Magazine article Guitar Player

The Dallas International Guitar Festival

Magazine article Guitar Player

The Dallas International Guitar Festival

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THE DALLAS INTERNATIONAL GUITAR FESTIVAL HIT ITS 35TH season this year. Equal parts guitar show and live music fest, the event that took place last April 15-17 at the Dallas Market Hall is very different from the high-profile music industry gatherings like NAMM or Germany's Musikmesse. The Dallas show is a mecca for collectors, players, and music fans who come to scope out old guitars and see live performances--such as the ones this year by Anson Funderburgh, George Lynch, Greg Martin, Johnny Hiland, Redd Volkaert, Rick Derringer, Reeves Gabrels, Bugs Henderson, Paul Smith, and many others.

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A major draw of the Dallas International Guitar Festival is, of course, the incredible amount of guitars, amps, parts, and just plain weird old junk that's available for sale or trade. Walking down the aisles and seeing so many fine old Gibson, Gretsch, Martin, Rickenbacker, and other prized acoustic and electric instruments is an amazing thing. The high prices on many of the guitars (like $60,000 for a sunburst '59 Gibson ES-335) would seem like a deal breaker in this economy, but it's pretty cool nevertheless to be able to check out something like Eric Johnson's ex-number-one Strat--the one he used on Tones--which was just sitting there on a stand in a dealer's booth.

This year, the addition of Heritage Auctions added a new wrinkle to the business of buying and selling vintage instruments. Running continuously on Friday and Saturday (and simultaneously online as well), the auction put a huge number of guitars into the hands of buyers at the show and elsewhere. …

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