<![CDATA[CosmoMusic.ca Blog]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:03:28 +0000 en hourly 1 <![CDATA[The Taylor Guitars Road Show is Stopping by Cosmo Music! Thurs. August 21 @ 7 PM]]> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 19:49:24 +0000 The Taylor Guitars Road Show is all about guitars, giving you a chance to talk shop with the team from the Taylor factory. Whether you're new to Taylor, a longtime Taylor owner, or thinking about getting your first guitar, we think you'll find our Road Show a fun, informative event.

 

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Taylor Guitars Road Show at Cosmo Music

 

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<![CDATA[Heard the new Death From Above 1979 Single? Here's how to get that bass tone!]]> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 12:15:57 +0000 It's been 10 years, but Death From Above 1979 is finally releasing a new album in September. The new single 'Trainwreck 1979' has got bass players everywhere salivating over that deliciously dirty bass tone.

After reading that this crushing distortion is actually achieved by running a cranked high wattage solid state amp through a lower wattage 8x10 cab, a few of us in the guitar department sought out to replicate that tone without having to destroy our speakers! So we experimented with some awesome pedals on our shelves and found that can you achieve the same effect right at your feet!

The MXR M81 Bass Preamp

The DFA tone is tight with a growly midrange and biting treble. The MXR M81 Bass Preamp will help you shape your bass tone just right before you kick it into overdrive. Add some treble and midrange, dial back the low end, and your tone will have that serrated edge even before the distortion. The circuitry is designed to retain the warmth and organic tone of the bass even in a trebly, midrange-y setting.

The Electro Harmonix Deluxe Bass Big Muff Pi

The Electro Harmonix Bass Big Muff Pi

The Electro Harmonix Deluxe Bass Big Muff Pi has the versatility to shape that killer driven sound exactly the way you want it to. Blend the effect and dial in the high and low pass filters just right and you can nail that DFA 1979 drive. The regular Bass Big Muff Pi is also more than capable to give you that desired drive.

The Ibanez TS9B Tube Screamer

The Ibanez TS9B Tube Screamer can give you that gritty, growly midrange and achieve a nice overdriven sound. If you're really going for that ultimate Death From Above 1979 tone, put this before a Bass Fuzz pedal and use it to add some gain and meat to your bass tone before the distortion stage.

[NOTE: There are 2 different product listings with 2 different prices on the site]

The Electro Harmonix Crying Bass Wah/Fuzz

You'll often notice a bit of a wah element in Jesse Keeler's bass tone. Electro Harmonix's Crying Bass Wah/Fuzz can give you that treble edge that comes from a wah, but with bass fuzz built in. Dial it back a bit from the max to get that dirt without getting too buzzy.

The MXR M84 Bass Fuzz Deluxe

The MXR M84 Bass Fuzz Deluxe is another great option for driving your bass rig. A great pedal with the versatility to achieve that optimal tone. For the DFA 1979 sound, you may be tempted to turn the fuzz up to the max, but don't! Dial it back to get that grit without too much buzz.

Come in and speak to a Cosmo Music specialist in our guitar department for all your tone needs. When the new Death From Above 1979 album 'The Physical World' comes out in September, we'll be playing those riffs all month long!

Do you have any other ideas to achieve this killer tone? Visit our Facebook page or @CosmoMusic on Twitter and post away (just don't start a flame war!)

-Neil Shukla
Media & Creative Content Manager (and Guitar Enthusiast!), Cosmo Music

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<![CDATA[What's New? Ryan has July's Cosmo Minute Report]]> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 15:05:29 +0000 Ryan Casselman, manager of our guitar department, walks us through some exciting new arrivals at Cosmo Music.

The most popular portable action camera is here in our Audio Garage! Showing off your drum chops on YouTube? Recording your live gig from the stage? GoPros are easily mountable and extremely versatile, giving your music or live videos some edge. Click here to order a GoPro and related accessories.

