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2015 Tacoma Guitar Festival Wrap Up

This last Sunday, May 17, was the inaugural Tacoma Guitar Festival! All we can say is WOW! As you can see from the photos below, not only was the gear incredible but people packed the Tacoma Dome! The clouds parted and the sun made itself known and beamed over this often rainy region.  Inside was filled with brightness of a different kind–amazing guitars! Perhaps more than any other event in recent memory, the Tacoma Guitar Show offered nice vintage and used gear at prices that didn’t break the piggy bank-we admit we were tempted on a few items…  Included on the floor was a wide variety of boutique builders from the Northwest including our pals TV Jones! While we partner with them for a number of events throughout the year, it was cool to see them in their neck of the woods.  As you can see from the photos below, visitors were treated to some great gear. Many thanks to all who dropped by to check out our full line of products and to ask questions.  We had a blast! If you missed out this year, don’t fret too much-we’ll be back in 2016! Thanks for a great show Tacoma!

Check out more photos from the show HERE.

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Tacoma Guitar Festival

We’re excited to be a part the 2015 Tacoma Guitar Festival on May 17, 2015! Not only will it be our first time exhibiting at a show in the Pacific Northwest, it’s the very first Tacoma show! The event will be held at the Tacoma Dome in the Exhibition hall starting at 9:30am sharp (running until 4:30).  As it is the inaugural event, we aren’t exactly sure what to expect but are certain it will be great fun! Be sure to join us as we’ll be offering FREE installations on your guitar with vibrato purchase at the show.  Limitations may apply; contact Adam Seutter at adam@bigsby.com for more details and to reserve you spot. More information on the show including directions and live performers are available on the show website HERE.

Stay tuned for updates from the show floor! Follow us on Twitter HERE and Facebook HERE!

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Musikmesse 2015 Wrap Up

Whew! The 2015 Musikmesse is in the books! 4 days of live performances, seminars, and new gear.  Much like the NAMM Show in California, Musikmesse draws in tens of thousands to the Frankfurt Germany Messe grounds.  One key difference is that in 2015 2 full days were dedicated as public days so enthusiastic musicians could roam the halls checking out gear.  For our part, we teamed up with our pals at TV Jones and shared space for event.  TV’s display featured a variety of instruments from a multitude of builders that utilize his incredible pickups.  Needless to say, this brought in many excited visitors to our corner of the event.  We were grateful so many of the instruments had Bigsby vibratos as a hiccup from the airline held up our display–but TV Jones saved the day!

 

At each trade show we are humbled to see the wide range of builders (both large and small scale) that utilize our tailpieces to bring their vision to reality.  Musikmesse 2015 delivered!  Master built pieces from Hilko, Saul Koll, Pagelli and others were truly incredible to play; a real honor.  Another gem of the Messe was the large exhibit from renowned photographer Neal Preston featuring some of his best known works; a treat for all!  Many thanks to everyone that came out and made this event a stunning success!

Check out more of our photos from the show HERE.

Lots of changes are in store from Musikmesse for 2016! Learn more HERE.

More photos direct from Musikmesse HERE:

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A Bit of Pedal Steel…

1951 Coy Martin steel guitar

1951 Bigsby Steel Built for Coy Martin

In the April 2015 issue of Premier Guitar magazine, Michael Ross presents a wonderfully written history of the steel guitar.  It’s no exaggeration to call this endeavor, to condense an immense history into an easy to understand and fun to read story, a monumental task.  Ross breaks down the complex history starting from the evolution from the Hawaiian islands in the early 20th century and its progression through Western, Country, and Pop music.  In the process, he spotlights key figures including Bud Issacs, Buddy Emmons, Speedy West and Paul Bigsby.  Whether advancements in the pedal steel came from the personal preference of an individual (think pedal function from Buddy Emmons and Jimmy Day), or practical issues such as Paul Bigsby putting the pedals in front of the player rather than fanned out on the side, Ross covers all of the bases.  It can easy to for the early contributions Paul Bigsby made in the development of the pedal steel world to be hazy as he is mostly remembered for his solidbody guitars and True Vibrato tailpieces. However, as was the case in many of his endeavors, his influence was trailblazing! Be sure to check out the complete article on Premier Guitar’s website HERE and for more information on Paul Bigsby, check out Andy Babiuk’s The Story of Paul Bigsby; Father of the Modern Electric Solidbody Guitar. The world of steel guitar is rich with amazing stories, players, inventors. Dig in!

Just for a bit of inspiration (and envious frustration), here are some video links of incredible steel guitar recordings…

Sol Hoopii, Hula Girl

Eddie Kirk, Candy Kisses

Webb Pierce, Slowly

Leon McAuliffe & Cimarron Boys, Steel Guitar Rag

Speedy West & Jimmy Bryant, Flyin’ High

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Musikmesse 2015!

We’re packing our bags and preparing ourselves for the long journey across the Atlantic! That’s right, we will be making the voyage to exhibit at the 2015 Musikmesse in Frankfurt Germany! Every spring the sprawling grounds of the Frankfurt messe host the incomparable event.  This years event is slated to start on April 15 and runs through the 18th.  Not just for folks in the trade, 2015 will be open to the public.  on both Friday and Saturday (April 17th, 18th).  Be sure to get your tickets in advance and plan to arrive early! Tickets are available online HERE. With an estimated attendance expected near 100,000 it is sure to be a fun weekend—not to mention that we’ll be with our pals from TV Jones! Be sure to stop by and visit us both in booth 4.0, H19.  Not only will our full line of vibratos be available for you to check out, but so will  TV Jones guitars and pickups! Too cool to miss; get your tickets NOW!  Looking forward to seeing you all in Frankfurt!

If you can’t make it to the show Frankfurt to visit in person, follow us on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook for updates throughout the show.

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Tempe Guitar Show Wrap Up!

That’s a wrap and it’s good to be back! After a 1 year absence from the Tempe Guitar Show, we were back in 2015! Not much beats a FREE outdoor guitar show in the Arizona sunshine with great live music–especially after the wild and treacherous winter that many parts of the country have endured.  This event always puts a spring in our step (pun intended!), and 2015 was no exception! As you’ll notice in the photos below, the sun shone down on all visitors.  This year, we were able to partner with our pals at Vibramate to offer up FREE Spoilers with all Vibramate installations. Many thanks to everyone who took advantage of the great promotion! You certainly kept us on our toes!  In addition to the Vibramate promotion, we continued to offer our Pit-Stop program which lets folks with a Bigsby already on their guitar stop by for a complimentary check-up. The 8-point check makes sure that vibrato on your guitar is performing in tip-top shape.  Be sure to check our 2015 event schedule for a city near you!  Many thanks to everyone that came out and made this a great event! See you in 2016!

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More photos from the Phoenix New Times HERE.

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