The Turner Guitar Studio is a small music store that carries a lot of merchandise, we have over 300 guitars, plus keyboards, violins, amplifiers, ukuleles, parts, accessories, and so much more. we also offer musical instruction in all styles of Guitar, Bass, Piano, voice, Violin, and banjo.
On the left hand side of this page is a list of many of the brands we carry, with links to their websites, and on the right you can find links to our other pages with details on the products we have in stock, the services we offer and discounted items we have available. There is also a video blog for the products we've demoed and for help learning some songs we commonly teach.
We hope your experience on our website, and dealings with us in the future exceed your expectations, and are helpful in your musical exploits.
Thanks for visiting our site.

James Turner (Manager)

Apr 19, 2015

Inventory Update for April 2015

  There's been a lot of new inventory coming in over the past few month, even compared to usual. I don't have nearly enough time or room in this post to include all of it. But here is a taste of some of the new guitars, and electronics we now have in stock. 

Washburn Parallaxe Electrics
  We've recently received a large shipment of Washburn Parallaxe Electrics. There are too many to go into detail on each models specifications, so here is a generalized list, with photos of each below.
  All the models we received have ebony fingerboards, jumbo frets, graphite nuts, Grover 18-1 gear ratio locking machine heads and active EMG humbuckers. most are set neck models, with fantastic heel-less joints for easy access to the upper frets, while a few have Stephen's Extended Cutaway, bolt on necks, which offer even better fret access. The EMG active humbuckers are ideal for those who want an extremely heavy sound, since you get a ton of output, a very full tone, and some natural compression which evens out the tone and volume while tapping and shredding. With top notch hardware, beautiful finishes, extremely ergonomic bodies and necks, and great metal and hard rock tones, these guitars should satisfy most metal players. We have lots of 6-string single cut and double cut models, as well as a 7-string and an 8-string model in their super strat body.
   For details on the full line of Parallaxe electrics, follow this link.
Washburn PXL20EWH
Washburn PXM18EB
Washburn PXM20EFTBM
Washburn PXM27EC
Washburn PXL10EC
Washburn PXS10EC

Hofner Shorty Electrics and Basses
  The Hofner Shorty is one of the least expensive travel electrics on the market. With very simple controls, a single humbucker pick-up, a volume and tone, you're not paying for much except the quality. They are nice to play (though a little weird to sit with if you don't use a strap), sound good, and will last a long time. despite having a regular 24 3/4" scale neck, the whole guitar comes in at under 33" long. This makes it incredibly portable, while maintaining the pay-ability of a regular full size electric.
  There is also a bass version available with a 30" scale neck, and a single Hofner black top humbucker. We have it in a rootbeer finish, with a black finish available. Tone wise, it's slightly on the bright side, due to the pick-up placement, but because of it's short scale neck, it maintains much more of its low end than you'd expect.
  They are also now available in a wide variety of colours, including red, blue, goldtop, orange, seafoam green, rootbeer, and more. They all come with a nice custom gig bag as well. For all the details, visit:
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(Most of the colours I mentioned are not listed on their website. Visit in store to see the other colours)

Hofner Shorty Bass Guitar - CT

Hofner Ignition, Cavern Violin Bass
  The Hofner Ignition Bass is the least expensive series in Hofner's Violin bass line. Also known as the McCartney Bass, and The Beatles Bass, the Hofner Violin Bass is an icon of music history. The Ignition series faithfully reproduces the feel, features, and qualities of the German made versions, while coming in at around 1/4 the price. The Cavern model takes its name from the Cavern Club in Liverpool, where many bands, including The Beatles made their start. The only serious difference between the Cavern bass, and the standard Ignition bass is the position of the bridge pick-up. Rather than being a half inch or so away from the bridge, it is moved up about 3 inches into the bass's sweet spot. The bass wont have as crisp, and bright of tone when using the bridge pick-up as other models, but it will have a much fuller midrange, and a much more powerful tone.
  The bass has a short scale (30") neck, and a non-fixed, compensating rosewood fretted bridge. The hollow body design without f-holes, makes it very light weight, and very rich in harmonics, while maintaining most of the feedback resistance of a solid body instrument. The spruce top, and flamed maple back and sides, combined the the short scale, construction style, and Hofner staple top pick-ups, give the bass one of the fullest, most dynamic, and most resonant bass tones I know of.
  Hofner's control set up has a rhythm and solo switch, to select between a deep resonant rhythm tone, and a bright, crisp and powerful solo tone, as well as a volume and on/off switch for each pick-up. This system makes it fairly versatile, and easy to switch up your tone on the fly.
  Due to it's light weight design, and short scale length, the bass is ideal for smaller people, including children who are interested in bass. It is much easier to reach the frets, and more comfortable to sit and stand with than almost any other bass available, without going to a travel instrument or something like that.
  The bass comes with a custom fit Hofner hardshell case, and is available in a few other colours, though the one we have in stock is a sunburst finish.
Find out more about these awesome basses by visiting:

Hofner Contemporary 500/1 Violin Bass in Silverburst 
  There are not a ton of differences between this model and the Ignition model above. However, a few of them are fairly significant. Being a 500/1 model, it does not have the Cavern spacing for the pick-ups, allowing for a little more variety in the tone, as well as a brighter, tighter high end when using the bridge pick-up. It uses the traditional zero fret, instead of the strings coming straight off the nut. This makes your open strings and your fretted strings sound the same as each other, and makes it a little easier to play near the nut. It has an ebony bridge instead of rosewood, giving better sustain and a crisper tone. The pick-ups are the exact same German made staple top humbuckers as the original 500/1, giving you a little fuller tone. It has a center block for added sustain and durability, which does ad a small amount of extra weight to the instrument. It also comes with a nicer hardshell case with a combination lock latch, and heavier duty construction.
  I certainly prefer this model over the Ignition series, though the Ignition bass is almost half the price. So really it comes down to what you want to spend, and which features you care about. Though you will certainly be pleased with either model over all, as they both sound, play, and look amazing.
  Here's a link to the Contemporary series page on Hofner's website. However they don't have the Silverburst model listed, which is the one we have in stock currently.

Vox Soundbox-M-OR
  Vox has been creating some incredible portable music technologies lately; from their AmPhones, to the AC1-Rhythm Vox, to the Mini3-G2 and Mini5-G2. The Soundbox-M however is one of the most versatile of these creations. With a pre-amp system designed to work with bass, acoustic/electric instruments, electric guitars, and keyboards, no matter your weapon of choice, this has a tone to suit it. It has stereo inputs, so when using a keyboard, or stereo guitar effects, you can get proper stereo sound out of the twin speaker 2x4 combo. It also has an Aux input, so you can run your MP3 player through it with stereo audio. It has 8 good quality digital effects including reverbs, delays, chorus and more, with tap tempo capabilities. There is an independent mic channel with a level and effects level control, so you can use the effects toward the mic as well as the other instruments. It has a center cancel function for the Audio input which cuts out the vocals in a song for doing karaoke style singing.
  On top of its plethora of awesome features and great tones, it is also very portable. Coming in at 5.29 lbs, with a nice metal chassis and carry handle, you'll be able to bring it everywhere you go. It is able to mount onto a standard American thread mic stand as well, so you don't need to have full size pole mounts. It can be run off 6xAA batteries, or the included AC power adapter.
  So if you want a small portable practice amp, a versatile amp for a variety of instruments, a battery powered busking amp, an excellent sounding stereo audio player, or all of the above, check out the Soundbox-M
  The "-OR" at the end of the title refers to this being the orange model, which we have several of in stock, though we also have it in a black and ivory finish, with a green model available.

Samson Synth Seven Wireless Guitar System
  Samson's original claim to fame was their wireless microphones and guitar systems. From their beginnings in 1980 with their first wireless microphones, to where they are today, they've done an incredible amount of innovation in a variety of fields. Their USB mics have become the industry standard, their Hartke Hydrive bass amps are used by some of the best bass players in the world, and now they've created a new flagship series of Wireless systems called Synth Seven. With an all metal chassis for both the body pack transmitter and the rack-mountable receiver, LCD screens for information on channel, signal strength and battery life on each, and over 100 auto select-able frequency bands, it's made to handle the rigors of live performance. You can run up to 20 systems simultaneously without interference, and with the auto scan function you are sure to find the best possible frequency band for your area. You get over 300 feet of range with the powerful UHF transmitter, and a pair of AA batteries will get you 15 hours of performance time. With the LCD displays showing your battery level, you wont have to change batteries before they are dead, "just in case" either.
  Samson has made its name by being innovative, and producing high quality products at very reasonable prices. The Synth 7 systems stay true to the name by offering fantastic value for money, on one of the best systems on the market.

