Virtuoso guitarist Greg Koch to demonstrate Fender Road Worn Guitars and Vintage Modified Amps at dealers nationwide

Scottsdale, AZ (May 6, 2009) – Fleet-fingered Fender ambassador Greg “the Gristle Man” Koch is once again making the rounds of the nation this summer, demonstrating Fender Road Worn guitars and Vintage Modified amps in free public appearances at dealers nationwide. Koch will make a dozen such appearances from May 20 to June 27 from the West Coast to the Midwest.

At each appearance, Koch, soft-spoken Fender University “professor,” Favored Nations recording artist and instruction book/DVD guru, will introduce players to Fender’s award-winning Road Worn guitar series—’50s- and ’60s-style instruments built with road-battered aged look and feel. Koch will also demonstrate the newest additions to Fender’s Vintage Modified amp series—the Deluxe VM and Band-Master VM 212, both of which are road-ready, gig-worthy tube amps with studio-quality effects.

An evening with Koch is guaranteed to be an entertaining and informative session not to be missed. Guests can get an up-close look and listen as he offers tips on getting great tone from Fender’s latest products, all demonstrated with Koch’s own inimitable humor and jaw-dropping six-string virtuosity.

Fender “Return of the Gristle Man” dates, cities and dealers are:

May 20     San Jose, Calif.             Guitar Showcase
May 21      Redwood City, Calif.     Gelb Music
May 26     San Antonio, Texas       Redbone Guitar Boutique
May 27     League City, Texas        Danny D’s Guitar Hacienda
May 28     Fort Smith, Ark.            Sigler’s Music
May 29     Boulder, Colo.               Robb’s Boulder Music
May 30     Fort Collins, Colo.         Spotlight Music
June 23     Omaha, Neb.               Russo’s Guitar Center
June 24     Ellisville, Mo.               Fazio’s Frets & Friends
June 25     Maple Grove, Minn.      American Guitar & Band
June 26     Mansfield, Ohio           Metronome Music
June 27     Fort Wayne, Ind.         Sweetwater Sound

As noted, each appearance is free and open to the public. Look for an interview with Greg in the upcoming June issue of Premier Guitar.

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