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)

Aug 13, 2014

Inventory Update Aug 2014

  In preparation for the coming School year, through July and August we have been stocking up on new inventory. We have some new brands, new lines of product, and a lot more instruments and accessories in general. There is far to much to fit in one post, so I will just go through some of the highlights.


Radial Engineering electronics
Radial engineering is a new line for us, and we are very excited to be carrying them. They are all Canadian made, from extremely high quality parts, and heavy duty construction. They specialize in a variety of DI boxes for almost any application, switchers or nearly any rig, and some awesome and extremely versatile effects pedals. We have about a dozen different units in stock currently that you can come try out, but to see all they have available, visit their website at http://www.radialeng.com/
Radial JDI Passive Direct Box Front ViewRadial Stage BugRadial Pro48 Top View

Hotone Effects Pedals
Pronounce 'hot-tone', Hotone is another new line for us. Hotone makes fantastically priced, extraordinarily small, and excellently built effects pedals, in a variety of styles. They also make some miniature amplifier heads. We haven't yet received our first shipment of Hotone pedals, but I have tried some demo ones out, and they really are something you have to see to believe. They are extraordinarily tiny, (measuring in at less than 3 inches long, and about 1.75 inches wide and high), yet are built like tanks, and have some great features. There are a variety of different effects available, including chorus, reverb, delay, distortion, overdrive, octave, and many more, though my favourite is the Looper pedal called Wally. The shocking part is the price, since every effects pedal in the series is under $100.00, which is amazing for high quality pedals like this, especially things like the loopers, which are generally fairly expensive.

They also do some Mini amp heads, which like the Skyline series pedals are tiny, extremely good quality, and very well priced. They have 5 watts of power that can run any cab from 4-16 ohms, regardless of speaker type. There is also a headphone output, allowing this to be used as a silent practice amp, and an Aux input for playing along with MP3 players.

Visit http://www.hotoneaudio.com/ to see the full line up, and all the details. We should be getting our first shipment in later this month.

Samson XP106W
This is my favourite new product to come into the market in quite some time, part of the reason I have two of them personally, and for good reason. The XP106W is a 100watt, rechargeable lithium ion battery powered PA-system, with 20 hours of battery life, a 6" speaker, 4 channels, bluetooth capabilities, and a wireless USB microphone. It's extraordinary battery life and superb portability, make this ideal for a host of functions that almost nothing else will satisfy. If you are busking on a street corner, setting up an impromptu concert in a park, going camping, doing a presentation, or just wanting a speaker for a keyboard, bass, mic, acoustic guitar, etc. This has you covered, and then some. In most situations, it's pretty simple to expand it's capabilities as well by getting a small mixer to add more inputs, daisy chaining this with other systems, etc. The wireless USB mic this system comes with is also capable of plugging directly into a computer as well, so for everything from recording music, to vocal tracks for videos, the mic will be an invaluable tool.
Visit http://www.samsontech.com/samson/products/portable-pa/expedition-rechargable/xp106w/ for more details or come check them out in store. Also remember that these are on sale for 10% off until the end of summer, along with all our other battery powered amps and speakers.


Breedlove Oregon Acoustics
  The Breedlove Oregon series acoustic guitars are some of my favourite acoustics in their price range. With stunning solid Myrtlewood back and sides, Solid Sitka Spruce tops, and Ebony Binding, bridge, and fingerboard, it not only looks good, but sounds and feels amazing. There are 3 different body sizes in stock (though now only two are in production), a Dreadnaught, a Concert, and an OM. They are all very nice to play, have and bright, shimmery tone, and a very substantial depth. The Dreadnaught of course is the loudest of the group, with a lot of extra low end tone, while the smallest OM model, has a much more focused upper mid-range, and a subtle, yet clear low end. They are all equipped with Fishman Ultra-tone pick-up systems, and come with deluxe Breedlove Hardshell cases.
  As the name would suggest, these are also entirely built in Bend Oregon, USA, using woods sourced only from the Pacific Northwest. The expert craftsmanship that has gone into these guitars is evident in every detail, from the cuts of wood, to the design, to the binding, to the flawless finishing. I highly recommend trying these out if you are looking for a pro level acoustic guitar.
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Used Basses
There has been a strange trend of late, with lots of people wanting to trade in their used basses for other instruments. This has left us with more used basses in stock than we've ever had before. Some of what we have in stock includes a Jay Turser JTB-402-TSB, a couple Ibanez Soundgear basses, an Aria AVB-45, A Fender Squier Affinity bass, and a Washburn Force 4. There are also the B-stock Warwicks mentioned in the last post, which have certain advantages to buying used, including having a warranty, etc. While still being significantly discounted. If you are looking for a great deal on a second hand bass, or a new bass, now would be a great time, as I'd love to move some of these out, and am open to reasonable offers on them.
Jay Turser Jazz Bass Package w/Hartke Amp etc. Mint Condition Edmonton Edmonton Area image 1Fender Squier Affinity Jazz Bass with gig bag and strap Edmonton Edmonton Area image 1Aria AVB-45 Bass Guitar with gig bag Edmonton Edmonton Area image 1Ibanez Soundgear Gio GSR100EX Black with DLX Gig Bag Edmonton Edmonton Area image 1

