What a Show!

Spencer Prentiss of "Submarine Machine"Click to view videoPhoto by Daniel Shrives
Spencer Prentiss of “Submarine Machine”
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Photo by Daniel Shrives
Ben Godbout of "The Crushers"Click to view videoPhoto by Daniel Shrives
Ben Godbout of “The Crushers”
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Photo by Daniel Shrives

Wow!  We had a great concert with awesome local teen musicians – new faces and returning veterans – all while raising funds for local public school music programs.  Continue reading “What a Show!”

Fender “Spirit of Rock ‘n’ Roll” Celebration

at City Music in Leominster

60TH Anniversary Classic Player’s ’50s Stratoscaster®

One Day Only!

Saturday, May 17th 11AM – 5PM


City Music celebrates their updated Leominster digs with

Fender and the “Spirit of Rock ‘n’ Roll”

Stop in and check out our newly expanded guitar pedal department, store-wide make-over, and HUGE selection of FENDER classic guitars and amplifiers.

The official NE Fender representative will be on site all day to demo and demystify Fender’s American Special, American Standard and Standard Stratocaster and Telecaster guitars.  Try one out to see and feel the difference of the definitive Rock ‘n’ Roll brand offers.

Try any Fender brand instrument or amplifier at our Celebration, and get a FREE gift.

Purchase any Fender guitar or amplifier – at the BEST pricing anywhere – and receive a BONUS gift

~ PLUS ~ DOUBLE City Music VIP Perks**

This is your opportunity to get your Dad or Grad

a Fender guitar classic.

The Party goes all day – so bring your guitar, and get a FREE Fender re-string, and be sure to enter the City Music.  Drawing for a FREE Fender CD60CE guitar*

FREE Drawing
Win this beautiful Acoustic Guitar – a $429.99 value!

Live music will be provided by local Worcester Music Award 2011, 2012 and 2013 winner Andy Cummings. Andy is a guitarist/vocalist featuring American music, folk, jazz, blues, country, and the classic Spirit of Rock N Roll.

Mark your Calendar! One Day Only!

Saturday, May 17, at City Music in Leominster.

*Must be present to win

**Make your purchases count with City Music’s VIP Perks.  It’s simple!  Sign up for our VIP Perks Card and get Credit towards future purchases.

Just present your City Music VIP Perks Card with your merchandise purchase:

  • Accumulate Perks or
  • Use them with your next purchase
  • No coupons to save
  • We track it all!

Saturday, May 17, 2014 get DOUBLE PERKS – That’s 4% back towards future merchandise purchases!

Comparing Fender’s Standard and American Standard Stratocasters

Now, in stock, in Leominster!
Now, in stock, in Leominster!

The Fender name remains historically synonymous with Rock n Roll of any style, and that said, will always be a popular choice for any player as a first, second, third – or more – guitar.  Fender maintains a quality expected of the name used by performers from Jimi Hendrix to Eric Clapton to Jim Root.  The popularity of the Fender brand has prompted them to create price points to make the guitar more accessible to all players.

A Fender Standard Stratocaster is a sensible value for beginning players and working professionals.  It is constructed in Fender’s Mexican factories with cost-effective components that make it an affordable quality instrument.  To the average viewer, it looks and sounds like the classic Strat.  For the player it performs well, and until you have developed an opinion about your own preferences, it is excellent instrument at any level.  For professionals, the price-point of the Fender Standard version makes sense when the security of your equipment is a concern.  It is a work horse that does the job at a price that allows for customization.

Fender Standard Stratocaster Options:

  • SSS or HSS Pickups
  • “C” shape neck,
  • maple neck or maple neck with rosewood fingerboard.
  • three single-coil pickups with 5-way selector,
  • vintage synchronized tremolo
  • chrome hardware

The Fender American Standard Stratocaster is considered the standard of excellence by many throughout the world.  The quality is irrefutably the best of the Fender brand and well worth the investment.  The American Standard is constructed in the US, with superior materials and higher quality control than Fender’s Standard versions.  The product is reputed to hold, and in many cases, increase, in value.  Professional players – especially those who record – are sold on the tone quality of the American Standard, and coupled with their finer playing appointments, believe them highly worth the price.  This is a guitar you love as is.   For the price, you should not need to customize it.

