When you hear the name Guild, the first thing that comes to mind are the unique players who chose a Guild as their go-to instrument from Mississippi John Hurt and Richie Havens to the newer musicians like St. Vincent. Guild as a brand has always been considered something of a third rail in the acoustic and electric instrument market. Not garnering the same amount of press as the other two major competitors (Martin and Gibson), Guild established itself as a rogue entity that was sought out for its distinct tone and playability. Musicians wanted something outside of the box literally. We have more people come into the shop to reminisce about the Guild guitar they owned in the 60’s and 70’s than any other brand. Guild has created a loyal following from being an outsider.
Maple Leaf Rag
In the Maple Leaf Rag, we chronicle our luthiers, trends in the music industry, new hand built effect pedals and more.
Saturday March 21st, The Snaz made their debut appearance at The Trophy in Austin Texas as part of the South by Southwest annual music festival. If you haven't heard of this four member, Brattleboro based band, then you'll definitely want to check out their newest album "Running Away From Home," which was produced by Peter Solley. Solley, a Brit turned Southern Vermonter, is a Grammy nominee for his work with Motorhead and was the production manager for the 1980 hit tune "What I Like About You" recorded by The Romantics.
Kate Spencer founder and former owner of Maple Leaf Music has recently launched an archive website (http://aesmithbanjo.com) for the A.E. Smith Banjo Company which she was the co-owner of in the 1970's. This archival website is a wealth of information where you can see images, original catalogs and the history of this New England Company. Kate is currently looking for current owners to send photographs and quotes so she can build out the website's portfolio.
The holiday season is a time for sitting around the table or fire with friends and family to share food, drink and the stories of our lives. This year Maple Leaf Music thought we would share with you music and videos from a few artists with a deep connection to the southern Vermont music scene. These artists are our local friends and family telling their stories through song. We wish you all a safe and music filled new year.
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.
Over the last few weeks we've received and sold 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.
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.