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Introducing the Fender Jimi Hendrix Monterey Stratocaster

In June of 1967 Jimi Hendrix took a plain white Stratocaster and using whatever he had with him, nail polish for example, decorated it for a show he was playing that night.  That Stratocaster later that night went up in flames as he finished playing Wild Thing.  This event launched him into superstar status and that guitar, charred and smashed later sold for over $300,000.  Fender has now recreated this guitar at a much more affordable price.  Introducing the new Fender Jimi Hendrix Monterey Stratocaster, available at your local Moeller or Willis location.  

Fender Brad Paisley Signature Telecaster

Brad Paisley Guitar

Coming very soon from Willis/Moeller Music is the Fender Brad Paisley Signature Tele.  Introduced at the Summer NAMM show this guitar should be arriving any day.  We had advanced notice of this launch and are one of the first in line.  Brad is one of the last of the guitar heroes.  He lives and breathes guitars and has one of the best tones on the planet.   I got to play it at the Fender Key Dealer Meeting in Scottsdale and I want one myself.  Plays great, looks great, sounds great, win, win ,win.  Did I mention it’s also affordable?  Unlike most signature guitars, Brad wanted this one to be accessible to his fans, not one locked away in a glass case.  Stop in your nearest Willis or Moeller store and check one out! 

  • Road Worn silver sparkle lacquer finish
  • Spruce top and back, paulownia center
  • Custom Brad Paisley neck shape – thick “V”
  • Paisley cowboy hat on headstock

 

New Fender Mustang GT Amps

The world’s best selling amps are about to get even better.  The Fender Mustang series is now the Mustang GT, or Generation Three, series.  Three new models, the GT 40, GT 100, and the GT 200.  The GT 40 is 40 watts with 2 6.5 inch speakers and is perfect for home, studio, or practice use.  The GT 100 is 100 watts with one 12 inch speaker and is perfect for rehearsal or smaller gigs.  The GT 200 is 200 watts with 2 12 inch speakers and is the perfect all around gigging amp.  

The GT’s are the world’s first Wifi enabled amps. This makes it easy to download updates and connect to Fender’s digital ecosystem where you can store your presets, download new presets from other users, download presets from Fender artists, or control your amp using Fender’s Tone app from your smart phone or tablet.  The amps are also Bluetooth enabled allowing you to stream music from your Bluetooth device and use it as a digital entertainment center or to play along with your favorite songs. Want to record?  Just plug your GT into your computer via USB and record directly to your DAW.

Mustang GT 40

 

Mustang GT 100

Mustang GT 200

Stop in your closest Willis for a demo today!

 

Lexington April Calendar of Events

April is going to be a month full of GREAT DEALS at Willis Music Lexington! Click on the calendar below to see all the events this month. Here are a few of our favorites:

  • Guitarists: All month long we celebrate International Guitar Month with special savings on all Fender Telecasters on Tuesdays, and Fender Stratocasters on Saturdays. Take home a Tele or Strat over $375 and save money this month!
  • Band and Orchestra Instrumentalists: Current rental customers will receive special savings on a new Step-Up instrument this month!  Also, thanks to Yamaha we have the perfect graduation gift opportunity for the favorite wind player in your life! Get a $100 mail-in rebate April 1-June 30 on a purchase of a several Yamaha instruments, including Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Saxophone, Trumpet, French Horn, Euphonium, and Trombone.
  • All Musicians: You will want to come visit our store April 20-23 for our Indoor Yard Sale where tables of items that MUST GO will be on sale! This includes sheet music, accessories, and instruments! RAIN OR SHINE!!!!
  • Finally we are excited for our Spring Recital season to kick-off with several recitals during the month.

 

The New Fender American Professional Series is Here!

 

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The new Fender American Professional Series is here! We’ve got them in stock at our Florence store and coming soon to our other locations.  WELCOME TO THE NEXT CHAPTER!

 

NEW PICKUPS

Simply put, pickups are the heart and soul of an electric instrument’s voice. The American Professional series features our newest pickup offering: V-Mod single-coil pickups. Updated versions of our classic designs, modified for modern performance, V-Mod pickups are packed with authentic Fender tone. V-Mod pickups, and the newly redesigned ShawBucker™ humbucking pickups are voiced specifically for each position, bringing out the nuances of your playing.

NEW MODELS We’re excited to add three new models to the American Professional Series: the Tele®Deluxe, Jazzmaster® and Jaguar® guitars. The left-of-center Jazzmaster and Jaguar models are particularly prized for their unique style, feel and flexible control schemes.

NEW COLORS Three new colors—Sonic Gray, Mystic Seafoam, Antique Olive—are joined by the revival of a true classic, our instantly recognizable Butterscotch Blonde (available only on Tele models).

