Friday, August 18, 2017

Product Spotlight: Taylor Guitars

Can we just talk about Taylor Guitars for a minute here please?

They are quite amazing instruments, and we have a nice collection here in the shop.
Our Taylor collection - could be yours!
A bit of history: The idea for building guitars began as a side project for Bob Taylor and one of his friends in his backyard. Taylor Guitars is now one of the most reputable and wanted guitars around the world.

Along with the innovation of various models and tone woods used, Bob Taylor himself has bought the last remaining Ebony farms to aid in the reproduction of these trees since they are close to extinction. Bob didn’t stop at Ebony trees though; he continued to cultivate farms worldwide that include Rosewood, Mahogany, Cedar and more.

Throughout the past five years, Bob has been reinventing each model of guitar to improve the quality and tone. One of the most unique tones that have come from remodelling is the Taylor 600 series of acoustic guitars. Maple guitars are generally known for their brightness, but this standard maple guitar now has its own exclusive sound of warmth and treble due to the new bracing situated inside the 600 series instrument.

Taylor Guitars are professional, hand-crafted instruments and we at Music Spot are proud advocates of this brand. We have our very own Taylor 614CE at our Browns Plains superstore, just waiting for you to come check it out.
Taylor 614CE
The maple/spruce Grand Auditorium has always been a bversatile performer, and this edition boasts an array of tone-enhancing refinements that transform maple’s tone profile into a richer, warmer and more complex voice. As a result, you can expect an even more dynamic and expressive musical tool. Come and give it a try today!

Or if you are already familiar with the fine quality of Taylor guitars, you can shop from the comfort of your own home. On our website we have several quality offerings listed

Taylor 320CE

The Taylor 320CE Dread Cutaway Electric features a sapele back and sides share many of mahogany’s tonal and visual properties, and the mahogany top promises a strong, clear response to players with a driving attack, especially in the upper midrange. The design and understated appointments evoke a vintage look. The guitar incorporates a Venetian cutaway, comes equipped with Expression System® 2 electronics for a smooth plug-and-play experience, and ships in a Taylor deluxe hardshell case.

Taylor 314CE

The Taylor 314CE Acoustic Electric Guitar with Cutaway well to a wide range of playing styles thanks to Taylor’s medium-size Grand Auditorium body. Sapele shares mahogany’s strong and focused midrange response and, together with a Sitka spruce top, rings out with brightness and clarity. The Elixir® HD Light strings are custom calibrated to optimise the tone with bolder highs, fuller lows, and more overall warmth, giving players an expressive tonal palette. Black binding flanks sapele’s ribbon-like grain, with small diamond fretboard inlays in Italian acrylic adding a traditional touch. The guitar incorporates a Venetian cutaway, comes equipped with Taylor’s Expression System 2 pickup, and ships in a Taylor deluxe hardshell case.

Baby Taylor BT1E

The ¾-size Baby Taylor BT1E features an authentic guitar sound and inviting playing experience. Featuring a layered sapele back and sides and a top of solid Sitka spruce, you can add a capo, high-string it, tune it down, play it around the campfire, help your kids form their first guitar chords, and more. In addition to this edition is the Expression System Baby™ (ES-B) pickup, which incorporates piezo design elements from the Taylor ES2. The pickup is powered by an onboard preamp with a built-in digital chromatic tuner. The preamp/tuner unit features an LED display for tuning and low battery indication, along with Tone and Volume controls.

Taylor 150E 12 String

Taylor 150E 12 String Acoustic Electric Guitar fits that signature playability and tonal clarity into an affordable package, making a quality 12-string more accessible to budget-minded players looking to broaden their musical palette. The Dreadnought body’s strong low-end response balances well with the crisp octave shimmer, producing a tone that’s lush and articulate, with lots of dynamic range. Features include layered sapele back and sides, a solid Sitka spruce top, 1-7/8-inch neck, matte-finish body, black binding and pickguard, and Taylor’s Expression System 2 pickup.

Taylor 214CE

The Taylor 214CE Deluxe Acoustic-Electric Guitar with Cutaway, Rosewood Back and Sides is the most versatile and popular of Taylor’s guitar shapes. Its well-defined midrange contributes to a clear and balanced tone. It’s responsive enough for fingerstyle players and powerful enough for pickers and strummers to get a lively response. Think of it as a jack of all trades. The smooth sunburst adds vintage flair to the solid Sitka spruce top on this layered rosewood Grand Auditorium. Deluxe features include a full-gloss body, original Taylor Expression System acoustic electronics, a Small Diamond fretboard inlay, and a standard hardshell case. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro player, Taylor’s balanced tone and superb intonation will help you sound your best.