There's simply too much to say about these exquisitely crafted guitars. Click here to find out what they are all about. Absolute masterpieces.

Stay tuned for more up to date Cosmo Minute Reports!

-Neil Shukla
Media & Creative Content Manager

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<![CDATA[EXCLUSIVE Custom Taylor Brazilian Rosewood Guitars at Cosmo Music!]]> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 12:32:20 +0000 A year to plan and build, and now they are finally here at Cosmo Music. Exclusive, custom Taylor Brazilian Rosewood acoustic guitars. Just one glimpse at the wood and it immediately becomes clear: this is craftsmanship at it's finest.

 

"Brazilian is the wood that makes a flat top players' heart stop. It is the flat top guitar's royal flush, if you will. In a nutshell, aside from being very beautiful, it is the singing wood par excellence, because there isn't really a wood that has the "just right" combination like it. By just right, I mean to say internal velocity, dampening, density, rigidity, stability, and a host of other factors that manifest themselves in the musical forms of clarity, richness in overtone, sustain, projection, note separation, volume.....It has the right balance for a singing, ringing tone quality. There are other great woods, but the sheer uniqueness of Brazilian rosewood's personality traits have made it the most sought after back and side wood for as long as steel string flat top guitars have been made."
- Andy Powers, Taylor Guitars master luthier

 

 

It takes a true appreciation of tone to realize the brilliance of Brazilian Rosewood. These guitars breathe and sing, bringing out the personality of the player on a whole other level. It's a shame this wood is becoming rarer every day. A true collector's item, there's a price but owning one of these guitars is priceless.

 

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For more info...
Call our Guitar Department directly at 905 770 5222 x360 (1 800 463 3000)
OR
Email us at support@cosmomusic.ca

 

-Neil Shukla
Media and Creative Content Manager

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<![CDATA[Save a Fortune Super Sale & #CosmoRocks Summer Event!]]> Wed, 28 May 2014 12:30:15 +0000 Save a Fortune Super Sale &
#CosmoRocks Summer Event

• Save up to 50% on your purchase!*

• Food & Live Music

• 3 Days Only
Friday, June 6th to Sunday, June 8th, 2014

A Quick Look Back at our Save A Fortune Super Sale


Save a Fortune...

HOT DEALS

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Tons of reduced items throughout the store!

Check out our flyer

for some of the highlights.

FORTUNE COOKIES!

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On top of the hot deals, crack one open to reveal your savings for in-store purchases. Save between 10% - 50% on everything in the store!

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Shop at cosmomusic.ca and save 10% off your shopping cart total when you spend $200 or more.** Plus don't forget about the FREE Shipping for purchases over $99!

See Rules and Regulations for complete details.

Band & Orchestral Instruments

Guitars & Gear

Pro Audio

Keyboards & Pianos

Drums & Percussion


#CosmoRocks Summer Event...

The fun doesn’t stop inside the store! Check out what’s going on outside (we'll be hashtagging so the kids can see on the internet too).

FRIDAY - June 6th

FREE Hot Dogs!

5pm - 8pm

Sponsored by Yamaha - located in parking lot near tent served up by our own top dog - Cosmo Music CEO Mark Hebert!
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SATURDAY - June 7th

Non-perishable Food
and Monetary Donations10am - 5pm
Support the Purolator Tackle Hunger program benefiting the Richmond Hill Food Bank. Bring non-perishable food items or monetary donations to the event and help the many families in our community who rely on the Richmond Hill Food Bank.
Purolator Tackle Hunger Week
Roland Experts

11am - 6pm

Come in to speak with the experts from Roland! You’ll find them in the guitar, pro audio and keyboard departments all day! They have the answers to your hard questions… and maybe some insight into in-store deals to be had… PLUS catch them on stage under the big tent in between Lou Moore’s sets.
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Food Trucks!