AND MORE…

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Check out the videos below and stop in and check them out!

 

 

Eastgate October Events

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New Fender Offset line has arrived at a Willis!

We have exciting news for our guitar customers! The new Fender Offsets have just arrived at a Willis store near you! We are excited to share this awesome news with you. Come on into a location near you and shred for a couple of minutes on one of these beauties! You can check out some of the videos and pictures of all for a preview. Like what you see? Go ahead and add a Fender Offset to your collection we know you want to!

Left-of-center expression for the next generation of players.  Introducing the new Fender Offset series.  Five new models based on classic designs but re-envisioned for today.  You’re seeing them played everywhere from South by Southwest to Panic! At the Disco, now you can own one.

The full line includes:

Duo-Sonic, Duo-Sonic HS, Mustang, Mustang 90 and Mustang Bass PJ.

Here are the key features:

    • 24″ scale guitar/30″ scale bass
    • Single-coil, humbucker, Mustang 90 and PJ pickup configurations
    • All models feature 9.5″ radius fingerboards, medium jumbo frets, and modern C shapes
    • Many cool new finish/pickguard configurations
    • 3-way toggles are used instead of slider switches on Mustangs. Duo-Sonic HS features a coil-split function
    • String-through hardtail bridges

Take a look at the Fender Offset Mustang and Mustang 90s

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Check out the video tour of the Fender Offset Mustang 90 model below and then stop in to your nearest Willis Music to play and own your very own!

Take a look at the Fender Offset Duo-Sonic and Duo-Sonic HS Models

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Fender Duo sonic Aged White Fender Duo Sonic Black

Check out the video tour of the Fender Offset Duo sonic HS model below and then stop in to your nearest Willis Music to play and own your very own!

Take a look at the Fender Offset Mustang Bass PJ Models

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Check out the video tour of the Fender Offset Mustang Bass PJ model below and then stop in to your nearest Willis Music to play and own your very own!

Can’t make it into the store or we don’t have one close to you? No problem take a look at our online store and purchase the one you have had your eye on today! Click here to see our entire Fender Offset stock.

September Calendar of Events – Lexington

School is back in session and we are in full throttle at Willis Music in Lexington, KY! Be sure to come experience the thrills of September. It will be a fun month!

  • Our weekday hours are extended through September 16 to better serve you. We open at 10am Monday through Friday during the first half of the month.
  • Earn Double Music Money during Labor Day Weekend! Click here to learn more about how this works! Music Money is free money just for you! It’s also our 4 year anniversary of being at West Tiverton Way!
  • During the middle of the month we are honoring all military and first responders with special deals throughout an entire week! Please bring your ID, and browse through our entire store wide inventory to save money this month! Be sure to check out the new Fender Paramount Acoustic Guitars coming in this month.
  • Lexington Live, our open mic experience, continues on the 3rd Saturday or each month this fall!
  • Our monthly Yamaha Disklavier In-Concert Performance takes place on the 4th Friday of each month. This month we will feature the Tierney Sutton Band. Click here to learn more!

 

September 2016

Willis and Moeller Music Welcome Fender Supro Amps

LEARN ALL ABOUT THE SUPRO AMP.

Wills and Moeller Music proudly welcome Supro Amps to our West Chester and Lexington stores. These legendary amps are a tone freak’s dream. they are small, compact, low wattage, class A tube amps that deliver a huge sound. For those of you that have never heard of Supro all you need to know is that you have heard them, even if you didn’t know it. These are the amps that legendary Chicago blues players used in the 50’s and 60’s. They were originally low cost amps that were work horses and were everywhere. Their unique circuitry allowed them to achieve a great tone that was utilized by great players like Jimi Hendrix, Link Wray, David Bowie and Dan Auerbach. The most famous user however was Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin. In 1968, Page used a Tele plugged into a customized 1 x 12 Supro combo amp to record all of the guitar parts on Led Zeppelin’s debut album. The solo to Stairway to Heaven was played on a Supro. The great irony is that Supro went out of business during that same year!

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Supro was reborn in 2013 and now you can achieve that same great tone. The signature element of a Supro amp is its “Class-A” power section, which maintains remarkable clarity and dynamics when overdriven. This gritty mid-range sound is the original alternative to Fender… you could call it “the other white meat” of classic American tone! Every element of our Supro reissue amps has been designed from the ground up to bring this long lost, holy-grail amp to musicians at a working players price. The Blue Rhino Hide tolex was specially made, the cabinetry is vintage-correct, the speakers are totally unique, the transformers are custom and the sound is 100% authentic Supro. Supro reissue amps are hand assembled in Port Jefferson, NY, USA.

