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The Abbey Road Conference

Featured Speaker: Andy Babiuk

Andy Babiuk


Andy Babiuk is a musician, author, consultant, and owner of Andy Babiuk’s Fab Gear in Fairport, New York. He is a founding member and bassist of the super-group, The Empty Hearts (est. 2014) featuring Elliot Easton of The Cars; Clem Burke of Blondie and Wally Palmar of The Romantics and was also a founding member of The Chesterfield Kings. Babiuk is the author of Beatles Gear (2001), The Story of Paul Bigsby (2009) Rolling Stones Gear (2014) and his latest work, Beatles Gear – The Ultimate Edition (2015). The world’s leading authority on Beatles and Rolling Stones gear and vintage guitars, Babiuk also serves as a consultant to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and to prestigious auction houses in New York, Los Angeles and London. He authenticated and predicted that John Lennon’s long lost Gibson J-160 E would sell at auction for more than any other guitar, which it did, selling for 2.4 million dollars in November, 2015. Babiuk worked as technical consultant and associate music supervisor for David Chase’s feature film Not Fade Away released by Paramount Pictures in the fall of 2012. He resides in Rochester, New York with his wife and six children. Babiuk continues to lecture about all that is Beatles and Rolling Stones gear all over the world at prestigious museums, galleries, and universities. Reach him at


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