Taylor Swift Baby Taylor

Inspired by memories of writing songs on her own Baby Taylor, Taylor Swift collaborated with Taylor Guitars to design the Taylor Swift Baby Taylor (TSBT). Based on compact ¾-scale Dreadnought, the Taylor TS-BT Acoustic Guitar Taylor Swift Signature Model is crafted from a resilient layered Sapele body with a solid Sitka spruce top. Swift’s custom, screen-printed rosette design features the word “Love” three times among a delicate vine motif. The personalized design also features her signature above the bridge. With a slim 1 11/16-inch neck and a compact shape, the guitar is perfect for a young, aspiring tunesmith.

Taylor 110E
The Taylor 110E Acoustic-Electric Guitar is one of the best full-size guitars you’ll find because of it affordability, great quality and with the availability of Taylor’s ES-T® pickup. It makes a viable performance tool, a great entry-level guitar, or a second utility guitar for alternate tunings. Its well-defined midrange contributes to a clear and balanced tone. It’s responsive enough for fingerstyle players and powerful enough for pickers and strummers to get a lively response.  This guitar is  made from Sitka Spruce, the most commonly used wood for guitar tops, Sitka generates a broad dynamic range and accommodates numerous playing styles, from aggressive strumming to fingerpicking. Taylor’s layered backs and sides incorporate three layers of wood, featuring a middle core of poplar with a veneer on each side. While layered woods won’t produce quite as complex a sound as solid woods, they allow us to blend exotic looks with climate-resilient construction. 

Taylor GS Mini

The Taylor GS Mini Acoustic Guitar is the latest downsized "travel" guitar that may be small in size but has amazing tones. Built in Taylor's Mexican factory this amazing guitar has become one of Taylor’s most popular selling guitars. It is different from a full-size guitar, the mini cuts 51mm of the scale length. Width-wise it loses approximately 48mm, but only 5mm from the depth. The GS Mini comes with laminate back and sides and a solid Sitka top. It comes with Taylor signature playability, clear tone, and impressive sustain. 

And last but definitely not least: the Taylor T3 Model Guitar H-H W/Bigsby Maple features a classic semi-hollowbody sound and signature Taylor design. Electronics Features include Taylor's high-fidelity full-size Vintage Alnico humbuckers, blended with a unique coil-splitting application to give players killer humbucker and single-coil sounds in one guitar. The T3/B features a Bigsby vibrato tailpiece paired with a metal roller bridge for a high-performance vibrato bar without the pitch issues.
Taylor T3 Electric - now on sale for only $2799, or rent for $30.93 per week
With this lot you will surely find the right Taylor for your own personal needs. These great guitars will not last long however, so do check with the store to see if your favourite is still in stock if you want to #comeplaywithus!

Friday, July 28, 2017

A Rolling Stone..

Well no one could ever accuse us of gathering moss here at The Music Spot. Things are always changing! Starting with a few cosmetic things this week: we got new lights installed in the shop, and it is BRIGHT! Not the best place for looking in mirrors, but our guitars look great. And second, we lost our old friend, Spot The Dog from the front of the shop. We are tossing around some design ideas to replace him, and this one seems to be the most popular so far:
New design idea - what do you think??
There's just something about that quiff, isn't there? Let us know what your thoughts are!

Also we have had some pretty exciting new gear come into the shop. Check out these beauties:

Alesis Sample Pad 4

Alesis have just brought out their new Sample Pad 4, which we are lucky enough to have one of in the shop.

This is definitely a fun piece of kit. Not just for drummers but any aspiring musician who wants to get into using samples in their musical experience.
The Alesis Sample Pad 4 packs a lot in such a small package. It features 4 pads and even a trigger-in for using an external pad like a kick drum trigger. There are plenty of cool sounds to choose from in the built in sample library and you can also add your own samples via an SD card slot. You can add reverb, panning and even tune samples to suit. A great songwriting tool and even better for adding to your live performance.
Now you can play those awesome 80's drum sounds that you would have heard in songs like FYC's "She drives me crazy" and MJ's "Black or White". Too much fun! Dave couldn't stop dropping beats! Chris had to have one of his own!