I plugged an American Elite Fender Shawbucker Strat into the Saturn Reverb the night they came in. No effects, just guitar, cable, amp. I plugged into the 1+2 input, turned on a bit of reverb, and turned it all the way up. With the bridge humbucker selected instantly I had that classic ‘Whole Lotta Love” tone. Even with the volume on 10 though it was loud but comfortably loud. The kind of tone that if you put a SM57 in front of it you’d have all the amp you will need.

Loud enough for you to overcome the drummer on stage for you, but still not ear splitting and workable for a sound system. Back the volume off on the guitar and switch to the neck single coil, and you get the perfect blues tone. play lightly its as clean as a whistle, play hard it breaks up nicely and sings. I plugged a couple of different overdrive pedals In and achieved the same kind of tone at a lower volume. I added a phaser to the mix and just fell in love. A tele plugged into it got that nice Brad Paisley like tone.

Stop by and try one out with your favorite guitar and effects today.

Lexington July Event Calendar

Willis Music was recently named by NAMM as a Top 100 Dealer for 2016! We are honored to be recognized in this way, and so this month we want to celebrate with you our customers!

During July at our Lexington location we have 5 straight weekends of events:

  • July 1-4: Our 4th of July Sale event this year will feature products made right here in the USA! Get 10% OFF the current price of all American made products! This includes Fender guitars, some of which we recently marked down for the summer. That’s an additional savings we are excited to give to you.
  • July 7-10: It’s a summer blowout (the good kind!) on guitars, amplifiers, and pro audio equipment. Don’t miss out on first dibs for the best deals of the summer!
  • July 15: The Yamaha Experience is the event of the year at Willis Music! You will want to be present whether you are a Music Educator or Music Enthusiast.  Click here to learn more!
  • July 21-24: We move our clearance items to the front of the store, so it’s less work for the gear to go home with you! We need to make room for new product, and we want to help you find the perfect purchase!
  • July 28-31: Our annual MAKE YOUR OWN DEAL event is the final opportunity of the summer to find a HUGE DEAL on new or used gear! Everything in the store is on sale. The more items you buy, the better the deals!

July 2016 Calendar

New Acoustic Gig Tools

Have an acoustic gig at a coffee house this weekend?  Having people over and playing on your deck? Playing small venue acoustic gigs has never been easier.  We have several new acoustic gig tools to add to your box to make you sound even better.

 

The TC Helicon Play Acoustic

Play Acoustic combines all the things you need to make a live acoustic performance shine: lavish vocal sounds, perfect backing harmonies, best-selling guitar effects, and unique processing that makes your six-string sing – in perfect harmony with your voice.

FEATURES
Professional vocal effects and tone
Natural sounding vocal harmonies guided by your guitar
Guitar FX styles from TC Electronic®
BodyRez™ Filtering and Onboard EQ and DI for impeccable acoustic guitar tone

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Fender Acoustic Pro and Acoustic SFX

Acoustic Pro

TRANSPARENT SOUND, REFINED FORM
Offering a sonic experience like no other, Acoustic Pro amplifiers are true “audiophile amps,” delivering superior live sound with studio-quality effects. Along with a flexible pro feature set, Acoustic Pro offers high-grade components and technology, pure Fender tradition and expert sonic imaging—allowing every note to be naturally and painstakingly replicated, letting your acoustic personality shine.

FEATURES

200-watt 12″ combo amplifier ideal for solo performers or acoustic duos
Two channels for instruments or microphones
Onboard hall reverb and tone controls with sweepable midrange
Integrated tilt-back kickstand easily converts the amp into a stage monitor
Includes deluxe fitted cover; optional two-button footswitch for reverb bypass

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Acoustic SFX

RICH, ROOM-FILLING SOUND IN A STUNNING PACKAGE
For the discerning player in search of an eye-catching piece of acoustic architecture, the Acoustic SFX offers state-of-the-art technology for a lush sonic experience unlike any other. The ultimate solution for acoustic players, the lightweight design and portability suit anyone looking for a grab-and-go rig for small venues, offering a pleasing sound image to people located all throughout the room.

FEATURES

Two-channel 160-watt (2x80W) stereo combo amplifier; ¼”-XLR combo jacks
Adjustable SFX® technology creates lush, room-filling sound
Onboard studio-quality effects include hall reverb, echo, delay, chorus and Vibratone
Tempo-sync all effects with two quick taps
Includes fitted cover; add optional two-button footswitch for per-channel effect bypass

The AER Compact 60/3

The ultimate in pure, natural acoustic tone.  The amp of choice for Tommy Emanuel and Eric Johnson.
The AER Compact 60/3 has proven that there is an all-round, small, powerful and yet simple to use complete solution for stage, studio and home use that works up to the highest demands and standards of acoustic players.
60 watts, dynamic control
8” (200 mm) twin cone speaker twin channel, 3 and 2 band EQ
Digital effect processor with 4 presets
(2 x reverb/delay/chorus)
14.30 lbs

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Stop in you local Willis or Moeller Music today and check out these great tools and many others!

