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Some of the great­est movers and mak­ers in the gui­tar in­dus­try joined Gui­tarist as we hit Lon­don’s Olympia for our new show – and the come­back of Gui­tarist Of The Year

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Our first UK Gui­tar Show at the end of Septem­ber saw play­ers of all ages and abil­i­ties flock­ing to the Olympia Lon­don to cel­e­brate new and vin­tage gear, tu­ition work­shops in a wide range of styles, plus in­ti­mate per­for­mances and sign­ings from top play­ers with spe­cial Q&A ses­sions.

The ex­hi­bi­tion of 21 of Rory Gal­lagher’s gui­tars on the vin­tage floor proved an es­pe­cially pop­u­lar draw, in­clud­ing that Strat. Else­where on the floor, the Seven Decades show also of­fered play­ers the chance to get close to an ex­hi­bi­tion of golden-era vin­tage Fen­ders and Gib­sons, with per­for­mances through­out the week­end so show at­ten­dants could hear them in all their glory.

As play­ers pe­rused the lat­est mod­els from the likes of Fen­der, Yamaha, PRS, Mar­shall, Charvel, Jack­son and Peavey, an all-star team of reg­u­lar Gui­tarist, Gui­tar Tech­niques and To­tal Gui­tar contributors of­fered a range of walk-in work­shops in ev­ery­thing from clas­si­cal gui­tar to an in­tro­duc­tion to ukulele. They were joined by a spe­cial edi­tion of That Pedal Show Live and master­classes from the ex­perts at Fo­cus­rite.

Martin Simp­son opened the main stage on the Satur­day and set the stan­dard high with a sub­lime folk gui­tar per­for­mance, and the wide range of play­ing tal­ent that fol­lowed did not dis­ap­point with Jon Gomm, Misha Man­soor, Mike Dawes and Si­mon McBride all per­form­ing, along with our very own Jamie Dickson pay­ing trib­ute to Hen­drix and Clap­ton with the Cream Ex­pe­ri­ence, along­side for­mer Gui­tarist ed­i­tors Neville Marten and Mick Tay­lor.

Pe­riph­ery’s Misha Man­soor hosted two clin­ics dur­ing the show, mix­ing playthroughs with in­dus­try ad­vice. The ques­tions from the au­di­ence proved in­sight­ful as bud­ding play­ers quizzed the Jack­son sig­na­ture artist on ev­ery­thing from main­tain­ing a ca­reer in the in­dus­try to song­writ­ing.

On the same week­end that she an­nounced her de­but solo al­bum, Con­trolled Chaos, Alice Cooper gui­tarist Nita Strauss wowed fans with her Q&A that fea­tured in­stru­men­tal

per­for­mances fol­lowed by a very pop­u­lar sign­ing ses­sion. “It was so fun to get an ex­pe­ri­ence of a gui­tar con­ven­tion in a com­pletely dif­fer­ent coun­try and to meet so many awe­some peo­ple at my clinic,” Nita told us after the show.

But for Gui­tarist, the high­light of a great week­end of gui­tar was the show­case of tal­ent that marked the re­turn of our Gui­tarist Of The Year com­pe­ti­tion. The fi­nals saw nine play­ers per­form live on the main stage in three cat­e­gories: Young Gui­tarist Of The Year, Acous­tic Gui­tarist Of The Year, and the fi­nal elec­tric ti­tle. Read on for the full re­port on the in­cred­i­ble range of tal­ented play­ers and who took each of the ti­tles…

The week­end of our sell-out show saw thou­sands of gui­tar en­thu­si­asts join us for work­shops, Q&A ses­sions (in­clud­ing one with Nita Strauss, pic­tured top), and stand upon stand of vin­tage, big-name and in­no­va­tive gear to ogle and try out

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