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Posted 12 November 2014 - 12:51 PM

Hi guys,

The London Bass Guitar Show returns on the 7th and 8th March 2015 at London Olympia Conference Centre and we hope to see all our friends at Basschat there. There'll be superb performances on our main stage and in our masterclass suite - we've already confirmed Level 42's Mark King and the incredible Divinity Roxx - and we're working on getting more great musicians to the show in 2015.

Alongside these glorious musical interludes will be a floor packed with all the latest gear that are perfect treats for you low-end lovers! Exhibitors confirmed so far are:

Ernie Ball Music Man (Strings & Things)
Bassline Publishing
Vanderkley Amplification
AC Guitars
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Aguilar, Spector, Hofner (Barnes & Mullins)
Hartke (Korg UK)
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Maruszczyk Instruments (Public Peace Music Productions)
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Rikkers Guitars & Basses
Pedulla Guitars
The Academy of Contemporary Music

We'll let our Basschat friends know any news as it happens but don't forget you can read more about the show and buy tickets from our website www.londonbassguitarshow.com and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

So who would you like us to get on the 2015 line-up? Any particular exhibitors who MUST be there? Let us know, we love to hear from you and we listen!

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Posted 12 November 2014 - 12:56 PM

Thanks Sara - I'm tweeting this thread to spread the word to our followers, and hopefully get more opinions in :)

I'll start by mentioning that it would be nice to have a few stands that sell cheaper accessories, as opposed to high-end basses, or even low-end basses, since those too are out of reach if your exhibition budget as a visitor is only a few tens of pounds.

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Posted 12 November 2014 - 01:07 PM

Strings Direct perhaps?
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Posted 12 November 2014 - 01:44 PM

It'll be fun whoever is there, my main request would be to not do the "£5 guaranteed seat" tickets that were used at the guitar show. Have there really been enough instances where shows have sold out to make this necessary? From my point of view, I like to attend both days and £30 or more extra a day to make sure I get to see people is going to get expensive. I attended the guitar show on the Saturday and we did buy tickets for Nile Rodgers, thinking it would sell out, only to be sat in an auditorium that was maybe a third full.

As it stands, and I've attended every year, the ability to pop in and out of events has made it a nice relaxed event.

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PS returning to the original question, Michael Manring, Victor Wooten, Willie Weeks or Pino Palladino would be great :-)
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Posted 12 November 2014 - 02:06 PM

My overiding memory from last year is the roast dinner I had at the pub down the road... It featured the worlds hardest ever parsnips. :mellow:

As for a useful suggestion... I agree with the above, ditch the £5 ticket thing.

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Posted 12 November 2014 - 02:06 PM

I'd love to see Jimmy Johnson and Ric Fierabracci.

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Posted 12 November 2014 - 04:50 PM

Thanks for your replies everyone, keep 'em coming! We've just confirmed Elixir Strings as an exhibitor now as well which is great news.

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Posted 12 November 2014 - 05:05 PM

I would like you to try to encourage more stands to bring a left handed example of their instruments if possible please.
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Posted 12 November 2014 - 06:41 PM

For two years I built and brought a left hander to the show and over the two shows one person tried one of them. I then had to discount them heavily to sell them. So from the empirical evidence it does not really encourage me to try again. Having talked to other builders about this their experience is the same hence the lack of left handers from custom builders there appears to be little interest.

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Posted 12 November 2014 - 09:11 PM

Be nice to buy a messa boogie valve amp - if there is one in the country that day :huh:




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Posted 12 November 2014 - 10:06 PM

I'd like to see the noise ban actually enforced - every year we hear that there's going to be a rigid policy quiet period and every year too many people just totally ignore it :(
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Posted 12 November 2014 - 10:39 PM

Yes to all the above, especially Barrie's suggestion.

Regarding the left-handed models not getting enough attention or buyers, it's all a bit of a vicious circle - there are too few left-handed people who play left-handed, usually because there are no or too few suitable left-handed instruments available, and such a small number of lefty players makes it uneconomical for bullders to build lefty instruments, which leads to a scarcity, which leads to too many lefties playing righty, etc. etc. ad infinitum.
I have no solution to that, but I did wonder why a vendor like Spector, who came to the LBGS with at least 20 bass guitars, didn't even bother to have one lefty. Warwick had fewer models and two lefties IIRC. Hofner always has at least one violin, sometimes other models too (Thank you, Sir Paul, for putting lefties on the map...).