Bass-ically Amazing

The Bass-ics.

The bass guitar is one of the most outrageously cool instruments around.  Whether it be an upright, acoustic or electric, the bass guitar is that driving force behind any great song.  When the bass player starts to lay down that thick and precise bass line for the rest of the band to walk on, people’s hearts begin to almost jump out of their chests.

It’s Bass-ically Electric.

Electric basses have taken the music world by storm and have given players the ability to expand and increase their bass horizons.  Once again, Fender has taken the guitar world by the horns and drove out the Fender Jazz Bass, Fender Precision Bass, and their latest musical achievement, the Fender Dimension Bass.  These basses all kick some serious tail and also put out some of the greatest electric bass sounds around.  If you don’t believe me, see for yourself in the video below.

How to Bass-ically Achieve Greatness.

In order to properly grasp how great these basses are, you gotta stop by and play on them!  If you want to properly achieve the highest echelon of your bass playing career, you should pick up one of these Fender basses.  Here at Willis Music, we offer a HUGE selection of Fender basses and we are constantly getting more and more in.  We have both closeout deals and brand-spanking new basses of all kinds.

That’s Bass-ically all I gotta say!

Cody

 

Tele Me About It.

Tele Me Some History

During the period between 1932 and 1949, guitar makers were experimenting with the idea of a solid body electric guitar.  In 1950, Leo Fender crafted the Fender Telecaster, the guitar that put solid body electric guitars on the board.  From that point on, the Telecaster (often referred to as the “Tele”)  placed Fender above the rest in guitar production and creation.

Tele Me Some Facts

The Modern American Tele Deluxe is a force to be reckoned with.  With a solid body made from hand selected Alder wood, N3 Noiseless Pickups, and a 6-Saddled Chromed Brass Bridge, this guitar is a monster.  The hand selected wood gives players a higher quality tone, and is built to last.  With the N3 Noiseless Pickups, your Tele will contain a “snappy, bell-like chime” without the hum.  Locking Tuners help maintain perfect and precise tuning, along with, the 6-Saddled Bridge making the maintenance of intonation a breeze.

Tele Me How to Get One!

Not only do we carry these beautiful Teles, but we also are able to order you custom ones like the one in the video above!  Here at Willis Music, we value a great guitar, and our selection of Telecasters is second to none.  But, don’t just take my word for it.  Come in anytime at our Mall Road location and pick up a Tele.

Tele me how you like it!

Cody

Rolling Stone’s Top 10 Guitarists

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Rolling Stone knows a thing or two about great guitar playing, and their top 10 list is rooted in the classics. Click the pic above to see if you agree.

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How Eric Clapton’s Fender Strat Gets Made from bloomberg.com

Hey everyone,

Saw this video this morning and thought you’d enjoy it!  Thanks to the fine folks at bloomberg.com.  It guides you through the Fender factory and shows how Fender makes some of the finest, most desirable, American made guitars.  All available here at Moeller of Willis Music West Chester or online here!

 

 

How Eric Clapton’s Fender Strat Gets Made from bloomberg.com

Hey everyone,

Saw this video this morning and thought you’d enjoy it!  Thanks to the fine folks at bloomberg.com.  It guides you through the Fender factory and shows how Fender makes some of the finest, most desirable, American made guitars.  All available here at Moeller of Willis Music West Chester or online here!

 

 

7 Guitars That Changed History

1. Gibson L-5

Gisbon L-5 GuitarFirst introduced: 1923

Also Known As: The First Masterpiece

Notable Players: Mother Maybelle Carter, Eddie Lang, Wes Montgomery, Scotty Moore, Tuck Andress, Lee Ritenour, Pat Martino, Jan Akkerman, John Mayer, Eric Clapton

Quick Facts:
– The Gibson L-5 is the first modern orchestra guitar, the first f-hole archtop guitar, and the first guitar with a 14-fret neck to the body that had an adjustable truss rod.

– It was originally offered as an acoustic instrument, with electric models made available in the 1950s, and was considered the premier rhythm guitar in the big band era.

– Maybelle Carter’s L-5 is now kept at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee.

