The 31st Annual Dallas International Guitar Festival and MusicFest was awesome, as usual. We saw some new things this year, like Trillium’s new tube guitar amps. The design and cabinetry caught my eye, and their great tone caught my ears, so I stopped to chat. Scott told me this is Trillium’s debut at the Dallas Guitar Show and how excited the company is to introduce these beautiful looking and sounding guitar amps.
We were treated to a demo courtesy of two young players sitting at their booth, and the sound was everything you would expect from a class A tube amp. We’ve got a couple of pictures posted in our slide show. Check out their website at trilliumamps.com and also their YouTube Channel at youtube.com/user/TrilliumAmps for all the details on these sweet new amps.
Of course there were lots of vintage guitars on display, and all of them commanding premium prices. But oh, the history in these axes! We saw signature guitars of Les Paul, George Harrison, Stevie Ray Vaughan, David Crosby, Jimmy Page, Chet Atkins, Richie Sambora, Paul Cotton of Poco, and Jermaine Jackson’s Victory Tour Bass.
Also of note is the Texas Musicians Museum. Their booth reminded me just how many great artists are from the Lone Star State. Buddy Holly, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Jimmie and Stevie Ray Vaughan, Johnny and Edgar Winter, Janis Joplin, Boz Scaggs, Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard of ZZ Top, Don Henley; there’s just too many to mention here. Check out their website for a true taste of music history. webxites.com.
Check out our pictures from the 31st Annual Dallas International Guitar Festival…
It’s always interesting to dig into the history of these great instruments, so here’s a list of links associated with what I heard and saw at this year’s show. Please leave a comment on your experience at this show, or anything else you think is noteworthy.
31st Annual Dallas International Guitar Festival www.guitarshow.com
Chicago Music Exchange www.chicagomusicexchange.com
Epiphone Guitars www.epiphone.com
Fender Guitars www.fender.com
Gibson Guitars www.gibson.com
Guitar World www.guitarworld.com
Jimmy Wallace www.jimmywallaceguitars.com
Mark Pollock’s Transpecos Guitars www.transpecosguitars.com
Marshall Amps www.marshallamps.com
Martin Guitars www.mguitar.com
Norman’s Rare Guitars normansrareguitars.com
Texas Musicians Museum www.webxites.com
Trillium Amplifiers www.trilliumamps.com & youtube.com/user/TrilliumAmps
Also please check out my personal favorite guitar sites:
Electric Guitar Review www.electric-guitar-review.com
Modern Guitars Magazine www.modernguitars.com
Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008
Written by: Mike Withrow
Posted in Guitars