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Posted in Melbourne guitar Show News    //    Post Date - May 8, 2019

If you’re heading to the Melbourne Guitar Show on August 3 &4 (and why wouldn’t you?) check out the range of Duesenberg Guitars available on the Cranbourne Music stand. Duesenberg is best known for its eye-catching guitar finishes – Outlaw, Stardust, various Sparkle and Pearl versions and many more are one of the trademarks of the Hannover-based manufacturer. The striking Catalina colours play a prominent role in Duesenberg’s colour schemes – noble and timeless metallic finishes with classy automotive Retro & Rock´n Roll vibe from way back then.
­The Starplayer III, the sleek sister of the Starplayer TV and so far available in black, makes visually impressive statements in its new colours Catalina Blue and Catalina Red!

To complement the exterior, it has great inner values to offer: It is a typical semi-acoustic guitar in classic rim construction, which differs from its big sister only by its flat top and flat back. Hardware, wiring and the classic Duesenberg pickup configuration with Domino P90 on the neck and GrandVintage humbucker on the bridge are identical to the Starplayer TV and deliver not only strong character P90 and earthy humbucker sounds, but also a great sonic variety, which allows the guitar to be used in all musical genres. The tonal performance is perfectly enhanced by a tuning-stable tremolo Diamond Deluxe Tremola in combination with the own “free floating” Steel Saddle Bridge.

See Cranbourne Music at the Melbourne Guitar Show for all your Duesenberg needs

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Posted in Blog, Electric Guitars, Gear, Melbourne guitar Show News    //    Post Date - May 1, 2019

For the past 125 years, Gibson has been synonymous with creating, shaping and owning sound across generations of artists and multiple genres of music. At the start of the year, Gibson emerged as the legitimate leader again with their much-anticipated return to NAMM, the world’s largest music industry show. The ‘new’ Gibson showed up with compelling and relevant guitars, combined with a re-energized Brand and renewed commitment from all of the Gibson Artists. The big question was, “When is the launch of the new collection?”

Gibson is pleased to announce that their new collection has been launched around the world. With the new Original, Modern and Custom Collections, Gibson is setting the stage for the next era of amazing guitars. By leveraging its iconic past and leaning into the innovative future, this is already considered by many to be the best collection from Gibson this century.

“The energy continues to build around our new collections and we are very proud that we could draw on our heritage for the Original collection and build on our innovation for the Modern collection. Not to mention taking our Custom Collection to a whole new level,” says Cesar Gueikian, Chief Merchant Officer of Gibson. “In fact, based on the momentum, excitement, and demand, we made the decision to launch the new collection two months earlier than planned, a first for Gibson,” asserts Cesar.

Over the past few months Gibson has been setting the stage for this ‘comeback’ moment. With Artists, Dealers and Fans fully engaged on the journey, there is widespread endorsement for the way Gibson is approaching the next era of shaping sound for past, present and future generations.

“Our vision of becoming the most loved, the most played, and the most relevant Guitar brand, again, is becoming a reality,” adds James ‘JC’ Curleigh, President and CEO of Gibson.

Gibson Original Collection:
“The Golden Era returns with the new Gibson Original Collection,” says Cesar Gueikian. “With this classic line we are paying tribute to our iconic past, bringing back the guitars which shaped the sounds across all generations and genres of music.” The Gibson Original Collection brings classic design, innovation and authenticity back into the hands of Gibson fans. The Gibson Original Collection includes the Les Paul Standard 50’s, Les Paul Standard 60’s, Les Paul Special in TV Yellow, Les Paul Junior in Tobacco Burst, the SG 61 Standard with factory stop-tail, Maestro and Sideways vibrolas, SG Special and Junior, the classic ES-335 Figured and DOT, Firebird, Flying V and Explorer, as well as, the J-45, Hummingbird and J-200.

