Guitares au Beffroi festival and guitar show - The comeback

The festival Guitars au Beffroi (www.guitaresaubeffroi.com) 2017 and its luthier guitar show closed their doors last week on the 5th edition. This major event of the guitar in France has proposed two and a half days of high quality festivities around our favorite instrument.

The Guitar Channel introduces you to the world of guitar manufacturing with this visit to the Alhambra (www.alhambrasl.com) production site, which has been producing its nylon and steel string guitars for over 50 years in Muro de Alcoy, 70km from Allicante in Spain. Alhambra is a well-known brand of nylon string guitar players, whether for classical music, flamenco or pop.

Video visit of the Alhambra Guitars manufacture

Manufacture photo album
The factory with a total area of 14,000 m2 employs 120 people.

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Uli Jon Roth is one of the sacred monsters of the guitar. Well known for being one of the soloists of Scorpions at the beginning of the career of the German group, he proposes in this box containing a double CD and a DVD to revisit the Tokyo Tapes in concert in Japan.

DVD teaser

What I enjoyed the most

  • The many pieces on the DVD
  • The quality of the images
  • The close-ups on Uli's guitar

What I enjoyed the least

  • Nothing really

Conclusion

I admit to know very badly the music of Uli Jon Roth, that is why this box fell in order to have an upgrade that was necessary. The band behind Uli consists of nothing less than 6 musicians including two other guitarists is very solid. The singer Nathan James delivers a hell of a performance with a voice that sticks perfectly to the repertoire without sinking into the insipid clone of Klaus Mein. There are great guitar moments in this set. In particular the sequences with 3 harmonized guitars are impeccably realized. The passage to the classical guitar Godin is also a good piece. Obviously Uli's guitar playing did not take a wrinkle. Until the next article, keep on playing the guitar! Pierre. [s2If !current_user_can(access_s2member_level0)]
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Uli Jon Roth – Tokyo Tapes Revisited (2 CDs & DVD)

The first Gear Evening of 2017 was held on February 23rd with D'Angelico for guitars, Walrus Audio for pedals, Positive Grid for the digital amp head and Pedaltrain for the pedalboards.

Guitar factory tour with Andy Powers - Taylor Guitars facility (Tecate, Mexico)

It is always a rare event to visit a guitar factory. First because there are not that many of them around the world and then because it is rare to be able to access those facilities easily. After visiting Taylor Guitars on the American side in California in El Cajon near San Diego, The Guitar

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Tommy Emmanuel is an amazing Fingerpicking guitarist but he also plays very well the electric guitar who is a real phenomenon on stage. I had the opportunity to see him on stage at the New Morning in Paris (after we recorded an audio interview), he put out incredible show just him alone on stage with his guitar. So I was very curious to watch this "Music Gone Public" live DVD of him.

DVD teaser

What I enjoyed the most

  • The many pieces on the DVD
  • The quality of the images
  • The sequence in between the live parts
  • The interesting bonus

What I enjoyed the least

  • Nothing really

Conclusion

If you have already seen Tommy Emmanuel on stage, you will love this DVD which will make you relive the intensity of its performances on stage. If you haven't seen him yet, after watching the DVD you will feel the urge to get a ticket next time the Australian guitar virtuoso is around your town. Until the next article, keep on playing the guitar! Pierre. [s2If !current_user_can(access_s2member_level0)]
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Tommy Emmanuel – Music Gone Public DVD
Gear Evening 23/02/17 - D'Angelico, Walrus Audio, Positive Grid, PedalTrain

This Gear Evening will happen on Thursday February 23rd from 7pm to 10pm. The exhibitors who are all Pro Backstage Pass subscribers are

D'Angelico www.dangelicoguitars.com (guitars et basses)
Walrus Audio www.walrusaudio.com (pedals)
Positive Grid www.positivegrid.com (amps and simulation)
Pedaltrain www.pedaltrain.com (pedalboard)

Thursday February 23rd from 7pm to 10pm
Studio Luna Rossa
24 Rue Primo Levi 75013 Paris
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Google+ event
Meetup event
What's a Gear Evening?
A Gear Evening is a moment of sharing between guitar enthusiasts with guitar gear to try (guitar, amp, pedals) in a rehearsal studio equipped as it should be.

Gear Evening 23/03/17 - Soultool, Maybach, Anasounds, IT-11 Audio, Reverb.com

The Gear Evening on Thursday March 23rd from 7pm to 10pm will take place right before the Guitare au Beffroi festival which starts on Friday.

2016 Winter NAMM - The Guitar Channel
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NAMM 2017: The Guitar Channel game plan

For a third consecutive year, The Guitar Channel will be present at the Winter NAMM which is held every year in Los Angeles in Anaheim.

