Guitar Summit 2019

Guitar Summit 2019 – Round Three For Europe’s Biggest Guitar Show!

The third Guitar Summit will take place on the weekend of the 27th to 29th of September 2019 to make Mannheiḿs Rosengarten the epicenter of the national and international guitar scene. Visitors of Europe’s biggest guitar event can look forward to more than 450 exhibiting brands and more than 100 workshops, clinics, masterclasses and concerts in 2019.

Further information can be found at


Here are just a few of the many things you can look forward to

Paul Gilbert

Paul Gilbert - Guitar Summit

Virtuoso Paul Gilbert has been one of the top ten guitarists in the world for decades. He already recorded a considerable back catalogue in his life – from Speed Metal with Racer X to and electric drill attacks to ballads with Mr. Big. His various solo releases are highly praised by critics, he is also a sought-after lecturer and teacher and together with Ibanez, a much sought-after guitar designer.

Paul Gilbert will give workshops, perform live with band at our Electric Party on Saturday evening and also be available for an exclusive masterclass and autograph sessions.

Billy Sheehan

Billy Sheehan Guitar Summit

This outstanding rock bass player has truly earned his place in music history several times already: Billy Sheehan, born in 1953, has played with Talas, David Lee Roth, Mr. Big, G3, Winery Dogs and Sons Of Apollo and supported guitar colleagues like Steve Vai, Paul Gilbert, Joe Satriani, Richie Kotzen and Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal – much more can hardly be achieved as a musician!

With his distorted bass sound and high-speed playing, Billy has also influenced countless rock bassists and put the bass in the spotlight of rock music. Billy’s extremely complex amp and effects setups have always caused a stir: starting in the 80s with fridge-sized racks full of 19″ effects and preamps, through slimmer pedal setups to the latest version, where Billy programmed his complete setup into a Line 6 helix. His legendary Yamaha Attitude Bass has also been on the market for almost 30 years.

Billy will give a public work-shop, be on stage at the Electric Party on Saturday night and also offer an exclusive masterclass.

Henrik Freischlader

Henrik Freischlader Guitar Summit

After numerous experiments, whether in a trio or with an eight-piece international big band, Henrik Freischlader now returns to where it all began for him – to the blues! And he takes the Blues to the Guitar Summit. One of biggest German and also internationally successful top stars of the blues scene will give a workshop, also a master class at the Guitar Summit Academy. Expect a hot show with Henrik and his band at the Electric Party on Saturday evening!

Guitar Summit Academy
Through the Guitar Summit Academy, small groups have the chance to get to grips with a variety of themes in greater depth. These masterclasses deal with topics related to playing technique, song writing, recording and marketing, and will take place in separate areas of the Mannheim Rosengarten.

Already confirmed are Paul Gilbert, Billy Sheehan, Henrik Freischlader, Carl Carlton, Udo Pipper, Marcus Deml and Max Frankl. Further Masterclasses are in preparation!

For each Masterclass there will be only a strictly limited number of tickets so book in advance.

Extended Do It Yourself Area

Build your own tube amps

Guitar Summit Tube Amp Doctor

Under the expert guidance of Stephan Mayer (Tube-Amp-Doctor), we are this year offering four course participants the exclusive opportunity to build their own amplifiers on an absolute boutique level, independently and with their own hands.

The course is spread over two days and takes place on Friday, 27.09. and Saturday, 28.09., from 10:00-16:00. The presale for the TAD-Masterclass starts in calender week 24 over the TAD online shop. The required tools will be provided by the Doc.

The package for € 1699 includes all necessary components so that the amplifier is ready to play at the end of the course. Each amplifier will be VDE-tested after completion. The participants can either take their self-built amps directly with them or have them sent to them by TAD.

Build your own FX pedals

Due to the great success last year and the high demand you have the possibility to build pedals under competent guidance again in 2019.

After a short introduction by Sweden’s pedal guru Albin Roslund (Moody Sounds), you will go straight to the soldering iron: You transform a circuit board and a handful of small parts into a stage-ready and individual effect pedal. No previous knowledge or background knowledge is required, apart from a little patience and logical thinking.

The pedal is assembled under professional, English-speaking guidance in a small group of 10 people. Approx. 3-4 hours are scheduled for the assembly.

Please note: Due to the limited number of participants we recommend a quick registration.

The following pedals will be available: BJF Analog Reverb, Carlin Compressor, BYOC Analog Chorus, Lehle P-Split, Moody Fuzz, BYOC Germanium Boost, BYOC Octave Fuzz, BYOC Tremolo Moody Overdrive.

Build a Guitar or Bass

Guitar Summit Build Your Own Guitar

Together with the guys from Kirstein you will build your personal instrument in the workshop from 9:30-17:00 under expert guidance. Anyone can participate – you don’t need any previous knowledge!

The basis for your new favourite guitar is on of the various Rocktile electric guitar and electric bass kits, which Musikhaus Kirstein have put together for you. You can choose from many different designs and order it via our DIY site: You don’t have to worry about more than that, because the nice guys from Musikhaus Kirstein will not only bring you the kit of your choice, they will also have all the tools you need for the workshop.

You can expect a workshop that is a lot of fun and doesn’t overwhelm anyone! Only the finishing, i.e. the varnishing of your guitar, will unfortunately not be possible during the workshop due to lack of time. However, Kirstein’s experts will be happy to give you some really good tips on how to finish your work at home.

The DIY-Workshop takes place on Sunday, 29.09.2019, from 9:30-17:00 in the DIY-Area of the Guitar Summit and is limited to 8 participants, so that the Kirstein professionals can take care of every workshop participant perfectly.

Modifying FX pedals with Lehle

Problems with a defective foot switch? How about a high quality Lehle Switch BTN, the silent switch that you can press at least a million times?

Contact Lehle and find out if your effect pedal is suitable for modification. At the Guitar Summit, you can then modify your pedal with professional assistance from a Lehle technician.

Guitar Summit 2019

Opening times
27.09.19, Friday: 11:00 – 19:00
28.09.19, Saturday: 11:00 – 19:00
29.09.19, Sunday: 11:00 – 17:00

Tickets Presale prices:

Day ticket € 20

3-day ticket € 30

Further information and current updates on and Facebook.