Monthly Archives: November 2011

JUST IN! The new enhanced Gibson Montana Emmylou Harris Signature Model!

Gibson’s legendary J-200 acoustic has long been associated with the singing cowboys of the ’40s and ’50s, but in recent decades the instrument’s most prominent player has been incomparable singing cowgirl Emmylou Harris. From her career beginnings in the mid-’70s, Harris has favored the J-200, calling the guitar “a thing of beauty.” In late 2002, in the form of the L-200, Gibson designed the Emmylou Harris Signature version of the J-200.

“Robi Johns and Ren Ferguson of Gibson Acoustic in Bozeman, Montana, met with Emmylou and suggested a small-body guitar that she could write and travel with,” says Mike Voltz, product manager for Gibson Acoustic. “For the original, they selected the LC-1—a model in current production—and then put all the signature art features of the J-200 onto that guitar. They added a smaller version of the signature J-200 moustache bridge, the J-200 binding, and the distinctive fingerboard inlays of the J-200. The guitar was first presented to Emmy at the Newport Folk Festival in 2003.”

Flash forward five years, and the Emmylou Harris L-200 has just received its first substantial makeover. With Harris’s blessing, Gibson has enhanced the L-200 by reshaping the body to more closely resemble the original J-200, while also updating the electronics.

“The new body-shape is exactly like a J-200, reduced by two inches,” Voltz explains. “As a result of the new shape, the bridge is pulled more towards the center of the lower bout. That’s an improved placement, given that the lower bout pumps like a speaker. The geometry and the physics of the new shape generate more sound.

“The other change involves the pickup system,” Voltz continues. “Lloyd Baggs, owner of L.R. Baggs Pickups and a terrific designer, spent two days tweaking and adjusting his dual-source system until it was perfect for this guitar. The electronics reproduce the tone of the guitar—in amplified version—very faithfully.”

No changes would have been made to the L-200 without approval from Emmylou Harris herself. Indeed, Harris’s reverence for the Gibson J-200 is such that she was reticent, five years ago, to have a model crafted in her name.

“She was being modest,” Voltz says. “She felt she might be pulling attention toward herself and away from this wonderful guitar. That’s how much respect she has for the J-200. The truth is, we would have done anything for Emmylou.”

Gibson Emmylou Harris L200 Acoustic Electric Guitar with Case
Price
€ 2,399.00

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The best of digital pianos! Kurzweil CUP-2 Digital Piano with Wooden Keyboard action

New into Waltons is the CUP-2 ‘Compact Upright, the “flagship” to Kurzweil’s growing family of home digital pianos. The CUP-2 features 88 onboard sounds from the “acclaimed” PC3 series Pro keyboard line. Included are 10 world-class pianos including the famous Kurzweil “Triple Strike” Grand Piano. The CUP-2 offers 20 celebrated vintage electric pianos and organs, sampled and modeled with amazing realism using Kurzweil’s proprietary chip technology. From rich strings, choirs and orchestral voices, to realistic guitars, bass & drums, the CUP-2 now brings professional studio sound quality into your home.

Built into the CUP-2 are 78 interactive rhythm patterns in a variety of styles to choose from. A dedicated Grand Piano button and an “easy play” sequencer allow you to record any sound with rhythm, and save it to one of 8 user song presets. Your sounds can be customized with 2 sound layering, effects, transpose and split point and stored to one of 3 “Favorite” presets for a “one button” recall at any time.

For those demanding the best in acoustic piano action, the CUP-2 incorporates an 88-note, “wood embedded” graded hammer key action, heavier in the lower end of the keyboard to progressively lighter in the upper end. The double dipped full-body solid black keys have a pleasing tactile surface. This real wood action perfectly balances response and momentum for inspiringly “true” piano action. Complimenting the action is a slow close fallboard, which doubles as a music rack.

Everyone will marvel at the CUP-2’s modern streamlined cabinet. Beautifully designed in Ebony Polish and standing at 42” high, the CUP-2 leaves a very small footprint in any room but fills any size space with spectacular concert hall sound. With it’s specially designed 140 watt bi-amped 4 speaker system, the CUP-2 faithfully reproduces the sound of a full sized concert grand piano for convincing classical performances but also ideal for popular music. Add to this Kurzweil’s design and ingenuity and the stage is set for something remarkable.

