PiercingMetal Goes To The NY Guitar Show (4/27/2013)

Tenured readers of the PiercingMetal Blog (especially those who have been most focused on the “Convention Adventures” topic) have been enjoying our occasional forays into the Brooklyn Guitar Show that takes place twice a year at The Brooklyn Bowl. As a matter of fact, it feels as though I had only just closed up a report about the Spring edition of this particular show that was held a few short weeks ago. Now it was time to pack up my gear and take a out to Freeport, NY to see what the “NY Guitar Show & Exposition” was all about. That’s in Long Island for those of our readers in other countries who have no idea what we are talking about.

Logo - NY Guitar Expo

The reason for supporting this particular show would primarily be based on the fact that my good friend and occasional contributor to the PiercingMetal site Joe Kaufman would have a table of his own with his new guitar line at this show. This would be his first showing of his instruments to the public in this fashion and since I was able to participate and help him out a little big, I eagerly joined in for the fun. Here’s the program for the festivities, and don’t worry I wandered around a lot to give you an idea of what you missed should you have had that happen.

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The Program

Here’s my old friend Joe Kaufman in front of his table with a number of his guitars – only five are displayed here but he brought about ten I think. Yes they were for sale and while I have a lot of other photos from his booth you will have to check those out on the official website for his company.

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Joe Kaufman and Kaufman Guitars
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Kaufman Guitars

Here I am with Cha Vez the owner of 812 Guitars. He had a sizable booth at the Expo and was actually building a guitar for those who wanted to see how it was done.

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PiercingMetal Ken and Cha Vez of 812 Guitars
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Effects

These next couple of shots are from the Music Store Live presence.

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Music Store Live
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Music Store Live
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A Very Melodic Rug

This massive display comes care of All Music Inc.

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All Music Inc. Display
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More from All Music Inc.

Here is the My Generation Guitars booth

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My Generation Guitars

And the offerings from D’Addario. They also had some free lanyards and keychains which I snagged since it would be nice to have some things to give to friends.

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D’Addario Strings

Rock Hard Guitars had a nice display and friendly staff

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Rock Hard Guitars
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Rock Hard Guitars

This next shot shows a bunch of the Cha Vez built 812 Guitars. I love the Eddie Van Halen model

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812 Guitars

There was also some axe design awesome going on in the Nikita Guitars booth. I loved the skulls and steel models myself. What do you like?

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Nikita Guitars

Here is Russo Music.

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Russo Music

Some truly “Evil Guitars” here 🙂

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Evil Guitars

The guys in Pigtronix had a booth at the Expo. I remembered them from a couple of the Brooklyn Guitar Shows so it was nice to say hello once again. Mind you as I wandered around I was acting as a “hey go see my friend Joe” guy. He would have done it for me so why not.

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Pigtronix

Here is the great Rob Balducci, he was on point and sponsoring the GluBoost booth today.

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Rob Balducci

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Marty Truman Vintage Guitars

Here is the Music Emporium

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Music Emporium

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Some beautiful instruments from LAG Guitars

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LAG Guitars

Here is my friend Frank Romeo (right) with Joe Kaufman as Frank sampled one of Joe’s instruments.

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Joe Kaufman and Frank Romeo

Five Towns College is a great place to study if you want to focus your learning and education on the music industry. Sometimes I think that I should have gone there but oh well. I was happy to see them offering up literature for the show attendees because many were of that age group.

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Five Towns College

Here’s Bob Elliott and John “The Cat” Gatto. Bob was showcasing an invention called the Guitar dock. It allowed you to turn any shelf or table edge into a place to hold your guitar in place. It seemed great for studios and in the live sense in my humble opinion.

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Bob Elliott and John “The Cat” Gatto

All hail the Tonemaster! Bobby Popper is your guy when it comes to custom pickups.

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Tonemaster’s Bobby Popper

Next up some really cool looking Cigar Box guitars by Hoboaxe.

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Hoboaxe
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Eddie Van Halen Replica by 812 Guitars

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Lots of axes at the Briggs Music Booth

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Briggs Music

A cool new friend made at The Expo.

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The elite elegance of Martin Guitars

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Martin Guitars
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A Monster Guitar and ZT Lunchbox
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The Music Zoo
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Black Cat Pedals
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An Aisle Of The Guitar Expo
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DR Strings

Cha Vez gives a building lesson

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Cha Vez of 812 Guitars
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Rob Balducci

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An Aisle Of The Guitar Expo
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An Aisle Of The Guitar Expo

Cool designs by the Master Strap folks

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Master Strap
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A Talented Trio: Cha Vez, Bob and Joe

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A Budweiser Logo Guitar

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Guitar Docks

Ran into another friend from the shows I cover in George Fedden. I had no idea that he built guitars but indeed he did and was wandering around with his son and friends showing them off. They did not have a proper table at the Expo, but this kind of event finds people doing that.

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George Fedden of Fedden Guitars

Another of George’s creations

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Flaming Fedden Guitar

Here’s Joe Kaufman and George Fedden

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Joe and George

Do you need a stage built? Well, here is the guy to help you do it. Yep, its build a stage with Glen.

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Build A Stage with Glen

Oh yeah and Verizon had a FiOS Table there as well. They had cool schwag but I could not convince them to give me any of it. Too bad, I got all geeky since it said “Iron Man 3” on it.

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As you can see by the photos, this was a very good time and it was great to support our friend and see how this particular show is run. You can examine many of the companies presented in my photos via their links which I have added for your review below.

Official Links:
NY Guitar Show and Exposition: http://www.nyguitarexpo.com/
Joe Kaufman Guitars: http://jkaufmanguitars.com/
Rob Balducci: http://robbalducci.com/
DR Strings: http://www.drstrings.com/
Music Store Live: http://musicstorelive.com/
My Generation Guitars: http://www.mygenerationguitars.com/
Rock Hard Guitars: http://www.rockhardguitars.com/
Monster Music: http://www.monstermusicny.com/
812 Guitars: http://www.812guitars.com/
Nikita Guitars: http://www.nikitaguitars.com/
Tonemaster: http://www.tonemaster.net/
Master Strap: http://www.masterstrap.com/live/
Five Towns College: http://www.ftc.edu/
Briggs Music: http://www.briggs-music.com/
Evil Guitars: http://www.evilguitars.com/
All Music Inc: http://www.allmusicinc.com/
LAG Guitars: http://www.lagguitars.com/
Pigtronix: http://www.pigtronix.com/
Martin Guitar Company: http://www.martinguitar.com/
Hoboaxe: http://www.hoboaxe.com/

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