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

Rackett’s Bec

Report: Greg Phillips. Photos: Jason Rosewarne (unless captioned otherwise)

For the 4th year in a row punters were quick getting out of the barriers at Caulfield Racecourse to get inside the Melbourne Guitar Show and check out the 3 levels of fretted instrument fun. Outside the Triple M street team were keeping the new arrivals entertained with their Guitar Hero karaoke machine and good vibes.

Brand-wise, all the major names were either on the ground level electric floor or acoustic level two, alongside the new, boutique, rare and collectable. Each year the exhibitors go that extra step further in presenting appealing, well stocked booths, making it near impossible not to pick up a guitar and have a play.

Back in 2015, Rohan Stevenson made his live debut of his electric music project I Built The Sky at the Melbourne Guitar Show. This year Rohan kicked off the guitar show’s Aon Mezzanine Stage program with his first live foray into acoustic guitar music and he immediately won fans with his dexterity. Meanwhile upstairs Adam Miller and band were christening our new Aon Whammy bar stage, with Adam showcasing his versatility.

Day one in the Winners Circle Workshop Room delivered a series of informative sessions including one on AMEB’s Rockschool syllabus, James Ryan demoing the amazing Positive Grid, BIAS MINI GUITAR amp, then later James talked up the new VOX range of gear. Joshua Munday put the Boss GT-1000 through its paces, Maton’s head of Research and Development Patrick Evans chatted about the Maton AP5 pro pickup, Cole Clark ran a session their guitars and their Neil Kennedy basses, and the room finished up with Melbourne heavy flamenco trio Malcura playing their Katoh Guitars.

On the ground level, not only were attendees getting an ear full of great guitar tones, they were also treated to some fabulous on-stand appearances as well. Fender didn’t hold back in presenting some high profile artists, such as the wonderful Bec Sandridge, Abbey Stone, Slowly Slowly, and Harts. On the CMC Music stand, some great performances were being delivered by The Omnific, Damnations Day, and Jimi Baruta and Kyle Borg, utilising Ernie Ball Music Man guitars. Dean Gaudoin and Bernardo Soler provided such positive latin vibes coming out of the Eastgate Music/EGM stand early in the morning too.

The Aon Whammy Bar was also the scene of the first real gig for the Dave Leslie Band. In between Baby Animals duties Dave has put together a crackin’ band Alex Deegan, Travis Clark and Laura Davidson and they made many a new fan with their energetic mix of covers and Baby Animals obscurities.

Our headliner, UK guitar legend Albert Lee was up next and attracted the biggest crowd ever assembled at a Melbourne Guitar Show stage. Albert didn’t disappoint with a lively set, reminiscent of his current live album Live at the Iridium. At 70 plus years old, Albert’s fingers are as slick as ever and the guitar-centric crowd appreciated having such a global guitar icon in the house. Taking a breather from guitar to play piano, Albert displayed his diversity as a performer, nailing the Jimmy Webb classic The Highwayman. It was the perfect launch for Albert’s extensive Australian tour which runs throughout August.

Elsewhere in the venue, Daniel Champagne was showcasing his fingerstyle virtuosity, Ben Kelly was dazzling with his unique musical stylings and over at Cafe Corner I Heart Guitar’s Peter Hodgson was hosting his informative Meet the Players sessions.

Four piece all-female rockers Rackett hit the Whammy Bar with force, providing punters with a performance to remember, followed soon after by the incredibly talented and down to earth Scott Darlow.

Nick Charles led his merry bunch of acoustic guitar pickers through an enchanting journey featuring Fiona Boyes, Justin Bernasconi, Ed bates, Charlie Bedford and Alex Burns, who was a last minute fill in for Phil Manning (we wish Phil well and hope he’s on the mend).

It was fantastic to see so many families in the house too, with many kids having their first ever taste of playing a guitar. As for the bigger kids, many who came empty-handed, seemed to be leaving with their dream purchases. Day one may have been over but there was a full day of fun still to come.

Zevon Hiltz

Zevon with Abbey Stone

Cat Canteri

Alison Ferrier

Abbey Stone with Fiona Boyes

Dave Leslie



Jeff Lang

Justin Bernasconi

Albert Lee

Ben Kelly

Adam Miller

Cole Clark’s Miles Jackson with Jamie Pye

Daniel Champagne

Charlie Bedford

Nick Charles

Ed Bates



Scott Darlow

Johnny Salerno, Jack Jones (Irwin Thomas) and Adam Miller. pic Greg Phillips

Rohan Stevenson . pic Greg Phillips

Australian Musician interview with Albert Lee for Ernie Ball Music Man


Australian Musician interview with Harts for Fender

Bec Sandridge Fender stand. By Greg Phillips

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Posted in Blog, Melbourne guitar Show News, Special Features    //    Post Date - August 3, 2018

The Melbourne Guitar Show kicks off tomorrow morning at 1oam. Today the exhibitors were setting up and we offer you this pictorial preview of an amazing array of hear. Melbourne Guitar Show August 4 &5 Caulfield Racecourse

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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.

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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