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See You at the UK Guitar Show this Saturday - Islington Business Design Centre, London

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I reported last year that I was a little disappointed overall with the debut UK Guitar Show - but am expecting much better from its new residency at the Islington Business Design Centre (N1 0QH) - nearest Tube is Angel on the Northern Line. This time around I’ve signed up to a couple of masterclasses (Paul Gilbert and Devin Townsend) and the Decades Show - and will be spending most of Saturday onsite doing the rounds in-between those sessions. The show website though could still do with some significant improvements - like a floor plan!


I will certainly be making a stop off at the ThorpyFX booth which is always a pleasure and delight, and I will make my way around all the exhibitors as usual - stopping off at the pedal specialists - which I believe number around 24 this year as below. KMA Audio Machines in particular have the very recently launched Cirrus Spatial-Temporal Modifier Delay+Reverb, and Logan Transcend Drive with Switchable+Sweepable Parametric Mids to demo!

PT 2

Key Pedal Brands Attending:

  • Beetronics FX
  • Cioks
  • Darkglass Electronics
  • Death by Audio
  • Dunlop
  • Earthquaker Devices
  • Emma Electronic
  • Ernie Ball
  • Fender
  • Flattley Guitar Pedals
  • Fulltone
  • Headrush
  • Ibanez
  • J Rockett
  • KMA Audio Machines
  • Maxon
  • Meris
  • Neunaber
  • Old Blood Noise Endeavors
  • REVV Amplification
  • ThorpyFX
  • Two Notes
  • Walrus Audio
  • Xotic Effects
PT 3

In the wake of Summer NAMM, I'm not expecting any major new announcements here (bar the KMA Cirrus) - some rumours and future plans for sure, but no significant launch - that will surely be held back until next year's Winter NAMM. Several of these builders have had new pedals out this year - so it's always good to take the pulse as such and compare notes on how those pedals have been received.


There will of course be plenty of other related products to review - a plethora of guitars and basses - I only have a passing interest in basses, but I enjoy viewing great craftsmanship whatever the discipline. And I will definitely be dropping in on Crimson Guitars too for sure and checking in on Ben, James, Chris, Tom and/or whomever has turned up on this occasion - as a long-time viewer of their Channel I feel I almost know each one of them personally.


There's a really decent programme of breakout events this year - per the following overview - and I will note which of those I am attending - there's a lot going on and I just realised Adrian Thorpe has a presentation right after Paul Gilbert - so I need to race across to whichever room the 'Tone Zone' events are hosted in :

PT 4

Auditorium Events:


Saturday 21st September

  • 10:30-11:15 Paul Gilbert Masterclass & QA (Attending)
  • 12:00-12:45 Nick Beggs Live Performance
  • 13:30-14:15 Devin Townsend Live Performance (Attending)
  • 15:00-15:45 John Patitucci Live Performance
  • 17:00-18:00 Seven Decades Live Performance (Attending)

Sunday 22nd September

  • 10:30-11:00 Seven Decades Live Performance
  • 11:45-12:30 Ariane Cap Live Performance
  • 13:15-14:00 Cody Wright Live Performance
  • 14:45-15:30 Eric Gales


Other Event Highlights:



  • Tone Zone - 10:15-11:00 Ben Crowe of Crimson Guitars
  • Tone Zone - 11:15-12:00 Adrian Thorpe of ThorpyFX (Attending)
  • A Stage - 14:15-15:00 Bassist of the Year
  • Tone Zone - 15:15-16:00 Colt Westbrook & Jason Stucle of Walrus Audio
  • A Stage - 16:00-16:45 Young Guitarist of the Year


  • A Stage - 12:30-13:15 Lari Basilio Live Performance
  • Tone Zone - 15:15-16:00 Colt Westbrook & Jason Stucle of Walrus Audio
  • A Stage - 16:00-16:45 Guitarist of the Year
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