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)

Oct 14, 2012

Awesome New Inventory

It's been a little while since I've done an update on our products, so there is a lot to cover. I'll start with my favourites and work towards my slightly less favourite, with little reviews on each item.

Hagstrom Tremar Super Swede with 3 P-90 pick-ups
As the title suggests, this is a Hagstrom super swede, with their brilliant (Bigsby style) Tremar tremolo system, which I like more than a Bigsby for 1 very good reason, which is that it's arm is longer and better designed making it fall into the perfect place to play, as well as making it more comfortable to use. It is also equipped with 3 of Hagstrom's "Spiced" P-90 pick-ups, which offer the dirty, crunchy tone you expect from a P-90, but with more saturation of natural overtones filling out the sound more than a traditional p-90 (hence the "spiced"). to select between these 3 incredible pick-ups is a 6-way rotary switch, giving you more tonal options than most guitars. each pick-up has its own tone control as well. The composite "Resinator Wood" fingerboard and "H-Expander" truss rod gives this guitar a very nice playing feel as well, since they can set it low off the bat, and the stability of the neck will keep it playing well so you don't have to worry about it changing and needing a set-up every few months. The composite fingerboard and the truss rod also help with the unique Hagstrom tone of this guitar by increasing sustain, and evening out the tone throughout the scale.
Beyond all that, this is truly a stunning guitar, just look at it! though the picture doesn't do it justice.

Hagstrom Ultra-Swedes
We got in a few different Ultra Swedes, in a few different finishes. They are made in the same way, and with the same materials as the Super Swede above, but instead of 3 P-90s they have 2 humbuckers with a coil tap switch to turn them into single coils. They have a tune-o-matic style bridges, and a much smaller body than the super swedes, which is nice for portability, and comfort, since it weighs a fair bit less. The price on these is much lower as well, making these the bargain of a lifetime considering the features, looks, sound, and play-ability they offer.

Sigma Guitars!
We are now an official dealer of Sigma-Guitars, which is now under the ownership of AMI Audio Distributors in Germany, instead of Martin. Established in 1970 to counteract heavy competition from Japan in that time, Sigma guitars were designed and built as less expensive versions of Martin guitars, copying their looks, shapes, and bracing patterns. Though they are no longer built by martin, they still copy the D series, and the 000 series body shapes, with the same looks, and their same logo. every Sigma guitar in production at the moment has a solid wood top on a laminate back and sides, which is the best way to go for sound if you are on a budget. Solid wood back and sides will always be better than laminates, but a price hike of double or triple the price of a laminate is a lot to swallow, especially if you are just a hobbyist or a beginner. we currently have 6 models in stock, across most of their product range, so you can really pick one to suite you. Find out more about these guitars Here. or by stopping by the store and trying them out yourself.

Washburn Festival Series Acoustics
Washburn's festival series is a line of smaller bodied guitars designed with the small venue or "festival" in mind. They are more portable than many acoustics, and have a slightly shorter scale for easier play-ability, warmer tone, and a more comfortable playing position. These work well for younger kids as well because of the shorter scale. They all come with a Washburn pick-up and tuner system installed as well, which is great for quick tuning (it's my second favourite on board tuner I've com across, next to the B-Band T35 system in the Hagstroms) and the pick-up sounds pretty nice as well. They are budget minded as well, never getting over $400.00, and they all look fantastic, with options like flamed maple tops, nice paint jobs, or just nice looking spruce or maple wood grains.

Levy's Canadian Made Leather Guitar Straps
Levy's is a Canadian company that makes a huge line of guitar straps, from stitched leather, to suede, to printed poly, to stitched cotton, to hard carved leather, and everything in between. Being Canadian made means your supporting our economy as well as getting the assurance that you are getting a quality product when you buy their straps. They have become our main brand for gig bags, as well as the straps, which are now taking over completely as we are currently clearing out all our other straps to make room for them. This last order was of over 3000.00 dollars in straps, with a selection of straps from each part of their line, so there is a lot to choose from... In fact, we've never had this many straps in stock before.

Used Instruments
For some reason we've recently got in a lot more used instruments than usual. Just today we got in an entry level Aria acoustic in a blue sunburst finish, a Marshall 15 watt Bass amp, and an Ibanez SGR100EX bass in black. these are all priced much less than any new instrument we have in stock, which makes these great for beginners who don't want to spend a ton to start out. We also have a used Fender Squire Strat, which is fairly rough shape physically, but because it plays nicely is definitely a good buy if you don't care about the looks, because it is hugely discounted. We have 4 or 5 used electric amps in stock, as well as a variety of other guitars, such as our Taylor 810 (which is in completely flawless condition, it is the definition of mint), a Gibson songwriter 12-string acoustic, a Blueridge folk size acoustic, and many more.

Oct 8, 2012

October Specials List

October Specials
Being that it's a new month, here is a list of new special offers I am running this October.

Strap Clearance
This is nothing new, but as a reminder, all our NON Levy's straps are 30% off until they are gone, and of course we can still special order them for you if there is a particular one from any of the clearance brands you want. I just prefer the Levy's straps, so we are sticking with those at least for the time being.

Gig Bag specials
Because we still have a lot of those Tribal planet gig bags in stock after last months give-aways, for this month I will give you 100% off the price of those gig bags with the purchase of any guitar, and I will give you 50% off any of them if you are buying them without a guitar. However, we have sold out of some sizes and styles of them, so if you are buying a guitar in a size that we don't have a tribal planet gig bag for, I will still give you 50% off any other gig bag of your choice. (this offer only applies to the purchase of guitars that don't already include a gig bag or case).

Korg SP-170 and SP-250 Sale
Both these digital pianos will be discounted 15% all month long, so if you are looking for a really nice digital piano with either natural weighted keys, or Real Hammer action keys, and Quality unlooped sampled sounds. check out these for sure! E-mail me, call me (james) 780-278-3679, or visit in store for more information on these keyboards. (the sale applies to special orders of these as well, so you can order them in the colour you'd like)

Guitar + amp special (the "Pick your treat" special)
We have always had a deal where if you buy an amp and a guitar together we will throw in a bunch of free stuff to make it a nice package in a price range related to what your buying. Normally this package will include a gig bag, strap, patch cable, some picks, and maybe a few more things if you are getting an expensive guitar. During October, we will throw in a lot more than that. We will throw in things like tuners, capos, polishing cloths, strings, or whatever, up to 20% of the combined price of the guitar and amp worth of free stuff. I wont be picky about what you get with it either, you could get just a really nice hardshell case, or $100 worth of picks, or whatever you think will help you the most. It's up to you to decide.