Met in Padova during the Padova Guitar Show, Paolo Lardera is the luthier of BlackBeard Guitars (chitarrebarbanera.it). I fell in love with his rather rootsy guitars made from reclaimed wood. The instruments I picked up are excellent and very resonant. Paolo Lardera interview Photo album Until the next interview, keep on playing the guitar! Pierre
Alberto Arcangeli is an Italian boutique builder who makes excellent handmade pickups under his brand Dreamsongs Pickups (dreamsongspickups.com). He was one of the exhibitors of the 2022 edition of Padova Guitar Show. Here he is in interview to present his latest products. Alberto Arcangeli interview Until the next interview, keep on playing the guitar! Pierre
Allen Hinds (allenhinds.com) is an amazing musician, already met at NAMM 2019, here he is this time in an interview at his home right after NAMM 2022. The shooting of this guitar in hand interview took place in his Laurel Canyon house in Los Angeles. His brand new album The Good Fight will normally be
Mike Stern (mikestern.org) was in France for two concerts, one at the superb Théâtre des 2 Rives in Charenton, near Paris, and one at the Guitaralde festival in Hendaye (guitaralde.fr), organized by Jean-Marie Ecay. Already met in Canada during the 2018 Montreal Jazz Festival, I was delighted to meet Mike Stern again. Here is the
Here are all the interviews done on SUnday, May 21, 2022, the second and last day of the Italian Guitar Show Padova (guitarshow.it), which is held near Venice. The interviews for the previous day are in this article. Interviews of the day Interviewees of the day Riccardo Gioggi Marco Omar Viola - MOV Guitars Luca
Here are all the interviews done on Saturday, May 20, 2022, the first day of the Italian Guitar Show Padova (guitarshow.it), which is held near Venice, Italy. The interviews for the next day are in this article. Interviews of the day Interviewees of the day Alberto Arcangeli - Dreamsongs Pickups Andrea Ballarin - Manne Guitars
Bryan Galloup is not only a high-end boutique guitar builder, he is also the founder of the Galloup School of Lutherie (galloupguitars.com). Here is in an interview during the NAMM 2022 in the middle of the Boutique Guitar Showcase area where he was exhibiting. Bryan Galloup interview Until the next interview, keep on playing the
Jamie Gale, creator and curator of the Boutique Guitar Showcase, was of course present at NAMM 2022. Again the selection of guitar builders was awesome. Here is an interview to have some kind of state of the union of boutique guitar making. Jamie Gale interview Until the next interview, keep on playing the guitar! Pierre
Friday, June 3, 2022 was the first day of this 3-day NAMM 2022. It seemed as if everyone had been waiting for the opening of this event for 29 months since the last Winter NAMM was in January 2020, just before the whole world came to an abrupt stop. In short, this Friday was intense
Isaac Jang (isaacjangguitars.com) is a luthier that I already had the opportunity to introduce to you. He builds very high end acoustic guitars. Here he is in his new workshop in the Alhambra district of Los Angeles. Don't miss Isaac's workshop visit in this article. Isaac jang interview Until the next interview, keep on playing
Luthier Isaac Jang (isaacjangguitars.com) recently moved his workshop. He moved from his tiny studio in an alley off Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles to a larger space in Alhambra, another neighborhood in Los Angeles. Here's a tour of the beautiful place where Isaac builds his incredible acoustic guitars. The visit of the previous workshop is
As the NAMM 2022 was only 3 days long, Sunday was the third and last day of the show. Here is the full report in photo and video of this day at the Anaheim Convention Center. The interviewees of the day are Jamie Gale, curator of the Boutique Guitar Showcase and Bryan Galloup. Sunday at
It's been in the works for a while, it's now official, Andy Powers, the master builder and guitar designer is now, in addition, the president of Taylor Guitars (taylorguitars.com). Previous president Bob Taylor and CFO Kurt Listug remain involved with the company. Here is an interview with Andy Powers done during NAMM 2022 where he
Against all expectations (at least for some people, but except me!) this first day of the NAMM 2022 post-pandemic version was great! A lot of people from 10:00 in the morning until closing time. On the content side, no less than 11 interviews to be found in the report below. NAMM 2022 - Day 1
First video report of the series dedicated to the NAMM 2022 which takes place this year from June 3 to 5 in Anaheim. The trip from Paris, France to Los Angeles is so very long with its 11 plus hour of flight and the Los Angeles traffic to go through to reach Anaheim from LAX
Yuval Amihai (yuvalamihai.com), the Israeli guitarist who lived in France for a long time, is now living in New York City. It is from this city, temple of Jazz, that Yuval answered my questions about his latest album: My 90's Summer. Yuval Amihai interview Until the next interview, keep on playing the guitar! Pierre Journel.