Come check it out, it's keeping the boys well amused!

We just got two new Maton beauties in as well: the SRS808 and the SRS70C.

The 808 comes with a Western Red Cedar top and Blackwood back and sides. It's Matons most popular shape. It has the width of a dreadnought but the size of an orchestral guitar. You'll be surprised at the big sound of this smaller bodied guitar.
The 70C is your classic Maton Dreadnought that features Blackwood back and sides, Queensland Maple neck and solid Spruce top. They both have the AP5 Pro pickups so you'll have all the tone options you'll ever need on these amazing sounding guitars. We always get excited when new Maton guitars arrive!
Come and have a chat to Dave about these, he will keep you entertained for days.
Maton SRS70C
Maton SRS808

We are new to the Yamaha A & L Series guitars line of acoustics.

The L Series is a perfect combination of modern and traditional. They look fantastic, sound brilliant and play every bit as good as a Yamaha acoustic should feel like.
The A Series is the perfect gigging guitar. These guitars have the classic vintage look and sound great on their own as well as plugged in. We are sure that you'll love these guitars as much as we do and we're excited to have this fantastic range in store.

Yamaha AC1R
Yamaha LL16M

Well that wraps up July at The Music Spot. Stay away from that Ekka Death Flu and we will see you all in August!
Nina, Chris, Dave, Johnny, Phil and Marian

Friday, July 14, 2017

Back from Maryborough, Heading For Exciting New Things in Financial Year 2018

Well here we are, home after a gruelling week at The Maryborough Music Conference. More than six hundred delegates across all disciplines attended for professional development opportunities.

Our trade display was well attended, great to catch up with old friends from far and wide and meet new teacher contacts to be followed up over the next few weeks.

The Music Spot and String Tech at the Maryborough Music Conference 2017
 Many inquirers stopped by the String Tech work bench to watch as Evan prepared new instruments for delivery. One lovely teacher bought her Lance Geoffrey Scott violin for a minor adjustment. Such a pleasure to handle a great fiddle from a significant local maker.

The Yamaha Silent Guitar was a huge hit at The Music Spot stand and drew many admirers. Our showbags went flying off the table and proved very popular. In all a great time was had and we look forward to the next one!

New Rental buttons on our website,
As soon as we landed back in the shop, we got some more good news: our website has been updated, and you now have the ability to rent right from the product page! 

Every instrument that qualifies for our rental terms has buttons for you to choose whether you wish to buy, rent for 6 month minimum or 12 month minimum terms. It's an easier way of getting you the guitar of your dreams sooner!

And speaking of guitarists, we have another exciting piece of news for you: Our awesome friends at D'Addario are giving away the ultimate guitarist's gear pack: $2000 worth of essentials and accessories that every guitarist needs. All you have to do to go in the draw is purchase any set of D'Addario strings, and email in a copy of your receipt. Full T&Cs available instore. Good luck!
Win ALL THIS just by buying your strings!

Well that about wraps up the start of our new financial year. Got those tax returns yet? We can definitely help you find the best way to invest them! ;) Come down to the shop and give the Team a big hello!

Friday, June 30, 2017

Vox, Giving and Teachers, Oh My

Another huge week has just passed by at The Music Spot, and we are looking forward to some exciting things next week as well.

Firstly, early this week we had the new limited edition White range of Vox Amps land.
Vox Amplifiers in Limited Edition White

From the AC4C1 up to the AC30C2, the beautiful white leather look will definitely add some class to your set!

B1G1 - giving back because we can!
Next, we have an announcement to make: The Music Spot is proud to be officially partnered with B1G1, an amazing charity organisation that enables us to contribute to specially selected, high-impact causes through our sales. When you purchase an item from us, part of your payment goes directly to one of these causes. It's a great way of giving something back and helping out the wider community.

Next week we are looking forward to the 2017 Maryborough Music Conference. As you can see, we are counting down!
Maryborough Music Teacher's Conference
Our director is heading up to represent The Music Spot, with a display of some of our music education stock, including Band and Orchestral Instruments and School Accessory Packs. She will be accompanied by String Tech, who have broad experience in the Music Education area offering repairs and service to Orchestral Stringed Instruments.  This conference is recognised as Australia's premier Music Educator's event, and will be attended by some amazing international performers and speakers.