Digitech Hardwire DL-8 Delay Looper
  Digitech's Hardwire pedal line is probably my favourite in terms of quality for the money. With super heavy metal chassis, versatile and durable metal knobs, excellent tones, and great pricing. The DL-8 Delay/Looper pedal is my favourite in the line, due to it's incredible ability to augment your performance. I've always had a soft spot for loopers, and despite the fact that this one is fairly limited in its loop time, it's still enough for most things you'd need. The wealth of incredibly versatile delay styles combined with the control over each delay type, makes this one of the more compact, and versatile pedals in this price range. Once you combine that with the Hardwire series' durability and features, you have a pedal that's very hard to resist.
  The Pedal's delay types include 4 digital delays, with varying delay time ranges, Modulated Chorus Delay, Lo Fi delay, Slap Back, reverse delay, and more. You can use the footswitch to dial in a tap tempo for setting your delay frequency, and it has a switch allowing you to hear the delays continuing after the pedal is switched off, or mode is changed if you so wish. It has true stereo capabilities, and has a true bypass switch, eliminating tone loss in your signal chain.
  For all the details and specs, visit
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Oscar Schmidt Ukuleles
   Oscar Schmidt has been well known for their quality ukuleles for a very long time. Being affiliated with Washburn certainly helps, as Washburn is one of the oldest instrument manufacturers, and is particularly well known for their acoustic instruments. Because of this affiliation, you get the same lifetime limited warranty on parts and manufacturers defects, that you get with all Washburn guitars. Our most recent shipment includes 3 all mahogany ukuleles. A soprano, a concert, and a tenor. The concert and tenor models both are made from all solid mahogany, have bound bodies with wood purfling, are equipped with Grover die-cast machine heads, and come with deluxe hardshell cases. These are some of the nicest ukulele's we have in the store, especially when factoring in the relatively low cost. Because these ukes don't have fancy exotic woods, and aren't overly adorned with inlays and shiny finishes, all you really pay for is the quality of the construction, the tone woods, and the hardware. If you're looking for a serious ukulele for recording, or performing, but don't have a huge budget, I recommend you try out the OU220SWK and OU240SWK.

Mar 24, 2015

March Inventory Update

  As usual, we've been getting into a lot of new gear over the past month or two. I've been somewhat negligent in writing these updates of late, so this will include more products than usual, with somewhat briefer descriptions. Let me know if you'd like to know more about any of the products here by e-mailing me at, or calling 780-278-3679.

Marshall JVM410H and 1936 2x12 Cab
  We have recently received a shipment with a Marshall JVM410 head and "1936" 2x12" speaker cabinet. This is a 100 Watt, British built, all tube amp, with 4 separate channels. It has independent 3-band EQs on each channel, as well as reverb, gain, and volume controls, with a programmable 6-button foot-switch for switch for selecting things on the go. It is also equipped with a variety of outputs to suit most cab stack combinations, an effects loop, as well as line and midi outputs.
The 100 watt tube power amp offers up enough power for almost any occasion, while the on board distortions give you great tone at any volume level. The 4 channels each offer a unique tone, and different distortion type, so it can suit a wide variety of music styles.
   If you are looking for a great performance amp, with enough power for most venues, enough versatility for all your music, and the tone that made Marshall amps the Legend they are; come try out the JVM410.…/amplifie…/jvm4-series/jvm410h/

Breedlove COMOO25B Mandolin
  This is one of Breedlove's least expensive mandolins. However; with a Solid spruce top, maple back and sides, rosewood fingerboard and bridge, and Breedloves unique Mandolin design, it sounds and plays much better than most others in the price range. Part of Breedloves design includes a wider neck, giving much more space for your fingers between the pairs of strings, as well as a radiused fretboard, and larger frets, for a much easier playing experience. It is in a semi-gloss black finish, with little in the way of fancy appointments, contributing to it's exceptional value.