2. Martin D-45

Martin D-45 GuitarFirst introduced: 1933

Also Known As: The Flagship of the Martin line, The Pearl

Notable Players: Gene Autry, Neil Young

Quick Facts:
– From the fretboard markers to the trim, D-45s glitter with abalone, a shellfish whose mother-of-pearl interior gives us the name “pearl.”

– Only 91 D-45s were made between 1931 and 1941. Each is truly irreplaceable and carries an astronomical price tag.

– Gene Autry originally contacted Martin and requested a custom guitar with 12 frets and style 45 trim. He also requested his name be on it, but Martin refused.

3. Fender Broadcaster/Telecaster

Fender Broadcaster Telecaster GuitarFirst introduced: 1950

Also Known As: The Most Important Electric Guitar Ever Made

Notable Players: James Burton, Muddy Waters, Roy Buchanan, Albert Lee

Quick Facts:
– The Model-T of guitars, the stripped-down, easy-to-play solid-body Fender Broadcaster electric guitar was the first guitar of its kind to be produced on a substantial scale.

– Two single-coil pickups introduced the clean, bright Fender sound, developed out of Leo Fender’s love of the lap steel guitar and its Hawaiian twang.

– The name was changed from Broadcaster to Telecaster in the late 1950s to avoid a possible trademark conflict with Gretsch.

4. Gibson Les Paul

Gibson Les Paul guitarFirst introduced: 1952

Also Known As: The Legend

Notable Players: Les Paul, Jimmy Page, Paul McCartney, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Freddie King, Hubert Sumlin

Quick Facts:
– From mid-1957 until 1962, Les Paul humbuckers were stickered “Patent Applied For” and some players (and collectors) believe that have an almost mystical quality.

– The body is mahogany with a maple “cap.” The wood is bookmatched to create symmetrical patterns under the finish, giving the magical sunburst effect.

– The significance of Les Paul’s contributions to his Gibson guitar design remains controversial. The book “50 Years of the Gibson Les Paul” limits Paul’s contributions to two: advice on the trapeze tailpiece, and a preference for color (stating that Paul preferred gold as “it looks expensive”, and a second choice of black because “it makes your fingers appear to move faster on the box”, and “looks classy—like a tuxedo”).

5. Fender Stratocaster

Fender Stratocaster guitarFirst introduced: 1954

Also Known As: The Standard

Notable Players: David Gilmour, Mark Knopfler, Jimi Hendrix, Buddy Holly, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Robert Cray, Buddy Guy, George Harrison, John Lennon, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Everyone

Quick Facts:
– The Stratocaster is the most played, most popular, and most copied electric guitar ever.

– The perfect six-on-a-side peghead was designed in response to the minimal Telecaster style. Everything is new: two cutaways, the beveled body, an unheard-of three pickups with selector switch, adjustable bridge for each string, protected output jack, and angled lead pickup for better treble response.

– The vibrato unit, or “whammy bar,” was so revolutionary that it took a decade, when Jimi Hendrix came along, to be fully explored.

6. Gibson Flying V

Gibson Flying V guitarFirst introduced: 1958

Also Known As: The Modernistic

Notable Players: Lonnie Mack, Albert King, Dave Davies, Jimi Hendrix

Quick Facts:
– The original Flying V was made of korina, a trade name for African limba wood.

– The prototype of the Flying V has a black pickguard and input plate, but most original models had white trim.

– Gibson shipped only 98 Flying Vs in the 1950s, making original models very rare and collectible. Flying V reissues started showing up in 1967.

– Dealers originally took the guitars off the floor, where they weren’t selling, and hung them in the window to attract attention. Sales caught on a decade later, and eventually the design became recognized as a classic.

7. Paul Reed Smith Santana

First introduced: 1980

Also Known As: The Stradivarius of the Electric Guitar

Notable Players: Carlos Santana, Ted Nugent, Al DiMeola, Joe Walsh, Dickey Betts

Quick Facts:
– The famous bird markers, used on higher-end models, are inspired by a guidebook belonging to Paul Reed Smith’s mother, a bird-watcher.

– Beautiful, popping wood grain is a PRS signature. The first wood Smith used was curly maple from the drawer-fronts of a friend’s dresser.

– Carlos Santana, the person for whom the guitar was made, was so impressed with the guitar that he called it “an act of God.”

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New Shipment of G&L Guitars

Just got a new flock of G&L guitars in stock. Just in time for VIP weekend. Great guitars for the $$$. Stop in to check them out – (our favorite is the ASAT Bluesboy).

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Check out more info here!

8 Reasons to Buy Your GUITAR at Willis Music

Are you wanting to purchase an acoustic guitar? How about an electric guitar? An amp? Or your first effects pedal?

