Custom Guitar Show '08 - Perth, W. Australia

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    Just a heads up, there will be numerous seven string, extended range, baritone and Multiscale instruments on display at this show, so I figured it was relevant :)


    Two of Australia's most popular luthiers are presenting their own guitar show in Fremantle, Western Australia, November 22nd, 2008 to a limited number of guitar enthusiasts, both electric and acoustic. The "Custom Guitar Show" by Ellis Guitars and Ormsby Guitars will be a mixture of workshops, live performances and a chance to "meet the makers".

    Perry Ormsby and Andrew Ellis both make custom instruments from a variety of exotic and Australian timbers, enjoy working with local and international clients, and both have waiting lists of up to two years depending on the complexity of the instrument commissioned.

    If you would like to know more about custom guitars, either electric (Perry Ormsby), or acoustic (Andrew Ellis), then buy your ticket below to this exclusive look at Australian Luthiers up close. Clinics on Timbers, Guitar Making, Pickups, Tone, Styles of Guitar Playing and more. Unique guitars such as Perry's "Multiscale" electric guitar and Andrew's 8 String Baritone Tricone Resonator will be showcased by local guitarists.



    Doors Open

    Perry Ormsby and Saxon Smith The Multiscale Custom
    "Pickups: Design parameters of the most commons types of pickups, including how they are made, the materials and magnets used, and how they effect tone" Scale length and neck design: How scale lengths effect tone and sustain, and discussion of neck profiles and their contribution to tone and playability"

    Perry Ormsby and Andrew Ellis
    "Tonewoods: Discussion of tonewoods, their relative tonal characteristics, and usefulness for solid and chambered electric and acoustic guitars.

    Pete Barrenger - Fingerstyle Techniques (Beginner to Advanced)

    James Michael Thompson (Tompo) Clinic - 8 String Baritone Resonator Demo, Upright Slide Techniques

    Andrew Winton Clinic - Lap Slide Guitar Techniques, Open Tunings (Beginner to Advanced)

    Graham Green Clinic lead playing 6 & 7 string guitars

    Warren Page (from The Dirty Secrets)

    Andrew Winton - Slide

    Graham Green - 6 and 7 string instruments

    Saxon Smith - 6,7 and 8 string Multiscale instruments


    237 Queen Victoria Street
    North Fremantle
    Ph: 9430 4010



    Multi award winning luthier, Perry Ormsby, has been manufacturing his custom hand-made instruments in Perth for near on five years. Located in Beaconsfield, just south of sunny Fremantle. All instruments are custom made from a variety of exotic and Australian timbers, his own hand wound pickups, and top shelf hardware.

    Whilst being proudly Australian made, Perry's guitars are sought after worldwide, with clients in Europe, Asia, USA, and Canada. Most guitars are built under commission, with a waiting list of up to two years depending on the complexity and design of the instrument.

    As well as building world class custom guitars, Perry is also a staff writer for Australian Guitar Magazine, publishing the 'Build Your Own Axe' series of articles, and the 'Ask Ormsby' column each issue.

    So, if you've been looking for that special guitar, or feel the need to upgrade or restore your current guitars, maybe a trip down to see Perry at the show, may be in order.



    Through Andrew's business, Ellis Guitars and stompboxes, he has worked with some of the biggest names in the music business including Tommy Emmanuel, Steve Morse (Deep Purple), Pete Lockett (Robert Plant (led Zeppelin), Jeff Beck, Peter Gabriel) Sammy Merendino (Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, currently drumming for Cyndi Lauper) Nick D'Virgilio (Tears for Fears, Genesis, Sheryl Crow) Jamie Cullum and Luka Bloom (UK) Jeff Martin (The Tea Party), Harry Manx and Don Ross (Canadians)

    Andy McKee, Kaki King, Phil Keaggy, Tony Joe White, and Stephen Bennett - USA, Aussies Sarah McLeod (The Superjesus), Ash Grunwald, Josh Pyke, Lior, Dave Mann, Nathan Gaunt, Andrew Winton and more.

    Ellis Guitars has been written about in some of the best music publications in the world such as Guitarist Australia and Australian Guitar (AUS), Guitar Buyer, Guitar and Bass, acoustic guitar magazine (UK), Akustik Gitarre, Drums & Percussion (Germany), Chitarre (Italy), Guitar One (USA), Blues Art Studio (Austria), Drummers Zone (Netherlands), Classic Drummer (USA).

    Ellis Guitars has over 100 music stores selling their instruments.




