The Manson Guitar Show took place over the weekend 17th-18th November in The Corn Exchange Exeter Devon. Lars Mullen was there...
Still in the same ownership since forming in 1992, the show was part of the store’s 20th Anniversary celebrations and notably, traffic through the door was up on last year. A move back to this location puts this show (still the biggest dedicated guitar show in the UK with 100 per cent focus on guitars) smack bang in the middle of the city and in a setting more suited to live music as the centre’s largest musical venue.
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The general public enjoyed perusing amongst new guitar brands from the likes of Alan Miller and Seth Baccus plus a wide variety of amps guitars and accessories from the likes of Fender, Mark Bass, Cort, Duesenberg, Faith Guitars, Orange, Taylor, Tangelwood, Rotosound, Musicman, JHS, Freshman, Yamaha and Vox. Smaller boutique manufacturers and distributors including Patrick James Eggle, Huss And Dalton, A.B. Manson and Co plus Manson’s own manufacturing company Manson Guitar Works, also had a very positive weekend within sales and enquiries.Both days witnessed a packed live performance hall with excellent sets from Clinicians and performers including Aziz Ibrahim, Mickey D from Skindred, Jethro Tull’s Martin Barre, Pat O’May, Jamie Humphries, Jerry Donahue, Jas Morris, Darren Hodge and ex Big Country Bassist Tony Butler, whilst the Marshall band featuring new drummer Robin Guy shook the venue foundations. Patrick James Eggle said: “We all know how important these events are, allowing luthiers like myself to get down and have a verbal one to one with potential customers at grass roots level. It’s an opportunity for me to show in detail, how my guitars are made and how they perform. Credit as well, to the Manson team for such a smooth operation and controlled sound levels throughout the weekend."Adrian Ashton Manson director commented: “We are really pleased how the show went and would like to thank all the manufacturers that supported the event. Whilst it never hurts to have good sales on the day, which we did, we have found that the customers come back to us time and time again making reference to either a product or a player they saw at the show.”