<![CDATA[CosmoMusic.ca Blog]]> Thu, 01 Sep 2016 03:41:15 +0000 en hourly 1 <![CDATA[Dave Miner from Yamaha looks at the amazing amp modeling of the THR100 series of Guitar Amps]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 17:41:38 +0000 The Yamaha THR100H Single and Dual Amp heads are next-level amp heads with superior modeling features. Dave Miner goes through what makes this series unique and versatile.

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<![CDATA[Austin reviews the Seagull S6 Original Acoustic Guitar]]> Fri, 19 Aug 2016 17:56:15 +0000 The Seagull S6 Original is a guitar perfectly fitted for the price point. A well built solid top acoustic guitar perfect for a beginner or intermediate player. Watch the review below.

Seagull S6 Original

Click here to order The Seagull S6 Original online.

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<![CDATA[Watch LIVE performances from Yukon Blonde and more on the MAINSTAGE at CosmoFEST 2016]]> Thu, 18 Aug 2016 16:55:37 +0000 The Cosmo MusicFEST & EXPO was absolutely lit this year, with performances from Big Wreck, Yukon Blonde, Brass Transit, Mark Wood, and Serenade Duo. Watch the performances below:

Yukon Blonde - Saturday Night

Yukon Blonde - I Wanna Be Your Man

Yukon Blonde - Como/Wind Blows

Brass Transit - Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?

Brass Transit - Hard To Say I'm Sorry/Get Away

Mark Wood feat. The Markville Orchestra - Any Way You Want It/Don't Stop Believin'

Serenade Duo

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<![CDATA[Watch Andy Wood's "The Shredneck Invitational" at Cosmo MusicFEST & EXPO]]> Fri, 12 Aug 2016 12:13:55 +0000 Andy Wood is one of those players that can just play any style on electric guitar. From chicken pickin' to virtuoso shred guitar, his technique is honed to perfection. Watch him demonstrate his insane abilities and talk about the technique and "'tude" behind his playing.

Watch the FULL clinic below:

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<![CDATA[NEW Fender Deluxe Series - Fender tradition, and then some]]> Tue, 09 Aug 2016 16:41:11 +0000

The Nashville Tele guitar, introduced in 1997, set the tone for the Deluxe series of guitars and basses. The new Deluxe models have the traditional look and feel, but with powerful pickup variations and other specialized features. Today’s Deluxe series includes Fender’s hottest-sounding Stratocaster and Telecaster models, several of its most powerful active basses, and the enormously successful original Jaguar Bass.

To your left, is a FULL LISTING of all the Deluxe series instruments coming to or already in-stock at Cosmo Music!

Below is a detailed overview of each model in the Deluxe series.

Fender Deluxe Series 1

Deluxe Roadhouse Stratocaster

With its classic body contour, timeless Fender styling and more, the Deluxe Roadhouse Stratocaster features upgraded electronics for scorching Texas tone, including three high-output Texas Special™ pickups. A special V6 rotary switch delivers six distinctive tone settings and can be bypassed by the guitar's built-in S-1 switch, giving this guitar some serious horsepower.

Disguised as the middle tone control knob, the Deluxe Roadhouse Stratocaster's new V6 rotary switch gives you six distinct onboard preamp tone settings, from wiry single-coil to searing lead.

 
Fender Deluxe Series 6

Deluxe Lone Star Stratocaster

The updated Deluxe Lone Star Stratocaster delivers versatile hot-rodded Texas tone, with a powerful combination of hot-sounding Texas Special neck and middle pickups, a full-throated Fender Twin Head humbucking bridge pickup, and an S-1 switch built into the volume knob to select the outer coil of the bridge pickup for single-coil tone.

Fender Deluxe Series 7

Deluxe Stratocaster

A tonally versatile guitar with time-honored Fender style and sound, the Deluxe Strat has a few tricks up its sleeve. Special switching unlocks extra pickup combinations for those moments you find yourself needing a little extra kick to stand out. Combining noise-free performance with enhanced playing comfort, this sleek instrument is a truly deluxe performer that excels on stage and in the studio.

