These are the pictures of things I found important.
Dick Dale playing a Blackbird carbon fiber guitar. He soon talked about the “Tsunami of Sound”. Impressive words.
Extreme metal from ESP’s Custom Shop.
More extreme metal.
A nice green on an ESP, an LTD, no less.
LTD continuing to impress me on looks. I have to say I was never an ESP fan, and except for the hundreds of businessmen ruining my panting in front of a guitar, they had one of the best sections.
ESP trying not to lose all their money on the short-lived Dave Mustaine Signature.
Carbon fiber mandolin. Really now?
The local newspaper had a picture of Kerry King and Marshall on the front…wow. Slayer on a newspaper front? Surprise…
I am a big fan of Charvel San Dimas without the Stratstyle headstock, but this looked pretty sweet.
Any of you who have watched Roland’s guitar gear videos has seen Johnny Demarco, the most over the top spokesman for any company ever.
True innovation, no exaggeration. This was the one thing that seriously caught my eye, and that’s what matters. The V-accordion. Very good player too.
Dream Lineup. Hughes and Kettner tone lines. Best amps i’ve ever played.
The long haired blond guy is Seymour Duncan.
Nice guitars. Very washburnesque with a little Carvin.
A BC rich your mother could love, and afford! Only like 600 for that thing.
Finally saw some Hagstroms. I wasn’t as impressed as i’d hoped, but still nice.
Oof. Warrior guitars. Thems is crazy. They are expensive, and would make you look infinitely cooler than a PRS.
Composite necks, anyone?
The bald-headed man with the space glasses is none other than Tony Levin!
Excuse me whilst I faint. John Petrucci Ernie Balls.
Ibanez Singlecut everyone! NEW!
Decent looking budget hollowbody Ibanez.
Odd looking Ibanez, but I liked it.
What you’ve all been (just me) waiting for, the new 24 Fret S-series Ibanez. It was one of the main reasons I went to the show, but that prestige neck just didn’t have the same electricity as my RG1570 had.
Those are pretty Wechters. Damn.
Finally saw some Zemaitis. 4000 dollars for metal work? Nope.
The reason this show is such a letdown. I’ve never heard about this before, but it’s the ridiculous factor. So many cheap pieces of shit overseas import companies. All making trashy knockoffs and pieces of junk. There were a LOT of them, and they had nice booths, were dressed impeccably, and made me want to smash them all.
The unique award!
I am going back tomorrow, and maybe I’ll get more pictures.
I met Thomas Nordegg. One of the, if not the most famous Tech guy ever. He will never remember, I will.
Also, I jammed with Dean Markley.