11:30am - 5pm

  • Tutti Panini – Mouth-watering, home-cooked Italian selections such as veal sandwiches, pasta and stone-baked pizza!
  • Localista – Bringing creative dishes using locally-grown agricultural produce to the masses like Green Thai Goat Curry, Herb Ricotta Ravioli with fresh Chanterelle Mushrooms and Buttermilk Fried Chicken with Corn Bread!
  • Tiny Treats Ice Cream Truck – The sweet treat truck! Soft serve ice cream, Slushi & Popsicles… all the chilly favourites!

Cosmo Music Food Trucks

Live Entertainment

1pm - 5pm

Featuring Lou Moore & Friends:
Steve Piticco, Wendell Ferguson, Graham Young and many more. Don't Forget - BRING YOUR LAWN CHAIR AND STAY ALL DAY!

SUNDAY - June 8th

Drum Circle with Olaf

11:30am - 12:30pm

From the Cosmo School of Music.
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FREE Hot Dogs!

12pm - 3pm

Sponsored by Yamaha - located in parking lot near tent served up by our own top dog - Cosmo Music CEO Mark Hebert!
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Live Entertainment

1pm - 3pm

The Commuters featuring Jimmy Ruddock, Andrew Blake, Tim Bond & Vic Uppal!
Ukulele Jam

3pm - 4pm

Ukulele Jam with Steve McNie of the Toronto North Ukulele Jam & Corktown Ukulele Jam
Toronto North Ukulele Jam With Steve McNie
Live Entertainment

4pm - 5pm

York Region's own Kristen Manza will take us home with an all-acoustic set covering artists from Coldplay to Oasis combined with a beautiful voice sure to please all ears.

* Fortune cookies valid only on Friday, June 6; Saturday, June 7; and Sunday, June 8, 2014. Receive 10%-50% off your purchase of regular priced items. Fortune cookie discounts are not applicable to products featured on the flyer as they are at their lowest prices or other items in-store that are currently on special sale price. Void unless opened in front of a cashier in the Atrium. Fortune cookies available while quantities last. Sale prices for items sold during event or special sale days or promotions are available on the published sale dates and for in-stock items only unless otherwise noted and excludes all Cosmo Music services such as Rentals, Repairs, Lessons; consignment items, price matches, taxes, shipping charges and gift cards.  Special offers or sale prices cannot be combined with teacher or student discounts, other coupons, promotions or offers. Cosmo Music reserves the right to refuse refunds, returns or exchanges during sale dates in order to reduce customer wait times. Best Price Guarantee policy remains in effect for items purchased on or before sale dates but is only applicable to products that are in-stock and have a published, specifically marked down price. “Scratch-and-Save” or other “Game of Chance” discounts that apply to a complete purchase at point of check-out as well as complete product category specials (ie. All “Cosmo Brand” stands on sale for 10% off) or BOGO (Buy-One-Get-One) promotions do not qualify for price match or best price guarantee. Some items listed have only one item in-stock and available as of May 8, 2014 publication date. Items may be sold and no longer in-stock prior to this sale. In the event of a printing error or any other error, Cosmo Music reserves the right to cancel or amend this offer without notice.

** Receive 10% off entire shopping cart subtotal when you spend $200 or more before tax and shipping June 6-8, 2014 only online. 10% discount is not applicable to products featured on the flyer as they are at their lowest prices or other items in-stock that are currently on special sale price. Some manufacturers have chosen not to participate in this promotion; they may be found at www.cosmomusic.ca/promo-exclusions.

See Rules and Regulations for further details.

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<![CDATA[5 Beauties - Staff Picks from Tom's Guitar Hanger]]> Wed, 07 May 2014 15:37:25 +0000 No other store in Canada comes close; Cosmo Music has the largest selection of in-stock high-end, boutique and vintage style guitars. Our Assistant Store Manger Peter Walden and Guitar Specialist Rob Vendrasco highlights five favourites.




Sterling JP100D John Petrucci Signature
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There are the strong silent type, then there are the strong loud type...of guitars that is, think Sterling JP100D John Petrucci Signature.

