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Mike Lewis, his story with Eric Clapton, the phone call from George Harrison and other stories

Mike Lewis is an English born luthier who has been living in France for many years and works as a builder for Fine Resophonic (fineresophonic.com). He builds some of the best, if not the best, resonator type guitars. Just to name a few, he sold guitars to Eric Clapton, Robbie Macintosh and many more. Fine

Nik Huber live interview with the luthier and founder of Nik Huber Guitars

Nik Huber is a German luthier who founded Nik Huber Guitars (nikhuber-guitars.com) and will celebrate its 25th anniversary in the guitar building business next year. Here is a live interview recorded with him right before Christmas to do a wrap up of the crazy year we've been through. Nik Huber live interview Archives of interviews

Thomas Jones interview from TV Jones at the Holy Grail Guitar Show

During the 2016 Holy Grail Guitar Show I had the pleasure to do an interview with Thomas Jones from TV Jones (tvjones.com). Yes, Thomas is a worldwide pickup builder but also an awesome guitar maker, hence his presence at this prestigious guitar show in Berlin, Germany. Thomas Jones interview Until the next interview, keep on

Tone Bender, review of one of the ultimate and sought-after Fuzz pedals

Thanks to a faithful premium subscriber of The Guitar Channel (thanks Steven), I was able to test a vintage Sola Sound Tone Bender Professional Mk II. It is one of the most sought after Fuzz pedals by aficionados. Tone Bender Professional Mk II review Impressions Fuzz pedals are difficult beasts to tame. This Tone Bender

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Riccardo Gioggi (riccardogioggi.com) is an Italian guitar player from Roma I had the pleasure to meet during past Winter NAMM shows. He is involved in many music projects such as band like Inkfall or Inno. Riccardo is also a full blown sound engineer and producer. Here is a Skype interview recorded with him. Riccardo Gioggi

Gate Guitar #047 from Spalt Instruments, a piece of art guitar you must play!

The Gate Guitar #047 from the Totem resin top series built by Austrian luthier Michael Spalt is one of the three guitars recently received at our Paris, France showroom. This is part of the service proposed to boutique builders described here in this post. Yes! It is definitely a piece of art but, boy, is

Jamie Gale, live interview with the Boutique Guitar Showcase founder

Jamie Gale is an important player in the world of boutique guitar. He is the founder of the Boutique Guitar Showcase (boutiqueguitarshowcase.com), which recently toured Europe, making a stop at Guitare Village (huge guitar store North of Paris) last October (see the full story in this article). Here is a live interview recorded with him

Aaron Marshall interview, guitar player for Intervals, great Metal Prog band from Canada

Aaron Marshall is the guitar player and mastermind behind the Canadian Metal Prog band Intervals (intervalsmusic.net). Here is a Zoom guitar in hand interview recorded the day before the release of their new album Circadian. Aaron Marshall interview The Guitar Channel podcast The audio version of the video is available in the podcast on iTunes,

Andy Timmons, live interview from his personal studio

In the live interviews series, here is Andy Timmons (andytimmons.com), an American musician whose sense of melody is always present with a glorious guitar tone. Andy answered all my questions with his guitar in hand, and in particular about his song That Day Came, which was discussed in this article. Andy Timmons guitar in hand

Isaac Jang (isaacjangguitars.com) is an American luthier based in Los Angeles who recently moved to a new workshop in the South Pasadena area. During this live interview he showed us around his new working space, talked about his very last build and about his work as a high end boutique acoustic guitar builder. Isaac Jang

Gravity analysis of John Mayer by Desi Serna from Guitar Music Theory

After discovering Desi Serna's podcast called Guitar Music Theory (guitarmusictheory.com), I went back to the corresponding video on his YouTube channel, which I link below. It's a study on John Mayer Gravity superb song called. John Mayer Gravity analysis by Desi Serna on Guitar Music Theory Gravity chord chart on iReal Pro Curiously in iReal

Pierre Danel and Quentin Godet, guitar in hand with the musicians of Kadinja

Pierre Danel and Quentin Godet are the two fine gun slingers of Kadinja (kadinja.bandcamp.com). First met during the Winter NAMM 2019 where they made their debut with the Vola Guitar brand, they came to a gear event organized in September 2019 by us around Vola Guitar and BD Custom amps. It's only one year later

The boutique guitar builder Michael Spalt (spaltinstruments.com) was the guest of this live interview from Vienna, Austria where he has his workshop. As there are three of his instruments at the moment in the showroom of The Guitar Channel in Paris, France we made a detailed visit of those guitars and talked about the current

