NOT The Guitar Show 2021

With no show this year, I thought it would be good to mark the weekend, headover to @theguitarshowuk on social media and find loads of posts and some great deals from past exhibitors.

Plus some great competition prizes from Marshall and Focusrite – see you over the 27th & 28th Feb.


9-42 The Guitar Show Podcast



The Guitar Show has a podcast, Ant and I are chatting to guitarists every week whilst we are in lockdown

You can check it out here









Phil X & The Drills are announcing the release of their 5th Album Stupid Good Lookings Vol. 2 in early 2020 on Golden Robot Records. Featuring a different drummer on every song including the likes of Tommy Lee, Libery Devitto, Kenny Aronoff and Ray Luzier, the music promises to be extremely diverse. With live shows being described as “energetic guitar- driven ROCK punching your face with unbearably great anthems”, Phil X & his band, The Drills, have been enjoying a rapidly growing international fan base supported by the release of 5 strong Albums: Kick Your Ass In 17 Minutes (2009), We Bring The Rock N Roll (2011), We Play Instruments N Sh!t (2012), This House Is Not For Sale (2016) with Bon Jovi and Stupid Good Lookings Vol. 1 ( 2019).

First a session guitar staple in Los Angeles, California-recording with Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie, Daughtry, Kelly Clarkson, Chris Cornell and many more- Phil X became known for hosting the Fretted Americana Web Show that boasted over 50 million collective views and also filing in for Richie Sambora on the 2011, 2013 and 2015 Bon Jovi tours.

In March of 2016, Phil was invited to Electric Lady Studios in New York to record guitars and background vocals on the Bon
Jovi record, This House Is Not for Sale. The album was released later that year reaching #1 on the charts with the album artwork including Phil in the band shots confirming his position in the band as an official member. This House Is Not for Sale also spawned 12 rock videos and multiple tours in 2017-2019 packing arenas and stadiums in 24 countries.



Dan here, Mick here – That Pedal Show Live



Daniel and Mick from That Pedal Show have built a large and loyal audience of tone-obsessed guitar players since their YouTube channel launched in 2015. Veterans of countless gigs, recording and band life, they’re on an endless quest for inspiring guitar sounds with a central mantra that there are no answers, only better questions.

Daniel is founder and owner of TheGigRig, a company that builds effects switchers and rig solutions used by some of the world’s leading artists.

Mick spent almost 20 years as a guitar journalist across a number of titles, notably as editor-in-chief of Guitarist, Total Guitar and Guitar Techniques.

Together they are That Pedal Show with over 200,000 subscribers and 1 million minutes of their videos watched across the globe every month.

On The Live Stage on Sunday 1st March 2020

Live Stage Announcement – JJ Rosa



Yamaha Present: JJ Rose


JJ Rosa is one of those rare and wondrous performers that find their way into music every decade or so. We are blessed. For she is real; she is beautiful; a voice that exudes soul; the mind to write infectious melodies and hands that play some mean guitar like some unorthodox lovechild of Prince Rogers Nelson and Jimi Hendrix.

Originally from Manchester, but now based in South London, JJ’s affair with music started playing piano and singing ‘Happy Day’ in her theatre school choir at the age of seven. Then several years later JJ found her love for electric guitar when she discovered, via her dad’s vinyl collection, the guitar god himself Jimi Hendrix, her addiction to guitar began here.

That multi-talented flare slowly but surely blossomed where Manchester legends Rowetta and Clint Boon, and Fleetwood Mac icon, Christine McVie are all singing JJ’s praises and now more recently Lauren Laverne, Labrinth, Jack Savoretti and Youngr are also amongst JJ’s ever growing fanbase!

Mikey Demus Live Stage – Saturday 29th Feb



Mikey will be bring his brand new pedal line Redbeard Effects to The Live Stage on Saturday 29th February

A Run Down Of Bernard Butlers Rig


Appearing on The Live Stage at The Guitar Show 2020 will be interviewing Bernard Butler about his Rig

Time: TBC

Bernard Butler (born 1 May 1970, Stamford Hill, North London) is an English musician and record producer. He has been noted as one of Britain’s most original and influential guitarists.

In 1989 he forged a songwriting partnership with Brett Anderson forming the group Suede co-writing and playing guitars on every recording until 1994. Taking 3 1/2 years to emerge the group appeared fully formed with 1992’s classic debut “The Drowners” , followed by hits “Metal Mickey”, the top 10 “Animal Nitrate” and the number 2 epic “Stay Together”. The Mercury Prize winning debut “Suede” became the fastest selling record chart topper in years. The defining “Dog Man Star”, a sprawling concept of rare ambition resulted in Butler’s untimely exit. The group continued but Butler’s contribution will remain the defining moment in the band’s history.

Immediately he collaborated with the singer David McAlmont on what was intended as a one-off burst of pop, heralded by the anthemic ”Yes”. The hit song was bound together by experimental b-sides taking in folk, soul and art rock directions serving to confuse when bookended as the compilation “The Sound Of…McAlmont & Butler”. The album was preceded by the torch like “You Do” before the split leaving an intriguing footprint across Britpop’s otherwise jingoist, hedonistic landscape. Butler signed to Creation Records releasing two solo albums, the acclaimed “People Move On” yielding the hit single “Stay”, and “Friends and Lovers” before the collapse of the legendary label. In 2001 Butler teamed up with McAlmont for a second McAlmont and Butler album, Bring it Back, and they toured the UK after the release of two singles, “Falling” and “Bring it Back”.

