General admission is only $5 - Vendor space is only $60

a celebration of all things guitar

Guitarfest Guitar Show

The WONE Guitarfest will be at the Summit County Fairgrounds (Akron/Tallmage Ohio) on April 29th 2018 from 10am-3pm. Admission is $5 and tables for the show are $60 each. We have teamed up with 97.5 WONE as our joint partner for the spring event. WONE will be broadcasting live all day from Guitarfest. Buy, sell, trade guitar/bass instruments, amps, pedals, and accessories, let's not forget vinyl, cool memorabilia, and specialty vendors. It's all here. New, used, vintage. We have you covered. Individual sellers, dealers, retailers, collectors, and manufacturers will be there. Will you?

Guitarfest Guitar Clinics

Learn a new technique to expand your playing and learn how to get the most out of your instrument. Pros will be there to share and answer questions. Special technique clinics from YouTube guitar star Robert Baker and session player/instructor Freddy DeMarco. Reverend Guitars CEO Ken Haas will also share information on Reverend's newest models and participate in a Q&A session.  Information is power! 

Guitarfest a next generation guitar show

Guitarfest is a celebration of all things guitar. This is not a typical guitar show. If you are a beginner or a seasoned player, you will have fun and find gear in your price range at Guitarfest. Guitars, gear, clinics, manufacturers, food trucks & beer, vinyl ablums, memorabilia, unique vendors, gear giveaways, WONE broadcasting live, and a few surprises.  You won't want to miss it!

Guitarfest features

Akron's own Earthquaker Devices will be showcasing their amazing pedals at Guitarfest. We couldn't be happier that they are joining us!

 Guitarfest is pleased to have Reverend Guitars at our show (currently based in Toledo, Ohio) Reverend is run by Ken and Penny Haas. Their amazing guitars are designed by Joe Naylor.

Grover has been keeping the world's finest string  instruments in tune since the late 1800's. We are happy to welcome Grover to Guitarfest.

 S7G USA manufactures and handcrafts guitars and basses in Medina, Ohio. Designed to enhance playability with outstanding tone and reliable quality. Guitarfest is verry happy S7G is coming to the show.

Guitarfest is proud to have the Blackstar testing station at the show to run a guitar through it's paces before purchasing from one of our great guitar vendors.

Jon Hill has dedicated his life to the art of guitar building. For 30 years the Cleveland, Ohio  native has created masterworks for music legends like Joe Walsh  (Eagles) Stefan Lessard (Dave Matthews Band), Robbie Merrill (GODSMACK),  Scotti Hill (Skid Row), Tom Araya (Slayer) , Mark St John of Kiss and a  long list of others. We are pleased to have Jon Hill at Guitarfest.

Sperzel has been manufacturing tuning keys since 1977 with their  unique design and precision machining ability. In 1983 Sperzel introduced the guitar world to a locking tuning key–Trim-Lok–that  held the string tight without tying or multiple wraps around the string  post, which can slip and cause problems with tuning stability. We are pleases to have Sperzel as part of the show.

Guitar Riot is a brick and mortar store located in  beautiful downtown Cleveland in the historic Artcraft Building. They specialize in the finest quality, hand-made electric guitars,  amplifiers, pedals, and more. Some of their current favorites are  Collings, Magnatone, Martin, Fender Custom Shop, Victoria, Strymon,  Earthquaker Devices, NARB, Friedman, Reverend, Eastman, Nash, Park, and  more. We are pleased that Guitar Riot is coming to Guitarfest.

We are please that 97.5 WONE has teamed up with us to bring you Guitarfest! WONE is Akron's Home of Rock and Roll, with Jeff Kinzbach and Sandra Miller in the morning!  

What do Ray Davies of the Kinks, Peter Tork of The Monkees, Russell  Crowe, Stone Temple Pilots, Steve and Lee of 20th Street, Nick Nolte,  and Jackson Browne have in common? They have all shopped at Pittsburgh  Guitars, a locally owned music store on the Historic South Side of  Pittsburgh. Owned by guitarist and guitar-enthusiast John Bechtold, and  staffed by musicians, Pittsburgh Guitars is the city's premiere guitar  shop and we are pleased that they are joining us in Northeast Ohio for Guitarfest.

 Play It Again Music LLC. is a music store located in Dayton, OH. They specialize in used music instruments of all types. They are closing the retail store and are moving online to Reverb and EBay. They are always Buying,  Selling, & Trading, pre owned music gear. Have a guitar collecting  dust or an amp you've outgrew? Bring it to Guitarfest for a honest and fair offer from Allen Mance. Guitarfest is honored that Allen will be bringing a nice selection of vintage ger to our show.

Sloane Amplification is a boutique guitar amp designer and manufacturer in Chagrin Falls, Ohio  Sloane Amps are made of the finest quality components and construction.  Every Sloane Amp is hand wired and hand built by Steven Sloane. Reminiscent  of the British amps of the 60s, 70s, and 80s, Sloane Amps are versatile  high gain amps that can also deliver cleaner tones or more gain than  its predecessors. Guitarfest is pleased to have Sloane Amps as part of our show

Reverend Guitarfest Guitar Giveaway

Raffle to benefit Guitars for Vets

 Thousands of our war Veterans are afflicted with Post Traumatic Stress  Disorder (PTSD). In fact, more soldiers have committed suicide since the  Vietnam War than have died in actual battle. But many are finding hope  in an unlikely place: behind the wood and strings of an acoustic guitar. The healing  power of music helps soldiers cope. That’s why we provide veterans with  guitars and a forum to learn how to play. 