Unicorn Classic Ruokangas, a super high-end Les Paul type luthier's guitar

Ruokangas (ruokangas.com) is a difficult name to pronounce for us but it's a well known name on The Guitar Channel since there have already been several interviews with luthier Juha Ruokangas as well as several luthier chronicles. In the category of high-end luthier guitars, here is the Unicorn Classic, the reinterpretation of the Les Paul

Unicorn Classic Ruokangas, a super high-end Les Paul type luthier's guitar

As part of the service proposed to boutique guitar builders to exhibit and try out instruments in the private showroom of The Guitar Channel in Paris, here is the Unicorn Classic coming from Finland and built by Ruokangas Guitars (ruokangas.com) led by master builder Juha Ruokangas. Ruokangas Unicorn Classic Unicorn Classic Ruokangas Specs Amount of

When I rediscovered

While passing on one of Jean Fontanille's Facebook live where he was presenting three of his Super Strat type guitars, I hear him playing a superb melody and ask him what it is. It was this fabulous song by Andy Timmons called That Day Came from the album Theme From a Perfect World. A few

Featured in the showroom: 3 Spalt Instruments guitars by luthier Michael Spalt

As part of the service proposed to boutique guitar builders to exhibit and try out instruments in the private showroom of The Guitar Channel in Paris, France I am very pleased to present a trio of Spalt Instruments guitars (spaltinstruments.com) by luthier Michael Spalt : Gate Guitar #047 G2002 Octopus Totem X.2 X7 Presentation of

Gate Guitar #047 from Spalt Instruments - Twitch review

The video below was recorded in one take during a live broadcast on my Twitch channel (twitch.tv/lachaineguitare) during a demo of the awesome Gate Guitar #047 from Austrian boutique guitar builder Michael Spalt (Spalt Instruments). Only the playing sequences were kept for the edit of this 5min video review. 5min demo of the Spalt Gate

Simplifier Zero Watt DSM & Humboldt guitar preamp review

The Simplifier Zero Watt from the Chilean brand DSM & Humboldt (simplifieramp.com) is a fully analog guitar preamp that offers the three standard tube amp types. So we find the Fender Blackface sound, the VOX AC30 sound and finally the Marshall Plexi sound. The unit has a very small footprint since it is just the

The 2020 Boutique Guitar Showcase (boutiqueguitarshowcase.com) tour curated by Jamie Gale made its French stop at Guitare Village, a guitar store located 30min North from Paris by train. At a time when guitar shows have disappeared from the face of the earth, it was nice to see about thirty instruments from American and European luthiers.

Jason Bozzi interview, guitar player for the Metal band Dry Kill Logic

Jason Bozzi is the guitarist of the Metal band Dry Kill Logic. This band based in New York has just released a single called "Don't See Ghosts" which is excellent. Thanks to the magic of the Internet, here he is in a video interview. Jason Bozzi interview The Guitar Channel podcast The audio version of

Third and last part of Hadrien Feraud bass in hand interview. Hadrien came to the showroom of The Guitar Channel one fine day in July 2020 to talk about his next projects, his next album and to take a guided tour of his 5-string bass Ken Smith. Hadrien Feraud interview Activate the subtitles in English

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1965 Gibson SG Junior, a great Rock'n'Roll machine

It was a blast to record a gear review of this 1965 Gibson SG Junior. Here is a great Rock'n'Roll machine of a Vintage guitar! This example is in player condition, meaning it is not fully original (the original tremolo is gone, the tuners were replaced, etc.) and it was heavily played. 1965 Gibson SG

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Second part out of three of the in-depth interview with the musician Hadrien Feraud who talks in particular about his integration on the music scene in the United States, his meeting with John McLaughlin, Sylvain Luc and Biréli Lagrène. Hadrien Feraud interview Activate the subtitles in English in the YouTube player Until the next interview,

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Erlend Krauser interview, German guitarist and great Kemper user

Discovered in a video produced by Kemper where he played The Stand, one of his composition, here is an interview with the German musician Erlend Krauser (erlendkrauser.de). His use of the tone capabilities of the Kemper modeler is awesome and produces a great result in the aforementioned video. Erlend Krauser interview The Guitar Channel podcast

Whether you are luthiers or amp builders, the showroom of The Guitar Channel is an extraordinary tool to present your guitars or amps in Paris, France in optimal conditions. This service has been proposed by The Guitar Channel for several years now takes a new form. Click here to know all aboutThe Guitar Channel showroom

