I was there today, too. I make it a practice to go overly two to three years.
I hate to say it, but outside of talking to Don Summers from the Moving Sidwalks, I was kinda disappointed.
There used to be up to three or four ballrooms full of guitars, amps, pedals, etc. (there was only the one today). I know that the P——c has changed things, but I felt a bit gypped at the $20 admission.
I was also hoping the Republic (makers of cheap but good resonators) would be there—I had cash in pocket and was going to go home with one…I even warned my wife. Unfortunately, neither Republic (the company) or Republic (the instruments) were not there.
I played a spectacular mid-50’s Les Paul Junior (which was fairly priced but not worth the divorce), a reissue Gretsch Roundup (looked good, sounded good, something was wrong with the “G” strong and it wouldn’t stay in tune) and a weird homemade resonator (I might need a tetanus shot now)….and maybe I’m just getting old, but outside of that Junior, nothing really made me “ache”.
Oh well…I may or may not be back next year.
This thing sounded deader then Methuselah:
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…and as flashy and tacky as I am, this Strat-Like-Object on the left was too much for even me:
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Strangely enough I kinda’ dig the cheetah caster