Breedlove Studio SDX21CE 12-string Acoustic
  Breedlove's Studio series of acoustics are excellent buys for someone looking to upgrade from an entry level or midrange instrument, into a pro level model, without going overboard on the price. With a Solid Spruce top, Mahogany, back and sides, Grover die-cast machineheads, L.R. Baggs LR-V-TC pick-up system + tuner, and Breedlove's ingenious bridge truss system, the guitar is ready for anything. The wood combination along with the concert body size, gives you one of the most versatile acoustic tones around, working well in almost any application, and almost any genre. The brightness of the spruce is well tempered by the midrange produced by the mahogany, and focused by the body size. Often Small bodied guitars (especially 12-strings) suffer from a lack of low end. But due to Breedlove's bridge truss system, and forward X-brancing patter, it has a well rounded low end as well. The bridge truss also greatly contributes to the instruments stability in varying climates, and with heavier string gauges, which is a huge benefit on a 12-string guitar especially.
   The L.R. Baggs Pick-up system has a very natural tone, and allows for a lot of control while on stage. The on board tuner is also very easy to use, and is among my favourite of all built in tuners. The guitar also comes with a heavy duty, semi-rigid gig bag, ideal for those who want the most protection out of their cases, without sacrificing portability and convenience (such as back-pack straps).

Breedlove Premier Concert Rosewood Acoustic
  Breedlove's Premier line of acoustics are all hand made in Bend, Oregon, USA, with 25.5" scale necks, and are equipped with L.R. Baggs' EAS VTC pick-up system, and Graphtech Tusq nuts and saddles. This model is made from Solid East Indian Rosewood and Solid Sitka Spruce, and has a Hondurian mahogany neck, and African Ebony fingerboard and bridge. The Concert body size, soft cut-away, and exceptional set-up, contribute to a wonderful playing experience. The Rosewood back and sides, and sitka spruce top give the guitar a lot of projection, depth, and clarity, while the smaller body keeps the low end from overpowering everything. It is an ideal guitar for a studio or stage musician who wants a transparent tone that is easily fit into a mix, while maintaining it's richness and character.
   It comes with a beautiful Custom Breedlove hardshell case, for protection when bringing it to and from all the gigs you'll be playing with this beauty.
Concert Rosewood

Hagstrom Ultra-Swede Sterling Silver Finish
  It's been a while since I've done a write up on a new Hagstrom, so I figure it's time I give them some more attention. The new Ultra-swede we've received in a Sterling Silver finish, is equipped with all the features we've come to love from Hagstrom. This includes their H-Expander Truss Rod, Resinator wood fingerboard, and Hagstrom's beautiful 15-1 die-cast machine heads. The Ultra-swede is equipped with Hagstrom's Custom 62 Humbuckers, which are a great sounding high output, passive pick-up, with a coil tap switch for single coil tones. The guitar has a very slim neck profile (allowed by the added strength of the H-Expander Truss rod), set into a slim profile body. The small dimensions make the guitar lighter, and thus more comfortable to sit or stand with, and the thin neck allows for a faster playing experience. Also available in a variety of other colours, and with a Floyd Rose bridge option, the Ultra-swede is our best selling electric in the price range for good reason.

Vox Mark V (V-MK5-B) Electric Bass
  The Vox Mark V bass uses one of Vox's oldest body designs called the Phantom. With two single coil pick-ups, two volume, and one tone control, it's not overly versatile, but it does have a nice vintage tone and feel to it. The bass only has a 30" scale, and a fairly norrow fingerboard, so those with small hands and short arms will have a much easier time playing this than the majority of basses on the market. The bass also comes with a nice custom gig bag for protection when transporting it.

Vox AC4C1-12
  This is one of Vox's newest releases. With the same circuitry and controls as the AC4C1-BL, you get Vox's classic "Top Boost" channel tone, while the low wattage power section allows for a fantastic tube overdrive tone at even low volumes. The EL84 power tube, and pair of 12AX7 pre-amp tubes, run 4 watts through a 1x12 Custom speaker. Compared to the standard AC4 models, the AC4C1-12 will offer a lot more volume overall due to it's larger speaker, yet will still retain the slightly compressed tone, and easily accessible tube overdrive as the smaller versions. The amp is only available in Vox's classic look, with a black exterior and their brown diamond cloth grill.
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Digitich Live Harmony

