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New at Future Shop: Deluxe Fender Stratocaster HSS with iOS connectivity

by Blogger on ‎04-29-2014 09:06 AM - last edited on ‎06-04-2014 01:32 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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My first electric guitar – I must have been an early teen at the time - was a firebird red Squire Stratocaster with a pearl white pick guard. Of course, being the less-expensive cousin of the legendary Fender Strat model, I knew it was far from the best guitar on the block, but it didn’t matter. All I cared about, at the time, was that my guitar looked almost identical to the ones used by some of the world’s biggest names in rock and roll – icons like Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix, to name a few.  In a way, my copycat Strat made me feel connected with some of music’s brightest stars.

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Happy 120th Birthday, Gibson: 5 reasons to celebrate the all-new 2014 models

by Blogger on ‎04-08-2014 10:05 AM - last edited on ‎04-10-2014 04:22 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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In the summer of 1894, Orville Gibson quietly started a music revolution – one that would impact the way guitars are made, played and heard forever. A whole new family of instruments were born (starting with the mandolin and followed by archtop guitars), later inspiring generation after generation of musicians and craftsman to continue to produce some of the world’s most-loved guitars.

 

This year celebrates Gibson’s 120th anniversary - a year that’s a milestone in itself - and the historic guitar makers are celebrating in style with its newly minted 2014 models. Here's a peek at some of the innovative and exciting (and, well, just plain cool) features in store for this year's Les Pauls and SGs.

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Roland Cube Amps: Which one is right for you?

by Blogger on ‎03-15-2014 09:50 PM - last edited on ‎03-18-2014 10:43 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

 

While Aristotle may not have been a musician, he was talking about the power of the collective team – and in music, working as a team is vital to creating great sound. In a band, for example, every part plays a role, big or small, that adds to the final product – the drums create the beat, the guitar the rhythm, vocals the melody, and so on. 

 

In music, the guitar and the amp are a classic pair; when teamed up, an electric, acoustic or bass guitar becomes an impressive instrument full of life and sound.  And, depending on the bells and whistles built-in (such as distortion, chorus effects, etc), the creative control can be endless.

 

For years Roland’s line of Cube and Micro-Cube amps have provided a wide selection of models that fit the needs of the student, gigging musician or singer-songwriter. If you’re shopping around for your next amp, here's a few models I'd recommend trying out, and what features to consider, depending the sound you're looking for...

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New Year’s Resolution: Learn to play an instrument!

by Blogger on ‎01-22-2014 12:38 PM - last edited on ‎01-23-2014 11:29 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

2011-year-resolution-400x400.jpgThis time of year is often a period of reflection, soul searching, and looking upon new horizons. A time for deciding what didn’t work last year and what to improve, or start, in the next twelve months. Joining a gym, spending more time with loved ones, or pushing up the career ladder are a few popular examples. Another common one? Learning how to play a musical instrument.

 

Interest in learning music often peaks in the New Year, as people seek to expand their skill set or start something new. No matter what age, learning a new skill (or re-sharpening an old one) can have great benefits, both cognitively and emotionally.

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CES 2014: Gibson celebrates 120 years; Min-ETune is gadgety and amazing

by Blogger on ‎01-10-2014 08:02 AM - last edited on ‎01-10-2014 03:42 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Naturally, consumer electronics dominate the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2014). However, once again, legendary guitar maker Gibson Guitar had a notable presence at this year's show, with a large, white booth outside the Central Hall building of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

 

 

 

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There is a world of accessories that can enhance a musician's playing - from pedals to amps and everything in between, students and teachers of every discipline can reap the endless benefits these add-ons can provide. Below is a list of my personal must-haves, and, while mostly for the guitarist and bassist, I included some items that would be a welcome addition to any musician’s toolbox.

 

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Review of Gibson's Les Paul 70s Tribute Guitar

by Blogger on ‎11-27-2013 03:46 PM - last edited on ‎12-24-2013 10:55 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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What do Stairway to Heaven, Smoke on the Water and Hotel California all have in common? They’re all classic hits from same decade, the 1970s – one of the most thrilling and experimental times in music history. And, not surprisingly, a handful of these all-time favourites were written, recorded and performed on a select few guitars. 

