2018 Musikmesse debrief: less show, more business

Still on the ICE train that brings me back from Frankfurt to Paris, I'm starting this article to debrief this 2018 edition of the Musikmesse. For those who do not know yet, the Musikmesse is a huge show gathering professionals of musical instruments and sound industry. This is not quite an event as major as

Romain Pilon is part of the younger generation of Jazz guitarists who push the envelope and go further than the pure orthodoxy of this style of music. His superb album titled Copper is tinged with Rock while keeping a sprit resolutely Jazz. It was a great pleasure to welcome him to the showroom for a

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Guitar amp mic shootout - Shure SM57, SM58 and Loadbox Koch LB-120 II

Preamble I am regularly dismayed by the poor quality of videos of guitarists who make a demo and are posted, for example, at the end of the guitar shows where luthiers and amp manufacturers post videos made with a smartphone with a mediocre sound which is not showcasing properly the product presented (guitar, amp or

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Antoine Boyer is a young and very talented guitar player. He is equally at ease playing Jazz, Classical or Gipsy / Manouche music. "Cameleon Waltz" is his solo album which will be released on March 30th 2018. Antoine came at The Guitar Channel showroom to record an interview in French and two solo pieces. Antoine

Guitar Show : 2018 Guitares au Beffroi (Montrouge), the best edition ever

From March 23rd to the 25th 2018, in Montrouge (right next to Paris), took place the sixth edition of the Guitares au Beffroi festival with a beautiful concert program and a splendid guitar show with 75 exhibitors (luthiers, artisans, brands, etc.). www.guitaresaubeffroi.com Photo Album There were many visitors in the guitar show throughout the week-end:

Antoine Dufour

When you have the opportunity to have such a gifted musician as Antoine Dufour in your showroom, it's a pleasure to record him playing one of his composition. Here's the song called Air Ground performed on a Franck Cheval luthier (chevalguitars.com) guitar which was loaned to me by a club member. This model is slightly smaller

Gitarre & Bass / The Guitar Channel collaboration: an example to develop

One a beautiful morning in March 2018, while having breakfast and scanning Facebook on my phone I stumbled upon a photo with Dieter Roesberg, editor in chief of Gitarre & Bass, extracted from an interview made at the show of Guitar Summit 2017 in Mannheim, Germany. I must say that it's nice to work with

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Luthiers Beyond Limits: Alquier, Beauregard, Klein, Matsuda, Pagelli, Tao - NAMM 2018

In the wake of last year's Boutique Guitar Showcase, six luthiers have come together to present their instruments under the Luthiers Beyond Limits banner at NAMM 2018: Jean-Yves Alquier (see this article for the full report) Mario Beauregard Steve Klein Michihiro Matsuda Claudia and Claudio Pagelli Serge and John from Tao Guitars Since the NAMM

NAMM 2018 - Relive the show as if you were onsite

There is nothing better to really understand the NAMM than to live it from the inside, that's what The Guitar Channel offers you this year through these videos recorded with the ultra wide angle Snapchat Spectacles. Day 1 - Thursday 24/01/18 There, the NAMM has just opened its doors, it is still relatively calm: Day

The Guitar Channel download podcast 2017 statistics

For your information you will see in the graph below (taken from the website of Libsyn, the service I use to host my podcast) that the trend is overall positive for the number of downloads of podcasts for the year 2017. In total, this represents a +54% increase in downloads between in 2017. In the second half

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2019 Winter NAMM: 5th California trip for The Guitar Channel

For the fourth time, The Guitar Channel will be present at the Winter NAMM which is held every year in Los Angeles in Anaheim. The archives of the two preceding years are in this list. This edition promises to be particularly exciting because of the state of the market: the big brands are in danger, Gibson

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As an introduction, I suggest (if you understand French that is!) you go and read a long but very interesting article by Patrick Beja, the only professional French podcaster who shares his career on Medium. I know Patrick Beja for a while, we often had exchanges. What he has done with his podcast, Rendez-Vous Tech,

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Christmas giveaway for the club members - A lot of guitar presents coming up!

The Guitar Channel pampers the members of the club because they are the ones who make the project live and allows it to develop. So here's a Christmas giveaway with the following gifts: A set of Telecaster pickup from Dreamsongs Pickups iRig Blue Turn - IK Multimedia 4 DVD of Joe Bonamassa live Voyage en

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Deviser factory visit (Aska, Japan): Bacchus, Headway, Momose

It is not often that we have the opportunity to visit a guitar factory and even more rare when it is in Japan in the depths of the Japanese Alps! This is what The Guitar Channel offers you with this factory tour of the company Deviser which builds the guitars brands Bacchus, Headway, Momose, Seventy

Organized by the importer Adagio France (www.adagiofrance.fr) in partnership with the guitar brand Washburn and the store Woodbrass, Jennifer Batten gave a clinic in Paris at the Petite Halle de la Villette on Monday, October 30th, 2017. Jennifer Batten is a musician known worldwide for having played for 10 years with Michael Jackson and 3

Following the Festival de Guitare de Puteaux, The Guitar Channel, having organized the luthier show and the 27 demo concerts, made a satisfaction survey with the exhibitors in order to evaluate the work that had been done and see the areas for improvement. The survey contained ten questions: the first six questions were scored out

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Festival de Guitare de Puteaux 2017 - What you need to know about this new guitar event

Full disclaimer: The Guitar Channel was the co-organizer of the festival with the responsability of the luthier show with 49 exhibitors and the 27 demo concerts. From Friday September 29th until Sunday October 1st 2017, the Festival de Guitare de Puteaux took place in the Jean-Baptiste Lully music academy in Puteaux, just west of Paris

Here's the full list of the 49 exhibitors who will be present at the guitar show during the first edition of the Festival de Guitare de Puteaux (pronounced "Puto").
Exhibitors

Marque
Type
Produit

Anasounds
Builder
Pedals

APLG
Association
French luthier association

Bacchus
Brand
Electric Guitars

Battiston
Luthier
Acoustic Guitars

Baudry
Luthier
Acoustic Guitars

Bebop Assurances
Insurance
Assurance

Bertrand
Luthier
Guitares

Bioud
Luthier
Ouds

Caron
Luthier
Acoustic Guitars

Chevalier
Luthier
Acoustic Guitars

Claise
Luthier
Electric Guitars

CTL
Luthier
Electric Guitars

Doc Music Station
Builder
Pedals

Donadey
Luthier
Acoustic Guitars

Donnat
Luthier
Acoustic Guitars

Echo d'Artistes
Luthier
Acoustic Guitars

Echoppe de

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After Ochanomizu, we are now going to Shibuya in this series of three articles dedicated to the different districts of Tokyo in Japan where you can find guitar stores.

Organized by the prestigious German Gitarre & Bass magazine, the Guitar Summit (www.guitarsummit.de) 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 (www.issoudun-guitare.com).

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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

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:

NAMM
Musikmesse
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

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 (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.