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Apples and Oranges? Online "Deals" May Not Be So Great

Apples and Oranges Gear buyers love a good deal, and I love  good deal more than most.  In today's gear marketplace, deciding what constitutes a good deal has a lot more variables in the mix than simply "Who has the lowest price?".

Thirty years ago, getting the best deal was pretty easy to define. You went to your local music store (or, if you were lucky, stores), looked at the same item in each store, and bought from whichever store had the lowest price.  That was pretty easy.  Today, that method still works about the same for small items, such as guitar strings, polish, and straps. The biggest difference in those products is that the local store now competes for your money against online stores.  The two things that local stores have to offer that the online stores cannot offer is personal experience and immediacy.  Your local store may be a dollar or two higher on an accessory, but if you've frequented the local store, the staff knows you, they are able to make suggestions and recommendations based on your history, and you can have the item you need right now.  That service and immediacy has value.

Private Violin Lessons

Mario Williams, InstructorPrivate string lessons are now available at Backstage Music.  We have a limited number of slots available with accomplished string educator Mario Williams.

It's exciting to have a strings instructor of Mr. Williams' professional stature and ability on staff.  He can teach any age, and any level of ability from beginner to advanced.

He's also able to teach multiple styles, from classical to bluegrass.

Whether you're interested in getting started with an orchestral string instrument, reigniting an old passion for music, or polishing your technique, Mr. Williams can get you where you want to be.

Give Backstage Music a call at 662-323-3824 to reserve one of these time slots.

Tuesday: Bob Damm Event, FREE Admission!

Bob Damm RecitalThe Department of Music at Mississippi State University, will present Dr. Robert J. Damm in a faculty artist recital on Tuesday, September 29th in McComas Theater at 7:30 PM.  The concert is free and open to the public.

Dr. Damm will feature keyboard percussion instruments including marimba, xylophone, vibraphone, and bells. Highlights of the program will include "The 1908 Rag" for xylophone, "A Vision in a Dream" for vibraphone, and "Atrium Dance" for marimba.

Joining Dr. Damm for "A Little Prayer," a hymn-like marimba composition, will be a string quartet made up of Daniel Jones of Starkville and the Smith Sisters (Mahogani, Destini, and Eboni), MSU students from Hoover, Alabama.  Two compositions on the program will represent non-Western musical traditions.  "A Taste of Brazil" in the style of the baião from northeastern Brazil, is characterized by vibrant rhythm and melancholic melody.  "Bana Kaaba," from the repertoire of Ghana, will be played on a traditional West African xylophone.

Dr. Damm will play the 1970s rock classic "Moonlight Feels Right" and the Jimi Hendrix standard "Little Wing" with a band consisting of Bill Cooke (guitar), Jim Beaty (bass guitar), John Staggers (drums), and J. C. Long (percussion).  Terrell Jackson, director of music at Calvary Baptist Church in Starkville and adjunct instructor of piano in the Music Department at MSU, will serve as collaborative pianist for this concert.  The concert will conclude with Rimsky-Korsakov's "Flight of the Bumble Bee."

New Takamine GN51CE-BSB

Takamine GN51CE-BSB, Backstage MusicTakamine is shipping again, and new Takamines are arriving at Backstage Music!  (Can you tell we're excited???)

Here's one of the first to arrive, a NEX body (narrow waist, sunburst, gorgeous) with a cutaway, built-ion tuner, abalone around the soundhole, agate style tuners, triple binding on the body and neck, just beautiful. With a lifetime warranty, this guitar is only $429.99, which we think is a real steal.

At this price, this guitar comes with Backstage's VIP program, which means the lucky new owner of this guitar gets free maintenance for life.  Free, as in free. Seasonal neck adjustments, string changes (just buy the strings from us), cleaning and polishing, all that will be done here, for you, free of charge, as long as you own the guitar.

These are not "stock" photos, these are photos of the actual GN51CE-BSB that we have in stock right now.

Click any photo to see the full size image.

If you're wondering what the GN51CE-BSB model number means, here's the breakdown:

G is for "G" series guitar.  That's just a designation Takamine has used for years, it indicates this is a cost-effective way of getting a great guitar.

N means it is a NEX body.  A NEX body is an exclusive Takamine designation.  NEX means this guitar has a narrow waist, and it's very comfortable to hold for extended periods of time.  This is important for players who have smaller frames.

51 is the mid-line of the G series.  The series numbers start at 10, and go up to 90.

C means cutaway (the dip on the upper bout), which makes it easy to reach higher frets.

E means electric, so it has a pickup system and a tuner built-in.

BSB stands for brown sunburst, the color finish on the top.

Enjoy some of these other photos, and give us a call if you'd like to own this guitar.  662-323-3824, 10-6, every day except Sunday.

Band Instrument Rentals Made Easy


Great Instruments, Even Better Prices

Before you rent an instrument, give us a call and check our rental plan on instruments like the Yamaha trumpet shown here. If you don't, you could easily be throwing away lots of money.

Call us at 662-323-3824.  We stock major name brands such as Conn, Yamaha, Selmer, Gemeinhardt, Jupiter, and other brands you'll recognize.  Call us or come see us, or rent online.  We're here to make your budget happier, and your child's band experience better.

