Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Nashville Amp Expo This Weekend at the Hyatt Place Hotel in Brentwood

Posted By on Wed, Aug 17, 2011 at 11:58 AM

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When friends visit my house and see "The Amp Room," they either drool with envy, point out that I have more guitar amplifiers than I do gigs per year, or suggest a 12-step program. If you're like me, you won't want to miss the Nashville Amp Expo, a one-of-a-kind event where amp, guitar and pedal manufacturers take over the guest rooms in the Hyatt Place Hotel in Brentwood, allowing you to shut the door and crank that sucker as loud as you want without pissing off a store full of customers. And they're open late!

It runs Friday through Sunday, Aug. 19-21. The Hyatt Place Hotel is at 202 Summit View Drive, near the Brentwood Old Hickory exit on I-65. (You can see it from the exit.) Hours: 8 p.m.-midnight Friday, noon-1 a.m. Saturday, noon to midnight Sunday.

Here's my Critics' Pick from last year, updated to include some of this year's exhibitors:

If you play guitar or bass and are ready to drop some serious bucks on a fancy new amp, it’s a major drag to test-drive it in a crowded store or a teeny NAMM booth. Never mind “11” — turn a 100-watt Marshall up past 1 and you’ll get more evil eyes than Ted Nugent at a PETA rally. Which is why the Nashville Amp Expo is a thing of such high-decibel, paint-peeling beauty. A sonic smorgasbord of amplifiers sprinkled with a smattering of guitars, pedals and accessories, the expo takes over an entire hotel, and each manufacturer gets its own room. Want to try the latest auditory confection from Goodsell, Egnator or Fuchs? Just shut the door, plug in your ax, turn it up to 11 and start wailing till your tympanic membranes cry “Uncle!” The list of over 100 exhibitors also includes boutique amp makers like Egnator, Goodsell, Fuchs, Splawn, Retro-King, Mahalo Amps, Ark Amps, Satellite, Wallace Amplification, Swamp Works and more, plus hometown ax builder Delgado Guitars, not to mention Creation Audio Labs, which organizes the expo. If you can tell a Telefunken ECF83 from an Amperex Bugle Boy, or have a Fender 5E3 schematic tattooed on your forearm, you don’t want to miss it.

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