Kurzweil CUP2 Upright Digital Piano
Price
€ 2,399.00

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December & Christmas Week Extended Opening Hours

We are pleased to announce the following December Extended Opening Hours for both shops:

Thursday December 1st: 9am to 8pm
Sunday December 4th: 12pm to 5pm
Thursday December 1st: 9am to 8pm
Sunday December 4th: 12pm to 5pm
Thursday December 8h: 9am to 8pm
Sunday December 11th: 12pm to 5pm
Thursday December 15th: 9am to 8pm
Friday December 16th: 9am to 8pm
Sunday December 18th: 12pm to 5pm
Wednesday December 21st: 9am to 8pm
Thursday December 22nd: 9am to 8pm
Friday December 23rd: 9am to 8pm

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Yamaha Keyboards now Cheaper than ever!

Check out our new unbelievable prices on the yamaha keyboard range

Yamaha YPT220 Keyboard
Price
€ 119.95
 

The YPT-220 features 375 natural sounding voices, including Stereo Grand Piano, 361 XGlite voices, 12 drum kits and a sound effect kit. The YPT-220 also has 100 accompaniment styles and 102 built-in songs. Use the Portable Grand button to instantly call up an authentic stereo grand piano sound. The instrument also has a rich Reverb effect that adds concert-hall ambience to any performance. The Yamaha Education Suite feature makes learning and practicing music more fun than ever before.

Yamaha NP-31 76 Key Keyboard
Price
€ 299.00
 

 The new Piaggero NP series gives you classic Yamaha piano tone and 76 full-sized keys in an ultra-portable package weighing in at just 12 pounds (NP-31). Operating on just 6 AA batteries, you don’t even need a power outlet to play your piano anywhere your music takes you. Yamaha has added a new 61-key model (NP11) and an easy to use panel design with dedicated voice-select buttons. Built-in metronome with adjustable tempo and time signature appeals to the pianist who knows that practice makes perfect. The NP31’s Graded Soft Touch Action emulates the graded resistance of an acoustic piano without the added weight of hammers.

Yamaha NP-V80 88 Key Keyboard
Price
€ 439.00
 

In both design and playability, Yamaha Piaggero embodies the almost lyrical combination of “piano” and “leggero” – Italian for “light” – that constitutes its name. Piaggero provides go-anywhere portability and style while also delivering Yamaha’s legendary piano touch & tone. Whether you’re taking up piano for the first time or recapturing your musical passion, the Piaggero offers easy-going piano fun.

Yamaha PSR E333 Portable Keyboard
Price
€ 199.00
 

 A versatile keyboard for the beginner or the more accomplished player. Full-size touch-sensitive keyboard with Ultra Wide Stereo sound, exciting features and built-in tuition system.

– 61 key (5 octave) full size keyboard
– 497 voices
– Yamaha Portable Grand
– 106 accompaniment styles
– 102 preset songs
– 2-track recording system
– Dual-split and harmony effects
– Reverb, chorus and Ultra Wide Stereo

Yamaha PSRE423 61- Key Keyboard
Price
€ 299.00
 

The PSR-E423 offers several innovative features. The basic features for learning to play — like the Yamaha Portable Grand and Yamaha Education Suite — and features for when it’s time to perform, like synthesizer Control Knobs for real-time control of filter, effects, sound envelope and Style tempo. The Arpeggiator provides an expanded 150 different patterns and 40 arpeggio Voices. These easy-to-use professional features, along with its new black body, set this keyboard apart from others in its class.

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FENDER® ANNOUNCES CONSUMER ‘INSTANT REBATE’ INITIATIVE

FENDER® ANNOUNCES CONSUMER ‘INSTANT REBATE’ INITIATIVE

 

European wide instant consumer rebate of up to €100 on select selected FENDER® and SQUIER® guitar, bass and amplifier models

 

East Grinstead.  (27th October 2011) — Fender is pleased to announce a rebate of up to €100 on selected Fender® and Squier®, guitar, bass and amplifier models, which will be made instantly available to the consumer at the time of purchase.

