Iconic Guitars, new boutique guitar brand, interview with Kevin Proctor at NAMM 2022

During the NAMM 2022, I fell in love with the guitars of a brand I didn't know yet: Iconic Guitars (iconicguitars.com). Here is a presentation of this new American boutique guitar brand with an interview with Kevin Proctor, the owner. Interview with Kevin Proctor Until the next interview, keep on playing the guitar! Pierre Journel.

Nathaniel Murphy, aka ZeppelinBarnatra on Instagram, interview at NAMM 2022

One of the really great encounters at this 2022 edition of NAMM was with Nathaniel Murphy. If you're on Instagram, you're bound to have stopped by his solo guitar instrumental covers on his @ZeppelinBarnatra account. Nathaniel actually explains in this interview the origin of his strange Instagram name. Nathaniel Murphy interview Until the next interview,

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Mark Lettieri interview during NAMM 2022 on the Bacci Guitars booth

Mark Lettieri (marklettieri.com) was a visitor at the NAMM 2022. I caught him while he was in the middle of the Boutique Guitar Showcase at the Bacci Guitars (bacciguitars.com) booth. Here is in an express interview. Mark Lettieri interview NAMM Interviews & Reports Until the next interview, keep on playing the guitar! Pierre Journel.

Shabat Guitars, interview with the luthier Avishai Shabat at NAMM 2022

The American luthier Avishai Shabat (shabatguitars.com) that I had the opportunity to visit in his workshop in Los Angeles was among the exhibitors of NAMM 2022. Here he is in interview to give the latest news of his activity which is flourishing. Avishai Shabat interview More content reserved for subscribers Until the next interview, keep

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Bryan Galloup boutique guitar builder interview at the NAMM 2022

Bryan Galloup is not only a high-end boutique guitar builder, he is also the founder of the Galloup School of Lutherie (galloupguitars.com). Here is in an interview during the NAMM 2022 in the middle of the Boutique Guitar Showcase area where he was exhibiting. Bryan Galloup interview Until the next interview, keep on playing the

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Boutique Guitar Showcase NAMM 2022 interview with Jamie Gale

Jamie Gale, creator and curator of the Boutique Guitar Showcase, was of course present at NAMM 2022. Again the selection of guitar builders was awesome. Here is an interview to have some kind of state of the union of boutique guitar making. Jamie Gale interview Until the next interview, keep on playing the guitar! Pierre

NAMM 2022, the 13 interviews done on Saturday, from Jay Leonard J to Nathaniel Murphy

Here are all 13 interviews from Saturday, June 4, 2022 at NAMM in one article. You will find some of the best luthiers in the world, as well as two phenomenal musicians. Enjoy! This day was a great illustration of the fact that it is the meetings that make the most of the interest of

NAMM 2022, Fryday interviews, Mark Lettieri, Avi Shabat, Pete Thorn, Rhett Shull and 17 others!

Friday, June 3, 2022 was the first day of this 3-day NAMM 2022. It seemed as if everyone had been waiting for the opening of this event for 29 months since the last Winter NAMM was in January 2020, just before the whole world came to an abrupt stop. In short, this Friday was intense

Isaac Jang luthier update from the NAMM 2022 show floor

This year the high-end acoustic guitar builder Isaac Jang (isaacjangguitars.com) was not exhibiting at the NAMM, he was there as a simple visitor enjoying seeing colleagues and friends from the guitar world. Here is his update from the show floor. Isaac Jang NAMM 2022 update To know more about Isaac's work,watch this series of interviews

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NAMM 2022 at the time of the assessment: it was (really) the best edition. Period.

At the risk of surprising more than one, this 7th NAMM for The Guitar Channel was really the best since I cover this event. Obviously, I didn't miss the exhibitors who were not present (40% less than in 2020). It must be said that the basement, closed this year, is largely filled with Chinese exhibitors

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NAMM 2022 - Full video and photo report of the Sunday

As the NAMM 2022 was only 3 days long, Sunday was the third and last day of the show. Here is the full report in photo and video of this day at the Anaheim Convention Center. The interviewees of the day are Jamie Gale, curator of the Boutique Guitar Showcase and Bryan Galloup. Sunday at

It's been in the works for a while, it's now official, Andy Powers, the master builder and guitar designer is now, in addition, the president of Taylor Guitars (taylorguitars.com). Previous president Bob Taylor and CFO Kurt Listug remain involved with the company. Here is an interview with Andy Powers done during NAMM 2022 where he

NAMM 2022 - Full video and photo report of the Saturday

Saturday at the NAMM 2022 was an amazing with a lot of visitors. It felt really good to see this joyous crowd throughly enjoying the guitar show! No less than thirteen interviews to bring you the information straight from the show floor. NAMM 2022 Saturday report Interviewees of the day Andy Powers from Taylor Guitars

