • Earl Scruggs and the Five String Banjo Book: $34.99

Was: $613.49 Now: $568.99


 

Sweet Tremolo Package

 

Mandolin Holiday Instrument Packages

Sweet Tremolo Package

The mandolin evokes many different images. Whether being used in a Vivaldi Concerto, Flatt and Scruggs tune, a Led Zeppelin acoustic set, or a Celtic session at the local pub; the mandolin is one of the most versatile and genre-jumping instruments around. Although rarely a first stringed-instrument for a new player, it is often seen as an added piece in a serious musician’s tool box. This package would make any player looking to broaden their horizons very happy this holiday season.

What’s included:

  • The Loar LM-300-VS Solid Top Mandolin: $499.99
  • Gig Bag: $40 Free!
  • Snark S-1 Clip-On Tuner: $20
  • Levy’s Leather Mandolin Strap: $34
  • Golden Gate Mandolin Picks (3): $6 Free!
  • Hal Leonard Mandolin Method Book 1: $7.99

Was: $607.98 Now: $561.98


 

Ukulele Lovers Package

Ukulele Lovers PackageYes… the craze continues, don’t miss the boat! Ukuleles are still pretty much the least expensive and most fun way to bring music into someone’s life. Whether a first instrument or something for the sofa, there really should be one in every home.

What’s included:

  • Kala KA-S Soprano $99 or Kala KA-C Concert $130 or Kala KA-T Tenor $150 or Kala KA-B Baritone (Gig Bag Included)
  • Snark S-1 Clip-On Tuner: $20
  • Hal Leonard Ukulele Method Book 1 w/CD by Lil’ Rev: $10.99
  • Ukulele Chord Chart: $3.50 Free!

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A 73 Year Old Gibson Trio http://www.mapleleafmusic.com/a-73-year-old-gibson-trio http://www.mapleleafmusic.com/a-73-year-old-gibson-trio#comments Thu, 26 Sep 2013 17:33:55 +0000 MapleLeafAdmin http://www.mapleleafmusic.com/?p=6283 Used 1940 Gibson Trio (ES-150, EH150, EH125) available now at Maple Leaf Music in Brattleboro VermontThis 1940 Gibson trio (ES-150 archtop, EH-125 lap steel, and EH-150 amplifier) came to us from the son of the original owner, who bought them all at Deland’s Music Store in Greenfield, Massachusetts on the same day 73 years ago.  We have lovingly restored each piece with the help of Tucker Barrett and they are now ready to be played professionally for another 73 years.

These instruments arrived at Maple Leaf Music with an amusing story.  The son of the original owner shared fond memories of his dad with enthusiasm on the day he brought these pieces to us.  He recounts the evening when his father played his first barn dance.  According to his son, his father arrived at the barn dance early to setup.  The dance was scheduled to begin at eight o’clock but when eight rolled around there was no one there. All of a sudden his father heard the roar of motors coming from every direction.  He ran outside to see what the commotion was and to his surprise farmers in tractors pulling wagons full of people were approaching from every direction. Needless to say the barn dance and picking went well into the night and he continued to use these instruments to make music for years.

The ES-150 archtop, which features a bridge pickup that Gibson only used for a couple years, has been outfitted with new “Golden Age” tuners, and a new set of frets. Otherwise it appears to be all original.
The EH-125 Lap Steel also has been outfitted with new “Golden Age” tuners, but also sports the original faceplate, knobs, and pickup. Both produce an amazing, vintage Gibson tone. We have all had a hard time putting them down. Both instruments come with the original cases, printed with “Radio & Stage” on the top.

The EH-150 amplifier has also been restored. The grille has been printed with the original owner’s initials.  A very special set that will be sold together. – See more here.