And tomorrow marks not only a new Financial Year (Happy New Year!), but the end of our 24th Birthday Sale. There's still a few things left for you to grab, if you're quick!
Last pickings of our 24th Birthday Sale!

Last days of our 24th Birthday Sale!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Fender: Past, Present and Future

The Next Generation of Classic Fender Guitars

Fender Guitars. We love 'em. Doesn't everybody? When Leo Fender built that custom lap steel guitar for Noel Boggs in 1946, he could not know how much he was about to change the world, and how, over 70 years later, Fender would still be the go-to name for electric instruments the world over.
Excited much, Johnny?

This week we packed Johnny off to the Fender conference in Sydney, and you can imagine his reaction.

But it's not all fun and games and window shopping, these were the newest, latest cutting edge designs from the powerhouse of six string music - this was a glimpse into the future of what tomorrow's guitar heros will be cutting their teeth on, polishing their chops, becoming obsessed with.

Impressive display, is it not?

Fender Conference Sydney 2017
The Music Spot has been an authorised Fender dealer from day one (which, as you'll all remember, was July 1st, 1993).
A very young Grant demonstrating some great Fenders at The Music Spot over 20 years ago
And our staff love them. They don't just sell you a guitar because they are sales people, they sell you the guitar that will fit your life and fill your purpose and enable you to fulfill yours. One of our longest serving staff members, Dave, has given us some insight into his relationship with Fender Guitars:
Dave has been with us for 10 years now

"The reason I love Fender guitars is simple. The wide variety of tones. I can cover almost all of the sonic territory I hear in my head with a strat  or a tele. They are classic body shape designs connecting me to a long lineage of guitar history. You feel you're a part of the rock and roll culture when you look the same as your heros. Most of them played strats!"

I asked Dave what his current three favourite guitars were.

"My favourite Telecaster is the American Standard with ash body in butterscotch with the black pickguard. Classic single coil tones, all bite in the bridge, nice and jazzy in the neck, and centre position is the superb rhythm sound."
American Standard Tele
"The copper Sparkle Roadhouse Stratocaster is a top shelf value instrument. Every bit as feature heavy as the USA built guitars. Noiseless pickups, shaved heel Clapton-esque preamp for mid range wind up." 
Roadhouse Strat in Copper Sparkle
"The new American Professional Stratocasters are the greatest example of what quality means to a company the size of Fender. Great colour options, over 60 years of getting it right and packed full of great tone."
American Professional series Strat in Sonic Grey
At The Music Spot you will always find a good selection of Fender guitars in Acoustic, Electric and Bass, as well as all the accompanying accessories. We have a good selection online, but to get the best experience come into our shop and put your hands on one of these beauties and feel the quality for yourself. 

And who knows, maybe you might see one of the next generation of guitar heros in the shop picking up their first strat. 

Maybe it might even be you.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Halfway Through June Already!

It's one of those years that's going to just fly right by, isn't it? Can you believe we are in the middle of June already??

That means a few things:

1. After next Wednesday, the days will start to get longer again (yay!)

2. Three more months of this freezing weather (not so yay)

3. More importantly, we are halfway through our 24th Birthday Sale already!

So that means there are still quite a few great bargains left, but some have already left the building (queue Elvis joke).

Our Bargain Bin table is looking a little depleted!

What's left in our Bargain Bins
But as some things go out the door, others arrive, and we are very excited about our new Casio Keyboards that came this week.  Check out the new MZW series keyboards in both Black and Blue...
New Casio MZW Keyboards
...and the new XW series synthesisers, with amazing new features. Imagine the sounds you could make with these babies!
New Casio XW Series Synthesisers

Other people have had an exciting week too: Remember our new friends, Tasman Guitars? Their website has just been launched, and you can get all the delicious info and photos and everything you could possibly want there (except the guitars themselves of course, that's where we come in!).
Tasman Guitars' new website, featuring Yours Truly!
By the way, have you joined us in our Facebook Group yet?? If you're not a goupy (groupie??) type Facebooker, you can always follow our Page, that's where the magic happens ;)

That about wraps us up for this Friday, so make sure you wrap yourself up well and brave the cold to come and see us. (Remember we are Queenslanders, so by cold we mean sometimes it gets down as low as 20°C!!)