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ALL THE MELBOURNE GUITAR SHOW LINKS YOU NEED

Posted in Blog, Melbourne guitar Show News    //    Post Date - August 2, 2018

Jen Costello from The Mercy Kills at MGS 2017. pic by Jason Rosewarne

It’s on this weekend, Australia’s biggest pop-up guitar shop, performances, clinics and more!
Melbourne Guitar Show
August 4&5, 2018
Caulfield Racecourse.

Times:
Saturday 10am-6pm
Sunday 10am-4pm

Weather: It’s a totally weather-proof, indoor event! Hot deals on cool guitars with warm tones

Here are the other links you’ll need.
Ticket sales and information
Exhibitor list and stand profiles
Venue Floor Plan
Performer list and profiles
Weekend program listing stage times

Australian Musician’s MGS2018 giveaways
Where to enter:
Positive Grid BIAS MINI Guitar amp.
Book your ticket online for automatic entry. Drawn at Link Audio stand Saturday at 5pm
Joe Satriani Meet & Greet ticket competition for his Melbourne concert AND
Kenny Wayne Shepherd Meet & Greet ticket competition for his Melbourne concert
The Joe Satriani and Kenny Wayne Shepherd Meet & Greet entry box will sit between stands #51 (George Evans amps) and #52 (APurla guitars) on ground level. Fill in form on the spot or scan the QR code to fill in online
Boss MS-30 Multi Effects Switcher competition
This is an exit survey competition and you can fill out a form when you exit or scan the QR code to fill in online at your leisure

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JOE SATRIANI MEET & GREET TICKETS UP FOR GRABS AT MELBOURNE GUITAR SHOW

Posted in Blog, Melbourne guitar Show News    //    Post Date - July 29, 2018


Come to the MELBOURNE GUITAR SHOW August, 4&5 Caulfield Racecourse for a chance to WIN MEET & GREET TICKETS to JOE SATRIANI’S MELBOURNE SHOW on November 28!

See, try and buy the latest guitar related gear as well as rarities and collectibles. Plus there’ll be live music happening across 4 stages, demos, talk sessions and more.

There will be some huge guitar names at the show in performance or clinic including: Albert Lee (UK), Jeff Lang, Dave Leslie (Baby Animals), Jack Jones, Diesel, Harts, Fiona Boyes, Daniel Champagne, Phil Manning, Shannon Bourne, Nick Charles and many more.

For a chance for you and a friend to meet Joe Satriani and experience his Melbourne concert, simply fill out the entry form at the competition area of the guitar show.

The world’s most commercially successful solo guitar performer, JOE SATRIANI. The legendary guitarist returns to Australia this November, thirty years after his first tour here in 1988, with Mick Jagger, bringing his latest album and world tour What Happens Next to Australian fans.

Read our pre-tour interview with Joe Satriani HERE

Tickets for all shows go on sale at midday Wednesday August 1. My Live Nation members can secure tickets first during the exclusive pre-sale beginning 10am Monday, 30 July.

For complete tour and ticket information, visit: livenation.com.au.

Joining Joe Satriani on stage for his Australian tour are:
Mike Keneally Keyboards and Guitars (previous tours include Steve Vai and Frank Zappa )
Bryan Beller Bass (Dethklok Aristocrats )
JoeTravers Drums (previous tours include Zappa Plays Zappa /Duran Duran)

JOE SATRIANI
WHERE TO NEXT AUSTRALIA TOUR
ASTOR THEATRE, PERTH SATURDAY NOVEMBER 24
HQ, ADELAIDE MONDAY NOVEMBER 26
FORUM THEATRE, MELBOURNE WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 28
CANBERRA THEATRE FRIDAY NOVEMBER 30
STATE THEATRE, SYDNEY SATURDAY DECEMBER 1
THE TIVOLI, BRISBANE SUNDAY DECEMBER 2

TICKETS ON SALE 12PM, WEDNESDAY AUGUST 1
Live Nation pre-sale begins 10am Monday, July 30 until 10am Wednesday, August 1.

For complete tour and ticket information, visit: satriani.com & livenation.com.au

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BOOK MGS2018 TICKETS ONLINE FOR CHANCE TO WIN A BIAS MINI GUITAR AMP!

