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.


Live Stage Performance from The Story Of Guitar Heroes



The Story Of Guitar Heroes will be performing on The Live Stage Sunday 26th February 2017



Touring the UK for over 3 years, this unique show has become widely known by Theatre and Concert Hall audiences. It’s popularity has expanded considerably in this time and is well supported by many musicians across the country and abroad.

With over 20 guitars used on stage, the show accurately recreates the sound and ambiance of ‘guitar heroes’ such as Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Hank Marvin, Brian May, Slash and many more.

This live concert style ‘rockumentry’ is performed by renowned musician: Phil Walker, and his exceptional band who include Toby James, Paul Francis and Kristian Dluzewski.

The show uniquely takes the audience on a journey through the major cornerstones in its history – from the 1950’s, when the first legends of the Rock ‘n’ Roll era took the daring first steps into a new area of music, through to the most creative and inspirational modern guitar heroes of today.

This provides a rich and diverse experience by producing many different genres of music and showcasing a great deal of variety, sounds and styles.

Compounded in a creative and powerful experience this show not only appeals to all those budding guitar heroes out there, but to music lovers of all ages.

Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal at The Guitar Show

Ron Thal will be appearing on the Vigier Guitars Stand and on the Live Stage both days.


Ronald Jay Blumenthal, better known by his stage name Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, is an American guitarist, songwriter, recording artist and producer. Thal adopted the name Bumblefoot from the bacterial infection of the same name (seriously!), which he learned about while helping his wife’s review for her veterinary exams. He is one of the co-lead guitarists in Guns N’ Roses and performs on their sixth studio album Chinese Democracy. Since the early 90s, Thal has released 9 CDs and a live DVD. His 1995 debut studio album, The Adventures of Bumblefoot, after being out of print for many years, was re-released in 2010 as a 15 Year Anniversary Edition CD. In commemoration of the Anniversary Edition release, a 200-page transcription book of the recording was also released which Thal himself transcribed.

Thal has appeared as a guest performer on other albums and on numerous compilation CD’s. He’s been the cover feature of several International guitar magazines as well as the subject of many print, radio and web interviews. Over the past twenty years, Thal has also worked with numerous bands and artists as producer, engineer, writer, arranger and performer. He has also written, and continues to write, TV jingles, theme songs and background music. From January through December 2011, Thal has recorded 9 singles which are available exclusively as digital downloads. Thal is also on the board of directors of the MS Research Foundation, a non-profit 501 organisation that raises money for Multiple Sclerosis research.