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November Calendar of Events in Lexington

Every November in Lexington, KY is full of color! The foilage on trees change to orange and red. Every now and then some white snow finds its’ way to the ground. You’ll also find UK blue throughout the city as the football season is in full steam, and basketball season beings!  It’s a beautiful time of the year to be in Lexington indeed!

Every day at Willis Music in November is full of color as well!  We just added new guitars and drums! We rearranged those sections so that you’ll see something you’ve never seen before on your next visit. New pianos just arrived! This month also brings about the single best day to purchase a Step-Up Band & Orchestra instrument. Plus the annual Willis Music Warehouse Sale!

The Lexington Experience is unique at Willis Music! Come try a new instrument! Visit with our experts on staff!

Click on the calendar below to see all the colors of our November calendar!


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

The Yamaha Experience comes to Willis Music

We are excited for our biggest one-day event of the year!! It’s a great day for Music Educators and Music Enthusiasts alike! Come to Willis Music in Lexington, KY on July 15 for a day of musical fireworks!
A team of experts from the Yamaha Corporation will join our knowledgeable Willis Music sales team and school service representatives to share with you a variety of Yamaha musical instruments made to enrich your lives!
 There will also be door prizes from Yamaha & Willis Music given out during the event, in addition to catered food and beverages to keep you energized on this fantastic day!

Visit our Lexington location at 130 West Tiverton Way from Noon-5pm on Friday, July 15 to experience demonstrations on the following Yamaha instruments which are also available for purchase at a special one day discount:
– Brass, Woodwind, & Orchestra instruments
– Marching Percussion  (Snares, Tenors, and Basses are in-store that day! Come try them out!)
– Concert Percussion   (Snares, Keyboard instruments, and more will be on hand!)clav2
– Disklavier & Silent Pianos
– Clavinovas
– Acoustic & Hybrid Pianos
– Montage Synthesizer (new!) and other workstations
– Portable Keyboards and Digital Pianos
– Acoustic Guitars
– DTX and Acoustic Drumsets
– Pro Audio Speakers & Mixing Consoles


Some of the Yamaha Corporation team present will be:

– Michael Brumit: Keyboard Division
– Phil Clendeninn: Senior Product Specialist
– Steve Hauer: Pro Music Division
– Scott Slocum: Band & Orchestra Division
– Troy Wallwage: Percussion Marketing Manager
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Taylor Roadshow 2016

Do you have a beautiful Taylor guitar? Maybe you have always wanted one? Or have you had your eye on that one special Taylor? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then we have one awesome night planned for you! Come join us Wednesday May 18th at 6:30 p.m. for the 2016 Willis Music Taylor Roadshow for a night of guitar talk and demos with the Taylor factory staff and guitar makers. What better way to spend a Wednesday night than talking about guitars and getting to ask the people who make those little beauties questions! You may even get to take that Taylor you have had your eye on for a little test drive!

If this sounds like something you don’t want to miss (believe us you don’t want to!) then click here to RSVP.
Make sure you RSVP quickly because spots are filling up fast!

Here are the Taylor Roadshow deets

Taylor Roadshow

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.

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


Fender Acoustic Pro and Acoustic SFX

Acoustic Pro

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.


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


Acoustic SFX

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.


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


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

Laura and Lindsay Martin Clinic

A girl, her shoes, and a lot of Martin guitars!

Wednesday night I had the pleasure of attending the Martin guitar clinic at our Florence location. At first, I wasn’t too sure about attending. You see, I am not a guitarist. In fact, when I pick up a guitar I just make a lot of crazy sounds…sadly, nothing that sounds good. So, now I find myself attending a clinic about guitars…and really NICE guitars at that. Maybe you are thinking: “okay why did you go?” Well, I am the face behind our social media sites! And I was going to cover the event. Another thing making me a little skeptical: I sit behind the computer all day talking to the world via social media. Now I am going to have to talk to people at this event!

