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Posted in Blog, Melbourne guitar Show News    //    Post Date - July 25, 2016

Last week we gave you 10 good reasons not to miss the Melbourne Guitar Show, August 6 & 7 at the Caulfield Racecourse, presented by Triple M and Australian Musician. Here’s 10 more!

The starting point might be a single note lick or a chunky chord. The destination could be anywhere but we can promise that this free-form improvisation trio will take you on an intriguing sonic journey. Witness this band’s debut performance, led by free-thinking guitarist, singer, songwriter, producer, session musician, one of the most respected blues and roots players in the country, Shannon Bourne. Joining Shannon are seasoned musicians Luke Hodgson (Andy Bull, Megan Washington) on bass and Leigh Fisher (Illy, Gosling, M-Phases, The Veronicas). Saturday August 6th at 11am AON Forecourt Stage


Bring the kids. Not only can you marvel at the amazing range of gear on display but the kids too will be inspired by the performances, entry-level gear on offer and the informative workshops. Take them for a Professor Guitar or Professor Bass lesson. The ukulele session on Sunday morning will have you and the kids playing a uke in just 20 minutes. Buy a family (4 people) weekend pass now online for just $45. Buy them a guitar show t-shirt, get them some autographs and make it a weekend they’ll never forget. Begin their life-long musical journey at the Melbourne Guitar Show.



Visitors to the Melbourne Guitar Show this year will have the opportunity to view Australian Guitar making history on the Maton Stand. A selection of incredibly rare Maton guitars will be on display including the very first Maton ever made in 1946 by Bill May, the founder of Maton Guitars. Chosen from the companies rich 70 year history, the instruments offer an insight into the constantly evolving craft of guitar making, and tell the story of an Australian company that went from a small backyard workshop in the suburbs of Melbourne to a globally recognised brand. Upstairs Acoustic Level. Stand A11


Tequila Mockingbyrd have already conquered the sweaty rock ‘n’ roll clubs of Melbourne. They’ve performed in the harsh desert of the Middle East for our troops and they’re about to rock the UK and Europe. Before they go, this all-female powerhouse rock trio will blow the main stage away with their punchy, high energy anthems. Catch them now before you need an arena-size venue ticket to see them. Sunday August 7th 2pm AON Forecourt Stage


With such a powerful lineup of electric guitar acts downstairs at this year’s Melbourne Guitar Show, take the time to give your ears a rest and head upstairs to the two dedicated Acoustic guitar stages. On the AON Mezzanine Stage and Exclusively Acoustic Stage, you’ll discover a wide range of acoustic guitar styles. From the delicate touch of internationally renowned performer Daniel Champagne, to Sergio Ercole’s European flavoured classical stylings and Lucas Michailidis’ fingerstyle magic. You can catch them all together along with Jon Delaney and Matthew Fagan in Nick Charles’ second Guitar Players Session for the weekend. If that’s not enough, there’s also Justin Bernasconi playing tunes from his wonderful new album Winterpick, as well as Jamie Pye’s alternate picking skills and the fierce licks and gut-wrenching vocals of gentle giant Mike Elrington.

Getting close to clocking up a thousand gigs, including 7 international tours, Dallas Frasca is fast becoming one of Australia’s most exciting and revered bands. Swagger, alt-pop, power and rock, two guitars, a beast behind the kit, and a mighty presence at the mic. Dallas Frasca is all of those things, and more. Sunday August 7th Midday AON Forecourt Stage


It’s one thing to walk around the aisles and marvel at the tons of guitar-related gear but you might want to know about it in a little more detail. Upstairs in the Winners Circle Workshop Room, you can experience a wide range of informative sessions from guitar experts. There’s Roland/Boss showcasing all of their latest multi-effects systems and WAZA craft pedals, the folks from Peavey running a history of rock n roll through Peavey products, Sherlock Amps demonstrating new amp and pedal product, and Jimi Hocking showing off the new Yamaha Revstar guitars and Vox amp gear. The Maton Custom Shop seminar is back with master luthier Andy Allen, Wireless Audio Pty Ltd extolling the virtues of their state of the art wireless products and Jon Beckx, product specialist for Line 6 with an in depth look at how iconic guitarists like Stevie Ray Vaughan, Hendrix, Eddie Van Halen, James Hetfield and John Petrucci created their signature sound.