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Here are 8 Reasons why you should buy your guitar here at Willis Music in Lexington:

1. All guitars are Detailed and Inspected.

2. All guitars necks are Inspected and Adjusted by our guitar product specialists.

3. All guitar frets are Inspected and Polished by our guitar product specialists.

4. Adjustable Bridge Intonated

5. All electronics professionally inspected

6. We give you the Manufacturers Warranty EXTENDED for 1 Full Year! (Excludes Wood and Finish Cracks)

7. We provide a Free “How To” Class for First Time Buyers**

This is a $119 Value that is INCLUDED for Free with your Guitar purchase at Willis Music!

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** The First Time Buyer’s Guitar Care Class takes places on the First Saturday of every month at 10:30 A.M. EST.  Classes are conducted by our guitar product specialists.

This class is a $39 value. Learn how to:
– Tune your guitar
– Care for your guitar
– Change strings

You will also be able to participate in a Question & Answer session, and receive a FREE polish cloth and a FREE set of strings!  (Bass set for 65% OFF!)

 

Neal Schon’s Custom Fender Strat

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Sammy Hagar and Neal Schon of Journey have a very long friendship, and the two reunited for Sammy’s newest CD, “Sammy Hagar & Friends”. Neal’s guitar is all over the cover of “Personal Jesus”, and his new custom Fenders are all over the video. Click the pic to watch.

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Guitar “Hang” Saturday! 12:00 to 3:00 PM!

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While we can’t guarantee it’ll be as cool as the picture above, we’ll be having our guitar “HANG” this Saturday from 12:00 to 3:00 at our new digs in West Chester!  Come hang out, eat some pizza, have a soda, and talk guitars and maybe rub Metal Ted’s head.   Check out all the latest gear from Fender, Ibanez, Dean, Blackstar, Orange, Vox, Martin, Seagull and more!

First Fifty Customers Get Free Swag From D’Addario!

Moeller Music West Chester

7850 Cox Rd.

West Chester, Ohio 45069

513-777-7474

Now since you’re already on the internet go buy some guitars and amps here!

Deal of the Day!!

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Shred Fest 2013 Recap & Showdown Video

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CLICK PIC TO SEE THE SHOWDOWN!

We’re all about giving musicians some glory here at Willis Music, and one of our most popular annual events is Shred Fest. This year we had 21 guitarists post 60 second videos of themselves “shredding”. The top 7 with the most “likes” came into our store on September 28, were split into 2 groups and played live in our auditorium for a packed house of guitar worshipers. Judging for this portion of the contest was done by 2012 Shred Fest winner Chris Alia and Louisville musician and educator, Brian White. The winners from those groups, Monte Phillips and Cheyenne Powell,  then went head-to-head against each other in hopes of winning a brand new B.C. Rich Flying V guitar. Judging for this portion of the event was based entirely on audience response. At the end of a spectacular guitar battle, Cheyenne Powell of local band Overload walked away the winner. Thanks very much to everyone who played, voted and came out to support musicians who’ve worked incredibly hard on their abilities. 2014′s Shred Fest will be the first to feature a backing track entry video, so start prepping now!

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The final 7 left to right are:

Sean Cook, Monte Phillips, Ryan Preston, Cody Weigleb, Garrett Morton, Mark Doss, Cheyenne Powell

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Name Your Own Price????

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We hear it on the radio… “No reasonable offers refused”. Sounds too good to be true, but isn’t it worth a look? If you could get a great product at a price you name wouldn’t you be pumped?

Willis Music not only has the coolest, most current musical equipment in Louisville, we also have great used gear at killer prices. But maybe the price could be even more killer, huh? When you see the tag above on instruments in our store, that means we’re opening the door to you setting a price. We’ll do everything we can to meet your offer. If we aren’t able to take your offer, we’ll make a counter-offer so you know we’re 100% serious about giving you the very best deal around.

Look for Mr. Brando. Get great gear. Save some money.

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HUGE Storewide Used Gear & “New Old Stock” Sale June 21-24th Celebrating National Music Day

Friday June 21st is summer solstace, the first day of summer,  and National Music Day.
What better time to play music than the longest day of the year? In celebration we are having a HUGE weekend sale, Friday June 21st through Monday June 24th.

We are having a HUGE store-wide sale on all of our used gear and “New Old Stock” items this weekend, Friday June 21st to Monday June 24th. Save an additional 20% off our already priced to move “Amazing Deal” and Closeout tagged items.

Save at least 20% off the tagged price of any used item in the store. We are over run with used gear and merchandise that’s been here too long, and need to move some. These will be the best prices all year long on our used inventory.

There are tons to choose from in EVERY department of the store including: pianos & keyboards, electric guitars and amps, acoustic guitars, bass guitars and amps, percussion, live sound reinforcement and Band & Orchestra.

