The Orlando International Guitar & Music Expo pulled into town this past weekend, and as you might imagine, I was there and totally pumped.
Dealers from around the world participate in this annual event, which is one of the nation's premier guitar shows and which is attended by a mix of aging tattooed rock-band types, suburban dads and shaggy-haired teenagers.
The main attraction is the thousands of electric and acoustic guitars, amplifiers and assorted guitar accessories on display and for sale. Some of the instruments are new but most are "vintage," as we six-string geeks like to say. Every model of guitar imaginable is represented, and some of them are truly rare and valued in the tens of thousands of dollars.
Funny thing is, I've attended this show religiously for almost 10 years and hardly ever drop a dime, other than the $10 admission fee. I picked up a tweed guitar strap once and, on a separate occasion, a groovy green pilot light cover for my Fender tube amp. For me, it's all about re-igniting my passion for guitars and seeing so many other kindred spirits doing the same. I'm already looking forward to next year's show.