Update: Dallas International Guitar Festival 2020
After much consideration and ongoing communication with state and local officials, it is with a heavy heart that we must announce the postponement of the 2020 Dallas International Guitar Festival until April 30th, May 1st and 2nd, 2021. This decision is the result of our cooperation with government mandates and our sincere concern for the health and well-being of our attendees, exhibitors, performers, and staff. All purchased tickets for the 2020 festival will be valid for any future Dallas International Guitar Festival. We sincerely appreciate your support, patience and understanding, and cannot wait to see you next year! #dallasinternationalguitarfestival
I spent a couple of hours Friday afternoon at Market Hall, a Dallas Landmark in its own right, shabby and plain as it is, and the opening day of the Dallas International Guitar Festival. This was my 5th show, but I've never bought a guitar at any of them. I was hoping to find a decent parlor-sized acoustic, but nothing in my price range interested me.
I was also hoping to find a vendor that supplied adequate seating that might allow me to actually play some of these valuable instruments without having to tuck them under my right arm. Seating in general is always rare at DIGF, even where the food is sold. It just never seems to be a consideration.
As always there was quite a bit to see and admire. I shot more than 100 phone pics of about 40 guitars, including these that might interest Les Paul fans.
Heritage Auctions displayed these LPs. (I didn't investigate what they may have to do with Journey.) The burst is a 1959, serial number 90696. The other apparently didn't interest me. I did not photograph it's card. Heritage has musical instrument auctions set for July and November, so we will have to wait to see what they go for.
Elsewhere, and not behind glass, was a 1954 gold top with a $45k tag.
Here is the first iteration of an Epiphone Olympic, from 1959 in 3/4 size, and looking very Les Pauly, for $2450.
Other highlights were a 1938 L5 for $15k; a 1960 tri-burst and bound Telecaster Custom with a sticker of $39k; and a 1939 D'Angelico New Yorker with a sticker that said, "Please ask." I didn't.
I came home with two rings, one for my wife and one for my granddaughter, and a little something for myself.