New Capos from G7th and Grover
  Both G7th and Grover have come out with some new capos that are worth checking out. The Grover Ultra Capo is the first capo to ever have an offset design, giving your thumb extra space when playing in the first position. I was skeptical that it would make much of a difference, but it is actually quite nice. Being that they are no more expensive than the very similar kyser capos, it seems like a pretty good way to go. Being from Grover, they are also very well constructed.
  The new G7th Capo is an updated version of their Performance capo, simply called Performance 2. The Performance 2 is lighter and narrower than the old version, and also has a new release mechanism, making it much easier to take off with one hand. Rather than the switch on the old version that had to be pushed down, the Performance 2 has a grip you squeeze, which releases the tightening mechanism, while using your squeezing to open the capo up. This really establishes their position as the best capo on the market in my opinion, as they are now easier to use then ever, and even more portable than before.








Jul 22, 2014

New Inventory update July 2014

  We have been acquiring a great deal of new inventory over the past few weeks, with some amazing new instruments and accessories. So here I will go through a few of my favorite newcomers to our inventory. 


Warwick Basses
  We've gotten in 6 new Warwick bass guitar from the Rockbass series. Because there are so many, I wont go into details on each specific model. However the models we received are the following: a 5-string Fretless Corvette with Jazz pick-ups, a 5-string Fortress active bass, a Left handed Streamer Standard 4-string, a natural finish Streamer Standard 4-string, a Corvette $$ 5-string with some finish flaws, and a Corvette Premium 5-string in a natural finish. A few of these have some minor finish flaws from shipping/storage, etc. These models will be severely discounted, up to 40% off, with nothing more than some scuffs/scratches in the finishes. For someone looking to save some money on an incredible bass, these present a great opportunity.
RB Corvette Premium 5 - Natural Stain High Polish RB Corvette $$ 5 - Burgundy Red Coloured Oil Finish
RB Corvette Basic Active 5 - Nirvana Black Coloured Oil Finish, fretessRB Streamer Standard 4 - Natural Satin

Breedlove Pursuit Concert Ebony
  This is the newest Breedlove model in Canada, with us being the only store with one so far. These models will be coming in, in full throughout the next few months, as the production of the new models catches up to the demand in the States. The guitar itself is a concert sized model, with beautiful Java Ebony back and sides, a solid Engelmann spruce top, and Breedlove's Bridge truss system. The ebony Jack and sides gives the guitar a bright cutting tone, with a lot of low end volume. This combines with the smaller body size has a very nice balanced tone with some soft mids, a warm low end, and a shimmering high end. The guitar is equipped with a Fishman Isys+ USB pick-up system, which has a tuner, 2-band EQ, and a volume control, and is also capable of plugging directly into a computer for direct recording off the pick-ups pre-amp.
Click here to see the demo video I made for this guitar.
We also have all of our acoustic's on sale this summer, so this guitar will be 10% off it's regular price, with 10% off anything you purchase with it until the end of August 2014. See the post below for more details.
Concert EbonyConcert Ebony

Hagstrom Viking Baritone
  This is Hagstrom's only Baritone electric guitar, but they've gone all out to make it incredible. Baritone guitars have longer scale lengths than regular guitars (28" scale in this case), heavier gauge strings, and can thus be tuned to much lower notes. There are a couple common tunings including a perfect 5th down from a standard guitar (A-D-G-C-E-A), or a perfect 4th (B-E-A-D-F#-E). The lower tuning gives the guitars a note range that bridges the gap between bass and regular guitars, while offering a much deeper more powerful tone, similar to drop tuning a guitar. This makes it great for a lot of experimental music, as well as a lot of metal and hard rock. The pick-ups Hagstrom designed for this guitar are called the P-Urified P-90 (placed in the neck position), and the Custom 58 C Humbucker (in the bridge position). The P-90 is humbucker sized, and offers a really bright clean tone, and a fairly aggressive cutting lead tone, while the Custom 58 C has a lot of low end power, and a deep and rich mid-range. The versatility these pick-ups offer is excellent, while the tone itself is just incredible. I've honestly never been a big fan of Baritone guitars in the past, as I found the tone hard to control, and overly thick and muddy. This baritone is much easier to handle, and offers much more clarity than I've experienced with baritones before, especially using the P-90. If you want to hear what it sounds like, don't hesitate to come try it out, or watch my demo video on it by clicking here.


