On August 19-22, hundreds of amp makers, luthiers, stompbox builders, guitarists, bassists, collectors, tone freaks, and gear fanatics converged on Music City for the third annual Nashville Amp Expo. Organized by Creation Audio Labs, the smooth-running event was held at the Hyatt Place hotel in nearby Brentwood, Tennessee. The Expo took over the entire hotel for three nights and two days of high-decibel glory, and the show’s slogan—Blow It Out Your Amp—proved totally apt.

Roaming the hotel hallways, gig-bag schlepping attendees stopped at exhibitors’ rooms to audition and test drive inspiring boutique amps, guitars, and pedals. Seminars on amp and guitar maintenance gave players of all stylistic persuasions useful info to take home, and at least 10 concerts covered a wide range of music from fiddle-driven bluegrass to skull-crushing rock. Our photo gallery brings you a taste of the new, beautiful, and sometimes outrageous gear that made this year's Nashville Amp Expo such a success.

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