These are the interviews conducted at the MIGS (migs.ch) on the second day of the show. Claudia and Claudio Pagelli (pagelli.com), the boutique guitar power couple were in Switzerland that week-end. Until the next interview, keep on playing the guitar! Pierre Journel.
This is an interview conducted at the MIGS (migs.ch) on the second day of the show. The amazing Canadian musician Nick Johnston (nickjohnstonmusic.com) was one of the guest star of the show. Nick Johnston Until the next interview, keep on playing the guitar! Pierre Journel.
It was one of my objectives for this 2022 edition of the Padova Guitar Show: to interview the brilliant Matteo Mancuso. Having no preliminary contact with him, it was not a foregone conclusion. I had attempted a DM on his Instagram account but as he has over 70,000 followers, there was little chance of success.
Rainer Tausch (tausch-guitars.de) is a German boutique guitar builder who was one of the exhibitor at the first edition of the Montreux International Guitar Show in Montreux, Switzerland. Rainer was at this guitar show with a brand new model, La Grange, which he presents in this interview. Rainer Tausch presents La Grange model Until the
Cem Ocek (ocekguitars.com) is a Turkish luthier based in Germany who offers very original guitar shapes. Here he is in Zoom interview to present his Synapse and Puduhepa models. He has a very original approach to guitar design. The results are some cool instrument shapes very far from the usual LP or S style shapes
Angelo van Merrienboer is the builder behind the Panucci Guitars brand (guitarlounge.nl). He was one of the exhibitor at the Montreux International Guitar Show first edition. I was very happy to finally sit down with me and have him to tell his story during this guitar show in Switzerland. Angelo van Merrienboer interview - Panucci
During a tourist visit in Paris, France of Kari Nieminem, I had the pleasure to welcome the Finnish luthier at the showroom to do an interview about his extraordinary instruments. Versoul Guitars (versoul.com) offers beautifully crafted instruments with unique designs. Kari Nieminen interview The Guitar Channel podcast The audio version of the video is available
During my wanderings on the Internet I discovered a series of videos produced by Allen Hinds (allenhinds.com) on his YouTube channel entitled: What Makes This Guitar Great and Affordable. It is definitely a must-watch as Allen tells some cool stories about his guitars. When Allen Hinds talks about his guitars Here is the first video
Peter Finger (peter-finger.com), the German acoustic guitar player and guitar luthier, was a guest at the Festival Guitare Issoudun 2021 as a musician. It was a great pleasure to record this interview with this major player in the guitar community. Peter Finger interview Until the next interview, keep on playing the guitar! Pierre Journel.
As part of the SHG Music Show, there was an awesome exhibition of 50 guitars from Mostra Wandré. Here is the video visit of this exhibition with an interview with Marco Ballestri (anniversarybooks.it) who wrote a great book about Wandré guitars. Wandré guitars exhibition in Milano Until the next video blogging report or interview, keep
The MOOV Travel Guitar (moovguitars.com) is a foldable instrument, conceived and built in Greece. Here is an interview with Yorgos Bechlivanoglou who designed the guitar and builds them. It was recorded at the Festival Guitare Issoudun during the guitar show. Yorgos Bechlivanoglou interview The MOOV guitar in separated parts: Until the next interview, keep on
David Rosset and Emmanuel Cottier are the two Swiss organizers of the Montreux International Guitar Show (migs.ch) which will take place from April 29 to May 1, 2022 on the shores of Lake Geneva in Montreux in the Casino Barrière. MIGS organizers interview Photo album of the Casino Barrière The Guitar Channel will be in