Mike’s Monster Guitar Opens in Cambridge
On March 1st, the Massachusetts Avenue space in Cambridge, Mass. that had formerly housed longtime local music retail mecca, Sandy’s Music, reopened as an entirely new operation: Mike’s Monster Guitar.
The store’s owner Mike Feudale (“Skinny Mike,” guitarist/frontman for Boston-based garage rockers, The Coffin Lids), worked at Sandy’s for 18 years, doing repairs and giving lessons. “The main reason behind Sandy’s closing was his [Sandy Sheehan, owner] declining health,” explains Feudale. “When the space opened up I saw the opportunity to open my own store.”
Already on display at Mike’s Monster Guitar is an eclectic mix of drool-worthy vintage guitars and amps, along with ‘50s and ’60 collectibles [I already scored a sweet bowling-pin ashtray and Bulova AM radio - Ed.]. “My wife, Stephanie, and I run the shop together,” Mike says. “There are no other employees, yet. I am buying and selling new and used instruments and amps, as well as vintage gear. We also do consignment. Plus all the collectibles, toys, and horror stuff.”
Anyone who reads MMR doesn’t need to be told that starting up an independent MI operation in today’s marketplace can be a gamble, but with a cherry location (right in between Central and Harvard Squares) in a city teeming with musicians, an already well-definied and distinct character, and helmed by a well-known and respected player/repairman/teacher, the smart money is on Mike’s Monster Guitar.
For more information, visit: https://www.facebook.com/MikesMonsterGuitar.