New York Guitar Show & Exposition
5th Annual 2016 NY Guitar Show

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Free Les Paul Guitar Winner Chosen
Our Free Epi Les Paul Guitar winner for the 2015 NY Guitar Show was chosen last month and it is Joe D'Amico (r) of New Hyde Park, Long Island. Joe who works at CitiGroup was one of 1300 participants in the NY Guitar Show survey folks were asked to fill out, in order to enter to win this great giveaway offered up by Guy Brogna (left in pic) and All Music, Inc. of Plainview, NY in conjunction with the NY Guitar Show. Participants were asked to fill in a 10 question, 30 second survey on how far they traveled, how many guitars they owned, comments about the expo etc. and in return they were entered in this. Congratulations to Joe D"Amico of New Hyde Park. Make sure you attend the 2016 NY Guitar Show April 23 & 24, 2016 in for your chance to win next year's Les Paul.

Show Founder Rich Johnson's Interview On 94.3 The Shark: Listen Here

2015 NY Guitar Show Program Guide: This year’s program guide is set to be a collector’s item as we celebrate the man, Les Paul, 100th Birthday.  In this year’s guide we have little notes and wishes to Les Paul from legendary guitarist and Les Paul trio founding member Lou Pallo, book author Robb Lawrence, Les Paul’s own “Les Paul Guy” the one and only  Frankie “B” Beatrice of First Fret Guitars in NJ. Also some some terrific articles and tips. Make sure you get your program guide as you walk in for Lou, Robb and Frankie to sign and then enter to win your free Les Paul with the survey sheet inside the front page.

See The 2015 TV Commercial

Listen to our Radio Spots:
Guitar Giveaway Spot / 60 Second general Spot / TV Spot Audio

Lou Pallo Radio Interview On WBAB NY: Just a wonderful job by legendary jazz guitarist Lou Pallo in his interview with Joe Rock of WBAB, Long Island’s largest rock radio station. I can’t thank Lou enough for this and they did a wonderful job at WBAB putting this together. Here is the link so you can listen to the almost 15 minute interview.

Lou Pallo & Les Paul Exhibit Highlight 100th Birthday Tribute to Les Paul at NY Guitar Expo
We will have a Les Paul exhibit in honor of Les' 100th Birthday. In our Les Paul Exhibit booth will be legendary jazz guitarist and Les Paul trio founding member Lou Pallo, author Robb Lawrence, Les' long time close friend Jim Wysocki and others. ​The largest highlight being the appearance in the booth of Les Paul's guitarist Lou Pallo on that Saturday (25th) and Lou will play guitar in the booth, sign autographs and have some some goodies to hand out we hope. Jim Wysocki's personal Les Paul artifacts and guitars, some of which to include; 987  (1959) Les Paul Tiger stripe reissue, 1960's Danelectro, 1973 Gibson classical (with hole Les cut into the back for experiments) 1969 Les Paul Custom (Very first prototype Pancake design) made custom for Les attached to the guitar is the Les Paulverizer & microphone. No serial number! 1953 Les Paul model ES 295, one of a handful with the "Les Paul Model" inscribed in the tail piece. The "Holy Grail" of the collection. Les' 1995 "Jimmy Page" 1959 reissue (see pic). All the pickups and electronics were custom made and installed by Les. Les Paul Pee Wee, Gibson Falcon Amp. Assorted Phase boxes made by Les. Many other items from my collection. All the items were part of Les Paul personal collection. 

Legendary Guitarist Lou Pallo at 2015 NY Guitar Show Saturday April 25th: Lou Pallo will be in the Les Paul Exhibit booth on Saturday April 25th from 11:30 am to 5 play some tunes, sign his "Thank You Les"' DVD's and CD's and to answer al your questions and have a million Les Paul Stories. Lou, is an American jazz guitarist and vocalist, best known for the three decades he played in The Les Paul Trio. Lou was raised in Haledon, NJ, where his father played guitar and his sister was a concert pianist, schooled at Julliard. His Italian family, who routinely played music together under the backyard grapevine, ingrained Lou’s love for music at an early age. Inspired by the sounds of the guitar, accordion and mandolin, Lou picked up a guitar and taught himself chords, then shortly after began to take private lessons. His guitar heroes were Les Paul and Tony Mottola. 

2015 NY Guitar Show Official Poster

Les Paul Book Author Robb Lawrence Appearing at 2015 NY Guitar Expo: Les Paul book author Robb Lawrence has agreed to appear at the 2015 NY Guitar Expo both Saturday & Sunday and will be in the Les Paul Exhibit signing books and autographs. Robb will also perform at the after jam on Saturday night. Hailing from sunny San Diego, guitarist / author Robb Lawrence began playing at age 12 and by 67’ was teaching at La Jolla music and performing.  Robb’s expertise extended to photography and tech/studio musician in Hollywood with two years performing with drummer Mitch Mitchell. Robb embarked on a side career of writing Rarebird articles for Guitar Player magazine in 73’. While putting together books on American guitars, Les Paul took a special interest in his work and invited him to live in Mahwah NJ. This collaboration resulted in a two-volume box set. The first volume released in 2008 titled “The Early Years of the Les Paul Legacy. The second was “The Modern Era of the Les Paul Legacy” ('68-'09) with Hal Leonard released in 2009. His extensive photography, archives and interviews will be in forthcoming box sets that cover Gibson, Fender and National/Dobro/Rickenbacker instruments.

