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The World of Vintage Guitars
1 – 4 April 2020 Frankfurt am Main Tickets & Registration

The World of Vintage Guitars

The World of Vintage Guitars’ presents the ‘Gibson Les Paul – The Classic Years’ exhibition in Cooperation with No.1 Guitars and Gibson USA, which tells the story of the legendary guitars and shows original instruments.

Additionally, there is a ‘Vintage Room’ where visitors can play original vintage guitars and hold discussions with an expert about ‘CITES’, old instruments and the vibes of the fifties and sixties.

The World of Vintage Guitars’ is located in the Foyer of Hall 4.1 and is organised by the No. 1 Guitar Centre.

Programme points on the topic vintage guitars

Gibson Les Paul: „The Classic Years“

Gibson Les Paul

Time: Friday 5.4.2019 2 p.m.
Venue: Circle Stage 3.1

The ‘Les Paul Night’ presents legendary songs from the late fifties, as well as the sixties and seventies, which were decisively influenced by the characteristic Les Paul sound. Although the focus is on the instrument, the line-up is also in a class of its own. Among those rocking through three decades of music history will be Scorpions guitarist Matthias Jabs, as well as Thomas Blug, Peter Weihe and Drew Berlin. The set list covers the spectrum from the Rolling Stones, via Led Zeppelin and Eric Clapton, to Wishbone Ash.

Les Paul Night on Friday: Gibson sounds live on stage!

Time: Friday 5.4.2019 7 p.m.
Venue: Forum 0

The weekend starts at 19.00 hrs on Friday evening with a unique concert experience for classic rock fans. The ‘Les Paul Night’ presents legendary songs from the late fifties, as well as the sixties and seventies, which were decisively influenced by the characteristic Les Paul sound. The set list covers the spectrum from the Rolling Stones, via Led Zeppelin and Eric Clapton, to Wishbone Ash.

Although the focus is on the instrument, the line-up is also in a class of its own. Among those rocking through three decades of music history will be Scorpions guitarist Matthias Jabs, as well as Thomas Blug, Peter Weihe and Drew Berlin. The Les Paul Night will be held in Forum.0 and is part of the Musikmesse Festival with evening concerts at the Exhibition Centre and in the city’s clubs.

Musikmesse Plaza with Fender and Gibson Workshops on the Saturday

Time: Saturday 6.4.2019

On Saturday, 6 April, Messe Frankfurt presents ‘Musikmesse Plaza’, a completely new event aimed specifically at music lovers where visitors can buy instruments, equipment, recordings and merchandising products directly from manufacturers and retailers. Moreover, ‘The World of Vintage Guitars’ will be continued during Musikmesse Plaza and supplemented by a variety of event highlights.

For example, under the heading ‘Fender by Leo Fender: The evolution of Fender’s electric guitars 1950-1964’, visitors can see a documentary exhibition on the history of the US company and the development of its models. At 11.00 hrs, renowned German guitarist Thomas Blug will bring guitars from this epoch back to musical life during a workshop. The programme will be chaired by Marc Wilkes of No. 1 Guitar Centre Hamburg.

Gibson fans can also look forward to a workshop with celebrities when, at 14.00 hrs, musician, producer and composer Peter Weihe and vintage expert Drew Berlin will take visitors on a journey through the history of Les Paul.

‘The World of Vintage Guitars’ is supported by Reverb.com online market place and Reverb experts will be on hand to provide advice about high-grade vintage instruments and equipment during Musikmesse Plaza.

Further programme points:

The No.1 Guitar Centre experts are on site and will be pleased to offer you an initial valuation for your vintage guitar.

Complete information about owning, carrying and trading in musical instrument with parts made of protected woods.

An exhibition of guitars and amps belonging to international stars.

Immerse yourself in the world of vintage guitars and gain an impression of the fascination of these legends.

Art exhibition Ole Ohlendorff

Art of Ole Ohlendorff

Hamburg-born artist Ole Ohlendorff (*1958) is showing a representative cross section of his portraits of musicians. In cooperation with Hamburg’s No.1 Guitar Centre, you will have the opportunity to see selected works from the DEAD ROCK HEADS series, a painted homage to deceased musicians from the worlds of rock, pop, beat, blues, soul, reggae, jazz, punk, etc.

Ole Ohlendorff has been working on this unique series of paintings since 1996. So far, he has produced 147 works, which have been shown at exhibitions throughout Germany, e.g., at Burg Herzberg Hippie Festival, Popkomm Berlin, W:O:A Wacken Festival, Rolling Stones Fan Museum in Lüchow (Wendland), Reeperbahnfestival Hamburg and the German Rock & Pop Museum in Gronau.

You will also have the chance to learn more about the artist and his work at first hand. In a ‘Rock & roll chat’, Ole Ohlendorff will discuss his works with insights, anecdotes and stories … in other words, an extraordinary musical and pictorial journey in time covering more than 50 years of rock & roll history.

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