Good Pickings

Today, a handful of luthiers — those who build and repair string instruments — will converge on South Broadway’s Acoustic Music Revival for the Colorado Custom Guitar Showcase, an all-day display of their finest instruments. For guitar buffs, this mini-convention is a free, one-of-a-kind ax heaven, as luthiers from around the state will bring their handmade wares for discussion and purchase.

The focus is on guitars specifically, but “if anyone brings in a mandolin, we aren’t going to kick them out,” jokes shop co-owner Shawn Winchester.

This is the first handcrafted-instrument show for the store, which Winchester and her husband, Bob Laughlin, opened more than twenty years ago. But it’s just one of many music-related events they host throughout the year. And you don’t need to be an instrument expert yourself to enjoy the showcase; the owners stress that all interested parties, from beginning to accomplished musicians, are welcome.

The Colorado Custom Guitar Showcase is free and open to all ages; it runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Acoustic Music Revival, 3445 South Broadway. For information, visit or call 303-744-1737.
Sat., April 23, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., 2011

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Bree Davies is a multimedia journalist, artist advocate and community organizer born and raised in Denver. Rooted in the world of Do-It-Yourself arts and music, Davies co-founded Titwrench experimental music festival, is host of the local music and comedy show Sounds on 29th on CPT12 Colorado Public Television and is creator and host of the civic and social issue-focused podcast, Hello? Denver? Are You Still There? Her work is centered on a passionate advocacy for all ages, accessible, inclusive, non-commercial and autonomous DIY art spaces and music venues in Denver.
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