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Tuesday, 27 March 2007 06:17
One of the most fabled guitar shows returns next month for a three-day run of guitars, guitars, and more guitars. The 30th Annual Dallas International Guitar Festival, the world’s largest and longest-running festival of its kind will be held April 20, 21 and 22, 2007, at Dallas Market Hall. This year as it celebrates it's 30th anniversary, it offers a very special exhibit for the attendees, dealers, stars, and collectors who come in from around the world will take in the the never-before-seen Holy Grail Guitar Exhibition sponsored by PRS Guitars.

Paul Reed Smith said about the Holy Grail Guitar Exhibition, "This could quite possibly be the best assemblage of vintage instruments, vintage amplifiers and the associated historical archives of the vintage musical instrument business. When you consider that the first electric guitar ever made by Lloyd Loar, the first amp ever built by Marshall, the “Blackie” Clapton Strat, the first Tune-A-Matic bridge built, many of the original early electric guitar patents...the list goes on and on... will be in one room on display at one time only once in our lifetime, this event takes on historical significance. If you enjoy the electric guitar, the acoustic guitar, amplifiers, the history of the vintage guitar world or any of the music that comes from these instruments, this Holy Grail exhibit at the 30th Annual Dallas International Guitar Festival should not be missed." The historic Holy Grail Guitar Exhibition will feature, Eric Clapton’s “Blackie,” a custom Fender Stratocaster, designed by Clapton, with a 1956 Black alder-body and 1957 neck, auctioned by Christie’s in 2004 and purchased by Guitar Center for $959,500, making it the most expensive guitar of its kind in the world to ever be auctioned thus far. It will be shown along with his 1956 Fender Stratocaster “Brownie,” also courtesy of Guitar Center, and his venerable 1964 Gibson ES 335 that he played extensively with Cream. Other notable attractions will include guitars owned by Jimi Hendrix and Carlos Santana, Leo Fender’s original designs, as well as, the first Marshall amplifiers ever produced.

The event has over 800 exhibitors on the show floor and will also feature live performances by artists such as Junior Brown, Paul Reed Smith, Phil Keaggy, George Lynch, Rick Derringer, Johnny A, and Joe Bonomassa.

Show hours are from Friday 12:00pm - 7:00pm, Saturday 10:00am - 7:00p.m., and Sunday 10:00am - 6:00pm.

A one-day ticket for Guitar Festival and MusicFest is $20 for adults with free admission for children 10 years and under. Two-day passes are available for $35, and three-day passes are $45. Three-day passes include admission to the All Star Jam, held Saturday night on the MusicFest stage at 7:00 p.m. All tickets are available at the door.

For more information, call the Dallas International Guitar Festival 24-hour hotline, Metro 972-260-4201 or visit their website

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