Posted in Blog, Melbourne guitar Show News    //    Post Date - July 29, 2018

WANT A CHANCE TO WIN A BIAS MINI GUITAR AMP?
SIMPLY BOOK YOUR MELBOURNE GUITAR SHOW TICKETS ONLINE TO ENTER
Avoid queues, book your tickets NOW to the Melbourne Guitar Show (August 4&5 Caulfield Racecourse)
and automatically go into the draw to win a Positive Grid Bias Mini Guitar amp valued at $999

BOOK via this link now

The BIAS MINI GUITAR AMP prize will be drawn at the Melbourne Guitar Show
Bias Mini Guitar courtesy of Positive Grid and Link Audio

 

BIAS MINI GUITAR
Building on the foundation set by its larger siblings BIAS Head and BIAS Rack, BIAS MINI Guitar squeezes the same advanced component emulation engine, authentic dynamic tube amp feel and wireless connectivity into an even smaller and lighter package. Weighing just over 2.4kgs with a built-in 300-watt power amp, nothing else on the planet comes close to BIAS MINI for small-to-medium sized gigs and recording sessions. Take one look at the front panel of BIAS MINI and you’ll feel right at home, because the knobs do what you expect them to. Call up one of the 16 onboard presets and tweak the Gain, Bass, Mid, Treble, and Master just like you’d expect to on a normal tube head, push the Output button to cycle through controls for the amp, headphone and line outputs, and then get back to playing.

SMALL SIZE, HUGE TONE
In the past good tone was both expensive and heavy, but BIAS MINI turns that notion on its head. With a built-in power amp rated at 300 watts @ 4 ohms, there’s plenty of power on tap for medium-sized gigs and recording sessions, and at just over 2.4kgs in a half-rack enclosure, there’s no longer any excuse not to take your favorite tones on the road with you wherever you go. Add to that a glitchless effects loop for your favorite effects and the ability to take pedals like a champ, and BIAS MINI makes the impossible possible.

POWERFUL SOFTWARE
If you want to dive headlong into the world of amp customization, BIAS MINI comes with our amazing BIAS AMP Pro amp designer software ($199 value), which allows you to recreate the sound and feel of nearly any existing amplifier. Even better, it gives you the power to create an entirely new amp that is unique to you and the way YOU play.

Connect via built-in Bluetooth or USB, and open up a world of component options previously only available with a soldering iron: choose between different preamp and power amp circuits, change the tubes and transformers, add clipping diodes and try out different rectifiers – all completely authentic and all in real time. It’s like having a boutique amplifier workshop at your fingertips.

CONNECT TO THE CLOUD
All BIAS products can connect to the Positive Grid ToneCloud®, a cloud-based community we’ve created specifically for guitarists and musicians. It’s much more than just an online storage tank for sounds – it’s a place to discover new ideas and new tones. You can download new amps created by artists and recording studios, backup and share your own creations with other guitarists in the community and interact with other musicians with similar interests.

BIAS AMP software features the ability to Amp Match®, analyzing a source guitar tone and applying the necessary corrective processing to make a custom amp more closely match the original. Even if you don’t plan on matching amps yourself, you can still take advantage of the Tone Match feature by downloading custom amps other guitarists have matched from the ToneCloud®.

http://linkaudio.com.au/

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DIESEL, HARTS, BEC SANDRIDGE & MORE ADDED TO MELBOURNE GUITAR SHOW

Posted in Blog, Melbourne guitar Show News    //    Post Date - July 29, 2018

As we draw closer to the 2018 Melbourne Guitar Show (August 4&5 Caulfield Racecourse), exhibitors are beginning to announce their on-stand talent and finalise their clinic sessions and some of the names which have been added to the show are huge.

Since the second artist announcement a month or more ago, names that have been added to the 2018 Melbourne Guitar Show include: Diesel, Harts, Bec Sandridge, Slowly Slowly, Jack Jones (aka Irwin Thomas), Kirk Lorange, Damnations Day, The Omnific, Malcura and Michael Paynter… and they’re just the ones we know about!

Where can you see these artists?

Ahead of his ‘Diesel 30’ Greatest hits album release and national tour, Diesel will be launching his Fender Signature Stratocaster on Sunday August 5th in the Winners Circle Workshop room on Level 1

Also appearing for Fender on stands 60-63 will be:
Bec Sandridge – 11am Saturday 4th
Harts – 3:30pm Saturday 4th
Slowly Slowly – 1:30pm Sunday 5th

As well as performing on the Acoustic stage at 11am on the Saturday, singer songwriter Abbey Stone will also be appearing at 12.30 on the Fender stand and 1.30 and 3.30 on the Link Audio stand (33A)

Jack Jones (aka Irwin Thomas) is back in Australia for a short while after an extensive stay in New York and will be joining the Triple M jam, along with Brett Garsed, James Ryan, Shannon Bourne and young Charlie Bedford on Sunday at 2.15 at the AON Whammy Bar on level 2.