Gibson Modern Collection:
The new Gibson Modern Collection builds on Gibson’s solid legacy of coveted innovation by introducing modern features that will shape the sounds for future generations of musicians. “The Modern Collection reflects a new era of innovation, something Orville Gibson started in 1894 and Ted McCarty fueled in the 50’s and 60’s. It incorporates many contemporary updates that players have embraced, such as lighter-weight bodies, push-pull systems to switch between the Burst Bucker and P90 sounds, innovative slim-taper necks with asymmetrical profiles, shaved heels for effortless access to the highest frets as well as maximum sustain and stability,” explains Cesar Gueikian. The Gibson Modern Collection includes the Les Paul and SG Modern, Les Paul Studio and Tribute models, the new ES-235 and modern versions of the ES-335, Flying V and Explorer B-2, and modern Hummingbird, J-45 and J-15, as well as the Parlor acoustic models.

Gibson Custom Shop Original Collection:
“The Gibson Custom Shop is the pinnacle of craftsmanship, quality and sound excellence. Each instrument celebrates Gibson’s legacy through accuracy, authenticity and attention to detail,” says Cesar Gueikian. “This year we celebrate the 60th anniversary of the 1959 Les Paul Standard, the holy grail, with our most historically accurate recreation of the most iconic guitar in history.”With Gibson’s new Original, Modern and Custom Collections, Gibson has ignited its new chapter as the guitar of choice for artists in rock, pop, country, blues, folk, jazz, and beyond.

Gibson distributed in Australia by Australis Music Group

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Posted in Amplifiers, Blog, Gear, Melbourne guitar Show News    //    Post Date - April 29, 2019

Released at Winter NAMM in January were additions to the VX line of modeling amps including the entry-level VX15 GT and Nutube-equipped VX50 GTV. Vox Australia’s Tom Baeppler shows us what they can do here in this video demo. Tom goes through a range of different amp models and effects as well as demonstrating the line mode which allows the use of Acoustic Guitars or keyboards.

15W Entry level modeling amplifier. Grab. Go. Jam.
• “VET” modeling technology boasts the ultimate in sound quality, both in character and amount
• A numerous and diverse array of tube amp and boutique amp models are provided, including VOX’s legendary AC30
• Internal structure that’s carefully calculated for powerful sound, featuring a sealed bass-reflex body constructed of ABS

• 50W Guitar amplifier with big sound from a small and light weight format. Grab. Go. Jam.
•  Equipped with a USB audio interface that allows the Nutube sound to be recorded directly to your computer
•  Ultra-lightweight design that overturns expectations for guitar amps
•  “VET” modeling technology boasts the ultimate in sound quality, both in character and amount
• Internal structure that’s carefully calculated for powerful sound, featuring a sealed bass-reflex body constructed of ABS


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

Following soon after the Melbourne Guitar Show in August, we debuted the Melbourne International Guitar Night at the Toff in Town. The philosophy of the guitar night was to bring together a collection of local and and sometimes international, skilled guitar players to perform in front of a room full of lovers of guitar music. The aim was to create a regular event, where people could feel part of our amazing guitar community.

Curated by Drew Roller, the man behind the wonderful film Acoustic Uprising and supported by Australian Musician, the Melbourne Guitar Show and NAMM, the guitar night was back at The Toff this week and building on the spirit of the first evening, even more people attended and enjoyed a fabulous night of guitar music.

Despite global guitar guru Joe Satriani playing just a few blocks away on the same night, a packed house enjoyed fabulous performances by Adam Miller, Phisha, Cooper Lower, and Sonia Serin. Look out for news on the third Melbourne International Guitar Night in early 2019.


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

The 4th annual Melbourne Guitar Show, presented by Australian Musician and Triple M was yet another success with thousands of guitar lovers heading out to Caulfield Racecourse to check out a huge array of gear and experience some wonderful performances and information sessions from world class musicians. See you back at Caulfield Racecourse on August 3&4 in 2019!

Here’s a highlights reel we’ve put together, featuring a Triple M Jam performance from Brett Garsed, Rod Bustos, Marcus Ryan and Phil Turcio #MGS2018.