The JP100D is the economical cousin of the Musicman JP6 with a lot of similar features. The body is basswood capped with a quilted maple top, rosewood fingerboard on a maple neck with a 5 bolt neck joint and locking tuners. The slim neck features a D profile, 16" radius, jumbo frets, and a recessed tremolo on the nicely contoured body.

The pickups, like those found in the JP6, are a DiMarzio Crunch Lab and Liquifier in the bridge and neck positions. Like their names suggest, these pickups have a very high output, with a thick beefy tone.

The JP100D is very easy to play, great for fast runs and sweep picking. The pickups drive the amp very hard creating searing, focused tones. When backing off the volume the LiquiFire(neck pickup) cleans up quite nice making it easy to tame. The tremolo is accurate and easily handles any aggressive trem work you throw at it.

At just over $900, this would be an easy and great guitar to add to your arsenal.



Taylor 814ce
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If you owned a successful guitar company, what would you do with your flagship model that is considered to be one of the most popular, successful and best guitars on the market? Easy...make it better! Whaaat!?!

Yes better. That's what Bob Taylor has done with his flagship model. The 814ce, a grand auditorium shape, solid Indian rosewood back and sides, solid sitka spruce top with ebony fingerboard and bridge. The inside is where a lot of changes have taken place: features like angled bracing on the back and a hybrid/scalloped parabolic top... (lets just say its better). Finish thickness has been reduced by 40%, this, combined with the top and bracing enhancements allow the back and top to resonate more freely and evenly together, resulting in a bigger, nicer... better tone!

The 814ce includes redesigned electronics, called Expression System 2. The piezo crystals (part of the pickup) have been moved from beneath the saddle to behind, resulting in a more accurate acoustic tone and higher output. The guitar feels and resonates beautifully. Loud, even bass tones are easily achieved and are evenly matched with the highs. The playability is superb, there is no mistaking how a Taylor feels and this is certainly one of them.

The Taylor 814ce very easily exceeds all expectations of what a great guitar company's flagship guitar should be...



Fender American Deluxe Strat Plus
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Have you ever thought..."wouldn't it be nice to re-wire my Strat before a gig" or "before the next set"...well now you can!

For 2014, the American Deluxe Strat Plus features reconfiguring circuitry, that allows for easy re-wiring of the electronics and pickup configuration on the spot. Small circuit boards called "personality cards" are swapped in and out of an access cavity on the rear of the guitar that change your wiring instantly! The cards allow changes like splitting the humbucker, master treble cut / bass cut, taking the tone control out of the humbucker circuit. Small dip switches on the cards give you different tone capacitor settings letting you really personalize your tone. These are typical modifications Strat users have done for years.

The guitar is still the same great Strat, N3 Noiseless pickups, alder body, maple neck with medium jumbo frets and micro tilt neck plate, 2 point synchronized tremolo. The personality cards gives you a wealth of tone choices, great for playing extremes like jazz to rock to country to "you" very easily.

For its 60th anniversary year, this Stratocaster has truly evolved.



Norman Expedition with Isys+ Electronics
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What defines beauty in a guitar? Its shape, its voice, its soul? Alright I might be getting a little deep here, the Norman Expedition is as beautiful as you see it. Its beauty is defined by its natural look, the top, back and sides are made of a "3 way laminated" Canadian wild cherry wood, silver maple neck, and in keeping with its simple look, a burn stamped rosette with a semi-gloss Custom Polished finish. The nut and saddle are "Tusq" by Graphtech and electronics are the Fishman Isys system.

The Expedition has a nice warm classic tone, great balance between the bass and trebles, you'll think your playing a solid top guitar. The neck and profile are very comfortable and easy to play. The Fishman electronics sound great, and transfers its acoustic qualities really well. This guitar will be your best friend, great as a travelling, camping or cottaging companion, or just a great guitar to have around your home when you feel inspired...

Norman Expedition, made in Canada and beautiful.