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Earthquaker Devices http://www.mapleleafmusic.com/earthquaker-devices http://www.mapleleafmusic.com/earthquaker-devices#comments Thu, 26 Sep 2013 17:27:43 +0000 MapleLeafAdmin http://www.mapleleafmusic.com/?p=6377 Earthquaker Devices at Maple Leaf Music in Brattleboro Vermont

Earthquaker Devices at Maple Leaf Music in Brattleboro Vermont

Born from basement tinkering between real world R&D stints touring as road manager for the Black Keys, Jamie Stillman’s experiments turned into Earthquaker Devices. Early experiments in reverse-engineering Dan Auerbach’s vintage Big Muff or fixing his own failing gear garnered a following in the boutique pedal forums that has blossomed into a thriving business in Akron, Ohio. Having started with a few better sounding fuzz pedals, Earthquaker’s offerings have expanded into a full selection of sonic shaping, and tone bending delight. The Organizer and Bit Commander stretch what you may think a guitar is capable of sounding like. Utility pedals like the Black Eye and Tone Job will address dynamic challenges in your signal chain. If Akron isn’t synonymous with fuzz then it certainly should be, these folks have birthed more dirt pedals than they have employees. Jamie is particularly proud of the Talons, a deep, all-purpose clean to full distortion pedal with EQ.  The Hoof fuzz has become a bit of a modern legend in its own right. All this and they’ve managed to keep the prices fair and modest, somewhere between the cookie-cutter factory pedals from overseas and the domestic small production, high-ticket boutique effects. They make a lot of pedals… for a hand-wired, small USA-based shop.

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In Need of Repair? http://www.mapleleafmusic.com/in-need-of-repair http://www.mapleleafmusic.com/in-need-of-repair#comments Thu, 26 Sep 2013 16:46:20 +0000 MapleLeafAdmin http://www.mapleleafmusic.com/?p=6350 Tucker Barrett filing frets in his Workshop

Tucker Barrett filing frets in his Workshop

Most days at Maple Leaf Music we see stringed instruments walk in the door in need of help. Some call for slight adjustments while others require complete overhauls. Nearly all of it gets sent to our trusty local luthier, Tucker Barrett, whose years in the instrument building and repair industry have made him the go-to guy for players all over the region, from beginners to hobbyists to professionals. Barrett’s career working with instruments began in the mid-1970’s just up the road at Marlboro College, where he enrolled in a woodworking course with Gib Taylor. Between studies with Taylor and Michael Gurian, a pioneering luthier whose shop was located in nearby Hinsdale, NH, Barrett quickly took to the woodshop and switched his major. Like many musicians drawn to instrument making, he was intrigued by the idea of building his own guitar: “I built a dulcimer and a banjo and a guitar, and then I was hooked”.

The Gurian Guitar shop was the local hub for budding luthiers, and though Barrett never worked there, he spent a lot of time hanging around, getting to know employees like Michael Millard, who would go on to start Froggy Bottom Guitars. Marlboro also produced several fine luthiers who still live and work in the area, including classmates of Barrett’s like Scott Hausmann (Whetsone Guitars) and Will Fielding (Fielding Banjos).

Parker Guitars Ad with Dave Navarro

Parker Guitars Ad with Dave Navarro

After graduating, Barrett moved near Woodstock, NY to work for furniture makers Howard Werner and Ben Mack, who would quickly connect him to Ken Parker, a luthier who was looking for a paid apprentice. Parker would eventually go on to international fame with the Parker Fly Electric Guitar, but in the late 1970’s he was building custom instruments and doing repairs for the Stuyvesant Music Store in downtown Manhattan. Barrett got the job, and though he had never stepped foot in Manhattan until his interview with Parker, he found the shop and the city to be a vibrant, inspiring environment. “It was immensely intimidating but very exciting,” Barrett said of his New York years.

For the first year and a half of his stint working under Parker, Barrett exclusively focused on repairs and restoration. “[Stuyvesant] had something called the meat rack, which was several hundred guitars that were just all up on a rack… Some of them you took parts off, some of them you’d say ‘oh, I can fix this’, and if while doing that you made a mistake, it wasn’t as tragic as working on a customer’s instrument… That’s where I learned the foundation and basis of my repair skills.”

Ken was building archtops when he could, but ended up mostly building custom electric “stage” instruments: “guitars that had flamingo necks, glitter, feathers,” for bands like Chic. “It was as much sculptural and visual as it was about the sound,” an idea that stuck with Barrett for years after. While assisting Parker in the construction of these highly customized instruments, he learned how to play with optics and how to work with unusual instrument materials like Lucite, which they used to craft, among other things, electric violins.