In 2004 Butler formed a new band with Brett Anderson, The Tears, releasing their debut LP, “Here Come The Tears”, produced by Butler, in June 2005. Singles include the top 10  “Refugees”, and “Lovers” alongside a wealth of acclaimed b-sides.

In 2005 he was introduced to Welsh singer Duffy and contributed to her five million-selling debut album Rockferry, which was nominated for three Grammy Awards. Butler produced and co-wrote the title track, as well as “Syrup & Honey”, “Please Stay” for “Telstar – The Movie” and co-wrote “Smoke Without Fire”, which was used in the 2009 film An Education.

He has worked extensively as a producer, making records for The Libertines, Tricky, Black Kids, Kate Nash, Nerina Pallot, Teleman, Findlay Brown, Daley, The Cribs, James Morrison, Frankie & The Heartstrings, Texas and Paloma Faith. Butler won the Producer’s Award at the 2009 BRIT Awards,Producer of the Year at the 2008 Music Managers Forum Awards, and was nominated for Best Producer at the 2009 Music Week Awards .

Between 2000-10 Butler played many shows with the legendary folk guitarist Bert Jansch, featuring on his albums “Crimson Moon” and “Edge Of A Dream” sometimes joined by Johnny Marr and Beth Orton. After Jansch’s untimely death a Royal Festival Hall tribute concert saw Butler accompany Robert Plant amongst the pantheon of folk’s remaining heroes.

He has played guitar on records by Aimee Mann, Bryan Ferry, Roy Orbison and Neneh Cherry.

In August 2013, Butler played two shows at The Slaughtered Lamb in London, UK, accompanying Ben Watt on electric guitar, which led to his appearance on Watt’s second album “Hendra” . They have toured extensively during 2013-14 including the UK , USA and Japan.

In October 2013, Butler’s new group Trans released the Red EP, the first in a series of EPs featuring tracks grown out of improvisational sessions with Jackie McKeown, Paul Borchers and Igor Volk. The recordings were made at Butler’s own Studio 355, all sessions improvised, recorded in their entirety and later edited with very few overdubs. The Green EP followed in March 2014.

In May 2014 McAlmont & Butler played two celebrated London shows in support of the Bobath Centre assisting children with cerebral palsy. In 2015 Butler prepared an extensive reissue set for 1995’s “The Sound Of…” through Demon Records. The Deluxe box was followed by a short UK tour culminating in a sell out at London’s Roundhouse. Ben Watt’s follow up “Fever Dream” was recorded shortly after and the pair again toured Japan, the USA and the UK in support.

2016 saw the release of the long awaited solo album by Kate Jackson “British Road Movies”. Released to critical acclaim the album was co-written and produced by Butler who also performed most of the instrumentation. He has also produced Mark Eitzel’s celebrated “Hey Mr Ferryman” – recorded in a short burst at Studio 355 in London and released via Merge in 2017. The debut from newcomers Pace, and the debut album by NYC rock group QTY were also completed during this time . The long-standing partnership with Duffy was reignited when the pair collaborated on a version of Nina Simone’s “I Put A Spell On You” as accompanying score to Burberry’s Black campaign. The song was recorded live in one complete take at the legendary Abbey Road Studio 1, Duffy performing in the middle of the room surrounded by orchestra and Butler’s core band. The pair continue to collaborate on new material.
In 2017 Butler spent many weeks founding the development of new artist Delilah Montague, collaborated with Romeo Stodart of The Magic Numbers, and began a radio show “BB & The King”. Broadcast live from North London via Boogaloo Radio each Friday, Bernard Butler and partner Mark Kingston bring 2 hours of music and conversation around an episodic theme. Each week is archived via a Mixcloud page. He continues to work on his own material as well as McAlmont & Butler.

In 2018 Bernard Butler became resident Songwriting Tutor at BIMM London developing students weekly through their BA in Songwriting. He also completed productions for acclaimed writer and novelist Colin MacIntyre’s project “Mull Historical Society” , the 3rd album from folk song collector and Mercury nominee Sam Lee. in 2019 Butler completed a follow-up album for Mark Eitzel, toured with Mull Historical Society and collaborated in songwriting camps and sessions for Warner-Chappell. He conducts audience-led PreProduction events around the country and is a Patron of the Music Venue Trust.

D’Addario Present Rabea Massaad



D’Addario Present Rabea Massaad on the Live Stage 29 Feb 2020

Rabea (Bea for short) has been playing music since he was a child. Starting out on drums when he was 8 and then picking up guitar at 15.

Rabea has achieved notable success with his bands Dorje (#1 UK rock chart 2015 and charting in over 30 countries in 2016) and Toska (#1 Bandcamp global charts 2016) while also growing a substantial following on YouTube.

The Guitar Show Guitar



Here we go… I wanted to do something different this year, rather than put a manufacturer’s guitar on the artwork, I thought lets make one (all of us). I wanted it to be uniquely British, so I asked some of our best builders to help me. Williams Guitars will make the neck Crimson Guitars the body Oil City pickups will obviously provide the pickups, Grainger Guitars provide the hardware and it will be finished by Rob Williams Guitars, along the way I’m going to ask you what direction we should go in, then we will give away the guitar at the show in 2020.

I’ll be updating as we go along, so I hope that you will all get involved in making The Guitar Show Guitar. The sheer quality of the makers will ensure that we get a killer guitar by February. First vote later this month will be for Maple or Rosewood.

The artwork will update as we go, so the final adverts will be the finished guitar. Cheers everyone, lets do this

LIVE STAGE: Chris Buck

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Following a storming set with his band Buck & Evans at TGS18, Chris is back and will be doing a solo set on The Live Stage.