Seventh Annual Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase

The Seventh Annual Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase (and Tonewood Festival) will be held October 23, 24, and 25, 2015, at the Bearsville Theater and Utopia Soundstage, 291 & 293 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY 12498. The Woodstock Invitational is an alternative guitar show, featuring fine, contemporary, handmade acoustic guitars and stringed musical instruments, exhibited by their makers.

The Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase is an intimate gathering for the community of acousticWILS poster 2015 stringed-instrument builders, players, collectors and aficionados, and has become one of the premier events of its kind in North America. Fine, handmade acoustic instruments such as these are not usually available in music stores or other retail environments. This is a rare opportunity for the public to see, hear, play, buy or commission custom-made instruments – the finest examples of the luthiers’ art – gathered together in one place. Nylon-string classical and flamenco guitars, steel-string guitars – flattops, archtops, manouche, resonators, hybrids – plus mandolins, lutes, ouds, ukuleles, banjos, and stringed oddities will be on display in the Bearsville Theater. Other vendors include tonewood dealers, parts and tool suppliers, string and accessories manufacturers, publications and instructional materials, our Sponsors, plus Special Exhibits of rare and significant historic, vintage and contemporary instruments loaned by collectors and institutions, all right next door to the Bearsville Theater in the Utopia Soundstage Vendors Annex. In the “Tonewood Tent” in front of Utopia Soundstage, in conjunction with Northwind Timber, is Tonewood Festival, a pre-Showcase shopping opportunity featuring a number of fine tonewood dealers, open to the public with free admission on Thursday October 22, and continuing Friday, Saturday and Sunday October 23, 24, and 25.

There is continuous live music, including luthier mini-concerts, demos and special appearances during show hours, 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM Friday, Saturday and Sunday, by some of the nation’s finest musicians, in the Bearsville Theater Lounge, included in the price of admission. There is a series of Instructional Clinics and Workshops for players, plus seminars and colloquia for builders, by separate admission. Plus our annual String Sampler Concert of acoustic music featuring internationally known artists, by separate admission, Friday, October 24 at the Woodstock Playhouse.

Click here to visit the official Woodstock Invitational site.

The L.A. Amp Show Report

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Hey guys, Neal here. Here’s my overview of The L.A. Amp Show last weekend.

I met with JP Cervoni, he had our Rockready Volo on display. I tried out the amps he was using there, Mezzabarba (big Italian name) and they rock, def a big rock tone. I got to play a ’61 Strat that Jeff Beck wanted to buy for $70k but was turned down (so they say).

I ran into Larry Mitchell there too and introduced myself, took some picks, super nice and cool dude.

Something The L.A. Amp Show did new this year is that Guitar Center rented out all 3 banquet rooms and basically made a mini GC with high end boutique amps and some vintage guitars on hand. The stage was loaded with Freidman Amps.

Robbie Kreiger jammed on Sunday – Love Me Two Times and Riders on the Storm – with a full band in the GC room. They gave away a Kemper Amp (they’re around $2k) and everybody wanted one, the funny thing is the winning name drawn was Bob Bradshaw (rack systems) but he wasn’t in the room so he didn’t win. Everybody was like “awww, c’mon!!” Everytime they drew a new name everyone shouted “he’s not here!”

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Music China 2013

Dr J Armor BufferWhile we didn’t attend this year’s edition of Music China, two of our manufacturers were there showing some new products and attracting big crowds. Both Dr J and Mooer had sucessful shows and we look forward to releasing some new and very exciting products in the very near future.

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Dr J introduced the Armor Buffer – more about this very cool and very useful pedal soon – and had Jose de Castro perform at their booth. There are some many more new products in the works and we’ll keep you posted here with updates.

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Mooer Audio introduced several new products at the show and was delighted to be joined by two artists that demonstrated the different product lines. The full line up of the popular Mooer Micro Series was displayed in the booth. Mooer is the leader in micro pedals – many of them are based on vintage sounds, others are unique to Mooer. All of them have the excellent Mooer design and tone, feature True Bypass and are housed in a tough metal shell.

One of our artists, Neil Zaza, gave a very passionate, awesome performance showcasing his signature pedal – The Juicer.

Artist Jose de Castro demo’d the brand new Spark series as well as many of our different amps and multi-effect pedals.

 

Frankfurt Muzikmesse 2013

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The Frankfurt Muzikmesse is always an exciting show and a great place to meet with our suppliers. This year was no exception as our musical partners unveiled many new and exciting products.

Many of our suppliers don’t exhibit at NAMM so Muzikmesse is a great opportunity for us to see new products and discuss new ideas. Richard Cocco, Taurus, and Mooer displayed this year at Muzikmess.

We are really looking forward to the next few months when these products arrive at our warehouse.

Taurus is celebrating 30 years of making guitar and bass gear this year. And to show us that they are not going to rest they are debuting several new pedals and amplifiers. You can see a short video of some of the new product from Taurus here.

