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The National Vintage Guitar Expo 2023

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The National Vintage Guitar Expo 2023 is a celebration of vintage and rare acoustic and electric guitars, amplifiers and accessories from around Australia, held in the auditorium at the Harmonie German Club in Canberra over the weekend of 7-8th October 2023.

EXPO HOURS - 10am - 6pm on Saturday and Sunday PRE-SALES END AT 9AM 7 OCTOBER

Expo visitors can meet and talk with makers and exhibitors, see interactive demonstrations of vintage instruments and explore everything to do with the world of guitars. While a display of historic instruments is a feature of the Expo, most items exhibited will be for sale.

Over the course of the weekend there will be a number of scheduled events including Guitar Workshops during the days, and a Saturday Night Expo Concert with special guest artists, in the Keller Bar at the Harmonie German Club.

Expo Concert: Jeff Lang and guests – 7pm Sat Night, The Keller Bar (See separate event for tickets)

Skip Sail Workshop - Sat 11:00am - 12:00pm   The Keller Bar

Multi-instrumentalist musician, collector and performer, Skip hails from King Island in the Bass Strait and is now based near Castlemaine. With a lifetime passion for folk and blues music of the last century, together with a deep knowledge of the instruments used, Skip will be sharing songs, vintage instruments and the techniques for playing them, in an interactive workshop.

Jeff Lang Workshop - Sat 2:00 - 3:00pm   The Keller Bar

An intimate workshop and question session with Melbourne based guitarist-songwriter-vocalist-producer Jeff Lang.
Jeff has built a reputation for making startling music that is accomplished, intricate, gutsy, melodic and loaded with soul. Often taking unexpected turns, this multiple ARIA award winner and APRA award winner has consistently inspired his audiences by creating a stylistically diverse catalogue of over 25 albums.

‘Made in Australia” Workshop  - Sun 11:00 - 12:00pm   The Keller Bar

An interactive panel hosted by Ian ‘Doc’ Stehlik, with Chris Johnson, Mark ‘Watto’ Watson, Frank Grubisa, Charles Cilla and more, playing and talking about a selection of rare Australian made instruments, from the earliest 1930s examples through to contemporary luthiery and hand-made amplifiers.

Lez Karski Workshop  - Sun 2:00 - 3:00pm   The Keller Bar

Known for his live playing with The Hippos, The Nervous Investors and more, Lez is one of Australia’s busiest guitar players. As a producer and session musician, he’s worked with Midnight Oil, Nick Cave, Tommy Emanuel, Yothu Yindi and many others. With a passion for acoustic and electric guitars that goes back many decades, Lez will be playing and sharing his deep knowledge of equipment, tone and technique.

We'll also be running a raffle over the weekend with three fantastic prizes. The raffle will be drawn on Sunday afternoon and winners will be contacted if not present.


Expo Entry

  • Pre-Sales tickets $10 + bf
  • Door Sales tickets $15


  • Pre-Sales tickets $20 per clinic + bf
  • Door Sales tickets $25 per clinic

Sat night Keller Sessions concert (tickets available through separate event)

  • CBS members Pre-sales tickets $30 / General $35 + bf
  • Door Sales tickets $40

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