Organized by the prestigious German Gitarre & Bass magazine, the Guitar Summit ( was held in Mannheim, Germany, for its first edition from September 8th to 10th, 2017. The objective: to offer a show 100% dedicated to the guitar.

Book review - Fender Custom Shop Masterbuilt XXX 2017

Here's a great photo book published by Hal Leonard with pictures from Stephen Pitkin with only some of the coolest and funkiest masterbuilt Fender Custom Shop guitars over the past 30 years.

In this series of three articles you will discover the different districts of Tokyo in Japan where you can find guitar stores: Ochanomizu, Shibuya and Shin-Okubo, next to Shinjuku.

The Guitar Channel: co-organizer of the 2017 Festival de Guitare de Puteaux, France

The Guitar Channel is co-organizing the first Festival Guitare de Puteaux which will take place September 29th, 30th and October 1st 2017 in the gorgeous music academy of this cosy suburb of Paris, the Conservatoire Jean-Baptiste Lully. The Guitar Channel is organizing the guitar show with more than 40 exhibitors and the demo concerts.
Festival de Guitare de Puteaux
Friday Sept. 29th - Saturday Sept. 30th - Sunday Oct.

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The Guitar Channel will be present at the Guitar Summit which is a new 100% guitar event which will be held from Friday 8th to Sunday September 10th in Mannheim, Germany.

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The Guitar Channel official partner of the Festival Guitare Issoudun

Very pleased to announce that The Guitar Channel is now an official partner of this major guitar event of the year in France which is the Festival Guitare Issoudun (

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The Guitar Channel showroom - Paris, France

The Guitar Channel showroom is now a reality!

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2019 Winter NAMM: 5th California trip for The Guitar Channel
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Guitar Events – All the on-site video reports

Each time The Guitar Channel is covering an event like a fair or a festival, we record a live report which is then available later for replay. This allows all the guitar aficionados to live the event from the inside. Here are all those videos in one playlist. Here's the list of the events covered:

Holy Grail Guitar Show
Festival Guitare Issoudun
Guitares au Beffroi
Gear Evenings organized by The Guitar Channel
Factory Tour

Video reports playlist

During those events, interviews are recorded and available
through the Backstage Pass subscription.

2017 Musikmesse - Video coverage and debrief - The Guitar Channel
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2017 Musikmesse – Video coverage and debrief

With the NAMM, the Musikmesse is one of the key events of the musical instrument industry and what revolves around (sound system, lights, etc.). The part reserved for the guitar is increasingly reduced year after year which diminishes the interest of coming for visitors fans of six-string. Nevertheless this fair continues to offer a great concentration of people who are present for 4 days in Frankfurt.

Guitares au Beffroi festival and guitar show - The comeback

The festival Guitars au Beffroi ( 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 ( 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


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

Tommy Emmanuel - Music Gone Public DVD
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Tommy Emmanuel – Music Gone Public DVD

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.

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 (guitars et basses)
Walrus Audio (pedals)
Positive Grid (amps and simulation)
Pedaltrain (pedalboard)

Thursday February 23rd from 7pm to 10pm
Studio Luna Rossa
24 Rue Primo Levi 75013 Paris
Mandatory inscription :
Facebook event
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,

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:
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 :
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:
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
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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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The Pro Backstage Pass is tailored to help grow your business and increase your visibility in the guitar community.
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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.