The LA Guitar Show is back!
April 22 & 23 2017
Airtel Plaza Hotel
at Van Nuys CA Airport
Click here for form to reserve exhibit space
A brief history of Diving Duck Production’s
LA GUITAR SHOWS and LA MUSIC EQUIPMENT EXPOS
In 1983 in Los Angeles, The LA Guitar Show established the formula for all consumer music expos that followed. It brought together for the first
time vintage, custom, large and small manufacturers of guitars, amps and other music related products and educators. The show’s creator and producer, Loni Specter, oversaw all aspects of the show including venue selection, exhibitor sales and relations, advertising and PR as well as booking and scheduling all live performances and personal appearances.
Artists gracing the show’s stages include such luminaries as; Allan
Holdsworth, Joe Walsh, Neal Schon, Billy Sheehan, Paul Gilbert, Jeff
Berlin, Frank Gambale, Yngwie Malmsteen, Strunz & Farrah, Seymour
Duncan, Jaco Pastorious, James Burton, Warrant, Michael Angelo, Marty
Friedman & Jason Becker, Mitch Perry, Grant Geissman, T. Lavitz, Coco
Montoya, Larry Carlton, Stephen Paul, Rick Turner, Rik Emmett, Emmett
Chapman, Greg Wright, Jim Lauderdale, David Becker Tribune, G.I.T. staff,
Jeff Richmond, Scotty Anderson and many others.
Thousands of dollars in equipment and accessories were given away at the
shows' exciting onstage "Prize Drawings" and exhibitors included; (in
random order) Aria, Laney, Mesa Boogie, ART, Yamaha, Guild, Heritage,
Gibson, Groove Tubes, Carvin, Fender, Ibanez, G&L, SWR, Marshall, Martin,
Ernie Ball, B.C. Rich, Rockman, Hughes & Kettner, VHT, Seymour Duncan, ESP,
Jackson/Charvel, Schecter, Rivera, E-Bow, Norman’s Rare Guitars, Robin, Mark
Lacey, Schon, L.R. Baggs, Bill Lawrence, Rickenbacker, Randall, Dean
Markley, Valley Arts, THD, Ovation, Fostex, Trace Elliot, Peavey Vinci
Strings and dozens more.
Media and school participation included show programs by Music Connection
and BAM, exhibits from Guitar Player, Guitar World, Guitar for the
Practicing Musician, Rock City News, Song Writers Workshop, GIT and Dick
Grove School as well as remote radio broadcasts and sponsorships by KMET,
KNAC, and Cable TV spots featuring Yngwie Malmsteen and Teri Nunn of Berlin.
Another special event staged by Specter, garnering national media coverage
in 1988 was the "First Ever Rock Seance" which was held under the stars in
the courtyard of Ren-Mar Studios Hollywood, the location for that year’s
guitar show. The Los Angeles Times listed the event as one of the 10 most
unusual happenings for that year and was covered by FOX TV and local TV as
well as being featured in Business Week magazine.