Building on their success with their Silver Line pedals and Stomp-Head series Taurus will release in the coming months :

DEXTER : Fast and accurate octave pedal with -1/+1 options for bass and guitar
BASS and GUITAR ENGINE : Two channel preamp pedals
QUBE 300 : Ultra light & compact 300 watt micro bass amp weighing 1.7 kg / 3.75 lbs
VANDALL : Two channel bass amps available in 300 and 600 watt versions
STOMP-HEAD 2BL : 60 watt portable guitar amp with a tube preamp

Our partners at Mooer introduced a new Pro Pedal Series and added more pedals to their very successful micro series. The micro series keeps growing and getting better. Soon there will be over 50 pedals in the micro line.

Mooer will release in the next few months:

New micro pedals
Baby Tuner : micro tuner pedal
Yellow Comp : compressor pedal
UltraDrive Mk II : overdrive pedal
Micro DI : direct box pedal
Noise Killer : noise suppressor pedal
Thunderball : bass fuzz pedal

Pro Pedal Series
All these pedals build on the features found in the micro series. There are some really nice sounds here!
Reecho Pro
Shim Verb Pro
Ana Echo Pro
Twin Looper

We’ll have some more news for you soon about some new and really cool products that we’ll be importing soon.

The Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase 2013 Dates Announced

(March 5, 2013, Woodstock, NY) Announcing the Fifth Annual 2013 Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase (and Tonewood Festival), to be held October 25, 26 & 27, 2013, at the Bearsville Theater and Utopia Soundstage, 291 & 293 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY 12498. The Woodstock Invitational is an alternative guitar show, featuring fine, contemporary, handmade acoustic guitars and stringed musical instruments, exhibited by their makers.

The Fifth Annual Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase is an intimate gathering for the community of acoustic stringed-instrument builders, players, collectors and aficionados, and has become one of the premier events of its kind in North America. Fine, handmade acoustic instruments such as these are not usually available in music stores or other retail environments. This is a rare opportunity for the public to see, hear, play, buy or commission custom-made instruments – the finest examples of the luthiers’ art – gathered together in one place. Nylon-string classical and flamenco guitars, steel-string guitars – flattops, archtops, manouche, resonators, hybrids – plus mandolins, lutes, ouds, ukuleles, banjos, and stringed oddities will be on display in the Bearsville Theater. Other vendors include tonewood dealers, parts and tool suppliers, string and accessories manufacturers, publications and instructional materials, our Sponsors, plus a Special Exhibit of rare and significant historic, vintage and contemporary instruments loaned by major collectors, all right next door to the Bearsville Theater in the Utopia Soundstage Vendors Annex. Also in the Vendors Annex, in conjunction with Northwind Timber, is Tonewood Festival, a pre-Showcase shopping opportunity featuring a number of fine tonewood dealers, open to the public with free admission on Friday October 25, and included in the price of admission Saturday and Sunday October 26 & 27.

There is continuous live music, including luthier mini-concerts, demos and special appearances throughout Friday and Saturday, by some of the nation’s finest musicians, in the Bearsville Theater Lounge, included in the price of admission. There will also be a series of instructional clinics and workshops for players, plus seminars and colloquia for builders, by separate admission. Plus our annual String Sampler Concert of acoustic music featuring internationally-known artists, venue and details to be announced.

The Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase is nationally advertised in the guitar press, locally promoted in regional journals and papers, and draws attendees from the populous heart of the northeastern seaboard. The 2012 Woodstock Invitational featured 54 exhibitors, and drew approximately 1500 attendees, before Hurricane Sandy sent everyone scurrying home.

Exhibitors will be listed on the website as they are confirmed. For more information, exhibitor applications, history, links, updates, directions, lodging, etc., please visit www.woodstockinvitational.com.

Brooklyn Bowl Rolls On

brooklynGtrShow2013For the third consecutive year www.Osiamo.com will participate in the Spring New York Guitar Show on April 7th. From 10am to 5pm @ The Brooklyn Bowl in Williamsburg. Admission is free and all are welcome to buy, sell and trade. Osiamo.com will display Mooer Micro pedals, Pickboy picks, R.Cocco strings and Taurus guitar and bass pedals.

Osiamo.com will occupy it’s usual position on the Big Stage and will be able to accept credit cards at this show for the first time!

Of particular interest this year will be the Taurus StompHeads. The StompHead series of amps are a revolutionary way of thinking about a guitar amp placing all the controls at your feet. The the top of the line is the StompHead 4SL featuring an analog, switchable 40/70 watt amplifier integrated into a floor pedal. The 4SL incorporates 2 x 12ax7 tubes in the preamp section and has 3 gain stages. Its big brother is the 4HG (High Gain version) which produces a more modern compressed tone. The range is rounded out by the 1BL and 3BL. Both with a few less features and power but at a more affordable price point.

For more information visit www.facebook.com/BrooklynGuitarShow