Sunday, November 20, 2011



Aintree Racecourse Exhibition Centre Liverpool L9 5AS

phone: 01925 813185


Now one of the country's largest regional guitar shows, The Merseyside Guitar Show is back, and will once again serve guitarists from across the North West and beyond.

Having been established for eight years now, the Merseyside Guitar Show has become one of the UK's biggest regional guitar show, with more than 80 dealers and exhibitors.

The show, at the famous Grand National racecourse on 20th November, is expected to attract around 1,500 visitors, with 80 exhibitors including JHS, Dawsons, Patrick Eggle and PMT among others.

It is organised by Warrington guitarist, Peter Hoarty, a guitar collector and enthusiast and member of the popular Eagles tribute band, the Golden Eagles

There will be Christmas bargains and special show deals and free appraisals of instruments and amps will be available.

The live music line-up will be headlined by acoustic maestro, Gordon Giltrap, playing his Vintage VE2000GG Signature guitar while Manchester trio, Snakewater return by popular demand, featuring guitarist Bobby Grant.

JHS’s Gavin Coulson will demonstrate Vintage and Fret-King guitars; Timber Tones and Logarhythm present acoustic tapping specialist, Chris Woods and ace shredder and YouTube favourite, Hayden Hewitt, will demonstrate Sidewynder pickups.

There will be workshops from Twinstomp Effects, Bose, Tayden Speakers, Wienbrock Amps & Stone Deaf Effects.

The Show is sponsored by John Hornby Skewes, Dawsons Music, PMT, Promenade Music, My Guitar Lessons and Patrick Eggle Guitars.

Other music industry stalwarts Frets of Cleveleys, Guitars4You, Adrenaline Flightcases, Madison & Fifth, Wild Child Distribution, North West Guitars,, Sandarac, Promote Your Band, Zilla Cabs and Flightcase Warehouseare also taking part along with many independent dealers, retailers and guitar makers.  

Organiser Peter Hoarty said: “Liverpool is a world renowned guitar town with a fascinating musical history. Some of the first (and now the most collectable) American guitars imported to the UK were brought back to Liverpool in the 40s and 50s by merchant seamen returning via the docks.  In addition, the ‘60s Merseybeat explosion meant that many thousands of guitars and amplifiers were sold into the community by dealers like Hessy’s and Rushworth’s. There must be hundreds of interesting instruments and amps hidden away in attics, sheds and under beds throughout the region. It would be wonderful if they could be brought into the open again so that they can be seen and played as originally intended.

Admission is £6 at the door. For more information call 01925 813185.

Please check availability of tickets and confirm date / start times with the organiser before setting out, as sometimes changes are unavoidable - thank you.

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