Dean Ray personifies the romance of rock ‘n’ roll. On stage, he’s all about passion. Losing himself in the moment, his one and only goal is to put on a great rock ‘n’ roll show. Conjuring the spirit of rock icons from the past, the perception might be style but the substance lies in his fretboard prowess and ownership of the stage, where he leaves nothing behind.  If you haven’t seen Dean Ray perform before, come on down to the Melbourne Guitar Show, you’re in for a treat. Saturday August 6th 2pm AON Forecourt Stage.

If you’re a VCE/Tertiary guitar student, you need to be at the AMEB’s Sunday session, when Matthew Fagan and Emilio Kormanic take you through a valuable workshop on sitting exams. Plus in another session, Alyson Locke (lead examiner) and renowned guitarist Simon Gardner will tell you all about the AMEB’s new Rock School syllabus. Sunday August 7th Winners Circle Workshop Room from 11am


James Ryan and Rod Bustos in action

Last year James Ryan was part of the unforgettable high energy performance from Paul Gilbert cover band Racer Axe. James Ryan is back at the guitar show in 2016, this time taking on classic David Lee Roth tunes. Ably assisted by Rod Bustos, Marcus Ryan and the voice of Racer Axe Chris Stark, the James Ryan band will be ‘Goin’ Crazy’ covering the songs by the ‘Yankee Rose’. Sunday August 7th 11am AON Forecourt Stage

Melbourne Guitar Show
Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th August, 2016
Caulfield Racecourse
Plenty of parking or train station just over the road

Tickets at gate but cheaper if you buy online. Info here

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Posted in Artists, Interviews, Melbourne guitar Show News    //    Post Date - July 24, 2016

There comes a point in many a band’s career where they have to make that life-altering decision … quit the day jobs and go for it or remain safe and continue the status quo? For Melbourne-based, all female rock trio Tequila Mockingbyrd, it was a no brainer. They’d been gathering…

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Posted in Blog, Melbourne guitar Show News    //    Post Date - July 22, 2016

AIMgraphicThe Australian Institute of Music (AIM) – Australia’s #1 Music School – will be opening its doors in Sydney and Melbourne to the general public. Here is your chance to experience the vibrant campus come to life with FREE workshops, masterclasses and live performances from special industry guests. Panels will run throughout the day giving parents and potential students the chance to ask any question about any area of the industry including business, management and performance.

SYDNEY – Saturday 6th August.
MELBOURNE – Saturday 13th August

SYDNEY – 1-55 Foveaux St, Surry Hills.
MELBOURNE – 120 King St, Melbourne

TIME: 10:00am to 3:00pm.

And … if you’re in Melbourne August 6 &7, come down to the AIM stand at the Melbourne Guitar Show, Caulfield Racecourse. AIM will feature some acoustic performances by our guitar and songwriting students, guest visits by AIM guitar teacher Simon Patterson and staff on hand to answer any questions about the course. There will also be a short promotional video of previous masterclass guests at AIM including Tommy Emmanuel, Jon Gomm and Sting’s guitarist, Dominic Miller.

Click here for the more open day information
Click here for more on their Melbourne Guitar Show stand

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Posted in Blog, Melbourne guitar Show News    //    Post Date - July 20, 2016


The 2016 Melbourne Guitar Show program is now online. Download a pdf, see what’s on and where, print it out and plan your weekend. Dozens of performers on 4 stages of fretted instrument fun. This year, we’ve separated the acoustic and electric instruments. The ground floor will be full of electric guitars, amps, pedals and accessories. Upstairs you can catch all of the acoustic guitar related product, as well as all of the acoustic-based performances.
What are you waiting for? Download the pdf here now!

