newsletter privacy
Vintage Electric Guitars, Autographed Electric Guitars, Collectible Electric Guitars, Rare Electric Guitars, Electric Guitars for Sale Vintage Acoustic Guitars, Autographed Acoustic Guitars, Collectible Acoustic Guitars, Rare Acoustic Guitars, Acoustic Guitars for Sale Vintage Bass Guitars, Autographed Bass Guitars, Collectible Bass Guitars, Rare Bass Guitars, Bass Guitars for Sale Vintage Amplifiers, Autographed Amplifiers, Collectible Amplifiers, Rare Amplifiers, Amplifiers for Sale, Vintage Amps, Autographed Amps, Collectible Amps, Rare Amps, Amps for Sale Vintage Cases, Autographed Cases, Collectible Cases, Rare Cases, Cases for Sale, Vintage Guitar Cases, Autographed Guitar Cases, Collectible Guitar Cases, Rare Guitar Cases, Guitar Cases for Sale Vintage Guitar Effects, Autographed Guitar Effects, Collectible Guitar Effects, Rare Guitar Effects, Guitar Effects for Sale miscellaneous items

Orlando, 2009- The Show

Orlando, 2009- The Show

We always love scootin' down to Florida because it's warm and because if we get really hungry, we just point the 'Elk van through the middle of the nearest orange grove and Lee holds a Steinberger gigbag out the window. Needless to say, neither of us has ever gotten scurvy. The show brought many different sights and sounds this year; everything from a blues legend to a lady that quietly sat down in our booth and tore the frets out of our '72 Jazz bass. We really didn't expect that one, but when it happens, we just let it flow because ultimately, it is a guitar show and we hopefully all like to play and watch others do the same. Enough with the frivolities, let's get on to the circus....

  • Photo 1. These two gentlemen were walking around the show at the end of the day on Sunday, while we were starting to pack our booths up. To be honest, they didn't look like they were in the market to buy anything, but I just couldn't help myself so I asked the tall gentleman how they were and did they enjoy the show. Come to find out, I was standing in front of the legend himself, Sterling "Mister Satan" Magee and his drummer/ assistant, Mr. Dave Laycock. Sterling is a world- famous blues guitarist who, during the late 80's- early 90's lived and performed on the streets of Harlem with Adam Gussow as the blues duo, Satan and Adam. They were fixtures on the sidewalk near the Apollo Theatre and were even featured in U-2's movie, "Rattle and Hum". Sterling has played guitar with such blues and R & B greats as George Benson, James Brown, King Curtis, Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Marvin Gaye and Gladys Knight and the Pips. He also played guitar on the early pop track, "Yakety Yak", by the Coasters. We didn't see anyone at the Orlando show really pay attention to these two guys, but by stopping them, we found out that we were actually in the presence of a living blues legend and actual part of guitar history. It just goes to prove what my Pappy always told me is true: "Don't judge a book by it's cover"....
  • Photo 2. Here we have Blind Cat Watkins on the left and that storied and venerable U- Boat Captain, Mr. Hank Sable doin' what the old- schoolers do. These guys wait until the show is at it's peak on a Saturday afternoon and then, they sit down, get themselves a chew ( or a Swisher Sweet in the U- Boat Captain's case) and get to playing At this particular moment, they were right in the middle of the classic, "Gimme That 'Ol Time Religion" when half the people in attendance crowded around to see who was bellerin' out those sweet hymns of our mountain ancestors. Unbeknownst to us, these two wily veterans had hired a pair of Hooters waitresses to ease up to the front door and ask the simple question, "What's in the case?" Before we knew what had happened, both of their booths were so full, you couldn't walk and between the hymns and the hooters, we're quite sure they were the last ones to get their vans loaded with all that gear on Sunday.
  • Photo 3. We never did get this young lady's name; She just sat down and started walkin' all over this '72 Jazz. I wasn't paying attention until it was too late and I'm still digging pieces of frets out of the back of my head....
  • Photo 4. Here's a rare father and son team, Phil and Chris Leitz of Leitz Music in Panama City, Fl. Phil's a hard worker and has put in his time building a two- store empire. He's worked long hours to establish a reputable business and has toiled endlessly to develop a list of returning clientele. He skips meals, forgets to sleep and has literally turned himself into a working, music store owning machine in the hopes of one day, passing his empire on to his son. Chris, on the othe hand just chases girls, works on his tan, sports the fashionable flip- flops in February. We call him "'Lil Pimpin" 'cause his style is so cool and we can't hate on him too much because we were young once too. Both of these guys are too smooth to fall out of the groove and we consider them both great friends and allies.
  • Photo 5. Our own 'Elk Enforcer, Kevin Beckenstein brought a little jewel for us to check out; It's a 1968 Les Paul Custom that was custom ordered by a professional musician in Philadelphia. He owned an ES-345 and a Les Paul Custom, but got tired of hauling two guitars to each gig, so he contacted his local music store about the idea of combining the two guitars into one. What you see here is the result of that call and is a one- off, special order guitar. I guess you could call it an "ES-Custom 345". This is probably the only known example of it's type and we owe Mr. Beckenstein a debt of gratitude for bringing it by the 'Elk booth.

  • Orlando, 2009- The Show Orlando, 2009- The Show Orlando, 2009- The Show Orlando, 2009- The Show