Hosting a handmade guitar show is not an easy task even in times of no pandemic. Many have come and gone (including the now legendary Healdsburg Guitar Show) while some have gained a foothold and continue to be an important link between luthiers and customers. The fact is, seeing the highest levels of guitar making on Instagram is so much fun, nothing beats seeing (and playing) these guitars up close … and meeting these amazing builders.
Many guitar shows (and even NAMM) have been postponed or postponed since COVID. But last week two brave event organizers – Pat Hurley and Scott Bass – debuted the first-ever Headstock Guitar Lovers Festival in San Diego. While this was their first foray into fret instruments, Hurley and Bass are no strangers to SoCal’s showroom – they host a series of showcases every year that showcase the world of handcrafted surfboards.
The Headstock Festival took place from November 6th to 7th, 2021 at the Liberty Station Conference Center in San Diego and offered a promising glimpse into what will hopefully be an annual tradition. There were a few exhibits FJ Favorites like Otto D’Ambrosio and Kenny Hill, Calton Cases, our long-time employee Todd Lunneborg and the former test subject Scott Walker. We have another member of the. tapped FJ Community, luthier Isaac Jang, for taking the pictures you see below. (Thank you, Isaak!)
The first reports were all positive. An evening concert with Peter Sprague and Andy Powers (from Taylor Guitars) was a blast. And Bass tells us that the event was a success and at least a dozen guitars were sold over the weekend, which is pretty impressive considering the price of those guitars and that many potential customers are still suspicious of traveling. Bass is hoping for an even bigger show in 2022 … and we can’t wait.