National Reso-Phonic ResoRocket N (with Villex Slimline Pickup) and Smith & Young Model 1 Resonators
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Resonator guitars 101 -

Guitar with a metal cone placed beneath a faceplate on the guitars top, creating a sizzling, crisp ringing, and very distinct tone.

Developed to make the guitar heard in large, multi-piece bands during mid 20's pre-amplification days.

In the 20’s National Reso-Phonic began mass production of resonator guitars.

Resonators became synonymous with Hawaiian and Bluegrass and Blues music.

Smith and Young are a division of National Reso-Phonic since 1989, intended to produce historically correct pre-war instruments.

The National ResoRocket features a beautifully crafted brass, nickel plated body. It has a 9.5" hand spun single resonator cone with a maple biscuit bridge, cutaway contour to allow easy access to higher positions. The tone is bright, loud with a warm undertone, a characteristic of its brass body. The front is capped with Tri-cone styled grill giving it a look as distinct as its sound.

The Smith and Young Model 1 features a beautifully crafted steel body with a rubbed nickel finish, 10.5" hand spun cone and a spider bridge with maple inserts. This configuration creates a loud, crisp ringing tone, perfect for the blues.

The distinct tone and look of these amazing instrument will get many second looks and listens...

Oh yes, quiz next Tuesday!



Rob Vendrasco
Guitar Specialist
905.770.5222 x360
robv@cosmomusic.ca

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<![CDATA[Introducing Kanile'a Ukulele's HAWAIIAN LAUNCH PARTY at Cosmo Music]]> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 11:45:13 +0000 Say "Goodbye" to Winter and "ALOHA" to Spring!

ONE DAY ONLY ~ FREE EVENT
Thursday, April 10th, 2014
6:30 - 9:00 PM
Cosmopolitan Music Hall in Cosmo Music




UPDATE: Kanile'a Ukulele Presentation at Cosmo Music



Spend the evening at Cosmo Music with Kanileˋa Ukulele President, Mr. Joe Souza & Vice President, Kristen Souza to learn about all the exciting products offered by Kanileˋa Ukulele. Learn about the history of the ukulele, discover the many tone woods, designs and playing options by one of the Hawaiian Island’s foremost Ukulele manufacturers. Kanile'a Ukulele will have instruments on hand for attendees to experience up close. People will also be treated to a special Hawaiian ukulele music performance featuring hula dancing!

Have your questions answered by industry professionals and learn some insider tips on how to take your Ukulele skills to the next level.

Here's a SNEAK PEEK at some of the Kanile'a Ukuleles coming to Cosmo Music!

PLUS Save 10% on all Kanileˋa Ukulele products on April 10th!*

RSVP to events@cosmomusic.ca Today! Space is limited.

Kanile'a Ukulele Hawaiian Launch Party

*Offer valid only April 10, 2014. Offer only applies in-stock, specially selected items and new purchases. Cannot be combined with any other offer. In the event of a printing error or any other error, Cosmo Music reserves the right to cancel or amend this offer without notice.

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<![CDATA[Cosmo Music + Ibanez Present: A Performance Clinic With TOSIN ABASI]]> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 12:51:41 +0000 Cosmo Music + Ibanez Present...

A Performance Clinic With TOSIN ABASI
Thursday April 24, 2014
7 PM
Cosmopolitan Music Hall at Cosmo Music



UPDATE:
Tosin Abasi plays The Woven Web, CAFO & demonstrates "thumping" technique at Cosmo Music



TOSIN ABASI is best known for playing the 7 and 8 stringed guitar in the instrumental progressive metal band "Animals as Leaders". Based out of Washington D.C., he utilizes the power of techniques and the endless possibilities of guitar playing in any genre.

Tosin is primarily self taught, but studied jazz and classical guitar at the Atlanta Institute of Music, learning an extended range guitar can offer a lot of possibility's for composition, the resources available to 6 string guitarist don't exist in the same prominence for the 7 string (especially the 8 string guitar), through his compositions he hopes to break down the approach to utilizing the 7 and 8 string guitars, in both lead and rhythm work. Also examining multiple techniques such as; hybrid picking, sweeping, taping and slapping.