 

From November 1st 2011 participating authorised Fender dealers across Europe will be offering the following rebate amounts:

 

Fender American Standard Series Guitars and Basses:                    €100

Fender Road Worn™ Series Guitars and Basses:                                €90

Fender Standard Series Guitar and Basses:                                          €40

Fender Super-Sonic™ Series Amplifiers:                                                €100

Fender Hot Rod III Series Deluxe™ and Deville Amplifiers™:         €50

Squier Vintage Modified Series Guitars and Basses:                        €30

 

The offer closes on January 15th 2012

 

 

Contact us or visit http://www.fender.com/en-IE/promos/2011/rebate/ for more details

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Stock Update: Way Huge Ring Worm Ring Modulator

Dial in some crazy freaked out madness with the Way Huge Ring Worm; an analog modulator based on old school synth technology, with a new, designed-from-the-ground-up circuit. One twist of the 5-way selector knob takes you through five different waves of Low Frequency Oscillator (LFO) lunacy, adding beautifully bizarre and unpredictable amounts of modulation to your otherwise traditional tone. The Depth knob controls intensity, and the Rate knob controls speed of the LFO, while the Blend and Frequency knobs controls the mix of the effect and pitch of the internal oscillator. An expression input allows an expression pedal to take over the function of the Frequency knob. Don’t be afraid to explore the depths of the abstract with this looney Way Huge creation.

Dunlop Way Huge Ring Worm Ring Modulator
Price
€ 139.95

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Stock Update: Fender Kurt Cobain Jaguar (1 only)

Fender® introduces one of its most distinctive signature models ever, the Kurt Cobain Jaguar®-meticulously modeled on the battered and highly unusual 1965 Jaguar that Cobain wielded during the heady early-’90s era when Nirvana ruled rock and led a musically stunning and culturally subversive movement.

Fender craftsmen have reproduced Cobain’s battle-hardened left-handed Jaguar down to the last unusual detail, including its worn finish, dual humbucking pickups and unique electronics and controls (which were already in place when Kurt acquired the guitar in summer 1991).

Unique features include an alder body with Road Worn aged finish and hardware treatment, bound fretboard with pearloid dot markers, Stratocaster headstock shape with 1950s-style “spaghetti” logo, DiMarzio® humbucking DP103 PAF 36th Anniversary neck pickup and DP100 Super Distortion bridge pickup, triple knurled “chrome-dome” knob configuration (volume-volume-tone), three-position toggle switch, black chrome Adjusto-Matic™ bridge and Gotoh® sealed tuners. Available in right- and left-handed versions.

Accessories include a black textured vinyl hard-shell case and an exclusive Fender Kurt Cobain book with photos and commentary by Charles Peterson and an insightful interview with Nirvana guitar tech Earnie Bailey.

Fender Kurt Cobain Jaguar®, Rosewood Fingerboard, 3-Color Sunburst
Price
€ 1,192.00

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Gibson USA Announces SG Special Limited

SG Special Limited

The iconic SG has been a classic ever since its arrival on the scene in 1961. In the hands of players like Eric Clapton, Tony Iommi, Carlos Santana, Robby Krieger, Derek Trucks and countless others, the SG has not only retained its legendary status for five full decades, but has also proved itself one of the most versatile electric guitars on the planet. The SG Special brings all of this great guitar’s attributes to a no-nonsense package that’s heavy on tone, but easy on the budget. All of the real-deal tonewoods, construction, and playability are here, along with the classic hardware complement and an upgraded set of high-output Gibson Dirty Fingers humbucking pickups. What’s more, the SG Special looks great in its genuine high-gloss nitrocellulose finish in your choice of Alpine White, Renault Blue, or Radiant Red.