 

One favourite was Gibson’s Les Paul. To pay homage to the feel and tone of the instrument that made some of the most unforgettable tunes during a decade when rock was king, Gibson introduced their Les Paul Studio '70s Tribute earlier this year. As someone who has always appreciated the Gibson brand of guitars, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to put this newly minted instrument to the test.  Here’s a quick breakdown of how I thought it measured up.

 

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Which Gibson guitar is right for me?

by Blogger on ‎11-06-2013 03:58 PM - last edited on ‎11-07-2013 09:22 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Gibson and Epiphone have been in the guitar-making business for a long, long time.

 

Founded in 1902, Gibson started out as a manufacturer of mandolin-family instruments, but found its niche in the 1930s when the company started making flattop acoustic guitars, followed by hollow-body electric guitars. Epiphone is even older; they've been in the business since 1873, though the company was incorporated into Gibson's lineup by 1958, with the goal of offering budget-conscious versions of Gibson's high-end, and usually pricier, products.

 

Together, Gibson and Epiphone have developed a solid rack of guitars suitable for any level of playing. Let's take a look at three models that are ideal for the beginner, intermediate and advance player.

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Gibson and Epiphone guitars now available at Future Shop and futureshop.ca

by Visitor strumsomething on ‎09-13-2013 08:22 AM - last edited on ‎09-27-2013 03:36 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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What do Jimmy Page, Angus Young, Dave Grohl, and Future Shop all have in common?   As of September 13, 2013 they ALL have Gibson Guitars!

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How To: Choose the right speakers for DJing

by Blogger ‎08-22-2013 11:28 AM - edited ‎08-22-2013 11:28 AM

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DJs need to know that all their hard work at mixing, phasing and cutting songs together doesn't go to waste with bad sound output. As importants as turntables, CD players or digital mixing decks, amplifiers, equalizers are, the speakers are the most critical components to delivering a superb and well-balanced sound.

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Roland making musical waves at Future Shop

by Blogger ‎06-20-2013 06:56 PM - edited ‎06-23-2013 07:16 AM

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From synthesizers that helped define 70's progressive rock, 80's synthpop and the New Romantic movement to drum machines that laid the foundations for rap and hip-hop, Roland has helped make popular music what it is today. 

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Review: The Ultimate Bluetooth Bookshelf Speakers

by Blogger ‎06-16-2013 06:02 AM - edited ‎06-16-2013 05:31 PM

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These self-powered precision stereo speakers pack a punch and can connect to a variety of devices such as home theatre systems, HDTVs, iPods and any smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth. Set up is a breeze, just plug in the speakers and connect them together with the included speaker cable. Audio quality is stunning and can be tweaked via a remote control.

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Review: iRig Mix Mobile Mixer

by Blogger on ‎05-13-2013 11:14 AM - last edited on ‎10-31-2013 04:15 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Not everybody is a DJ, but it’s one of those things that most people appreciate in some way. Whether it’s dancing the night away in a nightclub or listening to a great set of tracks in your car, DJing seems to have become an art people are drawn to, and the power of smartphones today means you can do a little bit of it yourself. To be fair, the iRig Mix Mobile Mixer isn’t going to replace expensive DJ gear outright, but it is a good entry point into mixing tracks.

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Review: Focusrite iTrack Solo

by Blogger on ‎04-30-2013 04:14 PM

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The iPad has been a pretty interesting device for musicians over the last few years. There is a growing ecosystem of hardware and software that makes these tablets invaluable to musicians. One of the latest such products I’ve been able to check out is the Focusrite iTrack Solo. This handy little device lets you record guitar and vocals straight on your iPad without the need for any computer intermediary, so it is a great solution for use in the studio or on the go.

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Review: Blue Spark Digital Microphone

by Blogger on ‎04-12-2013 09:02 AM

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The Spark Digital microphone from Blue is a pretty striking product both visually and functionally. According to Blue it is the world’s first studio-grade condenser microphone that offers both USB and iPad connectivity. Blue microphones are known for their quality and performance, as well as their distinctive retro-futuristic styling, so this mic really stands out.

 

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