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Win a HeadRush Pedalboard

Get hands-on, find your signature tone and discover the future of modelling with the HeadRush Pedalboard at The Guitar Show! Drop by the HeadRush stand to find out how you can WIN this revolutionary floorboard modelling processor!



Thunder Bassist Chris Childs – Synergy / Sandberg stand 12.00 – 14.00 Sat & Sun

Chris Childs has worked in a wide area of the music and entertainment industry – from film, radio and television sessions to West End theatre productions, in recording studios and stadium rock venues. His recording credits include: Go West, Andy Summers (Police), Thunder, Beverly Craven, Paul Young, Andy Taylor (Duran Duran), Helen Terry (Culture Club), Colin Blunstone, Then Jericho, Russ Ballard (argent) and Don Airey (Deep Purple).

He has appeared on albums alongside other world-class bass players such as Nathan East, Pino Palladino and Abraham Laboriel. He’s also currently involved in recording and producing albums for a number of other artists, as well as mixing, mastering and graphic design.

Since 1996 Chris has been a member of Thunder, generally regarded as one of the UK’s top classic rock bands, adding his own individual style of playing to hundreds of shows and numerous albums, including the critically-acclaimed new album Rip It Up.


The Guitar Show 2018 Live stage Annoucement: Bareknuckle Pickups Present: Riders To Ruin



Riders to Ruin, featuring Bare Knuckle Pickups founder/MD Tim Mills, are a 4 piece original hard rock band from Cornwall,UK. Formed in 2017,the band have their debut EP ’Stuck in Overdrive’ available from streaming and download on all major platforms. Catch the first video ‘Coming Home’ here:



The Guitar Show 2018 Live stage Annoucement: Joe Kelly & The Royal Pharmacy



It’s easy to consign the idea of the itinerant blues singer to myth (Robert Johnson) or caricature (Seasick Steve) but in 2017, Joe Kelly is as close as you’ll get to the real thing. Having spent the last couple of years calling a dilapidated camper van home and playing hundreds of shows armed with just a beaten-up guitar, a stomping foot and a harmonica, Joe decided that enough was enough, breaking free of the limitations of the one-man band and enlisting the
services of a hand-picked troupe of the finest local guns for hire, the ‘Royal Pharmacy’.

Debut single ‘Devil At Your Door’, an apocalyptic folk-blues with roots instrumentation and a contemporary edge proved an immediate hit with regional radio DJs earning the band a BBC Horizons grant and setting Joe up for a fruitful summer of festival appearances and an Italian tour.
The Launchpad funding saw Joe Kelly & The Royal Pharmacy begin work on their debut album at the renowned Monnow Valley studios, the first single from which, ‘Babylon’, is set for release in November 2017.








We are very pleased to announce that incredible rising blues-rock guitarist Chris Buck from Buck & Evans and Steve Marks of Blackstar Amplification will be playing The Guitar Show Live Stage on Sunday 25th February 2018.

Winner of “Best new Guitarist” in the Total Guitar awards 2017, Chris has recently been taking the guitar world by storm, with performances at Download Festival, jamming with Slash on stage multiple times and touring the UK.

His combination of great feel, fretboard knowledge and smooth tone is nothing short of inspirational.

Definitely not to be missed!

The Guitar Show 2018 Live stage Annoucement: Vigier & Fuzzrocious Present: This Illusion



Currently existing as guns for hire and trying to stay ahead of the ever advancing armies of Glak-the-Spinster. These soldiers of fortune will be spraying colours of Fuzzrocious and Vigier into battle, while trying to bring justice to the moral disintegration of the Lambrini System.
If you have a problem…if no one else can help…and if you can find them…maybe you can hire…This Illusion.

Rotosound Music Strings – PRS SE Custom Giveaway



Visit Rotosound Music Strings this weekend on Stand E4, where every packet of strings purchased enters you into a competition to win a PRS SE Custom 22 Guitar in vintage sunburst.
The winner will be drawn at 4.00pm on the Sunday of the show.

The more you buy – the more chance you have of winning.



Avian Guitars were due to exhibit at The Guitar Show this year, due to the CITES Treaty they have found their guitars stuck with HMRC and are therefore unable to attend.

We had agreed that they would give us a guitar to giveaway at the show, being the rather stand up company that they are, they have still honoured this committment.

So over the two days of the show, you will be able to enter a competition to win an Avian Songbird Deluxe Fan Fret worth over £1800.00

Details of this guitar are below – check out their website here >>AVIAN<<

Thank You Avian!

Songbird Deluxe

Take the Songbird design, and add our Ryan-style bevel and Demi-Cutaway and the Songbird Deluxe is born!

With the full choice of three back and side tonewood options, and our AA grade Sitka Spruce top, the Songbird Deluxe blends playability with a medium body size to give a versatile tonal palette.


Top wood: AA Solid Sitka Spruce
Back & sides wood: Solid Mahogany, Solid Rosewood Cutaway: Demi-Cutaway
Bevel: Ryan-style arm bevel
Bridge: Ebony
Saddle: Bone
Upper bout depth: 92 mm
Upper bout width: 287 mm
Lower bout depth: 121mm
Lower bout width: 397mm
Bracing: Selected Spruce


Wood: Mahogany/Maple
Neck Width 1st Fret: 44.5mm
Nut Material: Bone
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Scale length: 645mm
Fret numbers: 20 frets
Tuning Machine: Avian Black


Neck: Matt
Body: Gloss


Logo: Mother of Pearl
Rosette: Rosewood
Binding: Rosewood

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Vigier Presents Mary Spender




Mary Spender is a musician based in Bristol, combining her sultry voice and electric guitar to create pop songs infused with blues and soul. Her songwriting showcases her virtuosic style of guitar playing as well as her wide vocal range, with the recordings often being accompanied by stunning visuals.

She has toured the UK, Germany and US; highlights include supporting Gabrielle Aplin and Ian McCulloch, as well as performing at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville. In 2016 Mary has sold out her first two headline shows with her band in Bristol (The Louisiana) and London (Servant Jazz Quarters).

In January 2017, Mary returned to the USA to represent Vigier Guitars at NAMM in Los Angeles. She showcased her unique Excalibur Indus fitted with A Little Thunder pickup, that adds bass to her solo performances as demonstrated at The Guitar Show.