Even with my nerves all worked up and my lack of knowledge of guitars, I went. I got there early to take pictures of the set up and empty auditorium to hype the event up on twitter. Now the cool thing about this clinic was that Martin had their artist Lindsay Ell attending. If you don’t know who she is then that is your loss because she is a fantastic person and artist! So…go check her out!
This is Lindsay.

I was mostly nervous about meeting her! How do you talk to someone when you don’t know the first thing about guitars and when you sing it sounds like a bunch of dogs howling? Lindsay got there early as well, so I worked up the nerve to go introduce myself. And she was a completely normal girl! How about that?! First thing she did was gave me a big hug! How did our conversation start off? Well, with our shared obsession of Snapchat and Twitter, of course! We immediately went to all of the super awesome Martin guitars and took a Snapchat and a “selfie.” Okay let’s be real: we are girls and our hair had to be just perfect so we took a few “selfies!” In today’s world that makes us new BFF’s! Here is the selfie we finally settled on!

She is originally from Canada, but now lives in Nashville, and this girl loves Chipotle. They made a stop at Chipotle before the clinic and of course she had to add a few snaps to her Snapchat story. Lindsay’s guitar of choice that night was a Martin OM-28. She also has a Martin OMJM at home, but her favorite guitar this year was this little beauty! It was one of the guitars on display and it also seemed to be a crowd favorite as they were eagerly waiting their turn to try it out.

I couldn’t help thinking to myself why were you so nervous because she is so easy to carry on a conversation with? Of course I was in my own head. Anyway, we sat down and she let me ask her a couple of questions. I bet you want to know what they were, don’t you?
Okay, I will tell you!

Me: What sparked your interest in music?
Lindsay: When I was six my mom put me and my brother in classical piano. When I turned 8 I thought it was a lot cooler to play Shania Twain on my guitar and I never looked back. My dad played, so I went to bluegrass camps with him. That is what interested me in playing lead guitar. There just aren’t enough lead female guitarists in the world! When I was 10, I started writing and playing shows. I was the first one crazy enough in my family to play guitar for a living!
(What girl in the 90’s didn’t love Shania Twain? I am guilty of shamelessly belting our her lyrics at the top of my lungs).

Me: Do you have any pre performance rituals?
Lindsay: Other than the normal ones like warming up, me and the band pick a word of the day. Before we head on stage we get in a circle put our hands in a say the word really loud. Like ‘SNICKERDOODLE!’ The people in the front row can hear so they are all probably like “what is going on?”

Me: What is your favorite place to perform?
Lindsay: Can I give you a two part answer?
Me: Sure!
Lindsay: Well, my first place is performing solo acoustic at the original Ryman in Nashville. There is a certain magic performing there that most rooms can’t touch. My second favorite is at Stagecoach. That is the biggest music festival I have ever seen! It is so big when you look out at the crowd you can’t even see the edge of the crowd! That many country music fans in one spot is contagious.

Me: I saw on your Twitter page you like Shoes and guitar pedals..
Lindsay: Yes I do!
Me: Do you have a favorite pair of performing shoes?
Lindsay: (Smiling, she says:) “It changes a lot, but right now it’s these running shoe heels. I feel like I can still be a girl, but also a runner and they look like moon shoes on stage!” Shoes and guitar pedals are my weakness. I can always find a way to buy shoes and pedals.

After that, she had to go warm up…but not before she handed me her CD. I also found some guitar picks she dropped before returning them I took this “artsy” photo!

As Lindsay was doing her warm up rituals, the crowd started to file in and test out the Martins on display. They were asking the Martin Rep., Jay Meyer, all kinds of questions about them! You could tell how excited everyone was to try out all of these beautiful guitars. I did not touch them I just looked no one wanted to hear the mess I would make! I left it to the guys who knew what they were doing! It took a minute for the clinic to get started because everyone was so excited about testing out the guitars.

Then, Lindsay took the stage and Jay started the clinic. It was incredibly informative and interesting. If you missed this event, you really missed out on some good stuff! That’s okay…I will fill you in on the highlights!