Breedlove American-OO-VTG 
  This is one of the most stunning mandolins I have encountered. Being that my personal mandolin is the same, with only the body shape being different, that may not be a surprise to hear me say. But it's absolutely true. With the Solid Carved Sitka Spruce top and Western maple back and sides, the mandolin is a powerhouse of volume. despite the small body of the instrument, it is easily as loud as any of my guitars, and despite being so high pitched, has a very smooth and warm tone to it. The softness of the overtones makes it a pleasure to listen to, but the greatest thing about these in my opinion is the play-ability. Mandolins are notoriously hard on the left hand, with a pair of thin strings tuned to very high tensions for each note, it's a lot of work pressing them down to the frets. The narrow necks and flat fingerboards of most mandolins makes things even worse by giving your fingers very little room to move, causing some fingers to crowd others out. The Breedlove mandolins combat these problems in several ways. First they have a radius on the fingerboard which helps give more room and a better angle for your fingers to attach the strings. Second they have a wider nut with extra space between each string pair for even more room. Third, they use over-sized frets making it easier to press the strings down onto them. And last but not least, the high quality woods and parts, combined with exquisite craftsmanship, allows for a low action wet up, with perfect intonation, and no fret buzz. If you are looking for a world class mandolin to play, you will certainly want to try out a Breedlove.
Here's a link to Breedlove's website to see all the details.
You can also see the demo video I made of my own Breedlove the KF-VTG here.
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Samson XP1000
  This is the newest member of the Expedition series of portable PA-systems from Samson. With a 1000 Watt  power amp, and two 500 Watt power handling 10" speakers each with a 1" high frequency driver. The speakers are designed to clip together into one conveniently portable package, with the mixer in the back of one, and the cables in the back of the other. The mixer itself has 10 channels, 4 of which have an XLR and a 1/4" input, with a compressor or limiter on two of them, and 16 DSP effects on all 4 of them. You also get a 2-band EQ, a volume control, and a impedance switch for using with either a mic or an instrument on each channel. The mixer also has a bluetooth receiver for wirelessly streaming music from your iPod or phone through the system. The extreme portability of a system this powerful is impressive, and when combined with the myriad of convenient features, it is sure to become an indispensable part of your jam sessions, small gigs, karaoke nights, and parties. you can click here to see all the details.


Hagstrom Super Swede EMG
  This is Hagstrom's only guitar that utilizes heavy metal's favorite pick-up, the EMG. This is one of EMG's newest creations however the 81TW and 89R, with much more versatility than most. Unlike typical humbuckers EMG active pick-ups like these do not have individual pole pieces, and are not made by sticking two single coils with reverse polarity next to each other. So EMGs are unable to coil tap (use only one of the single coils) like you can on a humbucker, but with these new EMGs there are two modes on each pick-up, with one sounding like a standard EMG active, and the second sounding more like a single coil. This guitar allows you to switch modes on each pick-up individually using push pull volume knobs, which greatly increases the versatility of the instrument. Not only can you choose between the neck, bridge or both, but you can mix and match them giving you 8 different selection options instead of 3. Having a single coil voicing really opens up into new tonal territory as well, giving a thinner crisper tone for some great sounding open chords, or some intricate lead riffs. The guitar is also equipped with a kill switch button, which can add another completely unique dynamic to your sound.
   Of course this is still a Hagstrom guitar, so you are also getting some other awesome features. These include Hagstrom's H-Expander truss rod, Resinatorwood fingerboard, 18-1 die-cast machine heads, a Graphtech Black Tusq nut, and Hagstrom's distinct look and feel. If you are looking for a versatile guitar that can handle anything you can throw at it, you'll want to check out the new Hagstrom Super Swede EMG.

The one in stock is in a trans red finish, the only pictures online are in black however.

Vox Tone Garage Pedals
I've done reviews of these pedals in previous posts, so I wont go into too much detail here. However the reason I mention these now is that we have gotten in a powered pedal display for the Vox tone garage pedals. We have this set up and ready to go, so you can quickly and easily come in and try them all out (as long as we have them all in stock by the time you make it here). We are also offering 15% off all Vox effects pedals until Aug 31st 2014, with 20% off any accessories you purchase for the pedal. So there really wont be a better time to come try these awesome pedals out.

Jul 2, 2014

Summer Specials 2014

Hello everyone, here are all of our specials for summer 2014. These will apply from now until August 31st, 2014. Since our June specials were late, they will still apply until July 10th 2014.



·       Korg Krome workstation keyboards are 20% off our regular price. KROME

·       Any portable battery powered PA-systems, amplifiers, or Bluetooth speakers are 10% off. These are ideal for playing or listening to music when you are out busking, camping or road-tripping this summer.


·       All acoustic guitars are on sale. Any acoustic under $500.00 is 5% off, from $500.00-$1000.00 are 10% off, and any acoustic over $1000.00 is 15% off. Plus get the same discount off any accompanying accessories.

·       Aria Acoustic guitars are still 50% off, but all summer long if you buy one, we will throw in a package of accessories worth up to 10% of the sale value, plus will offer 10% off any additional accessories.
  


·       (Introductory Special) We now carry JBL headphones and ear buds, so all in stock or special ordered JBL products will be 10% off our regular price.



·       Our Parker USA made DF824DB will be 25% off our regular price. Plus get 10% off any amp purchased with it, as well as the regular free accessories we include with amp+guitar purchases.

Any Vox effects pedal will be 15% off, plus get 20% off any cables or power supplies you purchase with it!