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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The 2016 Holy Grail Guitar Show is coming up!
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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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2016 Montreal Jazz Festival: The Guitar Channel coverage

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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The competition organized by Lee Ritenour is back again in 2016.

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Guitares au Beffroi 2016: Interview with the guitar show organizer

The festival Guitares au Beffroi 2016 includes as previous years a guitar show called Le Salon de la Belle Guitare which means The Show of the Beautiful Guitar. Here's below a video interview with Armel Amiot, the guitar show organizer.

Guitares au Beffroi website: www.guitaresaubeffroi.com

Guitares au Beffroi 2016 - Interview with the guitar show organizer
As the guitar show organizer, Armel Amiot is the point of contact in case you are interested in being an exhibitors.

Luthier Ted Astrand interview at the 2015 Holy Grail Guitar Show
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Luthier Ted Astrand interview at the 2015 Holy Grail Guitar Show

Here's a Ted Astrand interview done during the 2015 edition of the Holy Grail Guitar Show. Several luthier friends told me to check-out Ted during the show so I listened to their advice and went to meet Ted. His work is really stunning. The guitar presented in Berlin looks both gorgeous and elegant.

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How to play guitar on Snapchat

In the Snapchat app you have to keep a finger on the red button to record so unless you are an alien with a 3rd arm or you have a buddy around to take the snap while you play, you can't do it.

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Dynacord Echocord Super 76: review of a real tape echo

Here's a review of a real tape echo and spring reverb studio effect, the Dynacord Echocord Super 76. One of the Backstage Pass subscriber, Philippe, who is very good at electronics repaired this nice piece of gear and lent it to me. It's quite something to experience for the first time ever to play with a real tape echo machine. I don't know if has to do with being able to see the tape move around, the quality of the sound itself or a mix of both but I was floored by the sound of this unit.

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Pro Backstager announcement – Aquilina Basses

Name : Aquilina Basses
Type : Luthier
Web : www.aquilinabasses.com
Sébastien builds high-quality instrument with a very elegant design which provides a great balance. He exposes regularly at the NAMM and he sells his bass guitars all over the world. if you understand French, you can watch a video of interview of him during the 2016 NAMM in this article.

A couple of Aquilina Basses

The instrument presented during the 2016 Winter NAMM

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Guitar podcast directory – Selection

The Guitar Channel has been active as a podcast since its launch in 2009. In fact everything started as an audio podcast to evolve to its current form of a full audio and video show. It seems that as of 2015 the podcast space has regain a bit of his past glory and I am not going to complain about that as there won't be ever such thing as too many podcasts. Here's a guitar podcast directory in the form of this list of the guitar related podcast I am aware of.

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