TOM BEDELL TO BE IN PENSACOLA
Tom Bedell, entrepreneur and owner of Breedlove Guitars, Bedell Guitars and Weber Mandolins, as well as half of the Two Old Hippies team, will be in Pensacola at Blues Angel Music on January 18th from 3:00 until 7:00 p.m. for a Breedlove Guitars NAMM Show Preview. Tom will be bringing never before seen Breedlove guitars made from exotic woods to this event. Attendees will have the chance to see and play these instruments before they’re premiered at the NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) Show later this month.
About Tom Bedell:
When he was just 14, Tom Bedell was giving guitar lessons in his hometown of Spirit Lake, Iowa. Also at age 14, Tom started importing guitars from Japan and putting his name on the headstock. Soon, Bedell was making his own guitars, playing in local bands and growing his business. By the time he was 16, his wholesale business had grown to half a million dollars. That’s when he decided to open his own music store, Bedell Guitar Company. In 1968 he was the youngest person ever to exhibit at the NAMM Show.
Several years and many life changes later, he and his wife, Molly, got back into the music industry and opened a small music retail store called Two Old Hippies. They purchased Breedlove Guitars and bought back the Bedell Guitar brand.
About the Breedlove Guitars NAMM Show Preview:
The event at Blues Angel Music will begin at 3:00 p.m. with a casual meet and greet with Tom. Attendees will have the opportunity to talk with Bedell about his musical journey, ask questions about guitars and guitar making, and also try out a broad selection of never before seen, new for 2018 guitars from Breedlove and Bedell Guitars as well as mandolins from Weber Mandolins.
At 5:00, Tom will give a presentation on tonewoods, the different regions from around the world where his company buys wood and the Breedlove Guitars body shapes: Concerto, Concert and Concertina.
From 6:00 until 7:00, attendees will have another opportunity to try out the instruments, now with more knowledge about different types. They can also have their guitars signed by Tom.
During the event, attendees can custom order a Breedlove Guitar as part of the Custom Masterclass Build-to-Order Program. They can select the body style, tonewoods and aesthetics from guitar tops, backs and sides Bedell will be bringing with him to create a guitar built specifically for them.
Also during the event, attendees will have the opportunity to try out the new Tommy Emmanuel Signature Compact 60/3 60W 1x8 Acoustic Guitar Combo Amp from AER. Also on hand will be the original Compact 60 and the Alpha amps.
Additionally, during the event, Blues Angel Music will be giving away a Breedlove Guitars Discovery Series Dreadnought guitar.