Musikmesse 2018 to host ‘The World of Vintage Guitars’, displaying historical Fender instruments

This year’s Musikmesse will present a new area dedicated to ‘The World of Vintage Guitars’.

In the area, an exhibition entitled ‘Fender by Leo Fender: The Evolution of Fender’s Electric Guitars 1950-1964’ will use original instruments to show the development of Leo Fender’s models during the golden years from the early fifties to mid-sixties.

Additionally, the Fender Custom Shop will present a large selection of individual instruments hand-made in the USA during this period, as well as vintage guitars played by legends such as Bonamassa, Joe Satriani, Stevie Ray Vaughan and other stars.

Under the motto ‘Rate your Guitar’, visitors can also have their guitars valued and assessed by experts, who will also tell them about any wood used in the manufacture of the instrument that is listed in the CITES Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. Information about owning, carrying and trading musical instruments with components made of protected woods will also be available.

Another highlight is the ‘Fender Custom Shop Lounge’, a meeting place for the scene and the venue for meet and greets with Darryl Jones (live bassist of the Rolling Stones), Ken Taylor, Peter Keller (Peter Maffay band), Thomas Blug, Andreas Kloppmann and other Musikmesse stars.

‘The World of Vintage Guitars’ special area is to be found in Galleria.0 and is organised by the No. 1 Guitar Centre Hamburg in cooperation with the Fender Custom Shop and the Thünen Institute.


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