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The Strat In The Attic: a fascinating book about Vintage guitar stories

There is a good chance that in one way or another you will have seen the superb cover of the book The Strat In The Attic during your wanderings in cyberspace. Indeed the book written by Deke Dickerson is illustrated by a superb image which necessarily gives rise to lots of fantasies in our minds of guitar enthusiasts. Who has never dreamed of finding a fabulous guitar forgotten in a dusty attic, at a pawnbroker or during a garage sale? .

No it is not yet another book about Vintage guitars more beautiful and more inaccessible than one another.

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The C.F. Martin Archives - A book to read and to visit!

The publisher Hal Leonard announces a book titled The C.F. Martin Archives retracing the history of the legendary American guitar brand. The Guitar Channel has been able to obtain a copy in advance to give you our opinion about the book.

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CAD and CNC as the Camera Obscura - By luthier Ulrich Teuffel

During the 2016 EGB (European Guitar Builders association) symposium, the luthier Ulrich Teuffel gave a conference about CAD and CNC as used in the guitar building domain. His conference was titled: CAD and CNC as the Camera Obscura.

The symposium took place during the two days prior to the 2016 edition of the Holy Grail Guitar Show.

Ulrich Teuffel website: www.teuffel.com
Introduction of the conference
For the industries CNC is just a production system.

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On the weekend of October 8th and 9th 2016 will be held the 3rd edition of the Holy Grail Guitar Show, a luthier salon organized by luthiers via the EGB (european association of guitar makers) and for luthiers : 135 selected guitar makers will be in Germany to showcase their instruments. logo_hggs_2016_year_web Whether you are into acoustic guitars, electric, archtops, modern, vintage inspired, etc., you will be in for a treat for your eyes and your ears as it is possible to try all the instruments and see them played by professional musicians. HGGS2015_Pano As for the first two editions of the show, The Guitar Channel will be on site to conduct interviews of these luthiers and musicians and to make you live from inside this unique event.

Follow The Guitar Channel in Berlin

All along the Holy Grail, it will be possible to get the lastest updates through the social networks: Until the first news from Berlin, you can access all the archives from previous editions of the show in this list. Pierre. [s2If !current_user_can(access_s2member_level0)]
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As Romain Morlot the author of the Guitar Cook Book says himself, you have to see this book as a humongous cheatsheet with all the scales and chords you can imagine. Romain spent a lot of time to come up with interesting ways to showcase the music theory we can be so scared of! You know what we mean. Get ready for the Guitar Cook Book version 2!

Video introduction about the book by the author

Here's the 4min video recorded by Romain to know all about the project.

Support the project on Kickstarter

In order to finance the printing and publication of the second version of the book, Romain has launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter. You can support this cool project by clicking on the link below:

The french Guitar Cook Book : a modern guitar cheatsheet

guitarcookbook2_2 Until the next article, keep on playing the guitar! Pierre.  

Get ready for the Guitar Cook Book version 2!

Name : European Guitar Builders association
Type : associations of luthiers from Europe
Web : www.europeanguitarbuilders.com
The European Guitar Builders (EBG) association gathers luthier from Europe to promote the artisanal building of stringed instruments like guitars and basses.

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After several Musikmesse, NAMM shows, Holy Grail Guitar Shows, and various others guitar shows in France, The Guitar Channel will cover again this year this great event in Quebec.

Montreal Jazz Festival website: www.montrealjazzfest.com
On my program for the 2016 Montreal Jazz Festival

Interviews with musicians programmed on the festival
Meetings with local luthiers, and God knows there are some very very good ones!
Contact catches with professional guitar for business development
And of course concerts!

The interviews in preparation
As usual with the Montreal Jazzfest the program is full of incredible musicians ranging from all the spectrum of Jazz so you

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#16 Spartan Project with @SpringerGuitars: final episode and first notes

Here's the 16th and final episode of the Spartan Project video series.  You will see how the luthier Mikaël Springer is putting the last touch to the guitar. You will also get to hear the very first notes played on the instrument, an historical moment!
#16 Spartan project - Final episode

Photos extracted from the guitar setup video

Previous episodes of the Spartan Project
The goal of the Spartan Project is to document the building of a guitar for me by luthier Mikaël Springer.

Anouck André et Serge Lopez - Guitar Duo
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Acoustic session with Serge Lopez and Anouck André

Discover in this acoustic session recorded at the intergalactic headquarters of The Guitar Channel, the great guitar duo composed by Serge Lopez and Anouck André. They have just released their debut album together called "El Tren Del Sur", a great guitar CD full of great music.

The fully instrumental album offers a great mix with the Flamenco style coming from Serge Lopez and the Flatpicking style provided by Anouck.

