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Guitar lovers unite

The second annual Central Coast Guitar Show is set to see guitar fans from miles around


Last year’s inaugural Central Coast Guitar show was a convergence of everything guitar. Several long aisles of tables and booths lined with purveyors of new, used, and vintage guitars, amps, chords, picks, capos, strings, slides, songbooks, shirts, and concert and lesson DVDs were packed with excited musicians, collectors, and fans from all over the Central Coast and California.

Jamming on the spot:
One thing unites the vendors and attendees at the Central Coast Guitar Show: music.

Though there were several instruments other than guitars—banjos, mandolins, upright bass, harmonicas, and even a violin or two—it was obvious which instrument ruled the day, and consequently drew such a crowd. Acoustic and electric guitars of varying make, age, size, shape, and color could be found.

The number of astoundingly beautiful vintage and new instruments on display qualifies the Central Coast Guitar Show as a fine art showing of the highest caliber.

The upcoming Central Coast Guitar Show is Unfinished Business Production’s second annual event, one that’s sure to draw even more guitar lovers and purveyors said Ed Miller, the show’s organizer and promoter.

“It’s one of those things; it’s kind of like watching a baby grow,” he said. “I was really happy to get all the response from people last year who were just pleased that there is a guitar show on the Central Coast, and we got a large mailing list of people who were interested.

“Due to all that, and growth and exposure, and word of mouth, we expect it to grow,” he noted.

Guitars galore:
The second annual Central Coast Guitar Show will feature acoustic and electric guitars of all shapes, sizes, colors, and ages.

The show is also going to feature some big-name local guitar makers showcasing their instruments and accessories. Ernie Ball and National Guitars, both from San Luis Obispo, will be showcasing their current lineup of handcrafted instruments.

“There are a lot of people who haven’t seen National’s entire line,” Miller said, “so this is a chance for locals to see things that they aren’t seeing in stores and catalogues.”

One thing acting as a magnet to the hearts and minds of guitar lovers from the surrounding areas is the sheer number and quality of vintage guitars. Nothing can explain the feeling felt by a guitar player—I can attest—when gazing at that certain make and model of guitar that first stole your heart. Be it Gibson, Fender, Martin, or Gretsch, the feeling is the same for all guitarists and guitar lovers.

“That’s kind of the lifeblood of the guitar show circuit, is the vintage circuit,” Miller said. “It’s more like a trade show than a swap meet.”

The show is to take place Saturday and Sunday, April 6 and 7. Many of the out-of-town vendors are staying at the Santa Maria Inn, which will play host to a concert after the show on Saturday featuring Miller’s band Unfinished Business performing live with guitar vendors playing guest spots with the band.

Down at the Fairpark
The Central Coast Guitar Show by Unfinished Business Productions will feature guitar makers, purveyors of used and vintage guitars, amps, and accessories from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 7 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Santa Maria Fairpark, 937 S. Thornburg, Santa Maria. Cost is $9 to $10. More info: 431-3067,, or

“All these guys play guitar. Some of them say they don’t play, but they all love guitar,” he said. “So I wanted to give them an opportunity to have some entertainment and entertain themselves, trying to make it as fun as possible for everybody.”

Another great aspect of the show is the fact that a Fender Squire Affinity Telecaster will be raffled off to one attendee. Last year’s winner was a mother who gave the guitar to her teenage son, Miller explained.

More than anything, the show is a celebration of music, as symbolized by one of the most distinct and beloved instruments. Miller has big plans for the show down the road if popularity increases, with thoughts of expanding it to a music festival. But for now, guitar lovers can gain some accessories, skills, and possibly a new friend to add to their collection.

Arts Editor Joe Payne can’t wait to ogle some instruments. Contact him at

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