Three Vintage Noiseless™ pickups offer all the clarity and articulation you’ve come to expect from Strat pickups—with no hum. A push/push mini-switch discretely tucked away between the tone controls, yet still easy to reach, activates the bridge pickup in positions four and five on the selector. Use the bridge and neck pickups together or combine all three pickups for flexible tone that can meet the needs of any song. Enjoy smoother travel when using the tremolo bridge, thanks to the modern two-point synchronized design, which includes bent steel saddles for classic aesthetics. A contoured neck heel and 4-bolt asymmetrical neck plate make it easy to comfortably reach the upper registers of the neck. The flatter 12”-radius fingerboard makes it easy to play fast leads and perform deep bends without fretting out. Locking short-post tuning machines provide increased break angle at the nut for buzz-free playing and enhanced tuning stability, along with quicker string changes.

The ash body bears a highly durable gloss polyurethane finish that will easily stand up to hard playing, keeping the instrument like new for years to come. Classic aesthetic touches include nickel/chrome hardware and a three-ply B/W/B pickguard, along with aged white pickup covers, control knobs and switch tip. Melding classic Fender style and sound with upgraded modern components, the Deluxe Strat is perfect for players who need a wide variety of authentic Fender tones on tap.

Fender Deluxe Series 8

Deluxe Stratocaster HSS

Fat, hard-rockin’ sound and elegant Fender style unite in the Deluxe Strat HSS, a versatile tone machine with power to spare. The rich, warm humbucking bridge pickup adds a touch of thickness to the instrument’s voice, while special electronics ensure traditional Strat tone is close at hand; ready to go at a moment’s notice. A time-tested performer on stage and in the studio, this graceful performer with smooth, comfortable playing feel will easily handle any sonic needs that arise.

Two noise-free, highly articulate Vintage Noiseless™ pickups inhabit the neck and middle positions, cranking out traditional, crisp Strat tones. The Twin Head Vintage humbucking pickup in the bridge position has moderate output, warm tone and even string response, as well as including a thick aluminum base plate to reduce magnetic interference. For traditional Strat tones, simply tap the S-1™ switch atop the volume knob to select the rear coil of the bridge pickup—voila, instant classic Strat sound. Enjoy smoother travel when using the tremolo bridge, thanks to the modern two-point synchronized design, which includes bent steel saddles for classic aesthetics. A contoured neck heel and 4-bolt asymmetrical neck plate make it easy to comfortably reach the upper registers of the neck. The flatter 12”-radius fingerboard makes it easy to play fast leads and perform deep bends without fretting out. Locking short-post tuning machines provide increased break angle at the nut for buzz-free playing and enhanced tuning stability, along with quicker string changes.

The alder body bears a highly durable gloss polyurethane finish that will easily stand up to hard playing, keeping the instrument like new for years to come. Classic aesthetic touches include nickel/chrome hardware and a three-ply mint green pickguard, along with aged white pickup covers, control knobs and switch tip. Sporting authentic Fender style and versatile sound, the Deluxe Strat HSS is the ideal instrument for players who need a variety of tones for the stage or the studio.

Fender Deluxe Series 3

Deluxe Nashville Telecaster

As down-home and sophisticated as the city it's named for, the Deluxe Nashville Tele® guitar comes with a Tex-Mex™ Stratocaster pickup in between two Tex-Mex Telecaster pickups. This array, combined with five-way Strat-o-Tone™ switching, makes it one of the most versatile Telecaster models we make. Features include ash (Amber, Honey Blonde) or alder (Candy Apple Red, Brown Sunburst) body, maple or rosewood fingerboard with medium jumbo frets, brown shell pickguard, vintage-style tuners and vintage-style six-saddle bridge.

Fender Deluxe Series 4

Deluxe Telecaster Thinline

Light in weight, but not sound, the Deluxe Telecaster Thinline is crafted with timelessly elegant style and authentic Fender tone. Crisp and articulate, with a versatile voice that cuts through a busy mix, this stage-tested design is the ideal combination of modern features and traditional aesthetics. With a little bit of extra ‘magic’ up its sleeve, this instrument is as flexible as it is distinctly stylish.