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Posted 13 November 2014 - 09:33 AM

I was going to come to the LBGS this year, purely to try an ACG. Then Alan said he would not be bringing any, so I didn't bother. I don't blame Alan, he is a small business and it doesn't make sense to have stock which you then struggle to clear and in the end I bought a second hand ACG to try (and it is now my No. 1 bass). But the bigger manufacturers have far less of an excuse.
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Posted 13 November 2014 - 10:32 AM

The bass you have was built for the London show that year and no one even asked about it. I think I was the only custom builder there with a left hander and I thought that would be a plus for the brand but it did not work out that way. Happy to build left handers I have two on the books at the moment but reluctant to build for stock.
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Posted 13 November 2014 - 04:13 PM

The Laurence Cottle Big Band yep the whole lot, to make up for two years ago when he had a lone spot and was forced to huddle over a piece of music on a bass bin on the corner of the main stage
So the spot would be - The electric bass and its place in todays big band music - Laurance can have a guest upright player and the band can play miller standards interlaced with Gorden goodwin or some Lincoln jazz arrangements or even Buble~ and he can discuss and take questions on how each instrument ( Electric bass and upright) is best placed for the arrangement - covering EQ, ballance and the arrangements. Bust a few myths and generally educate us.
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Posted 13 November 2014 - 04:28 PM

Thanks for all your comments guys, everyone involved in running the show are reading them and we'll do everything we can to please as many people as possible.

News just in - Bass Direct are the latest exhibitor to be confirmed. It'll be March before we know it!

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Posted 13 November 2014 - 06:12 PM

View Postskelf, on 12 November 2014 - 06:41 PM, said:

For two years I built and brought a left hander to the show and over the two shows one person tried one of them. I then had to discount them heavily to sell them. So from the empirical evidence it does not really encourage me to try again. Having talked to other builders about this their experience is the same hence the lack of left handers from custom builders there appears to be little interest.
Unfortunately i have only been there for the first time last year. Even if you had a left hander, i probably wouldn`t have had the confidence to try it . However, next year i am a lot more assured of myself. I did try an Eve bass, but it was right handed, and couldn`t really get the feel for it. But i guess you are right that it isn`t viable if you can`t get any orders for one. I`m still looking forward to it, even if it has a lack of left handers.
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Posted 13 November 2014 - 07:37 PM

Can't wait to see the Maruszczyk stand -hope I can raise enough cash to buy one there. Hate the 5 pound ticket idea though.Surely the venue should be big enough so everybody who buys an entrance ticket gets to see the main artists.
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Posted 13 November 2014 - 08:05 PM

Lee Sklar AGAIN please !!! Yes, I know he was there last year but I want to see / hear him again!
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Posted 13 November 2014 - 11:10 PM

Love to see Zander Zon .
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Posted 14 November 2014 - 10:29 AM

Neil Murray pls
Perhaps someone like ruddy sarzo, Glenn Hughes, Rex brown???
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Posted 14 November 2014 - 10:36 AM

Dude, have you seen this? http://basschat.co.u...nd-neil-murray/

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Posted 16 November 2014 - 04:11 AM

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Posted 16 November 2014 - 08:47 AM

You could try to get Warwicks Andy Irvine over. I love his enthusiasm on his youtube videos. Clover would be a nice stand. I thought my new Warwick would make me leave my Clover Avenger in the case, but it is the other way around.
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Posted 16 November 2014 - 02:17 PM

Andy Irvine performed either this year or last year :-)
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Posted 16 November 2014 - 04:26 PM

How about Trevor Barry - from the Strictly dance Band. Would be good to hear how he approaches sight reading all those new charts each week at short notice. We should support british session guys rather than fly in Mr Stevens again next year. Neil Murray would also get 1+ from me good suggestion Dude

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Posted 16 November 2014 - 05:08 PM

Pino - I'll definitely be coming if 'The Man' is there. Tony Levin would be awesome too and a guaranteed ticket purchase.
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Posted 16 November 2014 - 11:21 PM

Tony Levin would be great. Neil Murray again has been there before so as a regular I'd love an all new line up ( well expect for Mr King obviously). I hope the trader stands are back to full compliment in 2015, the hall felt very odd with all that space this year, hopefully just a blip due to the Birmingham guitar show bring on the same dates.

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Posted 17 November 2014 - 07:04 AM

I agree, Alun. I think the organisers will have to have a re-think about the cost they set for stands. Presumably the venue charges the organisers a fixed fee for hiring the area and its facilities, so it would make more sense to attract a larger number of exhibitors by charging affordable prices, than making a booth so expensive that only a smaller number of high-end, wealthy exhibitors can afford to exhibit. The paying punters would prefer more variety and a higher number of vendors, obviously.

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Posted 17 November 2014 - 06:32 PM

Yeah, I thought the atmosphere was definitely different this year and I think the reduction in trade stands was a big part of that. Still great fun, and my tickets are already booked for next year, but would be great to see it full again.
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