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New Pro Backstager announce: Eventide

Name : Eventide
Type : effects builder
Web : www.eventideaudio.com www.eventidefrance.com
Eventide has been a synonym of super high quality studio effects for a long time and more recently in the guitar world with the range of pedals like the Time Factor, the Space or the Pitch Factor and also with the release of the new format H9 which is a very powerful multi effect.

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Discover Crossfire a powerfull and bewitching Folk/Rock duo
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Crossfire a powerful and bewitching Folk/Rock duo

Discover Crossfire, a duo composed of Allison Mareek (guitar/vocals) and Etienne Prieuret (guitar/vocals) who proposes a powerfull and bewitching Folk/Rock kind of music. Their self-titled debut EP is great. We did an interview in French with Allison and Etienne on La Chaîne Guitare and took also the time to record the sessions you see below.

Here's the 15th episode of the Spartan Project video series.  You will see how the luthier Mikaël Springer is doing the final guitar setup.
#15 Spartan project - Guitar setup

Photos extracted from the guitar setup video
Final drilling for the stop bar installation:

Installation of the Häussel P90 pickup:

Shielding of the electronic cavity:

Previous episodes of the Spartan Project
The goal of the Spartan Project is to document the building of a guitar for me by luthier Mikaël Springer.

Here's the 14th episode of the Spartan Project video series. You will see how the luthier Mikaël Springer is doing his fretting on the guitar. It is a very crucial step of the process as the way the frets are dressed is paramount to the quality of the sound and of the comfort of the instrument.
#14 Spartan Project: Fretting

Close up photo of the fretting once finished on the guitar:

Previous episodes of the Spartan Project
The goal of the Spartan Project is to document the building of a guitar for me by luthier Mikaël Springer.

The journey of luthier Adriano Sergio (Ergon Guitars) to the Holy Grail Guitar Show

In 2015 I had the pleasure of doing a video interview luthier Adriano Sergio (Ergon Guitars) at the Holy Grail Guitar Show. The story of his journey from Portugal to Germany has been documented in a beautiful video you can see below.

The journey of luthier Adriano Sergio to the Holy Grail Guitar Show
Sit down comfortably and get ready to enjoy this great documentary where you will learn a lot about the life of a luthier. In addition to Adriano Sergio, you will also see other guitar builders such as Juha Ruokangas, Michael Spalt or Andy Mason.

Hubert Hochleitner interview (Hoovi Deeflexx) at the 2016 Musikmesse

Here's a Hubert Hochleitner interview, inventor of the Deeflexx, done during the 2016 Musikmesse.

Mobile guitar rig presented with Snapchat
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Mobile guitar rig presented with Snapchat

Here's the mobile guitar rig I use when I want to play in the park right next to our house.

Control the sobriety of your drummer with BeatBuddy!

We all know that some drummers have a problem with alcohol. Some drink way too much and become unreliable time keepers. This can be a real disaster when you are trying to make it big or just trying to survive playing your music.

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Test drive of the Deeflexx during a concert and rehearsal
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Test drive of the Deeflexx during a concert and rehearsal

Through the partnership with Deeflexx which is a Pro Backstage Pass owner, The Guitar Channel is able to have Backstage Pass owners to test drive the products using their own gear and in a real situation rather than simply in a guitar store. Here's the full testimony from José.

Deeflexx website: www.hoovi.at

Here's a picture of José playing his Telecaster and experimenting for the first time the Deeflexx during the Gear Afternoon #1.

Deeflexx test drive by José
As a Backstage Pass owner on The Guitar Channel I was able to test a Deeflexx product live in a bar.

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New Pro Backstager : Taylor Guitars

Name : Taylor Guitars
Type : guitar builders
Web : www.taylorguitars.com
Taylor Guitars is one of the biggest player in the guitar world with an unsurpassed level of quality among the industry.

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Guitar Review - Fastback Alquier by Maurice Dupont

This Fastback Alquier model Codetalker built in the Maurice Dupont luthier workshop is a design by luthier Jean-Yves Alquier. It's still possible to get a custom Fastback entirely made by Jean-Yves but you now have the option to get a more affordable version with the same design and built by Maurice Dupont team in France.

Spoiler: this instrument is a great luthier guitar.
Fastback Alquier "Codetalker" by Maurice Dupont

Fastback Codetalker photos
Here are a couple of photos of this very elegant instrument.

Rig used for the review
Here's the pedalboard used for the review.

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New Pro Backstager announce: Dewitte Wired

Name : Dewitte Wired
Type : boutique builder of pedals and amps
Web : www.dewitte-wired.fr
Dewitte Wired is a French boutique builder composed of two people Nicolas Dewitte and Stéphane Pointeaux. They propose a nice range of overdrive, distorsion and booster pedals. Some tube amp heads are also in the works.

A couple of Dewitte Wired pedals

Interview (in French) of Nicolas Dewitte

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