Two noise-free, highly articulate Vintage Noiseless™ Tele pickups produce rich, detailed tone, with the balanced string response, definition and twang you’ve come to expect from a Tele. The semi-hollow construction imparts seductively warm overtones to the traditional Tele sound, creating a slightly throatier voice. Four-way switching adds an exciting dimension to the traditional Tele pickup combinations—position four combines the bridge and neck pickups in series for hotter output and punchier midrange. Enjoy increased sustain and slightly thicker tone that complements the famous Tele twang, thanks to the modern six-saddle sting-through-body bridge with block saddles. A contoured neck heel and 4-bolt asymmetrical neck plate make it easy to comfortably reach the upper registers of the neck. The flatter 12”-radius fingerboard makes it easy to play fast leads and perform deep bends without fretting out. Locking short-post tuning machines with vintage-style buttons provide increased break angle at the nut for buzz-free playing and enhanced tuning stability, along with quicker string changes.

The alder body bears a highly durable gloss polyurethane finish that will easily stand up to hard playing, keeping the instrument like new for years to come. Classic aesthetic touches include nickel/chrome hardware and a four-ply aged white pearloid pickguard, along with knurled flat-top control knobs and a black switch tip. For players who want classic Fender semi-hollowbody tone with a bit of edge, the Deluxe Telecaster Thinline is ready to step up with its modern features and authentic style.

Fender Deluxe Series 5

Deluxe Active Dimension Bass

A bold entry into Fender’s legendary family of electric basses, the Deluxe Active Dimension Bass brings upgraded features and components to the working musician. A true player’s instrument, designed for discerning bassists, this bass is ready to hit the stage with authentic Fender tone and standout modern style. Easy on the eyes (and the wallet) this instrument delivers at every level.

A pair of Dimension humbucking pickups powers this tonally diverse beast, offering rich, full-range sound with smooth highs, beefy lows and punchy mids that are just right for powering through a mix. The five-way pickup switch offers tons of tonal variety, allowing you to select any combination of pickups as well as using just the inner or outer coils. Combining the muscular 18V preamp and active three-band EQ with these versatile pickups unlocks a wealth of sonic variations that will match any song’s needs. The modern “C”-shaped neck profile is ideal for all playing styles and makes it easy to play fleet-fingered lines. The contoured neck heel allows you easily reach the upper registers, while the 12”-radius fingerboard with medium jumbo frets is designed for comfort and speed. The HiMass™ bridge creates increased sustain along with enhanced intonation accuracy and tuning stability.

The sleek contours of the double-cutaway body are designed for ergonomic comfort, hugging the player’s body while showing its Fender pedigree. The stylishly functional aesthetic appointments include knurled flat-top control knobs, nickel/chrome hardware, 3-ply B/W/B pickguard and pearloid dot inlays. Offering pro-level performance at an affordable price, the Deluxe Active Dimension Bass is perfect for tonehounds who need a variety of tones night after night.

Fender Deluxe Series 2

Deluxe Active Jazz Bass

The Deluxe Active Jazz Bass® guitar was designed for the working bassist, with classic styling and modern features including an alder body, "C"-shaped maple neck, two dual-coil ceramic Noiseless™ Jazz Bass pickups with nickel-plated pole pieces, three-band active EQ with treble, mid and bass boost/cut, four-ply brown shell pickguard and a variety of finishes (see specifications).

Fender Deluxe Series 9

Deluxe Active Precision Bass Special

For players who find themselves alternating between a variety musical styles at a moment’s notice, the Deluxe Precision Bass® Special is the perfect companion on stage and in the studio. Designed for powerful, flexible tone with smooth playing feel, this robust and rich-sounding bass combines the best features of Fender’s classic basses to create a “hybrid” model with sleek, authentic Fender style but is packed with new tones.

There’s a wealth of useful tones hiding inside this bass’ pickups and electronics. Powered by a punchy vintage-style split-coil Precision Bass pickup in the middle position and a growling Vintage Noiseless™ Jazz Bass bridge pickup, this bass rises to any occasion. The robust control scheme includes a three-band active EQ with treble, mid and bass controls—each with boost and cut to accurately shape your tone—along with a pan pot for precision blending of the pickups’ potent sound. The active/passive switch makes it easy to access both vintage-styled and modern voices, further extending this instrument’s sonic flexibility. The Fender HiMass™ bridge improves every note’s sustain and resonance, while enhancing the attack for lively tone that lets your sonic personality shine through. The “C”-shaped maple neck is comfortable for all playing styles and hosts a 1.5” synthetic bone nut and fast-playing 12”-radius fingerboard with 20 medium jumbo frets.