What did we learn?Well, a lot. Jay took us on a virtual tour of Martin’s history. Where they started, how they ended up in Nazareth, PA, and how the guitars are made. One of my favorite things I learned-and something that makes me want to tell everyone to buy a Martin-is how Eco-friendly they are! They find a way to use every single piece of material! Nothing is wasted by just throwing it away! Take this coaster for instance. This is made from the wood used to make the sound holes on the guitars! And the facility…wow! Jay also took us on a virtual tour of the facility where their guitars are hand-crafted with the utmost care. They do tours of their facility and they highly recommend you add this to your bucket list! I know I am adding it to mine. One attendee Rachel Schrand said, “It was a lot of fun! I learned a lot about guitars that I didn’t know before and I got to meet a very sweet and amazing singer, Lindsay Ell.” Speaking of Lindsay Ell she performed 3 songs in between Jay’s presentation. She sounds amazing! She sang a few of her own songs including one she wrote for a dear friend of hers who has muscular dystrophy and went through a tough time. The girl really is a great person. You walk away thinking, “man I wish I was her best friend.” She is so humble I was blown away watching her interact with the fans! She was down on the floor talking to the kids and taking pictures with everyone and didn’t even think twice about it!

There is not a bad thing anyone could find to say about her. If you didn’t get to check out this clinic and hear her I took a few videos for your viewing pleasure.

    Here are some other cool facts I learned:

  • Martin uses wood from all over the world to build their guitars
  • They spend a lot of time experimenting with different types of wood. They use 100 different species on their custom guitars and more than 300 on their in-house guitars.
  • The D18 and D28 got their names because they costs $18 and $28 when first built.
  • In 1931 Martin came out with it’s first was a 12 fret.
  • In 1937 They came out with the 14 fret Dreadnought.
  • Before this Martin built only small body guitars.
  • The parlor guitar got its name because they were originally built for women to play for the men in the parlor…(we know ladies…but it’s okay, times have changed!)
  • They use hide glue rather than tight bond because it resonates more even though it’s more difficult to build with.

These are just some of the fascinating things taught at this wonderful clinic. You can check out these videos to here a little of Jay Meyer’s presentation!

    Things I am taking away from this clinic:

  • I need to stop being such a chicken!
  • Lindsay Ell is an incredible artist.
  • Martin guitars are awesome and they are a great company!
  • Next time we have a clinic, come by and check it out…you never know what you will learn and who you will meet. Follow us on twitter @WillisMusicCo for all of the updates!

    Laura Barrowman

NKBMA (Northern Kentucky Bluegrass Music Association) Bluegrass Jam: Jan 24 @6pm

Do you like bluegrass music? Than join us for the NKBMA open bluegrass jam Jan. 24th at 6pm. This jam happenings every 4th Friday each month. Check out the Northern Kentucky Bluegrass Music Association’s website:

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Tri County Willis Music MOVING!!!!!!!

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That’s right folks!  We are moving to newly acquired Moeller Music store in West Chester!!
But- we have TONS of stuff that we would rather sell than truck over there!
Our last day in Tri County Mall is Jan. 6th, so stop in, and find a GREAT deal on that thing you have been wanting for a long time!

Special discounts throughout the store, print music, drums, keyboards, guitars, amps, straps, sticks, strings, new and used brass and woodwind instruments!

On a side note: I just want to thank everyone who has shopped with us!  Whether you have been with us for several years, or just recently found us in our corner of the mall, I do truly mean it when I say THANK YOU.  I hope I can continue serving and helping you in your musical efforts, and you should never hesitate to ask me for any help or assistance you might need.  It’s going to be an exciting couple of weeks!  I hope everyone had a great holiday season, and I hope we see each other soon!  -Kevin Schwallie, Manager Willis Music Tri County.


26 Days Until Night of the Living Shred!

We have BC Rich guitars starting at $200, and there are 26 days until the Night of the Living Shred! We will be giving away a BC Rich Warlock guitar to the person who plays the best solo in the best costume! The contest starts at 6:00 on Thursday, Oct 31st! Call us at 752-6341 to sign up!

