Monthly Archives: June 2012

NEW Joe Bonamassa Signature Crybaby from Dunlop

Guitar great Joe Bonamassa’s playing is fiery, deep, and powerful. When he really wants to express himself in a solo, he steps on a Cry Baby wah. Dunlop worked with Joe to develop the Joe Bonamassa Signature Cry Baby, specially engineered to fit in perfectly with Joe’s system, from the way it looks to the way it sounds. On the outside, it sports a classy copper top with a smooth-finish black body. On the inside, it features large, vintage-style thru-hole components, a Halo inductor (for added harmonic content), an output buffer (to prevent impedance imbalance with vintage fuzz pedals), and a switch for true-bypass or non-true-bypass operation (Joe prefers non-True Bypass as it darkens the high end). To read more about this fabulous Wah pedal click here.

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NEW Fender Kurt Cobain Mustang

When Kurt Cobain hit the stage, it was very often with a Mustang guitar – an enigmatic anti-hero figure with an esoteric anti-hero instrument. Now Fender introduces the Kurt Cobain Mustang, which evokes the man, the band, the sound and the times, and gives an authentically crafted nod to one of the most unlikely guitars to ever find itself at the center of a musical maelstrom.

Kurt Cobain liked Mustangs a lot. For one, he preferred offbeat guitars that didn’t cost the earth and the Mustang certainly fit those two criteria. Also, being somewhat physically diminutive himself, he liked to perform live with slightly more diminutive guitars, like Fender Mustangs and Jaguars, which better fit his hands and his reach.

The Mustang is now available in sonic blue from Waltons at just €993.95. Click here to get yours or call in to our Georges Street or North Frederick Street shops to try it out.

See for yourself and watch the famous 1991 video for “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” and there he is and there it is slung over his shoulder. Or think back to when you saw them on the ’93-’94 In Utero tour, when he seldom went onstage with anything but a Mustang. Quite often and especially later on, Mustangs were a big part of what Kurt Cobain was all about, musically.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY LEE GAZE, MICHAEL EINZIGER AND BRANDON FLOWERS!

Born on this day in 1975, Lee Gaze, lead guitarist, Lostprophets, (2006 UK No. 1 album ‘Liberation Transmission’). Here they are with ‘Rooftops’:

Born on this day in 1976, Michael Einziger, Incubus, (2004 US No. 2 and UK No. 6 album ‘A Crow Left of the Murder’’, 2006 US No. 1 album ‘Light Grenades’). Check out the book of their album ‘Morning View’ with guitar tablature & standard notation, with full lyrics & chord symbols here. Here’s Incubus with ‘Drive’:  

Born on this day in 1981, Brandon Flowers, vocals, keyboards, The Killers. Their debut album ‘Hot Fuss’ in 2005 went to UK No. 1. Check out the matching folio with full tab and notation transcriptions here. And here they are with ‘Mr. Brightside’:

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What makes tuning so easy & accurate? The NUX STRUM TUNER @ only €69 – One strum & you’re done!

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The NUX STRUM TUNER @ only €69 – One strum & you’re done! A polyphonic pedal tuner for guitar or bass. An internal DSP circuit can recognise and determine the tuning of all 6 strings (4 for bass) when played simultaneously and change the tuning mode automatically when only a single note is detected. A large dot-matrix display shows pitch status in all modes for fast and accurate tuning. Click here to get yours!

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JUST IN! The Nux Mighty 50 Digital Guitar Amplifier @ only €169 – Plenty of power with killer effects!

The Mighty 50 is a 50W digital guitar amplifier that will give you the all the sound you need! By using 32bit DSP, 44.1KHz/24bit AD/DA converters and our TS/AC (True Simulation of Analog Circuit) technology, the MIGHTY-50 will supply amazing guitar amp and EFX sounds. Functions such as a built-in tuner, MP3/CD input, a foot switch jack and a Headphones/MIXER output are the perfect tools for both studio and stage.
A 12-inch custom speaker and 50 Watts of power create an amplifier that’s small enough for your studio, yet loud enough for the stage. Check out this demonstration of the Mighty 50 killer effects (it’s in Russian but you’ll get the idea!):

To see more on the NUX Mighty 50 Guitar Amplifier click here.

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HAPPY 70th BIRTHDAY, PAUL MCCARTNEY!

Born on this day in 1942, Paul McCartney – the most successful rock composer of all time. McCartney first met John Lennon on July 6th 1957, who was impressed that Paul could tune a guitar. With The Beatles he had 21 US No. 1 & 17 UK No. 1 singles plus McCartney has scored over 30 US & UK solo Top 40 hit singles. He has written and co-written 188 charted records, of which 91 reached the Top 10 and 33 made it to No. 1 totalling 1,662 weeks on the chart. Here’s ‘Hey Jude’ from the Beatles:

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WHY CARRY A PHONE AND A TUNER?

JUST IN – CHERUB GB2i GUITAR/BASS TO IPHONE ADAPTER FOR STRUMTUNE @ only €12.95

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The GB2i is the perfect interface between your Guitar or Bass and Strumtune. Simply plug your instrument into the GB2i, and the mini lead from the GB2i into the iPhone headphone jack and start tuning.
Don’t want to unplug after tuning? Plug your lead into the GB2i output and into your amp. Don’t have an amp? Listen to the sound through your headphones/ earbuds via the Headphones jack. See more here.

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FANTASTIC FATHER’S DAY GIFT IDEAS!

JUST IN – NEW RANGE OF DUNLOP LUCKY 13 GUITAR STRAPS!
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Dunlop and Lucky 13 have done it again joining forces to bring you a new collection of straps to choose from. Check out these great collectable new designs @ only €18.95 here!

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FOR THAT VERY SPECIAL DAD! JUST IN – CHERUB DP-1008 Digital Drum Pad @ €199.
The DP-1008 Drum Tutor is the new digital drum pad from Cherub. Put 150 professional percussion sounds and plenty of demo songs into your bag and go wherever you want to play, practice, rehearse, record or even hit the stage! Its recording function helps you analyze your playing and capture your inspiration anytime! A built-in metronome function is included. DP-1008 is simple, portable and powerful! Click here to get yours.

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“Instrumental Art” at the Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre

“Instrumental Art” – the latest project from Musical Youth Foundation – is a jaw-dropping exhibition featuring over 100 pieces of art where guitars, violins and even drums are the canvasses used by some of Ireland’s leading artists, designers and musicians. The exhibition is open to the public for free on the top floor of the Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre and will run for one month.
If you get the chance the exhibition is truly something special and well worth a visit.
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On this day in 1995, Irish guitarist Rory Gallagher died…

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On this day in 1995, Irish guitarist Rory Gallagher died after a chest infection set in following a liver transplant. Had been a member of Taste before going solo, sold over 30m albums worldwide. Voted Melody Maker’s Top Musician of the Year in 1972, auditioned for The Rolling Stones following the departure of Mick Taylor. Gallagher made his final performance on 10 January 1995 in the Netherlands. Now you can play Rory Gallagher’s guitar parts in the company of the original backing musicians. Check out the amazing Rory Gallagher Play Guitar Book & 2 CDs which puts you right there in the studio!

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