Australian Guitar - - First Chord -

After draw­ing over 5,500 gui­tar lovers and en­thu­si­asts to last year’s ex­hibit, the Mel­bourne Gui­tar Show is re­turn­ing to the Caulfield Race­course on Au­gust 5th and 6th. This year’s lineup boasts not only an in­cred­i­ble haul of lo­cal gui­tarists (Lloyd Spiegel, Nick Charles and Bob Spencer, amongst many more), but also mas­sive in­ter­na­tional artists – the UK’s leg­endary Steve Hack­ett (Gen­e­sis), Canada’s renowned Nick John­ston and UK su­per­star Alex Hutch­ings. In ad­di­tion to some killer per­for­mances, the Mel­bourne Gui­tar Show will also hold a monster ex­hi­bi­tion that will fea­ture a gi­gan­tic va­ri­ety of elec­tric and acous­tic gui­tars, ef­fects ped­als, amps and more state of the art gui­tar tech­nol­ogy, both home­grown and from around the world. But don’t take it from us – we caught up with big guns of the show to hear why they’re ex­cited to at­tend.


“After ex­pe­ri­enc­ing sev­eral dif­fer­ent trade shows from around the world, I have a pretty de­cent idea of what to ex­pect from the Mel­bourne Gui­tar Show. How­ever, I’ve heard this show has a dif­fer­ent vibe than many of the oth­ers. I’m re­ally just ex­cited to check it out for my­self. Mel­bourne is by far one of my favourite cities in the world, and just the fact that this show hap­pens to be tak­ing place there has me re­ally look­ing for­ward to it. I’m sure it’s go­ing to be an amaz­ing time!”


“What I’m ex­cited and ner­vous about is be­ing ex­posed to far too much gear I don’t need, but which I will nev­er­the­less con­vince my­self that I do in or­der to be­come a ‘bet­ter’ gui­tar player. As one does. Other pluses in­clude hang­ing out with old gui­tar geek friends, im­par ting ad­vice and con­fu­sion in my chat on gui­tar-re­lated stuff, the per­for­mance of my Week­end War­riors band, and the jam on Sun­day where far too many notes will be tortured.”


“No mat­ter what coun­try I’m in, at some point some­body will ap­proach me at the gig and tell me about a gui­tarist they saw who is also from Mel­bourne. We have a tremen­dous list of world class gui­tarists, span­ning ev­ery genre imag­in­able. That’s why Mel­bourne needs an event like this. For me, it’s a chance to see many of those play­ers all at once, catch up, be in­spired, hope­fully learn a few things and cel­e­brate the con­nec­tion my favourite city has with my favourite in­stru­ment.”


“I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to this year’s Mel­bourne Gui­tar Show. There are the usual ter­rific re­tail dis­plays with ev­ery gui­tar fa­natic’s tastes catered for. Of course, as a per­former in­volved in the acous­tic gui­tar shows, I’m re­ally hon­oured to host a stel­lar, su­per tal­ented and di­verse lineup of vir­tu­oso play­ers. Just about ev­ery imag­in­able style will be there in the in­ti­mate con­cert set­tings, and if last year’s show is any­thing to go by, there won’t be a dis­ap­pointed picker in sight. It is won­der­ful for the gui­tar and mu­sic scene in gen­eral to have this unique, fo­cused event. See you there!”


“I’m chuffed to be play­ing the Mel­bourne Gui­tar Show. I am ob­sessed with all things gui­tars, and this is my first time Down Un­der, so play­ing my gui­tar in Aus­tralia for Aussies is a ma­jor bucket list win! The hot word I hear is that the Mel­bourne Gui­tar Show is pretty much one gi­gan­tic gui­tar shop with some pretty tasty vintage gui­tars about, so I’m def­i­nitely in­ter­ested in checking all of that out for my­self.”


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