Luma Electric Violin - Hawaiian Koa - 5 string cutaway model

Luma Electric Violin – Hawaiian Koa – 5 string cutaway model

After four years, Barrett and his wife Beth, a potter whom he met at Marlboro, decided to leave the city and return to Vermont, where they lived with three other woodworkers and one other potter, on a large property in Putney. Barrett saw an opportunity in the industry for handcrafted electric violins and began to pursue building them on his own, while still doing occasional repair work. Following in the footsteps of his work in New York, Barrett violins were designed not only for function, but for show as well. Some instruments sport brightly colored translucent acrylic materials, while others make use of highly figured woods. The shapes are modern interpretations of the violin mold. Many of his violins were four stringed, but he built ones with 5 and 6 as well, in addition to violas, cellos, and the occasional bass.

Electric Cello - Spruce with Cedar Laminate - 4 string model

Electric Cello – Spruce with Cedar Laminate – 4 string model

After leaving Putney in 1990, Barrett and his family moved to Westminster Station, VT, where he continued to build. Barrett Violins were made from the mid-1980’s through the mid-00’s, with production peaking at around 70-100 instruments a year, all the while remaining a one man operation. Early on in this period he established a relationship with Larry – Fishman of Fishman Transducers to help develop their first electric violin pickup. He would also work closely with Rich Barbera of Barbera Transducers for many years. The high quality craftsmanship, tone, and striking looks made Barrett Violins among the most respected in the industry, and consequently they continue to be played by many professionals, including both the current and former violinists in Kansas (David Ragsdale and Robbie Steinhardt), Miriam Sturm (of John Mellencamp), and Eugene Friesen.

In the early-00’s, Barrett reconnected with Michael Millard of Froggy Bottom Guitars, who were located in Newfane, VT at the time: “I had known Andy [Mueller] and Michael for a long time… They were looking for some help and I was kind of burned out on just doing my violins all the time and wanting to at least work in somebody else’s shop and get some human company… I worked there two days a week… I really loved getting immersed in acoustic guitar making and we all got along great.” During these years the demand for Froggy’s increased dramatically. “Scott [Hausmann] started working there a couple days a week so we were splitting a full time position.”

After years of building, the demanding, sometimes hazardous process was beginning to wear on Barrett, and he decided to stop working for Froggy, and stop building violins as well. Barrett and his family moved to a home in Brattleboro, where he began to focus on repair full time. In spite of this, he still utilizes many of the skills he developed during the

Michael Millard of Froggy Bottom Guitars

Michael Millard of Froggy Bottom Guitars

building process: “[I] can look at something that’s really broken or needs some real woodworking and make a new bridge or repair a whole in the side of a guitar or make a new peghead… I’ve always valued having that stuff in my back pocket even though I’m not building anymore.”

Since about 2005 Barrett has become the main repair person for the region. Between two shops and customers who come to him directly, Barrett has a steady flow of repair work, and the variety of tasks that come with the job seem to suit him well. On any day he might handle children’s guitars, shiny new hand-built instruments, and vintage instruments, which are admittedly some of his favorite things to work on. “I set up a lot of new instruments, but I really like old stuff, because I really like to resurrect it. I relate to vintage and antique things. I collect a lot of vintage and antique things. I might be in the wrong century. I really like early 1900’s stuff, doesn’t matter what it is. I like handling old wood.”

The Infamous Workbench of Tucker Barrett

The Infamous Workbench of Tucker Barrett

But whatever it is, the goal is always the same: to make it work as well as it can. The work that Barrett does is of the highest standard, no matter what the instrument is: “I get to work on a wide variety of stuff. Some of it’s not so great, some of it’s incredibly nice… I get more of a kick in some ways, just trying to salvage a fifty-dollar guitar than working on a twenty-thousand dollar guitar… I respect all that, but I really love taking stuff that’s marginal and funky and turning it back into a workable instrument. It’s challenging and satisfying to me.”

Repair work for Tucker Barrett can be dropped off anytime during store hours at Maple Leaf Music in Brattleboro, Vermont.

