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Pete Thorn In Toronto Today

One day I would like to play like Pete Thorn. Such a talented and tasteful guitarist.

My friends at Cosmo Music had sent me an invitation to come out to a workshop Pete is holding there today. As I am currently travelling in Florida, I wasn’t able to make it.

I’ve watched pretty much all of his videos over the years. Pete has the uncanny ability to make any pedal, amp, or guitar sound amazing proving that most of what sounds good comes from the player and not from the gear.

Check out his YouTube channel if you haven’t come across him before.

Plek Station

Will machines and AI soon replace the guitar luthier?

My friends at Cosmo Music passed me a note about their new Plek Station. The Plek Station is a CNC machine that can perform precise functions like fret dressing and crowning, nut slotting and shaping, fret slot cutting, nut pocket cutting, saddle and saddle slot cutting, fingerboard engraving as well as many other software enabled functions.

The manufacturer sees the Plek Station as a tool which can augment the skill, experience and craftsmanship of the luthier. You can find out more about the machine here. As far as I can tell, there are only a handful of shops in Canada with a Plek Station, less than 5.

Cosmo Music put out this video on their recent Plek Station acquisition:

Gibson High Performance Demo

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Gibson has a new contest for 2017:

Check out the next generation of Acoustic Guitars by demoing the new 2017 Gibson Acoustic High Performance Models and enter to win one of 10 great prizes. It”™s simple! Visit a participating dealer and take a photo of yourself demoing your favorite 2017 Gibson Acoustic High Performance model (a “2017 High Performance Model” is defined as any Gibson 2017 HP 415 W, HP 415 CEX, HP 635 W, HP 665 SB, HP 735 R, HP 835 Supreme). Enter by posting your photo to Facebook with the hashtag #GibsonAcousticHP and tell us why you love that 2017 High Performance Model. Winners will be randomly chosen February 1, 2017 from all eligible entries.

Nearest dealer for me is Cosmo Music, my favourite guitar shop in the Toronto area. Great excuse for me to take a trip to see my friends at Cosmo.

Suhr 2015 Collection

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Inspired by nature. Suhr’s 2015 Collection features some truly awe inspiring guitars, and we have a bunch of them! Suhr’s attention to detail is truly stunning, with every effort, down to the wooden tuning pegs and wooden pickup covers, to create the most earthy feeling guitars we’ve ever seen.

Another impressive set of guitars incoming to Cosmo Music in Toronto. These Suhr guitars are a cut above their regular production models and, of course, with a price tag to match.

The guitar pictured above caught my eye. It is a Burl Maple Modern Carve Top. It has a chambered Burl Maple body, an elliptical Bacote neck with brass ring dot position inlays and a 24k gold-plated logo. And, perhaps with a nod to Canadians, it also features a Maple leaf inlay on the neck.

Cosmo is showing this guitar out of stock. Perhaps someone has already picked it up.

Cosmo Music

Headed into Toronto this evening as I have a series of meetings here tomorrow. After I settled into the hotel, I decided to drop by the new Cosmo Music Superstore in Richmond Hill. I was looking for some George L’s as my Trailer Trash Pedal Board came in yesterday. And I will be rewiring the pedal board over the week-end.

What a store. One of the staff was good enough to walk me through some of the special features of this location. Aside from tempting me with a new Suhr or Tom Anderson, he took me into a special room that models different halls. If you want to hear what your instrument sounds like in a cathedral, this room will model the acoustic space in a pretty compelling way.

I have traveled widely across Canada and the United States and I have been in a number of guitar superstores. Cosmo is certainly one of the best I have seen. Most impressive.

And maybe I might be swayed to a particular model of Suhr. Andrew said he would cut me a great deal on this guitar.

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