Frankfurt Musikmesse 2008
- a personal perspective

While Frankfurt itself will never have a place in my heart as a beautiful city, I have spent a lot of time there over the years at the Frankfurt Musikmesse which is a VERY large trade show for everything to do with musical instruments. Since some years back there is an additional trade show going on there by the name Pro Light & Sound. As the name implies this show caters to people in the live stage and studio business. The following report will mainly show products and people from the Musikmesse.

I have been to the Frankfurt Musikmesse so many times that I have lost count. This show was probably my 26th but it could be the 27th. Suffice to say that I nowdays look foreward as much to meeting old friends as seeing new and exciting products.

This personal report should bee seen as my very own point of view and does not reflect the wiev and/or opinions of any other person or company of which I may be associated either through my work or in these pictures. If you find any faulty information in this report please mail me at

I have placed the products in alphabetical order for your convenience. I also have divided the report i 5 sections. Otherwise the load times would be nasty.

Please also accept any language errors as english is not my native language.

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A cool Dobro is always, well, cool. The Amistar range looks nice, feels good and enjoy a good reputation.



Bogner showed a new line of amplifiers at the messe. The amp shown was a prototype which can be verified by looking at the top right corner in the panel shot below.

These amps will be made in the same factory that produces the Line 6 amps.



Boss GT-10 was the main point of inerest in the Boss both. Being a long time fan of the Boss GS-10 I was very curious to hear the GT-10 as well as finding out more about it.

Long time Boss demonstrator and likewise killer guitarist, musician and generally nice guy Gundy Keller showed the GT-10 with his great chops and sense of humour. The GT-10 clearly moves way ahead of the rest of the competition regarding versatility, dynamics and feel. The GT-range has always been ahead of the competition when it comes to the number and the quality of effects.

Other nes pedals from Boss are the DD-7 Digital Delay and the Slicer pedal. After hearing the creative ways that Gundy used it I can't wait to try it out.



Italian amp manufacturer Brunetti showed a number of amps. When demoed they sounded like top notch amps.


Carl Martin

There are always stuff you didn't think you needed but when you find out they exist and try them you don't know how you managed without them. Carl Martin has set out to provide us with useful tools in this area. Matchbox is a two instrument input, one output selector box with volume controls for the inputs. Ideal for those using two instruments on stage. The Paraloop is a bot that turns you seriel loop into a parallell loop . Great for use with effect in you amp with an effect unit that degrades your direct signal (i.e. most effect units). If you use it on your pedalboard you can switch the loop in and out. Route Box is a 2-into-1 and a 1-split-to-2. Both routes are switchable. The buff is a buffer pedal with 2 outputs plus tuner output. Mute switch included. The Rock Bug is an all analog clean amp and speaker simulator. Put this at the end of your pedalboard and you will not need a POD of any kind. I'm very curious about this pedal. If it works as advertised it could very well be the answer to the prayers from the worship players that need a way to go direct from their pedalboards to the PA to keep control of the overall level in the church. It will also be of immense help to all the home studio owners who like an analog solution.

When visiting the Carl Martin factory about two years ago I got to try the prototype of the DC Drive. If the finished product now residing in their less expensive product line sounds as good it will soon be on many pedalboards.



As Fender now owns the Charvel brand there will be no blood between lawyers regarding the headstock shape. Instead they seem to splatter it on guitars.



The Cioks team and guardian angel at the show. Due to the increasing number of pedal board users realizing the need for a proper power supply they look happy indeed.

New from Cioks is the Schizophrenic supply. On 5 of the 6 outputs you may choose 9 or 12 volts. The last one has a rotary control enabling you to set the output to anywhere between 4 to 12 volts.



Aria has aquired the rights to use the name and the designs of late master luthier James D'Aquisto. After have tried the guitars in these pictures I must say that while they may look the same they are nowhere near the real thing. They are however at approximately €3000 nowhere near the price of an authentic D'Aquisto either. But I do think that at €3000 they should feel better than this.


De Gier

From the Netherlands we see the coming of a new guitar builder by the name of Sander de Gier. These guitars is as you can see his take on how to move foreward with a few classic concepts. For those of you who missed his guitars or could attend the show can visit the FUZZ Guitar Show in Göteborg, Sweden in May where Sanders will display his stuff.



At the Digidesign booth demonstrator Anders Glanz gave me a chance to hear the Eleven guitar amp sim plug-in. If you have a chance, I definitely recommend you catch one of Ander's demos. He has a wickedly funky right hand and knows how to groove something fierce.



A guitar for those who are into playing heavy metal rockabilly at the Duesenberg booth. Beside it an interesting take on the Rickenbacker theme.


Eastman Guitars

Eastman Guitars showed a design by Pagelli. The offset shape makes a 17" inch body feel less cumbersome. It played nicely and sounded really good. Had a very musical tone control.



Want many knobs and buttons? Eastwood would then be the obvious choise. This is the Airline model.


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