Fort Worth Guitar Show

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  1. stevemc

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    thanks for the pics op!
     
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    Great pics!! I've never attended the Ft. Worth show - but went to plenty in Arlington and Dallas back in the day. I think that I enjoyed your photo tour just as much as I did attending a few of those shows...
     
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    In about 1979, I bought a 1966 Fender Mustang from a guy down the hall from me in my college dorm. $225, and I thought it was pretty cool to own a guitar that was so old (still have it). Why did it not occur to me that I should have gone looking for some other older guitars? Alas, I have made bigger mistakes.
     
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    For the record, this Ft Worth Show is the same as the old Arlington show, they just moved it as Arlington Convention Center bailed on them (they have some new permanent virtual reality interactive educational thing going on instead of “road show exhibits”). There is a much smaller and longer running Ft Worth show as well that is totally separate.
     
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    Do they still have the annual Dallas Guitar Show at Fair Park ?
     
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    Pics are free lol.
     
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    Exactly, all the movement goes down on Friday night before it opens. Generally you’d be crazy to pay show prices anyway.
     
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    Yes....run by a different organization but it’s still there, usually in April or May, can’t remember which. The last few years it’s been at Market Hall instead of the Fairgrounds though.
     
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    whew! After that, I need a cigarette and a nap. :)


    thanks for sharing those!
     
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    Thanks for the pics. I feel like I was there, but I never left PA.:D
     
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    Thanks, that was better than going...
     
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    Nice pix, thanks
     
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    That explains it. When reading the phrase "Three amigos" and seeing it was in Fort Worth, that created some confusion. Haven't ever been to the Fort Worth show, and only heard about it a few years ago for the first time. Used to go to the Arlington and Dallas shows in the 90s. It's not the same without Mark Pollock, Jim Russell and some of the old standbys there. Not that I was a big fan of Mark, but he was just part of the fabric of the show. Like going to San Francisco, but there not being any fog in the evening.

    Haven't been in twenty years, but are they still the big production they once were? I can recall seeing the Hellecasters, Bugs Henderson and many others perform during or after the show in years past.
     
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    The story as I understand it (and this is just what I heard, so take it with a grain of salt) is that the original Amigos are down to mostly Larry Briggs and the Strings West guy (can’t remember his name). John Brinkmann passed away (though his family may still be involved) and I heard Eugene Robertson is no longer involved.

    The Dallas show is a different thing and I think mostly run by Jimmy Wallace. That’s the show with all the stages and shows. The Arlington/Ft Worth Amigos show is just booths, mostly. I think they still have a big Friday night jam thing, but no big stages, or VIP tents or Hard Rock Cafe displays. Maybe they have those things at their shows in LA, Nashville, etc, but not here.

    A lot more pomp and circumstance goes on in Dallas. Kinda fitting lol.
     
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    Oh, OK.....so this was the Three (or Four) Amigos show? They were the ones in Arlington for so long. That would explain the size of what you showed. The "old" Ft Worth show was more low-keyed, fewer items in total, but still a GREAT selection and variety, with (what dealers told me) lower booth fees, and usually free parking, with easier "in and out". AND....now that I think about it, the Ft Worth show is usually in June, with the Arlington fiasco in October. Thanks for clarifying that!
    (see....this is why I have to use a music stand, blowtorch.......I can't remember diddley.....Bo, or otherwise!)
     
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    Yes the “older” FW Show was run by Scott Dyson of Competition Music in FW, though I think he’s passing the torch and getting out of running it. Much smaller and more “manageable” to browse.
     
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    Sweet Bunch of pics right there!! Also,,, Proof Lefties get NO Love!!!
    10,000 guitars,,, 2 lefties?!?!o_O
     
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  18. Gary in Boston

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    i LOVE GUITAR SHOWS.

    Its a shame Massachusetts doesn't have ones anyway near like the ones Ive been to in NY and PA.

    Doesn't make sense to me because we have Berkley College for pity sake.

    I'm sure the money for the vendors isn't there but I go none the less because if you don't the few little ones they have in MA will go away.

    Gary
     
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    Man I really want to try to go to something like this sometime. I live in upstate Ny and there are a handful of stores around me but nothing with higher end guitars and tube amps. I know there are some shows I have seen in Philly and such but I will have to look into it more. I can’t blame the stores around me for what they stock but it’s mainly just the same couple reissue amps, some newer strats and teles, and a lot of beginner/mid level guitars. I’m not saying I want to buy a $20k guitar but I would love to be able to see some of the fender custom shop stuff or used American vintage in the wild.


    Thanks for the pics sir !
     
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    Wow! Thanks for the photos OP!!

    I guess the only vintage tele's Im really after are the Double Bound customs...

    as for Gibsons, A goldtop with P90's and an ES335 and an Epiphone Casino/ES330..
     
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