Guitar Giveaway Back at NY Guitar Expo:
Again this year we are giving away FREE to a lucky winner that fills out our survey, a new Epiphone Les Paul Standard courtesy of All Music ( in Plainview, Long Island. All Music is donating this brand new Epiphone Les Paul Standard to give away free after Epiphone decided not to participate this year. We thank All Music and Guy Brogna for stepping up and offering this to the NY Guitar Expo as our grand prize giveaway for the 2015 NY Guitar Show.

NY Guitar Show Open Mic & Jam After Show Party:
NY Guitar Show & Expositions is planning to host an after show party at the Freeport Inn & Restaurant, one of the hotels we use for the expo. Once plans are finalized all details will be put forward, but for now it is planned to have the official NY Guitar Show band host and play the Open Mic with any and all exhibitors, staff or friends who attend this party, having the opportunity to get up and play. All backline equipment will be provided. The Patio Deck of the Freeport Inn & Restaurant has terrific food and wonderful bar where you may purchase dinner, light snacks or refreshments to help unwind from the busy day at the NY Guitar Expo. Stay Tuned! 

Guitar Shops Tees To Sponsor 2015 NY Guitar Expo:
The NY Guitar Show & Exposition proudly announces the addition of Guitar Shop Tees as a Bronze Level Sponsor of the 2015 NY Guitar Show & Exposition.

Recognizing the impact of a growing regional guitar event, Guitar Shop Tees is sponsoring the 2015 NY Guitar Expo, our 4th Annual Guitar Expo, spearheaded by founder/promoter Richard Johnson.


We are excited to be on board as a sponsor for the 2015 NY Guitar Expo. We look forward to exhibiting and presenting our unique T-shirt club to the community of guitar fans and collectors,” commented Eric Feldman, co-founder of Guitar Shop Tees.

 “I was truly honored when I received the call out of the blue from Eric stating Guitar Shop Tees wanted to sponsor our event. Not surprised though as these calls are more frequent as we enter our 4th year running, but just the same we are very pleased to have Guitar Shop Tees on board with us for 2015,” said NY Guitar Expo founder Richard Johnson.”


Feldman adds, “We honor and celebrate the local guitar shop. It’s where the experience begins for many musicians. It is the place you get your first guitar or your latest set of strings.  We are here to acknowledge that for both the shops legacy and the dedicated guitar fan. Being a part of the NY Guitar Expo is the perfect fit on so many levels.”  

About Guitar Shop Tees: Guitar Shop Tees ( is an online subscription t-shirt club that features limited edition custom made t-shirts each month from independent guitar shops from around the world. Along with their monthly t-shirt from a notable, rare or even legendary guitar shop subscribers also receive interesting information on the shop, plus stickers, guitar picks, and other collectable items.  Once the t-shirt design is sent out for the month it's retired forever, which makes the t-shirt an automatic collector's item from that point on. Log on to

Taylor Guitars to Sponsor 2015 NY Guitar Show: The NY Guitar Show & Exposition proudly announces the addition of Taylor Guitars as a Bronze Level Sponsor of the 2015 NY Guitar Show & Exposition. Recognizing the impact of a growing regional guitar event, Taylor Guitars is sponsoring the 2015 NY Guitar Expo, our 4th Annual Guitar Expo, spearheaded by founder/promoter Richard Johnson.

David Kaye, Taylor’s trade show manager, notes “After exhibiting the last two years, Taylor Guitars is very happy to become a sponsor in 2015. Exhibiting at the NY Guitar Expo has been extremely successful for Taylor, and we look forward to expanding our presence at the 2015 event.

“I’m proud and honored to see Taylor step up after two years of exhibiting to become a sponsor in 2015 showing their support for what has become THE guitar show in the country," said NY Guitar Expo founder Richard Johnson.” 

Kaye adds, “We really enjoy the NY Guitar Expo as we get quality time to interact with our owners as well as the general public. The show is all about attendees getting to play different models that they might not see at their local shop. We are already planning some special one-off guitars for 2015, along with a healthy sampling of standard model offerings.”


NY Guitar Show founder Richard Johnson said, “For 2015, the Taylor exhibition booth will move to the lobby of the Expo Center in order to provide attendees with a better environment for test-driving guitars.

About Taylor Guitars: Established in 1974 by Bob Taylor and Kurt Listug, Taylor Guitars has evolved into one of the world’s leading manufacturers of premium acoustic and electric guitars. Renowned for blending an innovative use of modern technology with a master craftsman's attention to detail, Taylor guitars are widely considered the best sounding and easiest to play in the world. The company was a pioneer of the use of computer technology, lasers and other high-tech tools and machinery and today, Bob Taylor is widely recognized throughout the musical instrument industry as the visionary acoustic guitar manufacturer.