Win a Reverend Guitars Bill Corgan Signature model

Ken Haas and our friends at Reverend guitars have donated a brand new Billy Corgan Signature model guitar (valued at $1,199) for our raffle to benefit Guitars for Vets. Everyone who comes to the show will receive one free raffle ticket. Additional tickets can be purchased for $1 with 100% of the procedes from the raffle going to Guitars for Vets. Others items will be raffled including a pedal from our friends at Earthquaker Devices.


Robert Baker

 Robert Baker is a professional guitar instructor, songwriter, video  producer, product demonstrator, and life long student of the guitar.  Robert’s musical background goes back to his childhood being surrounded  by music from many different genres including Rock, Pop, Funk, Jazz,  Blues, Bluegrass, and Country, and are what have shaped Robert’s  melodic groove rock style. It was also early on that Robert discovered  his love for teaching others what he knew on guitar, and by the age of  21 he was a full time  guitar instructor. Shortly after this Robert  discovered Youtube and begin posting videos of originals and lessons on  concepts he didn’t see others teaching. After posting videos for a few  years and building a fanbase Robert now works hands on with many  companies as well as manages media for them and demos gear. Forever the student if Robert isn’t writing music or teaching it  he is probably studying it. 

Freddy DeMarco

 Freddy  DeMarco is an international guitarist/clinician for Korg, VOX, Blackstar  and (formerly) Marshall amplification. He is an “in demand” session  player, that has played with world renowned musicians including — Steve  Vai, Mike Keneally, Jani Lane, Mike Mangini (Dream Theater), Erik  Norelander (Asia). The DeMarco Brothers band has played tour dates with,  Michael Schenker, Nuno Bettencourt, and Zakk Wylde. Freddy has worked  as Sherman Helmsley’s (George Jefferson in the hit TV show The  Jeffersons) music director, and has played on and produced countless  album projects.  Freddy  currently performs live in various bands, including the role of Angus  Young, in one of the countries top AC DC tribute bands, Dirty Deeds.  Freddy also plays in the local blues/Classic Rock act Zen Archer and the  David Waller Freddy DeMarco Acoustic/Electric Duo plus the blues/rok  act Humbucker Blues. On Occasion, Freddy can be seen with the  jazz/fusion act Seven O’clock Chicken, which involves some of the other  instructors at DSM. 

Ken Haas Reverend Guitars

Ken Haas is Reverend’ Guitars CEO. Ken started with Reverend demoing guitars at  trade shows and was promoted to Head of Sales in 2007, then became  General Manager in 2010. Ken has been playing guitar since 1981 (he’s  amassed quite a collection since then). He currently plays in The Polka  Floyd Show with his wife, Penny and Reverend Warehouse Manager, Chris  Zielinski, as well as in J Navarro and the Traitors with Reverend  endorsee, J Navarro. He also plays steel guitar in The Zimmerman Twins  with Reverend employee, Kevin Tufts. Ken’s the father of four and the  proud owner of a sweet Mustang Cobra. Ken will demo some of Reverend's newest guitars amd take part in a Q&A session with attendees. It's sure to be a fun clinick with Kens colorful personality.

Some of our vendors

Dealers, retailers, collectors, and manufacturers

Guitar Riot Cleveland - Sperzel Tuners - Lakeshore Guitars -Wellington Music - J&L Guitars - Staff Music -  Pittsburgh Guitars - The Guitar Department - Play It Again Music Dayton - Bill's Barbershop Guitars - My Generation Guitars - Dayton Vintage Guitars - Indigo Amps - Damon Matthew Customs - Jon Hill/Bootleg Guitars - Steve McDonald Basses -  Clifton Guitar Works - Cow Town Customs - Flower Pedals - Brandon Wound Pickups - Sloane Amps - SJR Customs - Black Diamond Custom Guitars - Gimenez Guitars - Ron Procopio Custom Guitars - Moxy Guitars - Beardly Customs - Rider Guitars - Hoagland Customs - Valve Pilot Electronics - Reverend Guitars - Railhammer Pickups - The Strap Guy - Pandora's Creation - Earthquaker Devices - Blimp City Gifts - Vox Amplification- Pick Knob - The Guitar Knobs Podcast - Strictly 7 Guitars - Calhoun Records - John Reilly Vinyl - Grover Tuners - Guitar Digest - The String King - Erie Street Leather - Blackstar Amplification -The Freddie Demarco School of Music - George Shuba Photography - Guitars for Vets - The Original Coin Guitar Picks - Dichrolam - Tomz Flippin Guitars - Lightning Music - Penta Guitarworks - Rubber City Clothing - A Max Music - The Passtimes - and many more

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Summit County Fairgrounds 229 E. Howe Road Tallmadge, OH 44278

 The Arena Building is 60,000 square feet with no vertical support beams to obstruct sight lines.   Huge access doors accommodate moving-van sized trucks.  The electric  system is sophisticated and state-of-the-art with uninterrupted power  supply systems sufficient to handle computer shows.  Concession stands and storage areas around the inside walls make vending simple and uncluttered. 

Guitarfest FAQ

What is the booth size?

Each booth space is 6 x 8 with a 2 ft buffer beween booths and include a 8 ft table and a chair.

Do you have power available for vendors?

Yes. Power is available in the venue and at your booth space.

When do we set up?

Please download the PDF Vendor contract above and bring it completed during load in before the show 7am-9:30am. Reserve your space by paying through PayPal.

$99 Vendor hotel reservations (limited numbers remain)



Hampton Inn Kent

 Only 10 minutes from The Summit County Fairgrounds


4406 State Route 43, Kent, OH 44240 US         When placing reservations use code: WONE GUITARFEST

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Do you have questions, or a special request?

Vendors who prefer to mail payments to reserve space should print our vendor contact and submit it with payments to:

Jerry Mullins/WONE 

1795 W. Market St

Akron, OH 44313


(330) 354-7627