In 2018, during the Holy Grail Guitar Show in Berlin, Germany, I had the pleasure to interview the legendary guitar builder Andy Manson (andymanson.com) who worked with John Paul Jones from Led Zeppelin. Here is an interview recorded in Toulouse, France where he was one of the exhibitor during the guitar show around the Internationales
During the Guitar Show in Padova I had the opportunity to meet the Italian bassist Federico Malaman federicomalaman.com) who is a musician who is having a lot of impact in the bass world lately. He was at the show to demonstrate a bass made by the Italian luthier Andrea Ballarin from Manne Guitars (manne.com). Interviews
Rainer Tausch is the German guitar maker behind Tausch Guitars (tausch-guitars.de). He was the guest of a live interview on The Guitar Channel. In this video he talks about his training as a luthier, his 665 Raw Deluxe model and his philosophy of electric guitar building. Rainer Tausch interview Rainer Tausch interviews from the archives
The German guitar builder Robin Stummvoll from Verso Instruments (versoinstruments.com) has a very original approach to what is an electric guitar. In this live interview the luthier presents his Cosmo model which is built around a neck and a bent sheet of metal. Check-out his work, it's very refreshing to see an out-of-the-box design in
Thierry André (andreinstruments.com) is a boutique guitar builder based in the province of Québec in Canada. He was one of the exhibitor of the 2016 Holy Grail Guitar Show in Berlin, Germany, Here is in interview presenting one of his super original instrument. Thierry André luthier interview Until the next interview, keep on playing the
Sam Evans from Cardinal Instruments (facebook page) was one of the American boutique guitar builder exhibiting at the 2016 Holy Grail Guitar Show in Berlin Germany. Here is an interview recorded with him during the show. Sam Evans luthier interview Until the next interview, keep on playing the guitar! Pierre Journel.
As a wrap-up of the online edition of the 2021 Winter NAMM here is a live discussion with some of the best European boutique guitar builders who are regular exhibitors at NAMM and Andy Powers from Taylor Guitars. Guest list Tania and Michael Spalt from Spalt Instruments (spaltinstruments.com) Adriano Sergio from Ergon Guitars (ergonguitars.com) Ulrich
For the second year the amazingly creative luthiers Adriano Sergio from Ergon Guitars (ergonguitars.com) in Portugal, Michael Spalt from Spalt Instruments (spaltinstruments.com) in Austria and Uli Teuffel from Teuffel Guitars (teuffel.com) in Germany are joining forces under the banner of their Projetcs of Three (projectsofthree.com). In 2020 they released the Red Collection, for 2021 it
On the occasion of the Holy Grail Guitar Show in 2018, the European Guitar Builders (europeanguitarbuilders.com) association launched a project to build instruments for several female musicians. Here is the interview with bassist Julia Hofer and luthier Ferdinand Rikkers (rikkersgitaarbouw.nl) to talk about the bass designed and built in the framework of this EGB Community
At the occasion of the 2018 Holy Grail Guitar Show the European Guitar Builders (europeanguitarbuilders.com) association launched a project to build a guitar for several female guitar players. Here is the interview with musician Jacky Bastek with luthier Jacky Walraet about the guitar built during the EGB Community Build project. Jacky Bastek and Jacky Walraet
Rory Dowling was one of the top acoustic guitar builder at the Holy Grail Guitar Show edition of 2018. Here is a video interview with the British luthier for Taran Guitars (taranguitars.co.uk). Rory Dowling luthier interview Until the next interview, keep on playing the guitar! Pierre Journel.
There are not many women luthiers. The Austrian Christina Kobler (koblerguitars.com) is one of them and was one of the exhibitors at the Holy Grail Guitar Show 2016. She builds high end acoustic guitar. Christina Kobler interview Until the next interview, keep on playing the guitar! Pierre Journel.