Thanks to Advanced Audio, Sam Tan and Jason Rosewarne for their contributions to this reel

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Posted in Blog, Melbourne guitar Show News    //    Post Date - August 16, 2018

The Melbourne Guitar Show has wrapped up for another year. Thanks to the artists, exhibitors and you the public for making it great. Thanks also to those who filled in our online survey to give us your thoughts on the show.

The winners of the  BIAS Delay and BIAS Modulation pedal, courtesy of Positive Grid and their Australian distributor Link Audio.

Emma Wilson BIAS Delay twin pedal
Conan Greenway BIAS Modulation Twin pedal

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Posted in Interviews, Melbourne guitar Show News    //    Post Date - August 8, 2018

The uber talented Harts had just finished up a vibrant session on Fender’s stand at the 2018 Melbourne Guitar Show, where he was demoing a new American Original Strat and a series of Fender’s new pedals. Australian Musician’s Greg Phillips grabbed Harts soon after for a very honest and revealing chat about his gear and future recording and performing plans.

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Posted in Interviews, Melbourne guitar Show News    //    Post Date - August 8, 2018

The Winners Circle Workshop Room was buzzing on day two of the 2018 Melbourne Guitar Show as Diesel launched his limited edition Signature Stratocaster for Fender. A packed house witnessed this historic occasion and Diesel pulled out all stops to impress, playing a killer version of Hey Joe and finishing up with Cry in Shame, off his album Diesel 30, his new greatest hits package. The Strat is loaded with Texas Special pickups to accommodate Mark’s blistering blues tone, features ash body, 70s large headstock, soft V neck profile, 22 medium jumbo frets with aged white pearloid pickguard and contrasting black hardware. The guitar will be available to buy in December.

Australian Musician’s Greg Phillips sat down with Diesel soon after the launch to chat about the signature Strat, Diesel 30, his greatest hits album, the new single ‘Give Me Saturday Night’ and more. The ‘Give Me Saturday Night’ national tour begins in September. Dates listed below

Fender website

Diesel website

Check out these great photos of Diesel’s Fender Stratocaster launch by Jason Rosewarne

Diesel 30 The Greatest Hits tracklist:
Disc One:
1. Give Me Saturday Night
2. Don’t Need Love
3. Soul Revival
4. Lookin’ For Love
5. Cry In Shame
6. Since I Fell For You
7. Love Junk
8. Tip Of My Tongue
9. Come To Me
10. Man Alive
11. One More Time
12. Never Miss Your Water
13. Masterplan
14. I’ve Been Loving You Too Long
15. All Come Together

Disc Two:
1. 15 Feet Of Snow
2. I Can’t Stand The Rain
3. Dig
4. Satellite
5. Angel Face
6. Getta Kick
7. Battleworn
8. Saviour
9. Crazytown
10. Steal My Sunshine
11. Days Like These
12. Walkin’ The Blues
13. Let It Fly
14. Queen Jane Approximately
15. Rave On

Diesel 30 The Greatest Hits
Diesel. Out now through Bloodlines/Universal available HERE