Artist that have inspired and influenced him include; Paul Gilbert, Steve Vai, John Petrucci, Greg Howe, Guthrie Govan, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Adam Rogers, and Kurt Cobain.

This is an evening YOU DO NOT WANT TO MISS!

Tickets: $15
Note: your purchase confirmation email is your ticket to the event. Please print and bring your confirmation with you to the event.

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Questions? Email events@cosmomusic.ca.

Tosin Abasi

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<![CDATA[Cosmo Music is THE destination for Boutique Guitars - Staff Picks]]> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 20:52:23 +0000 No other store in Canada comes close; Cosmo Music has the largest selection of in-stock high-end, boutique and vintage style guitars. Our Assistant Store Manger Peter Walden and Guitar Specialist Rob Vendrasco highlights five favourites.




Gibson Hummingbird Modern Classic
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Beautifully floral patterned pickguard, double parallelogram inlays,
square shoulders, deep rich cherry finish...this guitar can make it on looks alone!

What does it sound like?...OK close your eyes, this is what you'll hear:
solid sitka spruce top, solid mahogany back and sides, hand scalloped bracing.
These features contribute to the Hummingbird’s incredible sound:
the bass response is smooth and well balanced with the highs; the less focused
mids allow the percussive elements of the strumming to really cut through making this guitar a great match for singers. The Hummingbird is a very playable
guitar with a 24 3/4" neck scale and 12" radiused fingerboard contributing to a
very comfortable, almost "electric guitar" feel.

With eyes open or closed, you are playing a truly iconic guitar.



Martin HD-28V
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The Martin D28 is an iconic acoustic guitar which many guitars are often
compared to and inspired by. Making its first appearance more than 70 years ago,
the design, like its current one, gives guitarists a much louder, richer
better projecting guitar. Its big bold body style, aptly named the "Dreadnaught" was named by Martin after the largest battleship in the British fleet in the early 1900’s, and is the term used by other guitar companies to describe their guitars as well.

From Martin’s vintage series comes the HD-28V, a superbly crafted guitar featuring a solid sitka spruce top, solid east Indian rosewood back and sides, beautiful herringbone trim (a popular feature from the 30s,40s), ebony fingerboard and bridge, with an inlayed bone saddle.

After the first strum, you'll hear why it was named after a battleship...big, booming,
cannonlike projection, beautiful resonance, enhanced bottom with crisp highs.
The feature that creates these attributes are inside the guitar called “forward shifted scalloped bracing" - this allows the top to resonate more freely while maintaining its structural integrity contributing to its great sound qualities. The neck has a modified V profile. Its ergonomic shape fits the palm of your hand quite nicely, creating a very comfortable feel.

The HD-28V, icon and influence for many years to come...



Fender Custom Deluxe Telecaster 2013
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From Fenders famed Custom Shop, the Custom Deluxe Telecaster 2013
is an amazingly enhanced, raised version of the iconic Telecaster model.
The Tele, a standard choice in the rock and country music genres, shows up as standard equipment for blues and jazz players as well.

So how do you enhance standard equipment? Easy! (well, for Fenders Custom Shop that is!) how about contouring the front of the hand selected ash body (ala stratocaster), don't stop there, contour the back, creating the "belly cut", then contour the neck heel. These enhancements improve the overall comfort whether your sitting or standing. The top is capped with gorgeous AAA flamed maple. The bridge comes from Fenders Research Special Division (RSD), featuring a lowered sidewall and compensated saddles, improving comfort, tone and intonation. The AAA flamed maple neck features a 60s style C profile shaped neck, medium jumbo frets and pearloid Sperzel machine heads.

