While winter continued to demonstrate its power across much of the country, Spartanburg, SC experienced a beautiful weekend February 22-23. In addition to the sunshine, guitars and excitement filled the air for annual guitar show! Visitors were delighted to find that almost 100 exhibitors and dealers from across the country packed the Spartanburg Expo Center. With great vintage gear (including some amazing Pre-War Martins and 50s Gibsons!), the floor was also dotted with some incredible new gear. The Brooks Cobb Guitars display was a highlight for all of the attendees. As you see from the photos HERE, new and vintage Bigsby products were all around the show. We love seeing all the sweet vintage gear with our tailpieces! Many thanks to those who took us up on our offer for Free Pit-Stop check ups; it was our pleasure to help! Check out our upcoming events HERE for your chance at a FREE Pit-Stop or Installation! Spartanburg was a great start to our 2014 guitar show circuit; we’ll see you down the road!
February is here and although Punxsutawney Phil suggests that winter may not quite be over, we have the cure: The Spartanburg Guitar Show! The Spartanburg Expo Center will be filled with great new and vintage gear on February 22-23. We’re looking forward to this great event which always has tons of great gear. What would make attending this event even more of a ‘no-brainer’? How about your favorite guitar getting a Bigsby vibrato installed for FREE ? You read that right; just stop by the booth with your favorite guitar, purchase a vibrato, and we’ll install it on the spot for FREE!* If your guitar already has a Bigsby, bring it by for a Pit-Stop, and we’ll make sure its performing in tip-top shape–for FREE! Check out the flyer HERE.
See you bright and early on February 22!
More details HERE.
Although it seems impossible, the NAMM Shows keep getting better! The 2014 incarnation was once again held at the Anaheim Convention Center January 23-26. After the wild winter that most of the country has endured, the 96,000+ visitors seized the opportunity and basked in the warmth and sunshine of SoCal! Once inside, visitors were treated to more than 5,000 brand offerings from 1533 exhibiting companies. While the reason may not be immediately known, the energy and excitement on the floor was contagious. New products popped up at every corner and some are sure to alter the current music scene. Technology and creativity are driving a whole new generation of inspiring products. Keeping with tradition, the show started off with triumphant set of music from a marching band; a great way to start the weekend!
Part of the joy of attending of NAMM is seeing the diverse range of products from across the industry. Bigsby vibratos were found on a wide range of guitar brands including LSL, Saul Koll, Godin, Reverend, Nik Huber, Gibson and many others! In all, Bigsbys appeared on more than 3 dozen different branded guitars! The Bigsby booth not only included all of the current production models, books, and various guitars, but also an ORIGINAL MATCH PLATE! In the 1940s, Paul Bigsby used his skills as a pattern maker and machinist to start making guitar parts. A portion of the process was to create match plates so that items could be sand cast out of aluminum. The 1950s match plate on display (see photo below) was for a Gibson OEM vibrato model. As you might imagine, it drew quite a bit of attention. To this day, all of our Original Kalamazoo line vibratos are cast using this same method (and similar match plates). Certainly a wonderful piece of history!
Check out more photos from the show HERE. Always a great way to start the year, NAMM 2014 delivered an abundance of energy! Thanks for a great show and we’ll see you in Nashville in July!
We’re at it again! Check out the event schedule below to see where we’ll be in 2014! Be sure to check back for special offerings and news from each event. Looking forward to seeing YOU in 2014!
Anaheim Convention Center
800 West Katella Avenue Anaheim, CA 92802
South Carolina Guitar Show
Spartanburg Expo Center
6655 Pottery Road, Spartanburg, SC 29303
Ludwig-Erhard-Anlage 1 60327 Frankfurt
Dallas International Guitar Festival
Dallas Fair Park
1300 Robert B. Cullum BLVD., Dallas, TX 75315
Great American Guitar Show-Summer
Greater Philadelphia Expo Center
100 Station Avenue, Oaks, PA 19456
Nashville Music City Center
201 5th Avenue South Nashville, TN 37203
Arlington Convention Center
1200 Ballpark Way, Arlington, TX
Great American Guitar Show-Fall
Greater Philadelphia Expo Center
100 Station Avenue, Oaks, PA 19456
The weekend of November 9-10 was, of course, the Philly Guitar Show! The annual Fall event is always a great way for us to end our year! 2013 was no exception and while the entrance lines were long but moved quickly, and the was no shortage of great gear once folks hit the floor. Like the Arlington Show had last month, visitors to the Philly show got to get up close and personal with some incredible vintage instruments. MORE Gibson Bursts, mid-’50s Teles and Strats (even one of Steven Seagal’s!), and that VERY SPECIAL Bigsby mando….Check out the photos below and on the Recent Events page HERE.
Many thanks to those who stopped by! We had a great time visiting with people, letting them check out the products in person, and helping to answer their questions about Bigsby. Special thanks to those who stopped by and took advantage of our Free Installation and Pit-Stops offers. We’ll have to do this again next year…See YOU in 2014!
Its not often that a piece of history that was long thought lost, surfaces and enters the marketplace. Although rare, that is exactly what happened late in October 2013. Currently being offered by Heritage Auctions is Dewey Groom’s 1949 Gibson J-200; listing HERE. A wonderful instrument without the provenance , this particular J-200 has an extra trick up its sleeve. Dewey Groom had the stock Gibson neck replaced with one that Paul Bigsby built. The exact date of the modification seems to be lost to history, but the new neck was most likely installed in the early years of the 1950s. Built from his signature wood of choice, figured maple, the neck is in great shape to this day. Guitar players and collectors often speak of the ‘Mojo’ an instrument has, and the looks of Dewey Groom’s J-200 suggest that it has its fair share. Perhaps even a bit from the infamous Longhorn Ballroom…
Behind glass for protection, we were able to snap a few photos during the preview at the recent GuitArlington Show.
This instrument is truly a time-honored testament to quality, craftsmanship, and Mojo! Will it be added to your collection?