Fender American Standard Stratocaster Options:

  • SSS or HSS pickups
  • maple neck or maple neck with rosewood fingerboard.
  • “C” shape neck,
  • Fender Custom Shop Fat ’50s single-soil with 5-way selector
  • master and no-load tone control,
  • 2-point synchronized tremolo and
  • chrome hardware

And then, the Fender American Special Stratocaster is the answer for those who really want American made product, but simply cannot justify the high-end price of the American Standard Strat.  Constructed with less costly parts but high quality control, the Special is a great compromise with middle-of-the-road pricing that even allows room for tweaking by the customizing enthusiast.

Fender American Special Stratocaster Options:

  • SSS or HSS pickups
  • maple neck or maple neck with rosewood fingerboard.
  • “C” shape neck,
  • Fender Texas Special™ single-coil or Texas Special™ single-coil w/ Atomic humbucker
  • 6-saddle vintage-style synchronized tremolo
  • chrome hardware

The fact remains that Fender is a sound product at any price point, for any level player.  City Music carries all three product lines.  Stop in and compare for yourself, and discover the beauty of the Stratocaster at prices that can’t be beat.

10th Anniversary & Back-toSchool Bash

10th Anniversary  & Back-to-School Bash

Saturday, September 14th, 11 -5pm

City Music Celebrates 10 Years with a

FREE CONCERT & Tailgate Party

at 17 Sack Blvd  Leominster

Grand PRIZE Drawings
Free burgers, hot dogs and CAKE!

Back to School deals store-wide
Meet n Greet City Music Instructors
Test Drive Fender’s new USB Guitar

Concert line-up will include performances by:

    • Ken Macy (WMA winner)
    • Andy Cummings (WMA winner)
    • Johnny Romance & the City Boys
    • Mark Frederick Fisher (WMA winner)
    • Captain Chris Coombs
    • City Music’s Catching Rhythm
    • and more TBA   

Enter City Music’s Drawing to win great prizes:

  • A Fender acoustic guitar ($199 value)
  • A FREE month of music lessons ($88 value)
  • A Bull Run Restaurant gift certificate ($50 value)
  • And other brand name instruments TBA

Salvation Army horizontal dtmg_3~ PLUS ~

If you bring back-to-school supply items for the City Music School Supply Drive  for the Salvation Army  you’ll get a free City Music folder  and an additional entry to  City Music’s Drawing!


Discounts and Back to School deals will be available at either location.

Concert, party, giveaways and drawings to be held at the Leominster location only.

Rain Date: Sunday September 15th







Leominster Music Booster Raffle Winner

Winner of Fender Guitar
City Music owner Marc Rines
and winner Sherry Cutler

Congratulations to the Leominster Music Booster guitar raffle winner, Sherry Cutler!

Sherry won a beautiful Fender CD60CE  acoustic-electric guitar with a hard shell case, donated by Fender Guitars and City Music (a $429.99 value).  The raffle was drawn at City Music’s FutureStars Showcase on April 7th, where several local teen musicians played for family and friends at the Bull Run Restaurant.   Proceeds from the Showcase and guitar raffle will benefit the Leominster public school music programs through the Leominster Music Boosters.

Since 2005, City Music has donated for than $10,000 to the public school music programs in Gardner and Leominster.  The benefits of music education has been scientifically proven through numerous studies; children who study music perform better scholastically.  City Music is proud to support our local schools in providing music education.

Stay tuned for the the unveiling of the FutureStars’ proceeds, TBA.

Acoustic vs. Electric Guitar – What is best for your beginning student?

A common question we get at City Music is: “Should my child start on an acoustic or an electric guitar? Shouldn’t he/she learn the basics on an acoustic, before starting electric?”

This is a valid question, and while we can’t say unequivocally ‘yes’ or ‘no’, we can give you pointers to help guide you.

Electric and acoustic guitars are essentially the same instrument: they both have six strings, they both are tuned to the same six notes. Beyond that, the electric/acoustic properties lend the two guitar types to different situations and different interests.

Acoustic guitars: