During this year's Musikmesse, the No.1 Guitar Center Hamburg will once again be presenting rare items from that legendary time when beat music and Rock' n' Roll began.
Rare and unusual instruments, technical equipment and Star Club memorabilia will all be on show.
The Vintage Showroom will be found this year as a special exhibition in the Foyer of Hall 4.1. Exhibits will be presented there throughout the whole of Musikmesse.
One focus of this year's Vintage Showroom, organised by the No. 1 Guitar Center, is guitars and basses of the legendary 50s and 60s from Fender, Gibson, Gretsch, Guild and many other companies, all of whom have written the history of music and who created the sound of that era.
Fans and other interested people can talk shop with international collectors, stars and musicians. Workshops and vintage valuations in the Vintage Showroom complete the programme.
The subject of Rio rosewood on vintage instruments is the second focus in the Vintage Showroom.
In collaboration with Musikmesse and the trade magazine "Gitarre & Bass", awareness training will be given here as to why problems may arise with local authorities if the endangered and protected wood, "Rio rosewood", is found to have been used on vintage guitars. (Please note here that there is an article about this problem available to download from the trade magazine "Gitarre & Bass".)
In addition, on the Friday and Saturday, the following experts will be in attendance at the Vintage Showroom stand and will be available to answer questions, to discuss issues and to give advice and information:
Mr. Mario Sterz - Federal Office for Nature Conservation (Bundesamt für Naturschutz) from Bonn
Sylke.Dawartz - BSU Hamburg
On behalf of the Thünen Institute, and offering assistance on identification and use of CITES-protected woods:
Dr. Gerald Koch
Dr. Hans-Georg Richter
Mr. Volker Haag
Every visitor to the Vintage Showroom can get in-depth information, based on practical examples, on the following issues:
- Help with recognising Rio rosewood.
- How and where can I get a CITES certificate?
- Why do I need a CITES certificate at all, if my guitar/bass, for example, was made in the 1960s?
- Why can I no longer buy and import guitars from the USA, if they are made from Rio rosewood?
Please note: Visitors may not bring their own instruments with them to Musikmesse.