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Max Spohn luthier interview at NAMM

Max Spohn ( is a German acoustic boutique guitar maker. He was an exhibitor at the Boutique Guitar Showcase during the 2022 NAMM in Los Angeles. Here he is in an interview. Max Spohn luthier interview Until the next interview or gear review, keep on playing the guitar! Pierre Journel.

BluGuitar, Thomas Blug interview at NAMM
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BluGuitar, Thomas Blug interview at NAMM

German musician and entrepreneur Thomas Blug was an exhibitor at NAMM 2022. Here he is in interview to talk about the current projects at BluGuitar ( like the Amp X. Thomas Blug interview Until the next interview or gear review, keep on playing the guitar! Pierre Journel.

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Vila Guitars, Diego Vila luthier interview at NAMM

Diego Vila is a Spanish luthier who was exhibiting his Vila Guitars ( in the Boutique Guitar Showcase of the NAMM 2022. Here is in an interview with one of his super cool instrument. Diego Vila interview NAMM Interviews & Reports Until the next interview or gear review, keep on playing the guitar! Pierre Journel.

Mule Resophonic, Matt Eich guitar maker interview at NAMM

Matt Eich is the luthier of the metal guitars of the brand Mule Resophonic ( His instruments can be seen in the hands of Ariel Posen. Here he is in interview on his booth at NAMM 2022. Interview Matt Eich NAMM Interviews & Reports Until the next interview or gear review, keep on playing the

Jean-Philippe, one of the premium subscribers of the show ordered this B-30 from the French luthier Virgile Pilon of Blind Guitars ( a gorgeous OM-style instrument with Brazilian Rosewood for the back and sides. He was so kind that he had the guitar delivered to me when it was finished instead of straight to him.

Victor Lee interview at NAMM 2022
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Victor Lee interview at the NAMM Show

It is in the aisles of NAMM 2022 that I met Victor Lee ( Already interviewed in 2021 via Zoom, we took the opportunity to do a quick review of his current projects. Victor Lee interview NAMM Interviews & Reports Archives Until the next interview, keep on playing the guitar! Pierre Journel.

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Jay Leonard J interview at NAMM 2022
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Jay Leonard J interview at the NAMM Show

Jay Leonard J (YouTube channel) is a pro musician and also a youtuber. He was doing some very cool showcases at the NAMM 2022 at the huge Yamaha booth. Here is an interview with this very talented guitar player and singer. NAMM interviews & reports archives Jay Leonard J interview Until the next interview or

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DSM & Humboldt, Jano interview at NAMM 2022
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DSM & Humboldt, Jano interview at NAMM 2022

I met Jano at the DSM & Humboldt booth at the NAMM 2022. DSM & Humboldt ( is a Chilean company which builds amazing pedals like the Zero Watt Simplifier preamp. Here is the interview recorded back in June 2022. Jano interview about DSM & Humboldt NAMM Interviews & Reports Until the next interview, keep

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Gene Baker, B3 Guitars, boutique guitar builder interview at NAMM

Gene Baker from B3 Guitars ( was one of the boutique guitar builder at the Boutique Guitar Showcase during NAMM 2022. We first did an interview back in 2015 so it was more than time to record an update. Here it is! Gene Baker interview Until the next interview, keep on playing the guitar! Pierre

MostrO Kelt Amplification, two channel tube amp Made in France

Kelt Amplification ( is a small boutique amp builder based in Lorient, in Brittany right next to the sea in France. The founder Thierry Labrouze hand wires all the tube amps he has been building for the best for close to 10 years now. Here is a review of his flagship, the MostrO. The MostrO

Blackstar Amped 2 Dept. 10, all-in-one pedalboard with built-in 100W amp review

The British brand Blackstar ( hits hard with this second version of their Amped pedalboard! Indeed, this Amped 2 Dept. 10 offers everything you need to play in a band. All you have to do is plug it into a standard guitar cabinet, a mixing console, a computer (or all three) and you're ready to

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Andrea Ballarin is the Italian boutique guitar builder behind Manne Guitars ( Here is in an interview during the 2022 Padova Guitar Show. Check out also the interviews with bass players Daniele Camarda and Federico Malaman who both play Andrea's instrument. Andrea Ballarin interview Audio version available on The Guitar Channel Radio for premium subscribers

Farewell to Jeff Beck - Interview with Jennifer Batten who played with him on stage and in the studio

It's impossible to miss the sudden death of Jeff Beck, a phenomenal musician with a career path as brilliant as it was messy. Jeff Beck died on January 10th, 2023 at the age of 78, the British guitar legend is no more. Farewell to Jeff Beck I really discovered him in 1988 during a trip

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How to choose headphones to play the guitar and work on your DAW

In this video recorded in collaboration with Guillaume Jeulin from Blue Cat Audio (, we are going through the different kind of headphones available. In fact it is sometimes difficult to understand the differences between all the models available on the market. As Guillaume has many headphones in his lab, we thought it would be

Listen to what the guitar builders Teuffel, Ruokangas, Spalt, Sergio and Tausch have to say!