The alder body bears a durable gloss polyester finish that looks great under the spotlight while being tough enough to shrug off the abuse of gigging and traveling. Classic Precision Bass appointments include knurled flat-top control knobs, nickel/chrome hardware, black pickup covers, pearloid dot inlays and a 3-ply B/W/B pickguard. A pure tone machine with classic Fender sound and style, the Deluxe Active Precision Bass Special is a true performer, equally at home on stage and in the studio. Includes deluxe gig bag.

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<![CDATA[The NEW Flea Signature Bass is red hot]]> Mon, 11 Jul 2016 15:36:28 +0000

Flea’s funk- and jazz-influenced basslines helped propel the Red Hot Chili Peppers to the top of the rock and alternative charts while redefining the role of bass in the modern era. Flea’s unique playing style brought a welcome breath of fresh air to the musical landscape of the past four decades, inspiring countless bassists to add a funky touch to their sound while exploring new techniques and harmonic possibilities. To celebrate his enduring influence, we’ve recreated his prized Shell Pink ’61 Jazz Bass that he received from a fan and used to record the Peppers’ Stadium Arcadium and The Getaway, as well as with the supergroup Atoms For Peace.

A pair of vintage-style, American-made Pure Vintage ’64 Jazz Bass single-coil pickups provides classic, original-era Fender tone with clear articulation, clear low end definition, up-front midrange punch and singing high end. The vintage-accurate stacked concentric controls shape the pickups’ volume and tone, as well as allowing the pickups to be blended in any ratio. The Flea Jazz Bass plays fast and easy, thanks to its period-accurate 21-fret “U”-shaped maple neck with a smooth RoadWorn® urethane finish on the back, plus a 7.25”-radiusrosewood fingerboard with a 1.5” wide nut. The vintage-style bridge sports four threaded steel “barrel” saddles, adding a touch of crispness to enhance the attack for tone that can power through a busy mix.

Shell Pink is the rarest of Fender’s classic Custom Color finishes, and Flea’s ’61 Jazz Bass is quite possibly the only one in existence. We’ve carefully recreated his personal instrument’s exact faded shade as it exists today, and then applied an eye-catching Road Worn nitrocellulose lacquer finish that perfectly replicates Flea’s playing wear. A special neck plate engraved with Flea’s own artwork commemorates the inspiration behind this instrument. Other aesthetic touches include nickel/chrome hardware, 3-ply tortoiseshell pickguard and aged white dot position inlays. Melding rhythm and melody with fierce personal style, Flea’s left his mark on modern music, and the Flea Jazz Bass is the perfect tool to make your own.

Click here to order today.

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<![CDATA[The NEW Limited Edition Fender Johnny Marr Jaguar®]]> Tue, 05 Jul 2016 12:52:36 +0000

Johnny Marr is best known as the strikingly dynamic guitarist-arranger-songwriter behind the Smiths, who redefined and ruled U.K. pop in the 1980s. A master of melody, layering and texture, Marr has brought his own instantly identifiable genius to the proceedings ever since, in stints with The The, Electronic, the Pretenders and Johnny Marr and the Healers, Modest Mouse, and the Cribs, to say nothing of his solo career and innumerable guest appearances. The Johnny Marr Jaguar is a fantastically non-standard model that is as distinctive as the sounds he wrings from it, with a wealth of highly specialized features ideal for the discerningly unconventional guitarist.

Now available in this limited edition colour. Click here to order today.

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<![CDATA[The Eastman Guitars TEST DRIVE Experience - A Cosmo Music EXCLUSIVE (from July 2nd - 30th, 2016)]]> Thu, 23 Jun 2016 15:21:54 +0000 Come into Cosmo Music this SATURDAY and test drive some sweet instruments from Eastman Guitars!

THIS SATURDAY, JULY 30th from 2 - 5PM - Schmooze with the Eastman Guitars Expert!

BILL CONDON from Eastman Guitars will be available in TOM'S GUITAR HANGAR on Saturday, July 30th from 2 - 5PM to answer any of your questions about any of Eastman's acoustic instruments. This is the perfect opportunity to get information directly from the source.

Come in-store, head to TOM'S GUITAR HANGAR, test drive any in-stock Eastman acoustic and electric guitar, ukulele, banjo or mandolin and YOU will have a chance to WIN an....