  Have you ever wanted to harmonize with your vocals, but don't have anyone to sing with you? Well fortunately Digitech has created the Live Harmony multi-effects pedal, and vocal harmonizer. The Live Harmony allows you to add 2 separate voices of harmony, with either male or female vocals, in a variety of intervals, and at different levels independently.Using the MusIQ technology, the harmonies will follow along with the Chords you are playing, eliminating the need to pre-program it with your key. You can also add a variety of effects to your vocals, including pitch correction, de-esser, compressor, noise gate, voice doubling, reverb, delay, distortion/filter, and much more. You can also add effects to your guitar, including a Lexicon Reverb, and a variety of modulation effects.
  Beyond this, the pedal gives you a 70 second, unlimited overdub. phrase looper. A sound-check feature for previewing effects with your vocals. Advanced feedback suppression for a cleaner performance at high volumes. A live adapt feature which sets your delays and modulation effects to the same time as your guitars tempo. The ability to create set-lists, so you can pre-set your vocal effects, and harmony settings for your entire performance.
  For all the details, visit
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Korg Krome 61

 The Korg Krome is one of Korg's workstation keyboards. With hundreds of high quality, editable samples, a touch screen display and variety of hard knobs and buttons for easy interaction, sequencers, arpeggiators, and more; the Krome-61 will do almost anything you need live, or in the studio. The 61 key version has semi-weighted keys, for a fast response, and extra portability. The keybed can be split into sections and transposed for increased versatility, and you can change the sounds, and layer sounds differently in each section. The model we have in stock is in a nice matte red finish, which looks stunning. We also got the keyboard on sale, so we have it marked down a fair bit from it's regular price.

Mar 19, 2015

March and April 2015 Special List

  Here are our March and April specials, valid until April 30th 2015 (or while quantities last). Being that there are still some overstocked products remaining from Christmas, I will also be putting discount tags on a variety of products I would like to clear out over the next few months. To see what is on clearance, stop by the store, or call James at 780-278-3679. 

All John Pearse acoustic guitar strings are 20% off our regular prices. If you purchase more than 4 packs, we will take 30% off all of them. 

Parkwood acoustic and electric guitars are 20% off, plus receive a package of Free accessories of your choosing worth $50.00 with  your purchase. 

Our THD Univalve, hand wired head and 2x12 speaker cabinet are 20% off our regular prices.

Save 15% off any Vox guitars in stock. Including our remaining 22, 33, and 55 series models, as well as the new Mark III and Mark V models.

Receive an extra 5% discount for every $100.00 you spend on a violin. (Up to 25% off for any violin over $500.00)

All Korg HT clip on digital tuners are 35% off the regular price.

Our Swiss built Levinson Blade Dreadnought acoustic is 20% off. Originally $1549.95, now $1236.96. Plus get 50% off any accessories. 

Get a Free $200.00 gift certificate with the purchase of any Washburn electric over $500.00. (You cannot use the gift certificate towards the guitar, but can use it  for other guitars, amps, accessories, lessons, etc. You can use it any time in the future you’d like as well).

Any remaining Renegade electric guitars are 15% off. Plus when you purchase it with an amp, get up to 20% of the combined value of the guitar and amp worth of free accessories of your choosing. 

Feb 12, 2015

February Inventory Update

   We have a variety of new instruments and products now in stock, and with the NAMM show having just passed, we will likely be getting in many new products from many of our main brands. We also have a few new lines available. Here are a few of my favourite new Arrivals.

Rammer Drum RAMDIB
  These are a new type of hand percussion instrument that's been getting a lot of attention lately. working somewhat like an inverted steel drum, the Rammerdrum has a variety of panels tuned to different notes of a major scale. There are 3 different sizes available, each with a different number of panels, but coming in at fairly different price points. The one we have in stock is the smallest with only 6 panels, and even this one offers more versatility than I expected. It's surprisingly easy to play, as long as you have a good sense of rhythm, and it's a lot of fun to play around with. I ordered myself one of the medium sized ones.