Tickets onsale now from

Friday 14 September
The Bridge Hotel | Rozelle, NSW | 1300 438 849

Saturday 15 September
The Bridge Hotel | Rozelle, NSW | 1300 438 849

Friday 21 September
Miranda Hotel | Miranda, NSW | Ph: 1300 762 545

Saturday 22 September
Pittwater RSL | Pittwater, NSW | Ph: 02 9997 3833

Friday 5 October
Northshore Tavern | Hillarys WA | Ph: 136 100

Saturday 6 October
Charles Hotel | Perth WA | Ph: 136 100

Sunday 7 October
Ravenswood Hotel | Ravenswood, WA | Ph: 136 100

Friday 12 October
The Triffid | Brisbane, QLD | Ph: 1300 762 545

Saturday 13 October
Sol Bar | Maroochydore, QLD | 1300 762 545

Thursday 25 October
Corner Hotel | Melbourne, VIC | (03) 9427 7300

Friday 26 October
Chelsea Heights Hotel | Chelsea Heights, VIC | 1300 762 545

Saturday 27 October
Burvale Hotel | Nunawading, VIC | 1300 762 545

Friday 2 November
The Governor Hindmarsh Hotel | Adelaide, SA | 1300 762 545

Saturday 3 November
Coopers Alehouse | Wallaroo, SA | (08) 8823 2488

Friday 16 November
The Juniors- Kingsford | Kingsford, NSW | (02 9349 7555

Saturday 17 November
Wenty Leagues | Wentworthville, NSW | (02) 8868 9200


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Posted in Interviews, Melbourne guitar Show News    //    Post Date - August 7, 2018

The Melbourne Guitar Show was honoured to present Albert Lee at our event on the weekend to kick off his Australian tour. Albert is not only one of the greatest guitarists in both rock and country music history, he’s also one of the nicest and most humble musicians you’ll ever meet. Included on Albert’s CV are performances and recordings with Eric Clapton, Emmy Lou Harris, Keith Urban, Tommy Emmanuel, Dave Edmunds, Willie Nelson, Bill Wyman, Carlene Carter, The Everly Brothers, Jackson Browne, Rosanne Cash, Bert Jansch, Herbie Mann, Keith Richards and Dolly Parton. Albert counts Eric Clapton as a good friend, a guy who once said of Albert, “He’s the greatest guitarist in the world. The ultimate virtuoso. His skill is extraordinary, his ear is extraordinary and he’s gifted on just about every level.”

Australian Musician editor Greg Phillips sat down for a quick chat with Albert after his wonderful Melbourne Guitar Show performance.

Wed 8– Melbourne – Flem-Ken Bowling Club, Flemington
Thur 9 – Melbourne – Thornbury Theatre
Fri 10 – Meeniyan – Meeniyan Hall
Sat 11 – Adelaide – Adelaide Guitar Festival
Sun 12 – Perth – The Charles Hotel
Wed 15 – Blue Mountains NSW – Blue Mountains Theatre
Thur 16 – Canberra – The Basement
Fri 17– Sydney – Brass Monkey
Sat 18 – Sydney – Sydney Guitar Festival
Sun 19 – Sydney – Sydney Guitar Festival
Tues 21 – Newcastle – Lizotte’s
Wed 22 – Central Coast – The Art House in Wyong
Thur 23 – Brisbane – The Zoo
Fri 24 – Gold Coast – Sound Lounge
Sat 25 – Gympie – Gympie Muster


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Posted in Melbourne guitar Show News, Special Features    //    Post Date - August 6, 2018

Report by Greg Phillips. Photos by Jason Rosewarne (unless indicated otherwise)

Even the forecast inclement weather decided it wasn’t worth it’s while trying, keen guitar fans were coming to the guitar show anyway and sunbeams may as well be the order of the day. Inside however, Shannon Bourne brewed up a sonic storm, playing tracks from his atmospheric new instrumental solo album Words Fail. Matched to weird and wonderful video accompaniment, Shannon’s performance was truly a journey into the unknown, utilising layers of fuzz and distortion to sculpt his art. Words Fail is a place where your traditional licks and solos are not welcome, it’s an esoteric art session not a history lesson and people seemed to dig it.

Over on the Exclusively Acoustic stage, the three participants for the day were Van Larkins, Mark (Phisha), Fisher and Thomas Leeb, all incredible fingerstyle players who will be performing for Australian Musician on August 15th at our first Melbourne International Guitar Night at The Toff.

The Aon Mezzanine Stage hosted singer, songwriter Cat Canteri, playing tunes from her acclaimed new album Inner North, followed by a gorgeous performance by Andrew Wrigglesworth and Laura Coates from The Weeping Willows.