Eastman AC-GA2CE Grand Auditorium Acoustic

Eastman AC-GA2CE Grand Auditorium acoustic guitar (valued at $899.00)!*

Eastman Guitars Promotion
See our CURRENT SELECTION of Eastman guitars

About Eastman Guitars

Unrivaled quanlity is what Eastman Guitars is all about. Committed to a high standard of quality, Eastman Guitars use of premium tone woods and fine appointments, alongside the talent and accomplishment of its designers, craftsmen, and company philosophy continues one of the most fascinating musical traditions the world has known.

Promotion Terms & Conditions:
*Customers who test-drive any Eastman guitar, ukulele, banjo or mandolin will be given ONE (1) ballot from a Cosmo Music Guitar Specialist. ONE (1) ballot maximum per person, per household, per day regardless of the number of instruments test-driven. Ballot box will be displayed in guitar dept. between July 2nd - 30th, 2016 only. Winning ballot will be selected at random on Saturday, July 30th, 2016 at 5PM EST by an Eastman Guitars representative. Winner will be contacted via phone and/or email the week of August 1st - 5th, 2016.

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<![CDATA[The Gibson Custom Shop Trailer Stopping by CosmoFEST - Cosmo MusicFEST & EXPO]]> Tue, 24 May 2016 13:32:48 +0000 Gibson Custom Shop Trailer at CosmoFEST - Saturday June 4, 2016

Gibson Custom Shop

The Gibson Custom Shop Trailer is rolling across Canada and making a SPECIAL TOUR STOP at Cosmo Music for CosmoFEST 2016. Filled with rare and Limited Custom Shop pieces, come aboard the trailer to glance, touch and play these beautiful one-of-a-kind instruments.

Gibson Custom Shop

Gibson sales staff will be on hand to help with any of your questions you may have!

About Gibson Custom Shop

For over 20 years Gibson Custom has proudly been the torchbearer of, not only Gibson’s legacy, but also American craftsmanship and the value of human ingenuity. We believe today, as we did 20 years ago, that there remains a place in this world for the best of the best and that there is a value in what we do that extends far beyond the glossy sheen and gratifying weight of a finely crafted Les Paul.

We take great pride in knowing that we bring the most discerning players and collectors in the World the most refined collection of Historic Reissue, Archtop and Custom guitars we have ever had the pleasure to craft. Through milestone achievements that reflect decades of a passionate commitment by Gibson Custom’s craftspeople, engineers, players and collectors from around the globe, today’s Gibson Custom proudly reflects Gibson’s century long-plus position as the World’s Finest Guitar maker.

RSVP & WIN - CosmoFEST – Cosmo MusicFEST & EXPO – Saturday June 4, 2016

Are you planning on attending CosmoFEST this year? Great - we're looking forward to seeing you here! Let us know you are coming ahead time, attend, and you'll be entered into our $2,500 Giveaway.

See the CosmoFEST page to keep up-to-date on all details we have announced and planned for Saturday June 4, 2016.

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<![CDATA[Ian Thornley talks to us about new Big Wreck, working with producers, Suhr Guitars, CosmoFEST & more]]> Mon, 16 May 2016 17:02:58 +0000 Ian Thornley is one of Canada's greatest guitarists, and I was honoured to sit down with him, along with Doug Elliott from 94.9 The Rock to discuss Big Wreck's new project, as well as Ian's creative process and attitudes (including about how it's not the same as Bieber or Drake). We also talked about the kind of producers he likes to work with, as well as his guitar influences. It's clear from how he speaks (and obviously how he plays) that artistry and inspiration is at the core of Ian Thornley.

Watch the full interview

Ian Thornley on a new project from Big Wreck

Ian Thornley on 'Ghosts', being inspired by SRV and Albert King, and not playing the same game as Bieber or Drake

Ian Thornley on CosmoFEST and playing his first guitar at Cosmo Music


 

Ian Thornley with Big Wreck will be on the Main Stage for a FREE show at CosmoFEST June 4, 2016.


 

Are you planning on attending CosmoFEST this year? Great - we're looking forward to seeing you here! Let us know you are coming ahead time, attend, and you'll be entered into our $2,500 Giveaway.

See the CosmoFEST page to keep up-to-date on all details we have announced and planned for Saturday June 4, 2016.

RSVP & WIN - CosmoFEST – Cosmo MusicFEST & EXPO – Saturday June 4, 2016

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