Here are just a few examples of the savings:

Band and Orchestra:
Musino 4/4 violin outfit, used, was $129.99, Sale Price $99.00
Yamaha TR200AD Trumpet, used was $395.00, Sale Price $299.00
Emerson Solid Silver open hole Flute, used, was $495.00, Sale Price $395.00
Jupiter CXL Tenor Sax, new old stock, was $1975, Sale Price $1575.00
Jupiter CXL Flugelhorn, new old stock was $749.00, Sale Price $599.00

Pianos and Keyboards:
Yamaha PSR-550 arranger used, was $399.00 Sale Price $319.20
Kohler and Campbell console piano, used (Only 3 yrs old) was $2295.00 Sale Price $1836.00
Jesse French spinet piano, used, was $599.00, Sale Price $479.80
Baldwin Acrosonic piano, used, was $1595.00, Sale Price $1276.00
Orla 88 note Digital piano, new old stock was $715.00, Sale Price $572.00

Drums and Percussion:
Verve 5pc. set complete, used, was $249.00, Sale Price $199.99
Mapex Meridian Maple 5pc. new old stock, was $715.00, Sale Price $572.00
Mapex Meridian Birch 5pc. new old stock was $675.00, Sale Price $540.00
Tama Rhythm Mate complete 5pc. new old stock, was $545.00, Sale Price $436.00

Live Sound Re-inforcement:
Peavey 20USB mixer, used, was $440.00, Sale Price $352.00
M-Audio NRV-10 firewire mixer, new old stock, was $269.99, Sale Price $215.00
Peavey SP-5 15″ Speakers, new old stock, was $355.00, Sale Price $284.00 each
Peavey Impulse 15″ Speakers, used, was $299.00, Sale Price $239.00

Electric Guitars:
Godin Triumph (silver sparkle), used, was $299.00, Sale Price $239.00
Epiphone G-400 SG, used, was $259.00, Sale Price $199.00
Ibanez Talman, used, was $349.00, Sale Price $279.00
Jackon Demolition V, used, was $550.00, Sale Price $439.00
Schecter Damien 7, 7 String, used, was $249.00, Sale Price $199.00
Eastwood Sidejack Baritone, used, was $339.00, Sale Price $269.00
Fender USA Hot Rod ’52 Tele, used, was $1349.00, Sale Price $1079.20
Fender USA ’70s Reissue Strat, used, was $849.00 Sale Price $679.20

Electric guitar amps:
Fender FM-212R used, was $269.99 Sale Price $215.00
Peavey Vypyr 100, new old stock, was $325.00 Sale Price $260.00
Peqvey Vypyr Tube 120, new old stock, was $375.00 Sale Price $300.00
Bogner Alchemist 212, new old stock, was $719.00, Sale Price $575.20

Bass Guitars:
Warwick Rock Bass 5, 5 string, used, was $349.00, Sale Price $279.00
Warwick Rock Bass Vampyre, used, was $349.00, Sale Price $279.00
OLP Stingray Bass, used, was $169.00, Sale Price $135.00
Fender Road Worn ’50s P-Bass, new old stock, was $619.99, Sale Price $495.00
Dean Sledgehammer
, used, was $329.99, Sale Price $265.00
Peavey Milestone EXP, used was $119.99, Sale Price $95.00

Acoustic Guitars:
Takamine EG-541C, used, was $275.00, Sale Price $219.00
Dean Performer ac/el, used was $259.00, Sale Price $179.00
Fender CD-60, used was $169.00, Sale Price $135.00
Gibson DSM, used, was $875.00, Sale Price $699.00
Fender MA-1, 3/4 size, used,  was $109.00, Sale Price $85.00
Yakima Classical, used, was $75.00, Sale Price $59.00

plus much, much, much more!!!! Stop in and SAVE BIG $$$$

 

 

Free DVDs This Weekend!

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Not much more to say… best prices in town on the coolest instruments from Orange, Gibson, EVH, Mesa/Boogie, Fender, Yamaha, Selmer, Blackstar, Mapex, Charvel, Gretsch, Martin and so many more AND a free DVD on top! Visit June 15-17 to take advantage!

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FENDER CASH BACK DAY!

OH YEAH, CASH BABY!

On Thursday June 6th, from 3pm to 8pm we are having a Fender Cash Back day! All Fender and Squier instruments and amps will be marked down to the lowest prices of 2013 and on top of that, we are giving you 10% CASH back on the spot! Thats right, come buy your new instrument and get some $$$ to spend on your significant other (they dont get mad that way). We also can offer you 12 months same as cash!

June 6th 3pm -8pm ONLY!!!