The Winners Circle Workshop Room was buzzing today as Diesel was to launch his limited edition Signature Stratocaster for Fender. A packed house witnessed this historic occasion and Diesel pulled out all stops to impress, playing a killer version of Hey Joe and finishing up with Cry in Shame, off his album Diesel 30, his new greatest hits package. The Strat is loaded with Texas Special pickups to accomodate Mark’s blistering blues tone, features ash body, 70s large headstock, soft V neck profile, 22 medium jumbo frets with aged white pearloid pickguard and contrasting black hardware. The guitar will be available to buy in December. (Watch out for our interview with Diesel about the guitar soon).
A lovely moment occurred as we were escorting Diesel out of the Workshop room. There was a family outside the room where Diesel had just finished his launch. Two excited and inspired kids were standing in front of a Diesel poster having their photo taken by their parents … at the exact moment that we were walking Diesel past on way to the media room. Needless to say the kids faces lit up upon seeing the real Diesel, who of course stopped to give them an unforgettable chat. That’s what the Melbourne Guitar Show is all about, inspiring the next generation of musicians.

Other great workshops today included the Boss Tone Design session with guitar show regular Josh Munday, a wonderful Line 6 showcase with Michael Paynter, and Michael Dolce’s informative Fractal Audio session. In Peter Hodgson’s Meet the Players sessions, Brett Garsed and Dave Leslie were delighting their audiences with tech tips and tales from the road and studio.

The Melbourne Guitar Show is renowned for it’s ‘moments’ and one of the weekend’s most poignant was Fiona Boyes being joined by Shannon Bourne to pay tribute to our music community’s beloved blues hero Chris Wilson, who was recently diagnosed with terminal cancer. Bourne has played with Wilson throughout his career and one could feel the weight of the moment as, backed by Mark Grunden and TIm Neal they played one of Chris’ songs ‘Face in the Mirror’. The local blues music community will gather at the Corner Hotel on August 24th for a tribute to Chris.

Following Fiona’s performance Alison Ferrier took to the stage with husband Jeff Lang on an exotic range of guitars. Alison’s touching and intricate ballads eventually gave way to a loud and powerful version of Helter Skelter

As usual it’s not just the advertised rock stars that attend the Melbourne Guitar Show, some just come to check out the gear and catch up with old friends. Seen on the booths checking out gear were Dan Sultan, Powderfinger’s Darren Middleton (who we stole for a chat about his new solo album Tides. Interview online soon), and it was also great to see John Farnham band’s Stuart Fraser looking good and enjoying the guitar show.

The highlight for many however was the Triple M Finale Jam, featuring Jack Jones (aka Irwin Thomas), Brett Garsed, Shannon Bourne, James Ryan and Charlie Bedford. Backed by a killer rhythm section of Marcus Ryan and Rod Bustos and with the one and only Phil Turcio on keys, this world class band made one hell of a ‘phat’ sound together. In 2015 Charlie Bedford was asked on stage to jam with Lloyd Spiegel. Since then Charlie has really studied his chops and is sounding fantastic. It was so warming to watch young Bedford grab his opportunity with zest and nail his guitar parts, which he played with passion, fluidity and fun-filled energy. Jones and Bourne swapped Hendrix licks and the enjoyment on the stage was palpable, particularly during Brett Garsed’s sublime exchanges.

The Melbourne Guitar Show continues to grow in stature, not only among the musicians and instrument industry but to the greater public as well, some spurred to come by the fantastic news piece that Channel 9 telecast during their 6pm news. For many, the 2018 Melbourne Guitar Show ended all too soon but fear not, the venue and dates have already been booked and we’ll see you back at Caulfield Racecourse on August 3 and 4, 2019.

Many of the performances on the Aon Whammy bar stage this year were broadcast live and you can view them on the Melbourne Guitar Show Facebook page

Video interviews conducted at the guitar show with Diesel, Harts, Albert Lee and Darren Middleton will soon be online.

Dan Sultan checks out a Duesenberg on the Cranbourne Music stand. Pic by Wicked Rock Photography

Positive Grid’s VP of Global Sales Robert McCullar presented our online ticket sales prize winner Ofelia Soler with a BIAS MINI Guitar Amp. pic Greg Phillips

Shannon Bourne joins Fiona Boyes in tribute to Chris Wilson. Pic by Michael Rae.

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