3B Philly Guitar Show report, Day 1. I won't be at Day 2, so this is all I got! Cool show, not quite as many people there as I remember. A vendor told me there aren't quite as many vendors either. Also no band playing as there has been in years past. It's in a different location then I remember. It's in Oaks whereas it used to be I think at the Valley Forge Convention Center. Mostly a similar feel, but just a tad bit smaller. The attendees were all pretty cool to talk to, as were the vendors. But one vendor told me not many people were buying. My buddy and I both noticed that walking around. Even by 2 in the afternoon, a lot of people were walking around and looking at things, but no one was really buying anything. The vendor I spoke to didn't know what was up with that but he was getting frustrated. He thinks the November show will be busier since a lot of folks are on vacation now. We'll have to wait and see. As far as prices and what they had, they of course had the obligatory $30,000 Les Pauls, and the $3,000 50s Fender amps of all sizes, and all the usual vintage stuff. There were quite a few more custom makers there then I remember in years past. I even scored a pretty nice swamp ash body from Clearfork for $100, which was pretty cool. He was really cool to talk to. He's selling to a lot of large manufacturers now and getting very little sleep. But a real nice guy. He had some great bodies there, all different kinds of wood. I got the tried and true swamp ash. I like it because it's cut a bit bigger like my Squire 50s vintage vibe tele. I compared the size with that and my other tele's when I got home. The clearkfork is almost cut exactly like the squire, and both are bigger than my other two tele bodies. It sounds nitpicky but I'm glad about that. I like the bigger size tele bodies. By the way I asked the guy from Clearfork how he settled on the body specs. He said he actually had four different 50s era tele's and he picked the body dimensions he liked the best (since they all varied in that time period) and went with that as his template. Anyway, great guy to talk to. Back to the show: still not a ton of pedals there, which surprised me. More so then in years past but still not many. However, there were some great deals there on reissue gear. I saw a Fender reissue DR for $775 that looked like it was in really good shape, and I tried a pretty rare Fender reissue Vibro-whatever with the brown tolex. I remember that came out when they first started the reissue amps in the early 90s I think. That one didn't last long but it's a very good amp. He wanted $1K for it, which I thought was a very fair price. It was in great shape and sounded very good. The trem was super cool on it. Interesting day, but not many sales happening, which was a bummer to see. Hopefully things will pick up for them in November. Personally I'd love to see a guitar show with a bit less of an emphasis on the vintage stuff and a bit more of a place for all the custom manufacturers that exist now. That would be cool. But still a good time overall. Looking forward to getting this new swamp ash body put together.