The Dallas International Guitar Festival starts tomorrow. A ton of live performances will be happening during the entire event.
Of note, Yngwie Malmsteen will be performing Saturday at 2pm on the Fender stage.
Other performers include:
Kentucky Head Hunters
Kim Simmons / Savoy Brown
Black Stone Cherry (sounds like an ice cream flavor)
From the looks of the Dallas Market Hall floor plan, there appears to be well over 100 booths for exhibitors. Gibson, Jimmy Wallace, and PRS have the biggest booths with Fender and Peavey having smaller (but still large) booths.
There are several outdoor stages and a few indoor ones (including an indoor acoustic stage).
While I'm at the show, one of the things I'm going to shop for is a guitar kit. As some of you know, I've been a woodworker for most of my life and I thought I would like to try my hand at building a guitar. I want to build both an electric solid body and an acoustic. The solid body kits that I've seen usually have a completed bolt on neck with the fret work completed. I actually want one where I have to do all the fret work. I want that because I think that kind of knowledge will transfer over to the building of the acoustic.
Yesterday I discovered that Martin Guitars actually has acoustic guitar kits. As you would expect from Martin, they are actually pretty good kits. They cost between $350 and $600. The $600 is actually a Martin D-41 kit.
Dallas Guitar Festival: http://www.guitarshow.com/Home/
Martin Guitar Kits: http://www.mguitar.com/1833/catalog....%20%26%20Tools