Or click through to the site here







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Posted in MGS Performer Profile    //    Post Date - July 19, 2016

Shannon Bourne is a critically-acclaimed blues-and-roots-founded guitarist, singer and songwriter with a strong following of discerning fans and the power to sway audiences with the naked emotion and sheer virtuosic power of his soul-searing performances. Shannon’s song-writing influences — Richard Thompson, Beck, Matt Walker and Scott Walker — take the…

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Posted in Blog, Melbourne guitar Show News    //    Post Date - July 18, 2016

Those who attended last year’s Melbourne Guitar Show already know how inspiring the event can be. This year, we like to think we’ve turned it up a notch. With over 80 exhibitors showcasing their wares and just as many musicians performing on 4 stages over 2 action packed days, here’s just ten reasons to get down to the Melbourne Guitar Show August 6 & 7 at the Caulfield Racecourse, presented by Triple M and Australian Musician. In no particular order …

We’re honoured this year to present two of Australia’s most respected guitar players and living legends, Kevin Borich and Phil Manning.


Kevin Borich was a founding member and of The La De Das, the leader of Kevin Borich Express, and a member of The Party Boys, as well as a session musician for numerous acts. Australian rock music historian, Ian McFarlane has described Borich as “one of the most celebrated guitar players in the history of Australian rock. He also remains an underrated songwriter, as proved on his current album ‘Totem’.
KB performs on Saturday August 6 on the AON Courtyard Stage at 3pm

Phil Manning first came to our attention in pioneering Australian blues band Chain. As a solo performer in the acoustic sphere, Phil has also been ahead of the game, as one of the first electric gunslingers to begin working in both realms before ‘unplugged’ became a catch phrase. As well as headlining his own shows, he has toured with a remarkable number of artists including Muddy Waters, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGee, Albert Collins, Freddie King and dozens of others, both in the blues and rock genre.

Phil appears on the AON Mezzanine Stage on Saturday August 6th on the acoustic floor at 12.45pm. He’ll then immediately join the Nick Charles hosted acoustic session at 1.15pm, featuring Geoff Achison, Shannon Bourne, Jimi Hocking, and Sam See.

NickCharles_4377-220x147THE GUITAR PLAYERS SESSION – Acoustic Blues & Roots hosted by Nick Charles
With decades experience touring the world and more than a dozen albums of critically acclaimed acoustic roots music, Nick Charles is known internationally as “Australia’s virtuoso of acoustic roots and blues”. It’s fitting that Nick Charles hosts our special acoustic blues and roots session, which will feature Geoff Achison, Shannon Bourne, Jimi Hocking, Sam See, and Phil Manning. Each artist will perform a song or two each and there’ll be plenty of interplay between them all too.
A really unique acoustic event, not to be missed. 1.45pm AON Mezzanine Stage. Acoustic Floor.

This year’s Melbourne Guitar Show spotlights some of Melbourne’s finest new female singer, songwriter, guitarists. This session includes; Cat Canteri, Heloise, Leisha Jungalwalla, and Megan Bernard, showcasing their songs with guitar and chatting about the creative process.



Not one or two but 3 amazing progressive metal bands; Teramaze, I Built The Sky, and The Delusion, will grace the AON Courtyard stage at the Melbourne Guitar Show. They’re slick and melodic, playing complex, driving rhythms, yet will appeal to a broad range of music fans.
I Built The Sky 1pm Sat Aug 6 AON Courtyard Stage. Teramaze 4pm Sat Aug 6 AON Courtyard Stage. The Delusion 1pm Sun Aug 7 AON Courtyard Stage.

THE DEALS! (on guitars, amps, pedals and accessories)
If you have plans to buy a new guitar, amp, pedal or guitar related accessory, there’s no better place to do so than the Melbourne Guitar Show. Over 80 exhibitors will be showcasing more brands and models than you’ve ever seen before in one venue in Australia. The best part is that many of the exhibitors will be offering one-off special Melbourne Guitar Show deals. There will be a ton of stock on stands and the exhibitors would rather see it in the hands of happy customers than have to pack it all up and ship it back to the shop again. Check out the exhibitor list on the website, see what brands are where and do some planning.