BC Rich Guitars on sale!

October is the month for Scary Deals on Scary Guitars! All of our BC Rich guitars are on sale for the month of October. We have guitars starting at $200. Hurry in to get your guitar today!

Scary Deals on Scary Guitars!

Halloween is near! It’s October, the month for scary things, scary deals, and scary guitars! Check out Willis Music Eastgate for great deals on BC Rich guitars at hauntingly low prices.

Also, we will be giving away a BC Rich Warlock guitar to the winner of our Night of the Living Shred contest! Contestants will be judged by the guitar solo they play, and the costume they wear. The contest will be on October 31st at 6:00PM at Eastgate Mall.

Willis Music Artist of the Week – Nickelback

Congratulations to this week’s winner of the Willis Music Eastgate Artist of the Week Honorary Artist Award (WMEAotWHAA), Nickelback!

This Canadian band has continuously defied genres since their inception. They bounce from one genre to another like the unpopular person from middle school who bounced from clique to clique and was never welcomed into any of them. You know the person I’m talking about. They perfectly represent Nickelback, and Nickelback is the only band they listen to.

Nickelback writes songs on a wide variety of subjects, ranging from photographs, being rock stars, and cowboy hats. It takes a massive amount of talent to make an entire career based on a picture of Billy Ray Cyrus, who never made it as a wise man, couldn’t cut it as a country star, was tired of living like a rock star, and sick of trying to be a successful father.

So congratulations to Nickelback for winning the Willis Music Eastgate Artist of the Week Honorary Artist Award (WMEAotWHAA), and here’s hoping America is able to do unto Canada as Nickelback did to America.

Willis Music Eastgate Indoor Yard Sale

That’s right, we’re having our annual Indoor Yard Sale, which means all the savings of a yard sale, with none of the bad weather and driving to a million different places in hopes of finding one thing. The sale starts on Thursday September 19th and goes through Sunday September 22nd.

– Receive killer deals on new, fully warrantied + Willis extended warrantied items.
– Receive 10% of your purchase (at $500.00 or more) in a gift card to be used on a future purchase!
– Receive double entry on your Willis Music Money cards!
– Receive extra FREE goods on certain closeouts until supplies run out!
– Receive mega discounts on hundreds of accessories!
– Receive 50% off new and vintage sheet music titles!

Hurry to Willis Music Eastgate, this sale only comes around once a year!

See samples of instrument deals online at

Willis Music Artist of the Week – The Offspring

Congratulations to the Willis Music Eastgate Artist of the Week Honorary Artist Award (WMEAotWHAA) recipients The Offspring!

If you have ever listened to much of The Offspring, you know that clearly, they can repeat. And they do. A lot. They are a repetitive redundant repetitious band. We love that here at Willis Music.

As their song goes, “Life goes on; come of age; can’t go on; turn the page.” However, they have defied their own lyrics by surviving their own greatest hits album and releasing two more albums, one of which was good, and the most recent of which was entirely rejected by all of humanity and 98% of extraterrestrials, and only stopped being made fun of because Charlie Sheen went on his attention grabbing coke fueled bender, but I digress. Their surf punk style has persisted long after both surfing and punk have faded away. As a group, they have matured from singing songs about teenage violence and anti-establishment politics to singing songs about sex, teenage violence, and anti-establishment politics.

And so we welcome The Offspring to the prestigious group of WMEAotWHAA winners, and we remind you to keep ‘em separated. The Offspring. Keep ‘em separated. That is the only way to stop them from recording ever again.

Mike Shouse Group Guitar Class!

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 Tuesday, February 19th at 7:00 pm at Willis Music. 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 26 through April 16 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.

Gibson Unveils The Government Series!

gov lp

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.

gov lp case

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New Years Eve & New Years Day Store Hours 10am-5pm

Willis Music will be open New Years Eve and New Years day from 10 am to 5 pm for your shopping convenience.

We wish you a very safe and Happy New Year!