Against all expectations (at least for some people, but except me!) this first day of the NAMM 2022 post-pandemic version was great! A lot of people from 10:00 in the morning until closing time. On the content side, no less than 11 interviews to be found in the report below. NAMM 2022 - Day 1

NAMM 2022 - Report of the day before the opening

First video report of the series dedicated to the NAMM 2022 which takes place this year from June 3 to 5 in Anaheim. The trip from Paris, France to Los Angeles is so very long with its 11 plus hour of flight and the Los Angeles traffic to go through to reach Anaheim from LAX

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NAMM 2022: it's (high) time to return to California!

Just back from Italy for the Padova Guitar Show, a few weeks after the first superb edition of the Montreux International Guitar Show, without forgetting the event reserved for premium subscribers in Brittany at Blue Cat Audio, it's already time to prepare the next trip to the NAMM 2022 (namm.org)! Subscribe to access our independent

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YouTube selection - Allen Hinds and his series

During my wanderings on the Internet I discovered a series of videos produced by Allen Hinds (allenhinds.com) on his YouTube channel entitled: What Makes This Guitar Great and Affordable. It is definitely a must-watch as Allen tells some cool stories about his guitars. When Allen Hinds talks about his guitars Here is the first video

Michael Keneally shares his memories playing with Frank Zappa

Mike Keneally is an extraordinary musician who plays guitar as well as keyboards and piano. He has accompanied and collaborated with musicians such as Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Devin Townsend and Frank Zappa. In this interview conducted during the NAMM 2020 X-Jamm concert, he shares his memories with Frank Zappa to whom the evening was

The luthiers explain why The Guitar Channel interviews are the best

During the Winter NAMM 2021 online edition, the Believe in Music week, The Guitar Channel organized a Zoom call with some of the best European luthiers, the full video is available in this article. At the end of the call, we started an informal discussion and the luthiers shared why they think the interviews done

Winter NAMM 2021 live wrap-up - Spalt, Ruokangas, Ergon, Teuffel and Taylor Guitars

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

Ray White interview during X-Jamm 2020, Frank Zappa singer

During the annual X-Jamm 2020 concert organized during Winter NAMM, I had the opportunity to meet several musicians who have worked with Frank Zappa. Here is Zappa's singer and guitarist, Ray White. Ray White interview Until the next interview, keep on playing the guitar! Pierre Journel.

Davy Knowles guitar in hand interview at the PRS booth - NAMM 2020

Davy Knowles is a great guitar player who has been endorsed by PRS Guitars for many years now. It was a lot of fun to record this guitar in hand interview during the 2020 Winter NAMM show. Davy Knowles interview The Guitar Channel podcast with Davy Knowles The audio version of the video is available

Avi Shabat luthier interview about exhibiting at NAMM as a boutique builder

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

Luthier Stephen Marchione and Jazz guitar player Mike Moreno interview

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

Orianthi interview at the PRS Guitars booth during Winter NAMM 2020

It was an interesting event to get to meet Orianthi and interview her at the PRS Guitars booth during NAMM. She talks about her connection with Paul Reed Smith, her current projects and more. Orianthi interview The Guitar Channel podcast The audio version of the video is available in the podcast on iTunes, Spotify and below:

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Jared Scharff interview, Saturday Night Live house band guitar player

Jared Scharff has been the guitarist for 12 years for the house band of the legendary show Saturday Night Live on NBC (nbc.com/saturday-night-live). Suffice to say that he plays every week in front of tens of millions of people every week. In this context he played with Mick Jagger, Jeff Beck, Bruce Springsteen, Lady Gaga

Here is a new interview with Paul Reed Smith recorded during the 2020 Winter NAMM in the PRS booth. We talked about his recent stay in France and many other subjects. Paul Reed Smith interview The Guitar Channel podcast The audio version of the video is available in the podcast on iTunes, Spotify and below: Until

Jens Larsen interview, awesome Jazz YouTuber - NAMM 2020

Interview recorded at NAMM 2020 with the Dutch guitar player Jens Larsen who runs a great Jazz YouTube channel full of great videos about learning how to play Jazz. He shares his stories about what was his first NAMM show. Jens Larsen interview The Guitar Channel podcast with Jens Larsen The audio version of the

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Jim de Luca interview, master luthier and product development manager at Gibson

Jim de Cola is master luthier and product development manager at Gibson USA. Here is an interview recorded at NAMM 2020 where he gives some inside information about how Gibson guitars are developed. Jim de Cola interview The Guitar Channel podcast The audio version of the video is available in the podcast on iTunes, Spotify and