Many of the participating exhibitors will have competitions running over the weekend. Plus from the show organisers, a chance to meet a true international guitar hero. By attending the Melbourne Guitar Show, you can enter the draw to win two tickets to American blues legend Joe Bonamassa’s Melbourne concert on October 5 at the Palais Theatre and also get to meet the great man.

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One of the most popular features of last year’s guitar show was the Professor Guitar and Professor Bass sessions. On the Ground Level at the Cafe Corner, a rotating roster of some of Australia’s most respected guitarists and bass players will offer FREE lessons. Come on down. Watch and learn and most importantly, it’s a great opportunity to ASK! Professor Guitar sessions include: Simon Patterson, Troy Male, Bob Spencer, Tim Gaze and Peter Hodgson. Professor Bass features: Robbie Little, Joe Fernand, and Wayne Jones.

Presented by Matt Fagan, and featuring AJ Leonard, Sarah Carroll, Dan MacKoin, and Mike Jackson. Spend a relaxing Sunday morning (10.30am AON Mezzanine Stage) listening to some of Melbourne’s Maetros on the Ukulele.

THEN… Learn to play the UKE instantly – Jam along with our all-star line up. Led by education legend Mike Jackson and Dan MacEoin. Sponsored by Kala Ukuleles and Music Sales


As well as the shredders, the blues pickers and full on rockers, we also bring you the exotic. Don’t miss the 7 string acoustic guitar duo Beija Flor, when they play original compositions inspired by the music of Brazil and Argentina, along with a range of fingerstyle and traditional South American repertoire.  After years performing extensively in Australia and internationally, from playing on radio, TV, theatre and cruise ships, Melbourne based guitarists Jeremy Bourke and Lachie Robertson now collaborate on this new exciting project Beija Flor. Acoustic Stage 1.30pm Sunday August 7

It’s Sunday afternoon, you’ve spent the weekend watching some of Australia’s finest guitar talent, you’ve picked up your dream guitar bargain, seen a cool demo or two and thinking life couldn’t get any better… BUT … we’ve saved the best until last! Some of Australia’s slickest pickers will come together on one stage for the Triple M Finale Jam. The line up includes: Bob Spencer, Brett Kingman, Phil Ceberano, James Ryan, Simon Hosford, Shannon Bourne, plus Tim Gaze … and you never know who else might join them!
Triple M Finale Jam. Sunday 3pm- AON Courtyard Stage

Triple M and Australian Musician present the Melbourne Guitar Show Aug 6&7 Caulfield Racecourse. Ticket info  here

Here’s a highlight reel from last year’s show

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Maton Custom Shop 10th Anniversary XivX

Posted in Acoustic Guitars, Gear    //    Post Date - July 18, 2016

Andy Allen from the Maton Custom Shop talks about the Maton Custom Shop 10th Anniversary XivX.  

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Posted in Electric Guitars, Gear    //    Post Date - July 18, 2016

On this video Stefano “Sebo” Xotta shows the DV Mark DVC12 Guitar Friend. This is a great 50watts amp coming in a light and portable size and featuring two channels with a great Reverb. Thanks to a special input circuit, the Guitar Friend is gonna be the best friend for…

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Posted in Electric Guitars, Gear    //    Post Date - July 18, 2016

In this video, guitarist Trevor Menear demos the Guild Starfire V. The classic Guild Starfire V is a semi-hollow beauty with a graceful 16 3/8″ thinline body and twin Guild LB-1 “Little Bucker” pickups that make it an outstanding choice with an authentic Guild voice perfect for rock, blues, roots…

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Posted in Gear, Pedals    //    Post Date - July 18, 2016

TC Electronic’s Sub ‘N’ Up Octaver is the new leader of the pitch-pack. Featuring our superb next generation octave-engine and individual blend controls for dry, octave up and two sub-octaves, Sub ‘N’ Up is set to deliver flawless octave tones whether you’re playing complex chords or groovy single-note lines. And…

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