Magnatone Guitars!

New for Fall 2013, a complete guide to Magnatone guitars and the stories behind them!

1938-1960 Steel Guitars

1956-1963 Bigsby/Barth Era

1964-1966 Starstream Era



The NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) show was the most important tradeshow for music instrument manufacturers in the sixties. Today, the annual event is held in Los Angeles in January, but the sixties it was held during the summer in Chicago and New York.

62nd 1963 July 21-25 Palmer House Chicago
63rd 1964 June 28 - July 2 Conrad Hilton Chicago
64th 1965 June 27 - July 1 Conrad Hilton Chicago
65th 1966 July 10 - 14 Conrad Hilton Chicago

Another important show for consumer electronics was the Annual EIA (Electronics Industry Assocation) show. In 1967, the EIA and NAMM shows were scheduled for the same weekend. The NAMM show was in Chicago, and the EIA show was in New York. Both shows attracted consumer electronics companies, like Fisher, Ampex, and Harman-Kardon, but musical instrument manufacturers focused on the NAMM event.




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