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Jennifer Batten live interview about Eddie Van Halen legacy, her projects and more

The incredible Jennifer Batten who played for 10 years on stage with Michael Jackson and 3 years with Jeff Beck was the guest of this live interview. It was an opportunity to look back on Eddie Van Halen's recent passing, his legacy and the various times Jennifer met him. The American guitarist also talks about

The French musician Hadrien Feraud is a world famous bassist who toured with greats like John McLaughlin or Chick Corea. The Covid lockdown interrupted a tour with Frank Gambale. That places you if it was necessary the caliber of Hadrien! Hadrien Feraud interview Activate the subtitles in English in the YouTube player Until the next

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Let's play a little! What do you think was used in the clip below to generate the guitar sound? Let me help you a bit, it's a 100% software solution. Mystery on a riff of U2 The song of U2 from which this riff is extracted is Until the End of the World, a great

Josh Smith live interview from his Flat Five studio in Los Angeles

The American guitar player and singer Josh Smith (joshsmithguitar.com) was my guest for a live interview from his Flat Five studio in Los Angeles. Here is the full recording of this Skype call. Josh Smith interview The Guitar Channel podcast The audio version of the video is available in the podcast on iTunes, Spotify and below:

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JD Simo, the American Blues guitar player born in Chicago and now in Nashville presents his latest self-titled album in this Skype interview. It is always a pleasure to interview this musician who is always very generous in his answers and full of a communicative energy despite the bleak times we are going through. JD

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Reveho collapsible travel guitar, CEO Alexandre Albisser presents the Slite model

The French startup Reveho (reveho.com) launches a Kickstarter campaign to finance the production and sale of the Slite, their model of collapsible travel guitar. The young team came to our showroom in April 2019 to present me with a prototype that was already promising. As of the recording date of this interview with CEO Alexandre

Nir Felder (nirfelder.com) is a New-York City based Jazz musician I interviewed for the first time at the Montreal Jazzfest in 2016. Here is again this time through a Skype interview to talk about his brand new album titled II. If you want to listen to some energetic modern Jazz, you have to check out

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In April 2019, The Guitar Channel went to Germany to cover the Musikmesse and visit Guitar Point, this fabulous Vintage guitar store in the suburbs of Frankfurt. It was the day of the "Sunburst Convention" which brought together no less than 14 Les Paul Sunburst's from the mythical years 1958, 1959 and 1960. The guitarist

Tora Dahle Aagård interview about the album

Discovered through her endorsement by French luthier Tom Marceau from Marceau Guitars (marceauguitars.com), Norwegian singer and guitarist Tora Dahle Aagård is the guest of this interview. it was conducted via Skype a few days before the release of her album Girls. In this record she manages to offer an amazing cocktail that mixes a modern

Ray White interview during X-Jamm 2020, Frank Zappa singer

During the annual X-Jamm 2020 concert organized during Winter NAMM, I had the opportunity to meet several musicians who have worked with Frank Zappa. Here is Zappa's singer and guitarist, Ray White. Ray White interview Until the next interview, keep on playing the guitar! Pierre Journel.

Adam Miller interview - Unify album, the inside story

It's always a pleasure to do an interview with Australian guitarist Adam Miller (adammiller.com.au). The first interview with him dates back to 2014 when he was in Europe to demonstrate Baker guitars and Tone King amps. In 2020 he released a superb instrumental album entitled Unify which he talks about here. Adam Miller interview -

In this review I present you the XTone Pro from Xsonic. This is a super cool USB 2 input audio interface which doubles as a MIDI pedalboard! Great piece of gear which works great with your favorite amp emulation software on your computer or mobile device. Disclaimer: this gear was sent to me by the

Davy Knowles guitar in hand interview at the PRS booth - NAMM 2020

Davy Knowles is a great guitar player who has been endorsed by PRS Guitars for many years now. It was a lot of fun to record this guitar in hand interview during the 2020 Winter NAMM show. Davy Knowles interview The Guitar Channel podcast with Davy Knowles The audio version of the video is available

Steve Swallow is a legendary bassist who plays with pianist Carla Bley and guitarist John Scofield. This interview was conducted in the context of the release of the excellent album titled Swallow Tales featuring compositions by Steve Swallow. Steve Swallow interview The Guitar Channel podcast with Steve Swallow The audio version of the video is available

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