The 32nd Dallas International Guitar Festival
was held April 17-19. This guitar show is unique, as along with the many vendors displaying new and vintage instruments, three stages provided the attendees with some of the best guitar performances you will see anywhere.
Eric Johnson, Johnny A., Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, Rick Derringer, Tom Murphy and many others treated large crowds to jamming throughout the day and late into the evening.
This show provides a great window into both the past and future of guitars, with vintage guitars of all makes and models displayed by dealers from all over the world, and new guitars and accessories shown by manufacturers and distributors.
The Gibson Acoustic and Custom Shop trailers saw a steady stream of people playing guitars, asking questions about new product, and just absorbing the atmosphere. Recently introduced 2009 models on display in the Acoustic trailer, including The Kristofferson SJ, SJ-200 Studio and Standard, the Songwriter Deluxe Standard, and limited run pieces kept the crowds coming back for another chance to play and enjoy the guitars. Experts were also on hand from the Montana and Custom Shop divisions to answer questions and help explain the intricacies of the Gibson lines.
The show was a huge success, and promoter Jimmy Wallace is already making plans for next years event.