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Gettin’ Dirty with Effects Pedals http://www.mapleleafmusic.com/gettin-dirty-with-effects-pedals http://www.mapleleafmusic.com/gettin-dirty-with-effects-pedals#comments Fri, 28 Jun 2013 14:24:04 +0000 MapleLeafAdmin http://www.mapleleafmusic.com/?p=5809 Summer is for growing and dirt is an essential part of the process. In keeping with Maple Leaf’s undying devotion to the world of “agro” culture we’ve been expanding our fuzz, overdrive, distortion, and boost effects pedal offerings. Whether you’re looking for a little more transparent volume, tube amp-like breakup, psychedelic fuzz, chaotic face peeling distortion, or tight metal chug, we definitely have it. Come in and try some of the ever-expanding variety of flavors which include Caitlinbread, ZVex, Pigtronix, Malekko, and Empress. Grow your effects pedalboard with us!

Catalinbread Dirty Little SecretOur most recent effects pedal additions are from Catalinbread in Portland, Oregon. The foundation series of preamp/overdrive pedals gives the user a wide range of classic amp sounds. Hi-Watt, Marshall, VOX, Ampeg, and Fender tweed are all covered.  And although these pedals are meant to give you those classic amp sounds, they still play nice with any amp. These are not lifeless cookie cutter digital modelers, but hand-built USA preamps made to interface with your current rig and give you the sound of that other amp you wanted to buy but didn’t have the cash for…not to mention the space to keep it. Catalinbread also does some of the best sounding fuzzes and distortions we’ve heard in some time. The Manx LaughtanMerkin, and Teaser Stallion all have tones that will make you remember why you picked up the electric guitar in the first place.

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One Year Anniversary Under the New Ownership http://www.mapleleafmusic.com/one-year-anniversary-under-the-new-ownership http://www.mapleleafmusic.com/one-year-anniversary-under-the-new-ownership#comments Fri, 28 Jun 2013 14:23:13 +0000 MapleLeafAdmin http://www.mapleleafmusic.com/?p=5789 Although Maple Leaf Music is 34 years old, we’re excited to celebrate our 1 year anniversary of being its new owners. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for continuing to support “your local music store”—even if that means you’re one of our friends from New York, California, Texas or The Netherlands.  As we look back over the last, bustling year, we realize how much of a pleasure it’s been to see so many familiar faces returning time and time again and to meet new music lovers visiting the shop for the first time.

We’re thrilled to share that we’ve been tailoring the store to become your go-to spot for all things related to quality stringed instruments.  In the past year we’ve added a complete line of American made “old time” open back banjos (Enoch, Brooks, Bart Reiter, Pisgah), an electric department (that even Aaron’s excited about) including Collings guitars, G & L guitars and basses, Ampeg and Orange amps, and a full array of American constructed boutique electric guitar and bass pedals (Zvex, Catalinbread, Empress, Malekko, Pigtronix).  And to cap it off, we’ve added a collection of Scott Hausmann’s Whetstone guitars, mandolins and ukuleles, which are made right here in Brattleboro.

Froggy Bottom 40th Anniversary Over the past year, we’ve had some of the best instruments we’ve ever played come through our door.  From vintage pieces like a 1937 LO Gibson in near mint condition, to the first all mahogany Froggy Bottom we’ve ever seen, to the true artistic creation of the “Night Sky Rooster” banjo by Will Fielding.  We also found a good home for one of the most beautiful Froggys ever made—the 40th anniversary guitarvalued at $20,000.  It brings us happiness to know that it’s now being played daily by its new adoring caretaker.In an effort to foster our connection with and commitment to the community, we’ve also hosted a number of successful workshops.  One of the highlights of the series so far was Scott Ainsley’s demonstration of Robert Johnson’s methods on slide guitar.  These workshops were well attended and we have plans for more in the coming months.

In an ideal world, we would be keeping you abreast of happenings and music related ideas on a more regular basis.  But as you can see from just the brief recap above, this year has been a wild one.  Moving forward, we hope to get back to sending out a newsletter with more frequent, real-time updates of things we are thinking, things we like, and things that are happening here in the shop.  At this very moment we have a number of interesting articles in the works, so stay tuned.

Mostly, we’d like to say thanks from everyone—Christian, Aaron, Sam, Tucker, and Dawn—for all of the fun phone calls, in depth emails, Facebook posts and good ol’ fashioned face to face time in the shop. You all make this worthwhile!

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