Veteran guitar legend Kirk Lorange will be hanging out on the Washburn guitar stand (A12 on mezzanine level)

Pumping out contagious rhythms on the CMC Music stand (33&35) will be Jimi Baruta and Kyle Borg, Damnations Day and The Omnific (who blew audiences away last year with their amazing bass skills)

Heavy flamenco trio Malcura have been added to the Winners Circle Workshop Room on Saturday August 4th at 4.30pm, where they will be showcasing the range of Katoh guitars

Line 6 will present writer, producer, performer Michael Paynter (Icehouse, The Veronicas) at 1.30 pm on Sunday August 5th in the Winners Circle Workshop Room

Full list of artists HERE

Full list of exhibitors HERE

Melbourne Guitar Show August 4&5 Caulfield Racecourse
Sat 10am – 6pm
Sun 10am-4pm

Tickets: https://australianmusician.com.au/melbourne-guitar-show/tickets/

Download program pdf HERE

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MATON GUITARS BUOYED BY GOVERNMENT GRANT

Posted in Blog, Melbourne guitar Show News    //    Post Date - July 28, 2018


Australia’s most iconic guitar manufacturer is set to create jobs and boost its business thanks to a $100,000 grant from the Andrews Labor Government’s Future Industries Manufacturing Program. Minister for Industry and Employment Ben Carroll today visited the Maton Guitar factory in Box Hill where some of the world’s finest acoustic and electric guitars are crafted from specialty timbers.

The Labor Government’s support will help expand the company’s timber machining capability and significantly improve production and the tone consistency of its high-quality instruments. Maton hopes to increase annual production to 10,000 guitars in the next three to five years – with 50 per cent earmarked for export. Maton currently exports 35 per cent of its guitars to Asia, North America and Europe.

“Maton Guitars are an iconic Melbourne company – its guitars are played by some of the world’s most famous musicians, “ said Mr Carroll. “They’re a great example of a Victorian manufacturer going from strength-to-strength.”

The company have manufactured guitars in Melbourne for over 70 years and the family-owned business will create 10 jobs thanks to the Labor Government’s support – adding to its existing workforce of 60.

Maton provides a pathway for Northern College of Arts & Technology (NCAT) Certificate IV graduates, employing over 25 in the last eight years, and plans to employ 10 to 12 new students in the next 18 months.

Played by renowned artists including Keith Urban, Vance Joy, Paul Kelly and Tommy Emmanuel, Maton guitars have also been used by Elvis Presley, George Harrison and Keith Richards in live concerts and recording sessions – including the opening riff for The Rolling Stones’ Gimme Shelter.

FIMP grants support job creation by assisting Victorian companies to implement new manufacturing technologies, improve productivity and target new export opportunities.

Come on down to the Melbourne Guitar Show this weekend at Caulfield Racecourse, visit the Maton booth on Acoustic level 1 and check out their fine craftsmanship.

https://maton.com.au/

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COME TO THE MELBOURNE GUITAR SHOW FOR A CHANCE TO WIN KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD MEET & GREET TICKETS!

Posted in Blog, Melbourne guitar Show News    //    Post Date - July 24, 2018

Louisiana-bred guitar slinger, singer and songwriter Kenny Wayne Shepherd has sold millions of albums worldwide, shining a light on the rich blues of the past and forging ahead with his own modern twist on a classic sound he has embodied since his teens. The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band is coming to Australia in October playing tracks from his current album Lay It On Down as well as many KWS hits.

By attending the Melbourne Guitar Show (August 4&5 Caulfield Racecourse), you could win a meet and greet concert package to Kenny Wayne Shepherd’s Melbourne gig on Saturday October 6th at the Forum.

Come to the guitar show, grab an entry form, stick it in the entry box and cross your fingers!

