Frankfurt Musikmesse is Europe's massive trade show for music gear — call it an "International NAMM-style Explosion of Cool Stuff."
You also see some things that would only be promoted at a European show, and may not be available in the United States.
Kord Taylor roamed the halls for Guitar Player at the "small city" that is the Frankfurt Convention Center to post this report from the road.
** Top photo: Ogre Guitars.
One of only a handful of Gibson reproductions of Peter Frampton's famous Les Paul, held by the very knowledgable guitar manager of Music Store Professional in Köln.
Cool dobro with a cutaway and aged finish with patina. Guess I need a rusty brass slide to play it?
Gi-normous fuzzification with the Dr. Freakenstein Fuzz. Nice display, but too big for my pedalboard. :)
Really beautiful guitar designs by Italian maker Di Donato guitars that can only be described as "retro-futuristic".
Kids come out and the guitar fascination begins. You can see that old Fender-Gibson rivalry can start early.
Hofners, old and new and custom.
Relish guitars from Switzerland had a busy booth with performances by 19-year-old Seattle artist Jason Kurtson. Their guitars combine a clean, mod look and some precision engineering. The bodies are essentially hollow to keep weight down, the fingerboards are treated bamboo (very green, eh?) and the buttons for selecting pickups glow to let you know the guitar is working.