    Graham Greene
    Through the 80 s and early 90 s, Graham was one of the highest profile guitar players in Perth. His stints included Flash Harry (82 - 86) as well as the enormously popular & successful Melodic Hard Rock Band, Ice Tiger (87 - 92), gaining recognition in Australia, Europe and Japan. Graham continues to entertain people with his fretboard agility & melodic compositions while continuing to gain recognition world wide. In October 2007 Graham was Special Guest with his instrumental band at Steve Flack's Guitar Heroes:Guitar Fest in Sydney & in January 2008 returned with his vocal band, Resonance Project, from a Vietnam Stadium Concert where they were invited to represent Australia to a viewing audience of 15,000 ppl and televised live to 6 million people on VTV1. Guitar heads and music lovers alike are reminded of the fun & expression of music and the feelings of exhilaration and inspiration only a Greene guitar display can achieve. An experience not to be missed.


    Andrew Winton
    Andrew is an independent solo artist combining acoustic guitar, lap slide, dobro, with hollers and stomps to provide an engaging and authentic performance. In 2007 Andrew was nominated for a West Australian Music Industry (WAMI) award for best blues/roots artist, and spent 6 weeks touring the US & Canada having been invited to perform at the prestigious SxSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas and also Canadian Music Week in Toronto. In 2007 Andrew made memorable appearances at most key Australian festivals including Woodford Folk Festival, West Coast Blues & Roots, Blues on Broadbeach (QLD) and many others, along with numerous other shows around Australia. 2008 has already proved successful with a recent WAMI nomination for Best Guitarist, and a finalist spot in the International Songwriting Competition.


    Saxon Smith
    Saxon is a rising star on the Australian music scene, and is already making a name for himself as a member of Graham Greene & The Happy Sinners and Resonance Project, as well as fronting his own experimental metal band, UTI. Saxon's incredible grasp of the instrument and awesome technique has earned him a reputation as a player's player, and is perfectly suited to the amazing new guitar that was custom-built for him by Ormsby Guitars - the Multiscale Custom.
    Saxon has released two CDs with UTI, and has toured nationally and internationally with Graham Greene and Resonance Project. His star continues to rise.
    About his new Ormsby, Saxon said: "The Multiscale Custom is everything I could want in a guitar - it not only compliments my playing style, but it also helps me keep my approach to the instrument fresh and unique."


    James Michael Thompson (Tompo)
    Tompo's sound has been honed and refined by the influences of Jeff Lang, John Lee Hooker, Lloyd Spiegel, Paul Simon and Skip James. Beginning to gig in earnest in late 2004, Tompo's credits include debuting at the acclaimed Bridgetown Blues Festival in 2005; supports for The Bondi Cigars and Lloyd Spiegel at the Perth Blues Club, hosting the Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society's (MBAS) blues night at the Cornish Arms and demonstrating the one-of-a-kind Ellis Guitars Seven String Resonator at the Frankston Guitar Festival in 2005. Tompo has also performed alongside the likes of Collard, Greens and Gravy; The Black Sorrows and Guy Davis at the Mordialloc Music by the Bay; Queensland songsmiths Loren & Marcus Bancroft; as well as performing on the same bill as Michael Franti and Jamie Cullum at the West Coast Blues and Roots Festival.


    Pete Barrenger

    With a soon to be released 6 track EP Pete Barrenger is one of Perth's most interesting and talented up and coming instrumental acoustic guitarists. With his laid back relaxed style Pete has wowed audiences across Perth with unique original compositions clearly demonstrating his influences in Flamenco, Jazz, Classical and Contemporary Acoustic guitar.
    Pete On Ellis;
    "I searched long and hard for the right guitar to compliment and motivate my playing but off he shelf models just didn't have what I was looking for. My custom Ellis 000 with East Indian Rose wood back and sides, Engelmann Spruce soundboard and Wedge system has been the perfect match and inspiration for my playing."


    Warren Page

    Warren Page is an exciting new singer/songwriter from Perth Wa.A mix of primal acoustic rock,and vocal gymnastics,Pages live shows are a blend of intimacy and explosivness. Influenced by the likes of Jeff Buckley ,Bob Dylan ,Damien Rice and Radiohead,Page is set to release his debut ep early next year. Warren Page is set to play a small ,select amount of shows this month,before continuing bass duties with The Dirty Secrets touring for the remainder of the year.



    For more details, and advanced ticket sales, please visit:

    237 Queen Victoria Street
    North Fremantle
    Ph: 9430 4010

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