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Gibson and Willis Together Again.

One of the most asked questions we get when someone wonders into our guitar departments over the last 10 to 15 years is:  Where are your Gibsons?  Do you have Epiphone?  Sadly for a long time, for a variety of reasons, that answer was no.  But no more.  Willis proudly announces that we now again carry Gibson and Epiphone.  Guitars are trickling in to our stores, and special orders are being taken.

Gibson guitar designs have survived 125 years of changing musical tastes and fashion to remain a uniquely iconic part of Americana and world culture. From acoustic guitars at the turn of the 20th century, hollowbody and archtop instruments from the golden age of Big Band and Jazz, to the Rock n’ Roll revolution of the 1950’s and beyond, Gibson guitars have remained arguably the most copied designs of ANY instrument manufacturer. Imitated but never equaled!

The Les Paul pictured below is a 60th Anniversary Custom Shop ’59 VOS (Vintage Old Stock).  Made to the specs of the fabled ’59 Les Paul that sells for seven figures on the vintage marked.  It’s one of the finest pieces I’ve seen ever come out of Gibson.  All the new models have been virtually perfect so far.  Gibson has put a new stringent emphasis on quality control down to replacing every light bulb and fixture in the factory to purchasing 8 Pleck machines.  Every single Gibson branded instrument is now run through this machine that perfectly dresses the frets and makes sure every fretboard is perfect.  It really shows.

Stop in or call and make an appointment with a Willis Music sales associate today to experience some Gibson magic. Whether you’re ready for your first Gibson/Epiphone upgrade, add to your collection, or order a unique Custom Shop piece, Willis Music is here to assist in your selection of a fine Gibson guitar-a lifetime investment in enjoyment and inspiration!

 

                 

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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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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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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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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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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As Close To An Original ’58 As You Can Get!

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The 1958 Gibson Les Paul Standard Plain Top VOS guitar begins with a solid mahogany back and carved plain maple top. The one-piece mahogany neck is topped with a gorgeous rosewood fretboard that’s adorned with acrylic trapezoid inlays with shape and color true to the original. Early ’50s rounded neck profile delivers the vintage feel players love. BurstBucker 1 and 2 pickups deliver famous vintage Les Paul tone.

In an effort to jump start the steadily declining sales of the Les Paul model, Gibson abandoned the familiar gold finish and used a translucent, cherry sunburst finish which showed off the figured maple tops that were often used on Les Pauls. The renamed Les Paul Standard made its debut in 1958.

Vintage Original Spec series instruments receive a special nitro-cellulose finish treatment yielding the patina of a gently-aged vintage guitar while handcrafting enhances comfort and playability. Each VOS model has a solid mahogany back; historically accurate long-neck tenon for strength and sustain; and period-correct neck profile, hardware, and electronics.

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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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Gibson Unveils The Government Series!

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Using the woods returned from the 2 highly questionable raids the US Government did on their factory in Nashville, Gibson has decided to release the new Government series of guitars. Limited in number, these guitars feature a ‘Government Grey’ finish, classic Dirty Fingers model pickups and come in new olive green hardshell cases. 300 Les Pauls, 175 SGs, 100 Explorers and 100 Flying Vs are all that are being built.

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