Just like all great SGs of the past five decades, the SG Special has a body crafted from solid mahogany in the asymmetrical “double-horned” deep double-cutaway design. A light and supremely resonant wood, mahogany gives this guitar outstanding tonal richness and depth, with plenty of clarity and sustain. Coupled with the SG’s characteristic beveled edge—a big part of this model’s distinctive styling—the mahogany’s light weight also enhancing playing comfort. A solid mahogany neck is carved in a rounded ’60s profile that measures .818” at the 1st fret and .963” at the 12th. It is glued into the body with Gibson’s acclaimed deep set-neck joint, and topped with an unbound fingerboard made from dark Obeche, with 22 medium-jumbo frets and a Corian nut cut on the PLEK for optimum precision. The SG Special is further distinguished by its simpler gold silkscreened headstock logo, the businesslike dot inlays on the fingerboard, and the large black pickguard that is characteristic of post-1967 SGs.

In the hardware and electronics departments, the SG Special is locked and loaded in legendary style. A pairing of Tune-o-matic bridge and Stopbar tailpiece offer the solidity and sustain partnered with precision intonation adjustment that have made this equipment the industry standard since Gibson president Ted McCarty conceived them in the mid ’50s. At the headstock end, a set of vintage-style Tone Pros™ tuners with white plastic buttons offer efficient performance while following through on the ’60s styling. And to ram all this tonal goodness home, the SG Special carries a pair of classic high-output Dirty Fingers humbuckers. One of Gibson’s two hottest pickups, the Dirty Fingers, was a popular hard-rockin’ upgrade back in the ’80s, and returned to the fold initially as the choice of Blink-182 guitars Tom DeLonge for his first Signature model guitar. Noted for its huge, bold sound and incredible power, this ceramic-magnet pickup nevertheless offers surprising clarity for a design of its type, and provides a fast track to big-rock distortion tones for wailing leads and crunching, thumping rhythm work. Unlike most Gibson humbuckers, the Dirty Fingers features adjustable steel pole pieces on both coils, rather than just on one, for perfect string balance.

Put it all together, wrap it in the included padded black Gibson gigbag.

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Stock Update: Gibson Songwriter Deluxe Studio & Emmylou Harris Signature Now in stock!

We just received the following Gibson guitars

Songwriter Deluxe Studio & Emmylou Harris Signature

Gibson Modern Classic Songwriter Deluxe Studio Acoustic Guitar
Price
€ 1,999.00

The Gibson Songwriter Deluxe Studio is an acoustic-electric guitar that delivers the traditional square-shouldered Gibson body style and sound with stylish flair. Gibson’s luthiers have endowed the Studio Guitar with a full complement of enhancements such as double parallelogram mother-of-pearl inlays on the ebony fingerboard, antique gold hardware, a sculpted pickguard, 6-ply top binding, and an abalone rosette. And the Gibson Songwriter Guitar offers superior performance with solid rosewood back and sides, solid Sitka spruce top, and an L.R. Baggs Element system rounds out the whole package.

Gibson Emmylou Harris L200 Acoustic Electric Guitar with Case
Price
€ 2,399.00

Gibson Emmylou Harris L200 Acoustic Electric Guitar with Case

Looks Like A J200 But with A Smaller More Comfortable Feel!
The Gibson L200 Emmylou Harris model features a re-designed body that is smaller and thinner than the J200 but braced to produce a powerful, natural sound. Equipped with LR Baggs i-mix Electronics, this acoustic is ready for anything.

Gibson L200 Emmylou Harris Features

  • Solid Sitka Spruce Top and Solid Curly Maple Back and Sides
  • 25.5 inch Curly Maple Neck with Rosewood Fingerboard
  • The Look of a J200 that’s the Size of an LC1
  • Double MOP Bridge Inlay
  • Gold Gotoh with Pearloid Keystone button tuners
  • LR Baggs iMix Electronics
  • Includes Hardshell Case

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Newsletter Draw winners for October announced!

Congratulations to all the Waltons Newsletter subscribers who have won in our October weekly prize draws.

€20 Gift Vouchers:

Sarah O Keefe,
Rebekah Brady,
Kevin Fitzpatrick,
Geraldine Hussey
& Mairead Heffernan.

Waltons Worldmasters Tickets:
Conor Doyle,
Niamh Shore,
Edmund G Galloway,
Tara Keegan
& Fergus Hurley.

So, if you want to be in a chance to be one of our lucky winners this month, click the following link and register!

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