Straddling the line between Folk, Blues, Country, and Roots, Hussy Hicks have earned themselves a mighty reputation, growing, from festival openers to festival favourites, seeing the group now appear at the biggest blues and roots festivals in Australia, The USA and across Europe while selling out their own tours across the three continents.


Phil’s Emmanuel’s Red Strat 

In early 2000 Phil gave me his red Strat and I played it for a good 18 months. He had fallen out of love with it somewhat when the original neck was replaced after an unfortunate incident (with a garage door if I remember correctly).   Anyway, when I moved to London I didn’t feel right taking it with me so I handed it back  –  he reiterated that I could keep it, but i didn’t. If I had my time over I would have!  It was great to play and the sentimental value for me was huge.

50’s Telecaster 

The ‘Black Guard’ Tele has always been one of my favourite guitars in the dream list.  They just epitomise simplicity and cool for me.   Plug it in and find the tone with your fingers. I recently acquired a vintage Tele – not an original black guard but a very tasty instrument indeed.  First time I played it I felt like it made every other Tele I’d played sound like a ‘Tele under a blanket’ – it manages to be so twangy but still not harsh.

Gibson (335 – 330 – 175)

Not sure which one til I play it but I’d love to have one in the arsenal – even one of the Epiphones from the 80s would probably do the trick. I’ve always steered away from them as they are so big and I felt dwarfed – but I think I’m ready now – just waiting to find one with  the right neck feel.

50s or pre CBS Strat. 

They just sound so good – I’ve been lucky enough to get to play some really nice vintage strats over the years – Rick Hirsch’s 63 that he, I think, traded with one of the Eagles for a Tele comes to mind. There is just something about the combo of that old wood and those pickups that is nearly impossible to beat. You have to pretty much mortgage your life to get one now days but you did ask about ‘dream guitars’

My old Maton 225 Custom delux 

I was trying to think of dream acoustics – Martin D28, Gibson J 45, L200, Martin OOO and George Louden guitars came to mind – but I think the acoustic guitar I would chose over them all would be my original touring maton that I’ve played all over the world. Pat Evans from Maton lovingly restored it a few years ago but it’s practically more glue than wood these days (it was only ply to start with). But I’ve just played it so much it’s a huge part of my sound and history – we unfortunately lost it to the Lismore floods. I’ve got it still drying with Local luthier Andrew Knight – he hasn’t giving it a lot of hope, but I haven’t completely given up yet.

The Melbourne Guitar Show has added another haul of artists to the already impressive lineup, with the iconic show set to rock Caulfield Racecourse on March 4 and 5 – tickets are on sale now from It’s been 3 long years since the last show was devoured by over 5,000 guitar and music loving punters, but we’re breaking open the cases, dusting down the show, oiling its neck, setting its action and tuning it to perfection for a grand return in 2023. Proudly presented by the Australian Music Association and Australia.



Purchase your Melbourne Guitar Show tickets online now and save. Prices increase from February 14. Purchase tickets HERE

The Melbourne Guitar Show will be held at Caulfield Racecourse on March 4 & 5, 2023 Tickets are on sale now from Visit the new Melbourne Guitar Show site at for the latest show announcements and information. Check out the 2023 Promo video and Highlights Video from the last show


SATURDAY March 4 | CAULFIELD RACECOURSE |10.00am – 6.00pm |

SUNDAY March 5 | CAULFIELD RACECOURSE | 10.00am – 4.00pm |

Early bird online ticket prices when purchased before February 14:: Adult day pass $25, adult weekend pass $40, concession day pass $15, concession weekend pass $20. Tickets after February 14 are:: Adult day pass $30, adult weekend pass $45, concession day pass $20, concession weekend pass $25


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