In January 2021, we were still in lockdown mode all over the world so there was no Winter NAMM that year. So I decided to do a live interview with several of the best and most original luthiers in Europe: Here is what they said spontaneously at the end of the interview. I was touched

Mark Lettieri, interview in Paris and full visit of his stage rig

Mark Lettieri ( is a regular guest on The Guitar Channel. This American musician's playing is top notch, whether it's in his own band like for this concert in Paris or in Snarky Puppy or the Fearless Flyers with Cory Wong. This time it was at the Badaboum just next to Bastille in Paris, France

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Chapman Guitars, Rabea Massaad's departure, Philip McNight's analysis, my two cents

Those who follow closely the guitar industry news may have seen the news that the well known musician and youtuber Rabea Massaad (chaîne YouTube) was leaving Chapman Guitars ( with whom he was with for 10 years. Rabea Massaad announcement The video lasts just over 11 minutes but the announcement itself only takes up the

Hermine Dolmen Effects, 13 Proco Rat versions in one pedal

Gildas from Dolmen Effects ( hits hard again with this distortion pedal that offers no less than 13 versions of the legendary Proco Rat with its Hermine. Spoiler, it sounds huge! Hermine Dolmen Effects pedal review Audio version available on The Guitar Channel Radio for premium subscribers Until the next gear review or interview, keep

Volta 1987 v2, test of a double pedal to get the Marshall sound on your pedalboard

It was at the 42 Gear Street event that I had the pleasure to meet Salvatore di Pietro who is the craftsman behind the Volta Custom Electronics pedals ( made in Italy. His Volta 1987 v2 model is what we call Marshall-in-a-Box, that is to say that it offers you the sound of the famous

John Monteleone, American luthier to Mark Knopfler, Eric Clapton, Ben Harper and many others!

Recently I had the pleasure to watch and do a review of the wonderful documentary John Monteleone: The Chisels Are Calling about the American living legend in guitar lutherie. So I switched into search mode to get in touch with John Monteleone ( to record an interview with him. Thanks a ton to Belgium guitar

Bad Cat Amps workshop visit in Costa Mesa, California
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Bad Cat Amps workshop visit in Costa Mesa, California

The annual trip to California for NAMM is also a great opportunity to see what's going on in the many guitar shops and factories in the area. This time I'm taking you to see the workshops of Bad Cat (, a tube amp brand based in Costa Mesa. Bad Cat Amps workshop visit Until the

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In June 2020 I proposed you an interview with the director Jörg Steineck because he was launching a crowdfunding campaign for a documentary about the great jazz musician John Scofield. A little more than two years later the documentary film Inside Scofield is released! Here is the review. Inside Scofield teaser John Scofield interview at

The catalog of exclusive videos of The Guitar Channel is very rich, we have over 2000 videos with interviews, reports, gear reviews, etc.. In order to promote this content in an active way, there is now a free video available every day on the homepage of This allows everyone to view a newly released

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John Monteleone ( is an American luthier well known for his acoustic guitars and especially his archtop instruments. In the tradition of D'Angelico and D'Aquisto, he perpetuates a certain idea of American lutherie. Played by the greatest, from Mark Knopfler to Eric Clapton through Julian Lage, David Grisman and many others, his guitars are very

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Cesco's Corner, interview with Francesco Balossino, major Italian collector of Vintage guitars

The great Italian Vintage guitar collector Francesco Balossino of Cesco's Corner ( was one of the important exhibitors of the SHG Music Show in Milan 2022. In fact, he occupied a good part of the Vintage Vault, a large room entirely dedicated to the American Vintage guitar and also to Wandré guitars. Here's an in-depth

2022 Puteaux guitar show: results of satisfaction survey, 68% of sales or orders !

As for the editions of the previous years of the Puteaux Guitar Festival, The Guitar Channel realized a satisfaction survey with the exhibitors of the luthiers show that I was organizing for the fourth time. To my knowledge, the Puteaux guitar show is the only one to conduct a satisfaction survey at each edition and

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2022 SHG Music Show interviews and report of the Milano guitar show

For the second year in a row, The Guitar Channel went to Milano, Italy to cover the SHG Music Show (, which offers an original cocktail of brand-name guitars, new, used and Vintage, as well as luthiers and pedal and amp manufacturers. Here is the video report from this magnificent Italian city which is Milano!

Costalab Pedals demo - EchoLab, ChorusLab & Custom Muff

While waiting for a complete gear review of these excellent Italian pedals, here is a first discovery of these products from Costalab ( You can discover the two speed echo, the EchoLab, the ultra deep chorus, the ChorusLab and finally a revised version of the Big Muff with the Custom Muff. Costalab pedal review Until

MIDI tutorial: how to control the Kernom Ridge overdrive pedal via MIDI with Blue Cat Audio Remote Control

In the video below recorded in collaboration with Blue Cat Audio (, I show you how you can use their Remote Control software to change parameters on the MIDI capable overdrive pedal Kernom Ridge ( For us mere guitar players, there is something magic in being able to remote control a pedal on our pedalboard.

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Légende guitar by Jeanmichel Capt from Switzerland, a unique approach of the wood

Here is a short demo of a Légende model of a guitar built by the Swiss luthier Jeanmichel Capt ( Met for the first time at the Montreux International Guitar Show, Jeanmichel was an exhibitor at the Puteaux guitar show organized by yours truly. After the show, I took this beautiful instrument with me as