The tone..well its awesome. The Custom Shop Twisted Tele pickups with neck and middle together produce amazing sparkle and robust tone. The bridge, has great midrange punch giving great definition to overdriven open chords, the same very recognizable tones you hear in new country and rock today. The "Greasebucket" tone control circuit (such a cool name) has been added, whose function is to roll off highs without adding bass. Wow, that’s a bucket load of enhancements.

An incredible version of an incredible iconic guitar!



60th Anniversary Commemorative Stratocaster 1954
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1954 - year commemorated
1954 - vibe
1,954 - number available in limited edition

When you pick up a Stratocaster, you immediately know why it's a benchmark
electric guitar: its comfort, balance, ergonomics, ease to play -
are the features you still see on this guitar today.

This Commemorative Strat has the same vibe as an1954 model, but with some great modern accoutrements. The classic elements still on this guitar are the ash body, two- tone sunburst gloss finish, single ply pick guard and bent metal saddles. The modern parts are the jumbo frets, compound radius neck, micro tilt neck adjustment, contoured neck heel, 2 point synchronized tremolo, satin finish neck, pearloid tuners, specially designed pickups (for this model) and a no-load tone control round up some of its new features.

The combination of the specially designed pickups and no load tone control give
this guitar a higher output with shimmering highs and boost in the midrange. The body is very resonant and responsive. The neck has a C profile, comfortable, modern feel with the jumbo frets.

This guitar bridges the best of the old and new, a truly mature, and modern icon.



Gibson Custom Shop 59 Reissue 3 pickup Burst
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The sound, the look, the tone, that was the 59 Les Paul Burst.
The guitar "they" all wanted, the guitar "they" will pay thousands for.
I recently had the opportunity to play an actual 59 Burst, realized, oh... thats what "they" are talking about, then realized it was one of a little more than 600 that ever existed, then I started to shake.

I'm fine now, Thank you.

With the sound and feel of that 59 burst still in my mind, I picked up the reissue
Customshop 59 and was quite impressed with how resonant the guitar is, the pickups
sound fat, with great bite and definition, like the real 59. The middle pickup gives it added punch, really beefing up the sound for soloing. At just under 9 lbs, the weight is very comfortable, fretwork is superbly done, right out of the case it has a smooth, even feel all the way up the neck. The Customshop 59 features a gorgeous figured maple top, classy Kluson Deluxe tuners, and a nitro cellulose finish which gives this guitar its vintage look and feel.

Now, there are two guitars I can't stop thinking about...(Thanks Tony!)

Rob Vendrasco
Guitar Specialist
905.770.5222 x360
robv@cosmomusic.ca

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<![CDATA[Cosmo Music & Coast Music Present: JAMES HILL | Thurs. March 27 at 7 PM]]> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 13:02:59 +0000 Cosmo Music & Coast Music Present...

A Ukulele Performance Clinic with JAMES HILL
Thurs. March 27, 2014
7PM
Cosmopolitan Music Hall at Cosmo Music




UPDATE: Billie Jean on the Ukulele by James Hill and Highlights at Cosmo Music




JAMES HILL is a rare and surprising combination. He has become Canada's foremost ukulele player, earning recognition among Hawaii's premier artists. His genre-busting reputation knows no bounds… hip-hop, big-band jazz, bluegrass… the list goes on!

Teacher, author, songwriter and presenter, Mr. Hill has also become a not-to-be-missed inspiring ukulele-based motivational speaker.

A dazzling live performer with a genial, low-key sense of humour” – Edmonton journal

The perfect evening of tunes, stories and musical virtuosity” – Wellington-Dominion Post

Possibly the best ukulele player in the world…Hill wowed and charmed the audience.” – Waikato Times

Tickets: $15 (Note: Your purchase confirmation email is your ticket to the event. Please print and bring your confirmation with you to the event.) 

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PLUS… YOU could WIN a signed Kala Makala KA-JH2 James Hill Concert Ukulele Package! We'll draw for this incredible package at the show for ONE lucky audience member to take home!

Questions? Email events@cosmomusic.ca.

James Hill

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Update:
James Hill Live at Cosmo Music

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