At ‘The World of Vintage Guitars’ area, an exhibition entitled ‘Fender by Leo Fender: The Evolution of Fender’s Electric Guitars 1950-1964’ uses original instruments to show the development of Leo Fender’s models during the golden years from the early fifties to mid-sixties. Additionally, the Fender Custom Shop presents a large selection of individual instruments handmade in the USA during this period, as well as vintage guitars played by legends such as Bonamassa, Joe Satriani, Stevie Ray Vaughan and other stars.
Many genuine treasures will be available for visitors to play in a separate room. Guitar fans have the chance to make their own impression of the special vibes generated by vintage instruments. Under the motto ‘Rate your Guitar’, visitors can also have their guitars valued and assessed by experts, who will also tell them about any wood used in the manufacture of the instrument that is listed in the CITES Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.
Another highlight is the ‘Fender Custom Shop Lounge’, a meeting place for the scene and the venue for meet and greets with Darryl Jones (live bassist of the Rolling Stones), Ken Taylor, Peter Keller (Peter Maffay band), Thomas Blug, Andreas Kloppmann and other Musikmesse stars.
‘The World of Vintage Guitars’ special area is to be found in Galleria 0 and is organised by the No. 1 Guitar Centre Hamburg in cooperation with the Fender Custom Shop and the Thünen Institute.