Arlington Guitar Show pics 2021

RobRiggs

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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 :)
 

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Thanks for the memories!

The $18k 1956 Les Paul Special TV in the middle of post #1?
I bought its sibling in '73 for $125* I put a tune-o-matic bridge on it. Sold it around '80 for $250 :(

SN# 511916 :)

*Used. Fellow I bought it from had bought it from a guy for $60
 
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Ed Driscoll

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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 asked two people manning the Jimmy Wallace booth promoting next year's Dallas Guitar Show if Fender and Gibson would be back at the show, and they said yes. I really miss the big Gibson trailer and the big Fender display that were each filled with 3d guitar porn that were a large presence at each show prior to the unfortunate unmentionable unpleasantness. But still, as with the Dallas show in May, it was fun to be back at a guitar show.
 

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I used to go to the Arlington and Dallas guitar shows all the time.
I kinda miss going.
I rarely bought much, but I liked the people watching.
I saw a few celebrities/heroes.
Rick Derringer, Marilyn Manson (whee), Greg Martin (Kentucky Headhunters) and Eric Johnson.
I saw the Peter Green/Gary Moore/Kirk Hammet Les Paul.
It had a Do Not Touch sign on it.
I was never so tempted in my life.
I did as I was told.
Stupid sign.;)
The crowd is full of guys like me, uh, seasoned guitar nerds and their long suffering significant others.
Just kiddin’, I saw no sufferin’.
Maybe next year.
Again, great pics!
 
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Nice but who is going to buy all that stuff? Not the next generation. A lot of these collectors are going to get stuck holding the bag.
I’ll help them by taking those things off their hands…at a deeply discounted rate.
 

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Us lefties must be a rare breed . Not a one in the bunch .

The black custom on the right was the only lefty I noticed...

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Did it appear things were moving quickly or …? Thanks for the pics.

Nah...a few people brought gear to sell, which the dealers were happy to give them pennies on the dollar for, but not much buying goes on except between dealers.
 

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Great pics. I haven't been to a guitar show in many years. A lot of those pieces in the pictures you posted were way out of my price range but I can lust after them. Thanks for posting the pics.
 

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Great pix...and thanks for the banjo content. :lol: That ratty Bruno would be the only instrument in the place I might be able to afford. I usually buy those for around $50, refurbish and resell for $250 (frankly, hardly worth it but fun).

I used to go to the Nashville Guitar show, same deal: shrunken space, fewer dealers, higher prices.
 

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Great pics dannyh and thanks for posting. Almost feel like I've been around the show with you.

Over here in Brum we have, supposedly, the largest (National) Guitar show in the country, next one after a 2 year hiatus is the end of Feb. next year. However, there will be a tiny fraction of the antique/verified older models on offer.

Was all that gear just what's on offer within Texas? Or, will the same gear/dealers crop up in the next state(s) or, as a rule, is each state's show unique?
 




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