Check out our interview with Kenny Wayne Shepherd HERE

http://www.kennywayneshepherd.net/

KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD BAND EAST COAST TOUR
WITH SPECIAL GUEST ASH GRUNWALD
Thursday 4 October  Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 5 October  Eatons Hill Hotel, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 6 October Forum, Melbourne, VIC

TICKETING INFORMATION:
 www.ticketek.com.au or www.ticketmaster.com.au

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MELBOURNE GUITAR SHOW: DAVE LESLIE (BABY ANIMALS) INTERVIEW

Posted in Artists, Interviews, Melbourne guitar Show News    //    Post Date - July 23, 2018

Almost three decades ago a young, fresh rock n roll band named Baby Animals formed in Sydney, continuing Australia’s legendary lineage of quality hard hitting rock bands. Fronted by the intoxicating Suze DeMarchi, Baby Animals enjoyed a string of hits in the 90s, including Early Warning, Rush You and One Word. After a successful recording and touring career, the band called it quits in 1996 but then reformed in 2007 and have been touring steadily ever since. Guitarist Dave Leslie is responsible for those iconic Baby Animals licks and will be bringing some of that magic to the Melbourne Guitar Show this year, when he debuts his new 4 piece band. Catch Dave at midday on Saturday August 4th on he AON Whammy Bar stage.

Ahead of Dave Leslie’s Melbourne Guitar Show performance, Australian Musician’s Greg Phillips sat down with the great guitar man to chat about his influences, his gear, the genesis of some of those famous licks and touring with Van Halen. Thanks to #MGS2018 exhibitor Eastgate Music for their hospitality

Melbourne Guitar Show August 4&5 Caulfield Racecourse. Ticket info HERE

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TALKING GUITAR: SHANNON BOURNE’S GUITAR INSPIRATIONS

Posted in Blog, Melbourne guitar Show News    //    Post Date - July 18, 2018

Shannon Bourne chats to us about what led to him to pick up the guitar and who the players were that influenced him. Shannon has just released a new instrumental guitar album, Words Fail and will play tracks from it at the 2018 Melbourne Guitar Show at 11am on Sunday August 5  Caulfield Racecourse. You can also see Shannon later in the day in the Triple M jam.
Ticket info: https://australianmusician.com.au/melbourne-guitar-show/tickets/

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MELBOURNE GUITAR SHOW PROGRAM NOW ONLINE!

Posted in Blog, Melbourne guitar Show News    //    Post Date - July 10, 2018

The program for the 2018 Melbourne Guitar Show is now online! There are 5 active stage areas plus the main exhibitor floor, so take your time and plan your weekend for maximum enjoyment.

There are 3 floors of fretted instrument fun to be had, from the main AON Whammy bar on the top level, where all of the electric performances will take place, to the AON Mezzanine Stage, which features our main acoustic based performances. Then you have the Winners Circle Workshop Room, featuring a wide array of gear demos and the two smaller stages; Exclusively Acoustic Stage and the Meet the Players room on cafe corner on the ground floor.

And don’t forget Australia’s biggest pop up guitar shop on the ground floor, open all day to see, try and buy the latest, greatest, vintage and more.

Melbourne Guitar Show
August 4&5, 2018
Caulfield Racecourse

Sat 10am -6pm
Sun 10am-4pm

Here are all the links you need:
Ticket info
Performance program as downloadable pdf
Exhibitor List
Floorplan

All above subject to change

 

 

 

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MGS 2018: ABBEY STONE DISCUSSES HER GUITARS & GEAR

Posted in Artists, Interviews, Melbourne guitar Show News    //    Post Date - July 10, 2018

Ahead of her appearance at the 2018 Melbourne Guitar Show, Abbey Stone chats about her guitars, stage and recording gear.
With a blend of pop, soul and rock music, Fender guitars and Link Audio endorsee Abbey Stone has spent her time between New York, Nashville, Los Angeles and Australia writing & recording her own music, as well as performing headline sets across America & Australia, playing venues such as the iconic Bluebird Cafe, Antiques Archaeology in Nashville as well as the Apollo Theatre in New York.

Catch Abbey Stone at the Melbourne Guitar Show
Saturday 4th August 2018 Caulfield Racecourse. Ticket info here

11.00am   MGS Songwriters Set / Acoustic Stage
12.30pm   Fender Acoustic Stand
1.30pm      Link Audio Stand
3.30pm     Link Audio Stand

Abbey will be Playing her Fender PM-3 Triple-0 Standard, Via her Positive Grid Mini Amp & PG Effects. Abbey is Officially endorsed by Fender Australia, Positive Grid, Kawai Piano’s & Link Audio Australia. These companies have been supporters of Abbey both on the Road & In the Studio.
Visit Abbey Stone’s website for more information

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