Among them, the country’s premier guitar auctioneer Gardiner Houlgate will be bringing choice lots from its March sale of antique, high-end and vintage instruments, allowing a rare glimpse at some highly collectible and storied guitars and basses at the show.
Mostly recently confirmed for the Live Stage is Vigier artist Mary Spender, fresh from an appearance at NAMM 2017 where the Bristol-based singer-songwriter demoed her unique Excalibur Indus, fitted with A Little Thunder pickup specifically designed to add bass notes to a standard six-string guitar.
Mary joins the likes of Alex Hutchings (presented by Roland/Boss), Steve Smith (Marshall), Lee Wrathe (Laney), JOANovARC, Krissy Matthews (Patrick James Eggle), The Stationary Bones (SIMS/Enfield) and Phil Walker – performing excerpts from his acclaimed ‘Story Of Guitar Heroes’ theatre show – on the line-up over the weekend. Both Fender and Line6 will also be presenting new product seminars during the show and Guitar Magazine editor Chris Vinnicombe is set to host a Live Stage ‘Meet Your Maker’ interview and Q&A session with Orange, Bare Knuckle Pickups, Patrick James Eggle and Thorpy FX on Saturday 25th
New exhibitors to the show for 2017 include Elixir Strings, Sandberg basses, Fane Acoustics, Shergold Guitars and Audio Distribution Group (Earthquaker Devices, JHS Pedals, Catalinbread, Maxon etc). These brands join big names Laney, Marshall, Fender, PRS Guitars, Yamaha, Line6, Roland, Blackstar, Orange, Lag, Diezel, Vigier and more in the most comprehensive Guitar Show line-up yet.
There will be a strong presence from home-grown guitar-building talent too, with UK luthiers represented by the likes of Patrick James Eggle, Rob Williams, Feline, JJ Guitars, Crimson, Reiver and more showcasing the very best in domestic custom and bespoke design.
Tickets for The Guitar Show are priced at £12.50 (adults) and £7 (under 16s) in advance (£15 adult and £10 under 16s on the door) and are available from www.theguitarshow.co.uk
FULL EXHIBITOR LIST:
Marshall, Fender, PRS Guitars, Orange Amplification, Yamaha, Laney, Vigier, Patrick James Eggle, Blackstar, Faith Guitars, Peavey, Line6, Elixir Strings, Rotosound Strings, Roland / Boss, Diezel Amps, Bass Centre, Tokai, Shure, Mansons, LAG, Dean Guitars, 440 Distribution, Tanglewood, Tascam, Westside Distribution, JJ Guitars, Bare Knuckle Pickups, Mark Bass, D’Addario, Guitar Auctions | Gardiner Houlgate, KFW Guitars, Swan Stand, Thunderplugs, Rockano/Facelift, DV Mark, Maxon, Providence, Lunastone, Emma Electronic, Darkglass Electronics, Neunaber Audio Effects, Caroline Guitar Company, Two Notes, GTC Sound Innovations, Earthquaker Devices, Ortega Guitars, Ormsby Guitars, Davis Amplification, Gryphin Amps, Academy of Music and Sound, Rift Amps, Reiver Guitars, Chickenbone John, Bulldog Pickups, Matamp, Flaxwood Guitars, Cole Clark Guitars, Bassics, Synergy Distribution, PJB, Sandberg, Audio Distribution Group, Williams Guitars, Turnstone Guitar Company, AC Guitars, Acoustic Centre, Brian May Guitars, Fane Acoustics, RabsWood Guitars, James Neligan Guitars, Riversong Guitars, EMD/WGC, Classic Case, Feline Guitars, Crossrock, Music Nomad, Rapco Horizon, High Tech Distribution, Stand Made, James’ Home Of Tone, Crimson Guitars, Flame Guitars, Stone Wolf Guitars, Hathaway Guitars, Smooth Hound Innovations, Tuned Inn Publishing, RSM Custom Guitars, Druzkowski, Thorpy FX, SIMS Custom, RCF, Fairdeal Music, PMT, MSL Professional, Fret Funk, Warman Guitars, Patrick Eggle Guitars, The Fretboard, Little Guitar Shop, Reflex Print, Rob Williams Guitars, ACS, Strings & Things, SLead, Gartone Amps, Guitar & Bass magazine, Madison & Fifth, Heistercamp, Twin Stomp, GuitarGuitar, Guitars 4 You, Sonuus, Harry’s Guitar Company.