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Why Rocktown?

Looking for a new guitar? Here’s why you should come see us.

  • Music is what we do, and we love it. Sharing knowledge with beginners is always free of rockstar attitudes, because we believe that music of any genre is to be enjoyed by everyone.
  • We take our time to listen to what your needs and goals are with music – to ensure that you’re given an instrument and resources to help you grow as a musician.
  • Our goal is to start off new and aspiring musicians off on the right foot. As musicians, we carry quality instruments at a fair price with the player in mind.
  • Your new instrument was set-up to play by professionals, free of charge – to ensure a properly playing experience.
  • Our staff regularly gigs and attends mucical events in St. Cloud, Sauk Rapids, Waite Park, & Central Minnesota regularly. We want to hear your stuff!

Don’t be shy to give our friendly staff a call with questions, or to stop in and chat with us!

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What is a luthier?

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The degree:

A luthier is a craftsmen who specializes in the construction and repair of stringed instruments. Housing a great number of banjos, cellos, violins, mandolins, guitars, basses, ukuleles, and other stringed instruments; Rocktown keeps them busy.  The game has become more diverse in recent years, and to adapt, luthiers must learn more advanced repair techniques than before.

Weather you’re looking to properly set up a 7 string for extended range tuning or play confidently knowing your mandolin’s bridge has been placed correctly, our luthiers are happy to assist you with their knowledge.


Their Training:

Rocktown Music is proud to have not one, but two state certified Redwing Graduates on staff. Other shops will claim they have certified techs, but our techs have certification from a State funded trade school – not your crash course on instrument repair done in store.

There are only 80 listed guitar repair and construction programs in the world, and during their time in school, Redwing was the only state accredited program in the country. At rocktown you’re not just dealing with the ordinary guitar tech, you’re getting assistance from knowledgeable and certified professionals.

Their role:


Our house technicians ensure that every instrument sold in store and online is set-up. We firmly believe that a good set-up is a launching pad for an aspiring musicians success, as it provides the player with a much more comfortable and rewarding playing experience.

Being able to make an instrument play properly is just a part of what a luthier is capable of, however. Repairing and modifying instruments is also an important part of the trade. A good luthier can almost seamlessly repair a crack in an acoustic guitar’s top, replace or re-glue bracing, remake cracked acoustic bracing, replace, resolder, and install pickups, recommend an instrument based on the tonality of wood, and recommend instruments based on construction principals.

Aside from all of that great jazz, a luthier also must be able to cut custom nuts and saddles for acoustic instruments, know basic finish and varnish touch up procedures, defeat the evil floyd rose bridge, and reset the neck of vintage high end acoustics.

that being said,

luthiers are part guitar tech, and part magic.

 

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What is a Set-Up?

A set-up is necessary for all stringed instruments for the best possible playability. It makes for a much more comfortable and accurate playing experience compared to instruments without.

They typically cost $30 – $60 and should only be attempted by experienced professionals. (Luthiers)

A set-up includes:


  • Inspection of strings, moving parts, and loose parts.
  • Cleaning of the factory debris off of the frets and fretboards (No gunk left behind)
  • Conditioning of the fret board (It won’t feel dry)
  • Straightening of the neck (The strings don’t buzz)
  • Lowering of the action (The strings aren’t hard to push down)
  • Intonation check (It’s actually in tune with itself)
  • Polishing of the body and headstock

We examine and set-up every stringed instrument that we sell online. We do this to make sure you’ll have a better playing instrument than most retailers.

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More About Us

Our storefront is home hundreds of musical instruments, not junk shipped from some warehouse that is not ready to be played. We are authorized dealers for hundreds of incredible brands. We are staffed by certified by state certified repairmen and experienced musicians. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, give us a call or email. We are direct dealers for nearly a hundred brands.   Let us get you the right product and the best price.

We do not offer all of our brands on line, simply because we do not feel confident in them arriving to you at our standards .  In the world of musical instruments, they’re many inconsistencies when it comes to manufacturing. Not all guitars are created equal. In fact, quality can even vary between between instruments of the same make and model. The instruments we carry in store are the instruments we feel good about. We don’t sell junk here, our goal is to help you find an instrument that plays great, stays in tune, and sounds good.

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Why We’re Top Rated

Here’s a little bit about what sets us apart from other music stores.

Since 2009 we have maintained a staff of experienced and state certified luthiers and repair technicians. Not to mention our friendly sales team of experienced professionals that will guide you to the right gear. Shop at Rocktown Music and you’ll get instruments that stay in tune, feel right, and are free of defects. We strive for customer satisfaction, and we are very proud to maintain a 100% positive eBay rating, a 4.9 Google review (currently the highest in the state), and an incredibly respectable reputation among our peers and community. We shop the world for the best value for your dollar so you don’t have to guess. We at Rocktown want to give you the savings and service that makes you want to come back. Our credo is new gear at used prices, used gear at stupid prices.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Welcome to our New Online Store!

 

Hello Rocktown Music Customers,

In the last few months we have been working diligently on expanding our business. We are proud to announce the launch of our new online store! Like our brick and mortar store, the online selection will be constantly growing and evolving. We are very excited to bring our services to an online audience. And we look forward to working with new and old customers!

-Rocktown Music Staff