Drawing thousands of guitar lovers and enthusiasts to the 2018 Melbourne Guitar Show, #MGS2019 is growing year on year and is gearing up for the biggest event yet. Champion of the Australian music products industry.

We caught up with Minnie Marks to talk guitars 

What was the first guitar you ever owned? Tell us about how you got it.

The first guitar I ever owned myself was a black cheapo steel string in the local music shop for $210. My folks saw that I had fallen for this black beast and cut me a deal – to go halves in payment with me. So i dusted my Nan’s house about 5 times a day (even when it didn’t need dusting, thanks Nan) collected $110 in gold coins and marched into the music shop to claim my new six string wooden friend. I was chuffed.

What was the first song you ever learned to play?
Hmm…. maybe Sunshine Of  Your Love or Come As You Are by Nirvana.

If you could add any guitar to your collection what would it be and why?
Iwould love a resonator from ‘Mule’ or something with gold foils in it. It’s a unique sound that i’d like to play a bit more slide with.

Who do you think are the top three male guitarists in the world?
Tricky question! I’m a massive fan of Joey Landreth for sweet slide, Lloyd Spiegel for annihilating any blues song and Monte Montgomery for his different approach to acoustic guitar.

Who are the Top Three female guitarists?
Definitely Julz Parker – Australia’s own, one of the most musical guitarists I’ve ever heard. Bonnie Raitt – for her slinky slide playing and milking of the notes. Jennifer Batten! I had the pleasure of teaching a week long guitar course with Jen and man can she play!

If you could design your own custom guitar what features would it have?

An acoustic that the G string would never break on.

If you could play a gig alongside any guitarist ( alive or dead) who would it be?
Bonnie Raitt or Joey Landreth. I would be as happy as a pig in ….

Five musicians you’d invite to dinner and why?
Sister Rosetta Tharpe, so she could make it rain. Neil Young because he has a heart of gold. Jimi Hendrix because he’d never take the thigh only a little wing. Prince because there’d be no dessert without cream. And the Hussy Hicks because it’s never a party without
those ratbags.

he Melbourne Guitar Show will be held at Caulfield Racecourse on August 3 and 4.

Tickets are on sale June 7.

The Melbourne Guitar Show is produced by the Australian Music Association, an incorporated not-for-profit. Proceeds, if any, are used to provide services to the Australian music products industry, particularly the promotion of music making to the community.

Online ticket prices when pre-ordered:: Adult day pass $20, adult weekend pass $30, family day pass $40, concession day pass $10, concession weekend pass $15.


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