Passes & Class Tickets


All Passes include:

The Luthier’s Showcase for the finest selection of contemporary handmade wood acoustic instruments;

  • Complimentary luthier demo music all day long with the finest acoustic music from our world-class musicians; with a
  • Complimentary Heritage Exhibit with educational presentations by luthier icons; and you may
  • Purchase Licks’n’Tricks workshops on the day(s) of your pass, available in multiple genres taught by great recording artists! Check out the Master Class pages for full information including videos of all the teachers.

If you want to immerse yourself for the whole weekend in instruments, classes, music and socializing, buy the Silver 3 day Pass below!

You will receive eTickets via email or may have printed tickets sent to you by mail for $3. Day tickets for Friday, Saturday or Sunday may be available at the door.  All tickets are only assured if you buy ahead while available.

After you purchase your pass, you will be issued a code to be able to buy Licks’n’Tricks classes on your days for $35 each.

Presales end Tuesday, August 22.  Day tickets will be available at the door.


The Silver Pass for the handmade instrument aficionado & music lover is available ONLY until Monday August 21 (and will not be available at the door) and includes:

  • First choice to purchase Licks and Tricks workshops;
  • VIP coffee and snack bar during the days, with wine tasting from 4-5pm;
  • Ability to schedule private luthier/demo showings after show hours;
  • The Saturday Night Luthier’s Party at the Fess Parker; and
  • Ability to purchase tickets for David Lindley, the Saturday Night Headliner Concert at the Lobero, with an auction of one of the world’s fine guitars, a Ribbecke Halfling.  Proceeds from this auction go to the Pay It Forward fund to help with luthier and musician hotel and travel expenses, and provides instruments to local non-profit music education programs.

Buy Standard SBAIC Passes Here:

Prepurchase your pass early to avoid lines and ensure you’re entered in the handmade Sexauer Guitar Giveaway! Online sales end Tuesday, August 22.  Day tickets will be available at the door.

After you purchase your pass, you will be able to buy Licks’n’Tricks classes on your days for $35 each, and issued a code to return to buy classes later.

Hours & Location


Saturday 7/22/17:

  • 8-10 pm Awesome PreCelebration Tommy Emmanuel Concert!

Thursday 8/24/17:

  • 5:30-7:30 pm Opening Celebration Dinner Guitar Summit at SOhO
  • 8-10 pm Celebration Guitar Summit continues at SOhO

Friday 8/25/17:

  • 12-5 pm Early Access Luthier Showcase, Demos, Heritage Exhibit & Classes
  • 5:30-7:00 pm Dinner Hawaiian Guitar Summit at SOhO
  • 7:30-9:00 pm Celebration Guitar Summit continues at SOhO
  • 8:30-10 pm Chapdelaine|McManus “Classical Outlaws Play Somogyi” at the CenterStage

Saturday 8/26/17:

  • 10 am-6 pm Luthier Showcase, Demos, Heritage Exhibit & Classes
  • 6-8 pm Luthier & Friends Gathering at the Fess
  • 8-10 pm Headliner @ The Lobero Theatre

Sunday 8/27/17:

  • 9 am An Exploration of Music of Faith from Around the World – Meet at the Rotunda
  • 10 am-3 pm Luthier Showcase, Demos, Heritage Exhibit & Classes


The main venue is the Grand Ballroom at the beachside Fess Parker resort, which is located off of the 101 exit 98 on Cabrillo Blvd.  Overall attendance is limited by the fire marshal – tickets may be available at the door, but entry is assured only with pre-purchased ticket from this site.

You will receive your tickets & receipt from TIX. Attendees will be issued a non-transferable wristband at the venue which must be worn on all days and are non-replaceable if removed. As with all live events, tickets are non-refundable, but will try to accommodate change requests.

Master Classes are limited to 20 and last 75 minutes. Students may bring one instrument into the venue; an instrument check service will be available for those attending master classes. Personal instruments and cases are not allowed otherwise, and may not be brought into the exhibition hall.  This is NOT a show to come to try to resell your own instruments.

NO alcohol, illicit substances, strollers, large bags or food may be brought into the event. Food, drinks, CDs and books will be available for purchase all weekend long.  All public facilities in California are non-smoking; the facility is ADA accessible.

Daytime demo concerts featuring the luthiers’ instruments run all day long and are included with admission. Presenters are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances, but we’ll never leave you hanging!

This is an event for mature adults featuring valuable instruments. Children under 12 are not recommended, but are free of charge when accompanied by an adult with both “museum” and “pottery barn” rules applicable: touching only by adults with permission of the luthier; break it & you are responsible. Please do not wear metal belt buckles, zippers or other clothing that will scratch the instruments.