Just thought I'd post a few thoughts from Saturday and Sunday morning at the Gear Expo ... first, thanks so much to Glenn and the folks at Hard Truckers for putting this together. I hope it continues annually and grows into a real gathering of the faithful. I know Glenn put a lot of work into it, and it was not about money at all -- in fact, I'm sure it was a costly labor of love for him -- it was about getting folks together to talk about tone and really a rare opportunity to get to see and try a lot of products that you can't see gathered together.
I got to meet Matt Moriarty on Saturday afternoon; one of his customers had a full-on Tiger that Matt built, and that was just a stunningly beautiful instrument. Matt also had some of his Wolf guitars on hand, and one of his custom instruments as well. I can't say enough about the build quality on Matt's guitars, they are just impeccable and magical to have in your hands.
It was also very cool to meet Tom Lieber and get one of his guitars in my hands -- damn, I wish I was a righty sometimes -- he had a nice maple take on the Tiger guitar for display. Also impeccably constructed, looked terrific and felt right. It was very cool to see Tom holding and closely inspecting Matt's rendition of the Tiger guitar that he built with Doug Irwin ... where else can you see that meeting of the minds?
Pat from Resurrection got a chance to see the guitar he built for me again, and he had a couple Bolt and Eagle guitars for people to try, and a really nice version of Trey's guitar there which my rhythm guitarist fell in love with.
So right there, three examples of Jerry guitars most of us would run through six lanes of traffic just to get a glimpse of, and (if you weren't cursed with being a lefty) you could plug them in and take them for a test drive.
The HT folks had several cabinets on hand, including a beauty with cocobolo edging, and some very nice sale prices on them. I also got to meet the folks from Louis Electric and take their new Jerry-flavored amp for a spin through some E-120s ... very impressive piece with "the tone" in spades, great reverb, just the right amount of breakup for my Tiger guitar, tons of power and headroom and you have to love the fact that you can bypass the power tubes and go with a power amp of your choice.
The McIntosh people were there with a bunch of amps, and they also had a $20k pair of stereo speakers that were incredible. The Pigtronix folks had all kinds of pedals to try; my rhythm guitarist sprung for a compressor-boost pedal and trotted it right out during our set, with great results.
The club is also a terrific set up, nice big stage, Meyer rig, great monitors, a real treat to play. We had a ball playing our set and I'll have some audio and video to post up here in a bit.
Best of all, I was not pilloried for having a (gasp) digital rig on hand. LOL. And what a nice way to meet some fellow gearheads.
Let's hope Glenn can make it happen annually and that it will continue to gather steam and grow into a big gathering of the faithful.