 New T Shirt Logo Design:
Our terrific graphic artist Deborah Belvedere created a wonderful new logo for the 2014 NY Guitar Show. Just as with the posters, we will be changing things every year to get a difefr4nt look and design and get you folks to start collecting one every year! We are offering them in Black with white logo or Forest Green with white logo and on both colors the back will be free of any print to design. If you are exhibiting in our show you may pre order your shirts for $7 to be delivered at the show or if you are not exhibiting you may preorder them for $12 plus shipping.

Supro Amps Returns to NY Guitar Expo
Long Island's very own Pigtronix, is proud to announce its acquisition of the historic Supro trademark-pertaining to both amplifiers and guitars-worldwide and their return again to the 2015 NY Guitar Expo. USA-made, vintage-inspired Supro tube amplifiers begin shipping this Spring from a brand new production facility in Port Jefferson Station, NY. The rights to the Supro brand were acquired in September from former Fender amp designer and long-time Pigtronix associate, Bruce Zinky. Zinky has been retained as exclusive design engineer, and has collaborated with award-winning sound designer David Koltai to realize a modern incarnation of the Supro sound that has been out of production since the mid '60s. Pigtronix will be hosting the official Supro launch party in conjunction with the NY Guitar Expo on Saturday, April 26th. Details to follow. For more information on the rebirth of Supro, go to 

Mirabella Guitars To Exhibit At 2015 Expo
With 30 years of experience, Cristian Mirabella is considered one of the premier builders of the new generation of luthiers as well as one of the top restorers of D'Angelico, D'Aquisto and golden era Gibson instruments. Mirabella Guitars continues the New York Tradition and style of building from which Cristian was raised, as well as incorporates Mirabella's own innovative ideas and designs. This balance, as well as the balance of visual art and acoustic science are reflected in each of the instruments Mirabella creates. Cris says "It is my hope to inspire players, pay homage to great builders of the past, create instruments flawless in their construction and design, and leave a lasting and meaningful contribution to the art of instrument making."

Same Great Venue For 2015!!
With the sudden growth spurt we experienced from just our "core" exhibitors that took a chance with us for our first show and I sincerely thank them for that, we've been forced to move to larger quarters. We've doubled the square footage for 2013 by moving to the Freeport Recreation Center located at 130 E. Merrick Rd. in in Freeport, Long Island.

   The Freeport Rec Center has hosted numerous expos in the fishing industry and I've personally held Fishing Seminars here drawing in excess of 600 people and it has plenty of room. The gymnasium is 117 x 77 with some areas 84 foot wide. We're able to ad another double row of booths in the center of the room and now have expended to 71 booths of space.

   The Freeport Rec Center holds all the attributes you look for in a venue, with hotels under 5 minutes away and the Nautical Mile (Woodcleft Ave.) also 2 minutes away. The "Nautical Mile" as it's called is an actual mile of restaurants and bars on the water in Freeport. The Rec Center has an open snack bar with everything from burgers and fries to dogs and otehr munchies. However there is no beer, alcohol or smoking permitted onthe premises.

   The Freeport Rec Center is located off major highways and parkways being under 2 minutes from the Meadowbrook Parkway (Exit M9) and sits on Merrick Rd with Sunrise Highway a block or two to the north. Again this location is just a 6 minute walk from major mass transportation on the Long Island Railroad (LIRR) with Nassau County bus service as well. 

NY Guitar Show Sponsorships Now Available
With the huge success of 2012 & 2013's Inaugural show, it's time to seriously consider a sponsorship with us where you can generate tremendous industry awareness and exposure throughout this close-knit community. Sponsor Levels can be Found Here.   
   The 2013 New York Guitar Show provides an outstanding opportunity to communicate face-to-face with a highly qualified audience of musical instrument enthusiasts hailing from throughout the NY Metro region.
   Most of all, NY Guitar Shows feels the communication, education, and participation potential existing within this upbeat two-day exhibition will bring profitable results to any individual sponsor. We encourage your organization to include this outstanding event in your marketing plans. Please contact us ASAP for info on exclusivity as well in your sponsorship packages. For info call 516-889-6895.

Gbase Returns In 2015 As Bronze Level Sponsor
The NY Guitar Expo announces the return of G Base for a second year as a Bronze level sponsor for the returning and most exciting guitar show in the United States.

We’re proud and honored to see Gbase return as a sponsor in 2013 showing their support for what is fast becoming THE guitar show in the country," said NY Guitar Expo founder Richard Johnson.” “We at Gbase are glad to be a part of this new NY Guitar Show & Exposition. The possibilities are endless," said Gbase owner James White.

"This show will quickly become a staple in the guitar industry, and GBase onboard is a tremendous example of the new and emerging giants in the industry who will be a part of this show for years to come," said Johnson.

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