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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 VAN LARKINS who will feature at the show 


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


Maton Natural series, I bought the guitar from Lez Karski who played with the “Bondi Cigars” for some time. I wrote all of my earlier pieces on the guitar, and I still own it!

What was the first song you ever learned to play?

From memory, the first song I learned was ‘Wish you were Here” by Pink Floyd. My father let me play his guitar, and showed me a few chords, it certainly got me started and gave me an understanding of chord progressions and simple riffs

Best Male Guitarists?:

Tommy Emmanuel, Jeff Beck and Joe Satriani of course!

Best Female Guitarists?

Tal Wilkenfeld, Orianthi and Jennifer Batten

If you could add any guitar to your collection what would it be and why?

Right now I’d really love to get my hands on a Godin Multiac Nylon Fretless Guitar. It really allows for some amazing expression and tone, great for “Out of the box” playing, lot’s of room for experimenting!

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

MIDI pickups with flawless tracking, LED lights in the fretboard and accelerometers in the head stock for expression

If you could play a gig alongside any guitarist (alive or dead) who would it be?

Tommy Emmanuel would be my first choice for sure, that guy has so much experience on the guitar, and knows the fretboard better than anybody

Five musicians you’d invite to dinner and why?

Tommy Emmanuel, Steve Vai, Tal Wilkenfeld and Ringo Star. What an all-star band that would be. Imagine the jams, that video would break the internet for sure!


The 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.