In 1986 I graduated from Dean College in Franklin, MA. with a major in guitar and a minor in small business management, then my local music store hired me. Yay! I ended up working at that shop for 11 years on and off doing everything from sales, management, accounting, advertising, stockboy, janitor... you name it, I did it.
During the 11 years I spent learning the ropes of music retail, I was also an active performer. In 1987 I was a member of Adam Bomb on Geffen Records and in 1988 I took a year off to attend Musicians Institute (GIT) in Hollywood, CA. Since then I've been lucky enough to share stages with Dio, Stryper, Kings X, Yngwie Malmsteen, Ratt, Planet X, Skid Row, Rob Halford, Queensryche and even Iron Maiden, when my band toured as their opening act in 2000.
In 1996 the opportunity to open my own music store presented itself and with the support of vendors and customers alike, I opened Matt's Music Center on November 6th, 1996. My staff and I have come a long way since '96 and my little shop, isn't so little any more. We've grown because we offer super competitive prices on great products and we back it all up with service that's better than our competition. Simple as that!
I still play today, when schedules allow it I record and perform with my band Machines of Grace, featuring some members of The Trans Siberian Orchestra. I also gig regularly with my cover band "Flashmob", so I'm always trying out new gear in a live atmosphere. My years of performing and studying music have taught me what's important and I always try to run my business by the golden rule of "treat people how I want to be treated". Hard to believe but I've been working in musical instrument retail for 24 years and I've been playing guitar for 32 years. I'm happy to put my experience to work for you!
So when you call, email or use live chat there are only 2 people you'll speak with... myself and Jay. Jay has been with me for 10 years, he runs all our Ebay auctions, handles shipping, is a massive gear junky and he's my right hand man. On top of all that he manages to gig about 100 times a year! Rest assured, both of us will bend over backward to make sure your purchase is a great one. We value your business and look forward to making you a new friend of ours!
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