If you live in Eupora, Louisville, Columbus, Aberdeen, West Point, or anywhere outside Starkville, we'll just ship your instrument to you at no extra charge.  We make it easy.

No pressure.  No big decisions.  Rent easily, then decide later if you'd like to buy. (All rent applies if you decide to buy later.)


Easy Way #1: Come by Backstage Music, and rent most instruments for $25.68/month.

You can drop by our store to rent an instrument, it takes about ten minutes.  We are at 115 Highway 12 West in Starkvile, right across from Ruby Tuesday. Watch for the big yellow awning.

You can get driving directions here by clicking this sentence.

Easy Way #2: Go to RentFromHome.Com, use code tr54e.

We'll ship your instrument to your home. Free shipping!

You can call us for more information.  We're at 662-323-3824, we'll be glad to help.

Why Rent From Backstage Music ?

We make band affordable

No deposit

No long-term contract

Lowest rental prices anywhere

Your second month is free

We're local

Loaners available

Over 100 Titles Marked 20% Off


I like saving money, and I'll guess you do, too.  We've marked over 100 titles down 20%, so this is a great time to add to your music library.  These are all major title books, such as the Allman Brothers Collection, Buddy Holly, Beatles, Dave Matthews, Dixie Chicks,  George Harrison, Mumford and Sons, Clapton, Van Halen, Beach Boys, and on, and on.

We've never had a book markdown before, so here's your chance to get in on some great buys.

Any title with a green dot is 20% off.

Come see us, and save some bucks.

2015 Gibson Les Paul Studio 100 (Like New)

Clean, as-new.  This Les Paul comes with the correct, gold Gibson hardshell case.  The black knobs, beige humbucker rings, and beige switch ring were all swapped to better looking trim, but the original items (all A-OK) are in the case, it can be put back original in about 20 minutes.

$749.95, we have only one of these.

Johnny Winter Signed Fender Strat

Fender Strat, Made in Mexico

Signed by Johnny Winter, July 18, 2013, almost one year to the day prior to his untimely death on July 16, 2014. His sig is just to the left of the output jack, in the darker ink.

You are buying a very nice 1998 Mexican Strat, with fresh strings (GHS 9-42) and the original Fender hardshell case.

Plays good, sounds good.  No discernible fret wear.

Case is as it should be, all latches and hinges are good.

Johnny Winter was headlining a blues festival in Oxford, Mississippi in July, 2013, and everyone playing at the festival signed the guitar.  Other than Johnny, the = names are mostly regionally known acts, and are listed here:

  • Johnny Winter
  • Big George Brock
  • Reba Russell
  • Effie Burt
  • Eric Deaton Trio
  • J.J. Callier & The Zydeco Knockouts
  • Silas Reed & Da Books
  • Alphonso Sanders
  • Elmore Williams
  • Hezekiah Early
  • Little Pootchie
  • Cadillac Funk
  • Adam Gussow & Shine Turner
  • Anthony "Big A" Sherrod Trio
  • HJames Daigle
  • David Evans
  • The Reviews
  • Zechariah Lloyd & Cameron Kimbrough Duo

Guitar includes a commemorative t-shirt (2XL)  of the event.

You can search for "johnny winter oxford blues festival" on Youtube, and find several videos from the event.

We are selling this for the owner, $650.

Alvarez AF60 Sunburst Demo

Renowned guitarist Drew Dieckmann gives the Alvarez AF60 folk guitar a whirl.  Bone nut and bone saddle, lacquer finish (not poly finish), solid A+ Sitka spruce top, mahogany back and side, all in all, a very, very cool guitar.  Give Drew a listen, and see what you think.

Backstage stocks this guitar, new, for $319.99.  (That's not a misprint.  $319.99.)  Come see us, we're here every day except Sunday, 10-6, or give us a call at 662-323-3824.  A real person (not a machine) will answer.


Alvarez AD30 Acoustic Dreadnought

Drew Dieckmann does a demo with an Alvarez AD30 acoustic guitar.  Bone nut and bone saddle, coupled with a solid spruce top and a lacquer finish make for one good sounding guitar, and all for $229.99.

We don't know how Alvarez does it, we're just glad they do.


Aquila Red Low G Uke Strings Explained


90,000+ Sheet Music Titles Available

Sheet Music at Backstage MusicThe boys at Backstage are pretty excited about this. We now have over 90,000 titles of sheet music available for our customers.  We can provide the most current music, as well as some of the most obscure, right here in the store.  No ordering, no waiting, no shipping, just printed sheet music, right now, right here.

To make it even better, you can request your sheet music in any key, and ask it be written for almost any instrument (i.e., voice, piano, guitar, violin, cello, etc.), and we can do that for you on the spot.

If you're not sure what key you need it in, that's no problem.  We can play a clip of the music for you as it's written, and if you'd like the music transposed up or down, just ask, and we can play the transposed music for you.  When it's in a key that's comfortable for you, your new sheet music will be ready to take home.

The next time you need that special song for a wedding, a recital, or a church event, let the boys at Backstage Music make it simple for you. Drop by any time, 10:00 until 6:00, any day (except Sunday), and we'll be glad to help out.


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