Breedlove Pursuit Nylon
   The Breedlove Pursuit Nylon is Breedlove's least expensive nylon stringed guitar. But with a solid cedar top, mahogany back and sides, a Fishman Isys+ USB equipped pick-up, and exquisite Breedlove styling; it looks, sounds, and feels much more expensive. Classical guitars are generally very traditionally designed, with very little variety in terms of features and looks. Breedlove however doesn't care much for tradition, as is evidenced by their variety of unique features and body designs.
  This Pursuit Nylon utilizes Breedlove's concert body style, with the soft cut-away, which is great for those who want a nylon stringed guitar, but dislike the extremely simple looks, and features of most other classicals. The Fishman pick-up system with a USB output, gives you the ability to record directly into a computer, saving you the hassle of an interface, and giving you much better tone than using your computers mic. As with all Breedloves in the Pursuit series, it comes with a nice padded gig bag as well, for easy and safe transportation.

We also got in a few other new Breedlove acoustics, one of which is the stunning Pursuit concert Ebony, with Java Ebony Back and sides, and the same Fishman Isys+ USB pick-up system as the Pursuit Nylon. The other is a Solo Concert, which has a solid Cedar top, Rosewood Back and sides, a sound hole in the side of the body, and L.R. Baggs LR-T-CV pick-up system, and an extra deep concert body.

Kala KA-GTR Tenor Guitar
   I am so excited about this instrument! It is the first tenor guitar I've ever played, and the only one that I am aware of (though I'm sure someone else makes them). Coming in only slightly larger than a Baritone ukulele, this a very portable and comfortable instrument to play, the solid spruce top, rosewood back and sides, and satin finish gives the guitar a lot of volume, and a crisp and clear tone. It is tuned in fifths (like a violin, viola, cello, and mandolin), so anyone who plays instruments like that will find it very easy to pick up and play. It is tuned to C,G,D,A, so it's not nearly as high pitched as a violin or mandolin either, which is nice for those who currently play those instruments. The KA-GTR is equipped with Grover Sta-tite machine heads, bone nuts and saddles, and D'Addario strings. On top of this, we will also offer 50% off a gig bag for it, with the purchase of the tenor guitar.
Here's the link for Kala's Website:

Samson Synth Seven Wireless Earset System
Samson is well known for making high quality wireless systems, offering good value for the money. They now have a new model for those looking for a roadworthy, high end UHF wireless system, still coming in under $500.00. The Synth Seven wireless systems have an all metal construction for the receiver and transmitter, offer over 100 channels, allowing for up to 20 systems to be used at once. The range of the systems is up to 300', the receiver has an LCD readout showing your channel and transmitter battery level. It also will automatically scan the frequency range for the most optimal signal for the area. You can get it with a variety of different microphones, including lapel mics, handheld dynamic mics, or use it as a wireless transmitter for your guitar.

Parkwood Guitars
  We've recently received 6 guitars from the brand Parkwood. Parkwood builds some of the most affordable all solid wood guitars on the market. With excellent all solid woods, well designed bodies, and good quality hardware and accessories, you'd be hard pressed to find something even close to these in the same price range. With most brands costing well over $1000.00 before getting into all solid bodies, the Parkwoods starting at just over $600.00 are pretty hard to beat.
  We have a variety of models in stock, including a Semi-hollow electric with a piezo bridge pick-up, a couple Jumbo acoustics, a few folk models, and a dreadnaught, there's likely something that will suit your style. Here's a link to their Website for more information.

Korg LP-180
  This is one of Korg's newest digital pianos, designed with aesthetics and usability in mind. Like our best selling SP-170, the keyboard has Korg's NH weighted 88-key keybed, and 10 high quality sounds. But it combines these features into a slimmer design, with a slow close keybed cover, a larger speaker cabinet, and includes a 3 pedal unit for sustain, half damper, and damper functions. It comes in a black or white finish, but for all the details visit:
LP-180 BK

PRS SE 245 Soapbar
This is our first Paul Reed Smith with their single cot body design, which I think looks awesome. With a gloss black finish, maple binding, PRS' bird inlay fret  markers, and two soapbar pick-ups, it looks very classy and ready to rock. The P-90 pick-ups offer a fairly aggressive tone, with some nice mids, and a chimey high end, great for a lot of cleaner styles of playing, or for a really fuzzy overdriven tone. As with all PRS SE electrics, it comes with a deluxe padded gig bag, and offers a lot of value for the money.