Mike Lewis is an English born luthier who has been living in France for many years and works as a builder for Fine Resophonic (fineresophonic.com). He builds some of the best, if not the best, resonator type guitars. Just to name a few, he sold guitars to Eric Clapton, Robbie Macintosh and many more. Fine
Nik Huber is a German luthier who founded Nik Huber Guitars (nikhuber-guitars.com) and will celebrate its 25th anniversary in the guitar building business next year. Here is a live interview recorded with him right before Christmas to do a wrap up of the crazy year we've been through. Nik Huber live interview Archives of interviews
During the 2016 Holy Grail Guitar Show I had the pleasure to do an interview with Thomas Jones from TV Jones (tvjones.com). Yes, Thomas is a worldwide pickup builder but also an awesome guitar maker, hence his presence at this prestigious guitar show in Berlin, Germany. Thomas Jones interview Until the next interview, keep on
Isaac Jang (isaacjangguitars.com) is an American luthier based in Los Angeles who recently moved to a new workshop in the South Pasadena area. During this live interview he showed us around his new working space, talked about his very last build and about his work as a high end boutique acoustic guitar builder. Isaac Jang
The boutique guitar builder Michael Spalt (spaltinstruments.com) was the guest of this live interview from Vienna, Austria where he has his workshop. As there are three of his instruments at the moment in the showroom of The Guitar Channel in Paris, France we made a detailed visit of those guitars and talked about the current
As part of the service proposed to boutique guitar builders to exhibit and try out instruments in the private showroom of The Guitar Channel in Paris, France I am very pleased to present a trio of Spalt Instruments guitars (spaltinstruments.com) by luthier Michael Spalt : Gate Guitar #047 G2002 Octopus Totem X.2 X7 Presentation of
The video below was recorded in one take during a live broadcast on my Twitch channel (twitch.tv/lachaineguitare) during a demo of the awesome Gate Guitar #047 from Austrian boutique guitar builder Michael Spalt (Spalt Instruments). Only the playing sequences were kept for the edit of this 5min video review. 5min demo of the Spalt Gate
The 2020 Boutique Guitar Showcase (boutiqueguitarshowcase.com) tour curated by Jamie Gale made its French stop at Guitare Village, a guitar store located 30min North from Paris by train. At a time when guitar shows have disappeared from the face of the earth, it was nice to see about thirty instruments from American and European luthiers.
As part of the lockdown Stay-at-Home period linked to the Coronavirus, this is one of the live interviews freely broadcasted to highlight musicians and other music pros impacted by this situation. Live Interviews Schedule Saku Vuori master luthier from Finland for Vuorensaku Guitars Here is a replay of a live interview recorded via FaceTime during
As part of the lockdown Stay-at-Home period linked to the Coronavirus, this is one of the live interviews freely broadcasted to highlight musicians and other music pros impacted by this situation. Live Interviews Schedule Juha Ruokangas interview Juha Ruokangas is the mastermind and luthier behind Ruokangas Guitars. He was the guest of this lockdown interview
Claudia and Claudio Pagelli (pagelli.com) should have been in Berlin, Germany for the grand finale of the Holy Grail Guitar Show (holygrailguitarshow.com) but the Coronavirus pandemic decided otherwise. So it was via FaceTime that we made this visit to their luthier workshop in Switzerland. They did a presentation of the guitars they were to bring
Leo Buendia (buendiaguitars.com) was one of the guitar builder who should have been in Berlin this week-end to exhibit during the Holy Grail Guitar Show (holygrailguitarshow.com) which was cancelled because of the Covid19 pandemic. The physical show was replaced by the Holy Couch Guitar Show with plenty of online activities across the world. This FaceTime
In this new luthier chronicle, the Los Angeles based guitar builder Avi Shabat explains which woods he uses and how he selects them to obtain the results he wants. Guitar building is like cooking, if you want to get good results, you have to use high quality ingredients. Luthier Avi Shabat interview about woods The
In this new luthier chronicle, the Los Angeles based guitar builder Avi Shabat (shabatguitars.com) explains how he started to build guitars and talks about his building methods to achieve the high quality of his electric guitars. Avi Shabat talks about his guitar building methods The Guitar Channel podcast The audio version of the video is available
Avi Shabat (shabatguitars.com) is an Israël born luthier who now lives and builds high-end electric guitars in the Los Angeles area. In this interview recorded in his workshop, he does a full debrief of the 2020 Winter NAMM where he exhibited. Avi Shabat luthier interview The Guitar Channel podcast The audio version of the video
During the Winter NAMM 2020, I had the pleasure to record a double interview in the series "A Musician and His Luthier" with guitar master builder Stephen Marchione (marchione.com) and Jazz guitar player extraordinaire Mike Moreno (mikemoreno.com). Stephen introduced a new super model called the 69 at the show. Stephen Marchione and Mike Moreno interview
David Solé is one of the luthiers I met during the 2019 edition of the Luthier Guitar Show in Madrid. He builds superb acoustic guitars under the Leno Guitars brand (lenoguitars.com). Here he is in an interview! David Solé Arbues interview Until the next interview, keep on playing the guitar! Pierre Journel.
Ferdinand Rikkers is one of the two luthiers with Jacco Stuitje behind the boutique instruments of Rikkers Guitars (rikkersgitaarbouw.nl). He was in Madrid for the Luthier Guitar Show 2019 edition, here he is in an interview to present a superb bass from his design. Ferdinand Rikkers luthier interview Until the next interview, keep on playing