The Big One!! Fender Day Thursday June 6th! 3:00-8!!!

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Join us Thursday at Willis Music Tri County Mall in Cincinnati, June 6th for the best Fender sale you will EVER be a part of!!

From 3:00-8, we will have our best prices on all things Fender & Squier.  After you have saved extra with Willis, you step over and see a Fender Representative who will then hand you back ANOTHER 10% in cold hard cash!!

Online and competitor pricing will be humiliated that day!

Come on in, OR call to schedule an appointment with your favorite Willis employee!  We WILL be busy this day- if you would like to come early to Lay-A-Way something until Thursday, we will allow this…but it MUST be paid in full Thursday!  See something you like but we have sold out?  Special orders this day will ALSO be counted for the cash back!

Can’t wait to see you here!!!

June Newsletter Highlights GUITARS and AMPS

June News – GUITARS and AMPS

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Urgent!!

Do whatever you need to do to make sure you’re at any Willis Music store on Thursday, June 6th, 2013 between 3:00 and 8:00 PM!!

Imagine every piece of Fender gear slashed to the best prices you’ll see all year anywhere in the world! PLUS, we will be handing you 10% more back… in cash!!

This offer applies to every Fender and Squier electric and acoustic guitar, bass, amplifier, and Passport PA system from our Half Million Dollar inventory. Finalized current lay-a-ways and paid-in-full special orders qualify as well.

If you’ve ever dreamed of owning another Fender, this 5-hour window is absolutely, without question, the very best opportunity you’ll ever see!!

From the desk of Paul Finke,  VP of Sales & Purchasing

ELECTRIC GUITAR SALE!!!

IT’S YOUR TURN GUITAR PLAYERS!!

Thats right, from now until the end of the month, we are having our Electric Guitar Extravaganza! All electrics on sale, and anything that has to do with an electric is on sale! We love guitars as much as you do, and now is the best time to buy so you can finally enjoy this great weather sitting on the porch with friends and jamming!!

Stop by and talk to your favorite sales friend today!

Mogami Cables Are Coming!!

Mogami cables are unbelievable. Lots of companies say they make the best sounding cables in the world, but saying that doesn’t make it true! Mogami says they make the cables professionals choose, and that’s why we looked so long and hard at the line. We want to give our friends the best sounding and performing cable we can, and now we do!

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Click the pic to learn a bit more about why Mogami’s are so unique!

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April 6th We Celebrate Our New Lexington Store!

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Our new store in Lexington kicks butt… but if you aren’t making the drive for their party, we invite you to ours! Tons of specials await you!

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March Green Tag Sale Starts Today!!!

Our annual green tag sale starts today!!  EVERYTHING is on sale!!    We have amazing deals on Martin, Fender, Epiphone, Ibanez, Tama, Ddrum, Mapex, Genz Benz Yamaha, Casio, Roland. Save up to $300  Get a free guitar stand and restring with any guitar or bass purchase. Get a free keyboard stand with any keyboard purchase. Hurry before the best deals are gone.

Charvel Pro-Mods for 2013!

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The Pro-Mod line of Charvels was a player favorite, and they’re back! Now built in the Fender Ensenada factory, these guitars are total playing machines. See what they’re all about at this link:

http://www.premierguitar.com/Video/20130213/2175/NAMM_13_Charvel_Guitars_Pro_Mod_Series_San_Dimas_and_So_Cal.aspx

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New Store Hours March 1st!

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We’re making it even easier to get that guitar, violin, drum kit, amp…. you want! Our new hours are musician friendly & more convenient than ever.

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FREE Trial Lesson for Group Guitar Class!

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8 Week Group Guitar Class with Mike Shouse!

All ages and skill levels are welcome to this comprehensive class. Speed, accuracy, scales, chords, arpeggios, theory and how it all ties together are covered.
A FREE trial class is happening Thursday, February 21 at 7:00pm. Try the class on for size and see if you want to jump on board! Everyone who attends the free class gets a copy of Mike’s “Alone On The Sun” CD just for coming!
The 8 week course runs February 28 through April 18 and costs $250. Each weekly class is 30 minutes. Call, email or stop in today to register for the free night and your CD.
Mike Shouse graduated from GIT in 1993, has 20 years of teaching experience and was named winner of the 2011 “God of Indie Guitar” award.

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The New PA Room Is Coming!

Expansion continues at the Willis Music Superstore with our new PA room. Big, loud & loaded with gear, this room will make choosing the perfect system for your individual need a breeze. We’ll have single speakers and amps as well as full systems from Peavey, QSC, Fender, Yamaha, Kustom and more all ready for testing at your fingertips, as well as cabling, adapters & accessories. Here are the first pictures… more to come!

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