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NAMM 2024, Day 1: Report & Interviews

Day one at NAMM, with no fewer than 8 interviews conducted in the show aisles! Suffice to say, it was a very intense and exciting day. Here's the full report. Interviews of the day Reports: Day 0 / Day 1 / Day 2 / Day 3 / Day 4 NAMM 2024, Day 1 Until the

NAMM 2024, report and visit before the opening!
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NAMM 2024, report and visit before the opening!

Having arrived in Anaheim in the afternoon, I was able to get a sneak preview of NAMM while some exhibitors were still setting up. Reports: Day 0 / Day 1 / Day 2 / Day 3 / Day 4 NAMM 2024, Day 0 Until the next interview or gear review, keep on playing the guitar!

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Juha Ruokangas,

Finnish luthier Juha Ruokangas (ruokangas.com) is a long-time premium subscriber to The Guitar Channel. I always enjoy interviewing him, as he is very generous and articulate in his answers. Here's an interview recorded via Zoom where he goes into great depth on the following subjects: Here's the third and last part of this interview. Thank

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Juha Ruokangas,

Finnish luthier Juha Ruokangas (ruokangas.com) is a long-time premium subscriber to The Guitar Channel. I always enjoy interviewing him, as he is very generous and articulate in his answers. Here's an interview recorded via Zoom where he goes into great depth on the following subjects: Here's the second part of this interview. Thank you to

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Juha Ruokangas,

Finnish luthier Juha Ruokangas (ruokangas.com) is a long-time premium subscriber to The Guitar Channel. I always enjoy interviewing him, as he is very generous and articulate in his answers. Here's an interview recorded via Zoom where he goes into great depth on the following subjects: Here's the first part of this interview. Thank you to

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Nicolas Meier and Pete Oxley, guitar in hand double interview

This is a double guitar-in-hand interview with two exceptional musicians: Nicolas Meier and Pete Oxley (meiergroup.com/oxley-meier). Special thanks to bassist José Fallot for bringing these two guitarists to the showroom. What a great encounter! As a bonus the is a triple session to listen to their music. Nicolas Meier and Pete Oxley interview Until the

Firehawk Springer Guitars review
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Firehawk Springer Guitars review

In the Springer Guitars (springerguitars.com) family, I present the Firehawk. This time, the luthier Mikaël Springer revisits Gibson's Firebird model, injecting it with his own DNA. Firehawk Springer review Until the next interview or gear review, keep on playing the guitar! Pierre Journel.

United Guitars #4, report on the sound check and concert at New Morning in Paris

The concert for volume 4 of the United Guitars (united-guitars.fr) project took place on Monday December 4th at the New Morning in Paris, with no fewer than 24 guitarists taking to the stage in succession! Ludovic Egraz and Olivia Rivasseau brilliantly rose to the challenge. A huge bravo to them and to all the musicians

Fred Walecki, interview with the legendary boss of Westwood Music in LA - Archives Treasury

Back in 2017, right after NAMM, thanks to my good friend luthier Isaac Jang, I was able to meet a local legend in the Los Angeles area, Fred Walecki who managed Westwood Music for more than 40 years. Here he is telling incredible stories of the guitar business world. Fred Walecki interview Until the next

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STS Guitars, interview with the luthier Jonas Mehne at the Guitar Summit 

German luthier Jonas Mehne of STS Guitars (sts-guitars.com) presented his stunning-looking guitars at Guitar Summit. I wanted to find out more, and here he is in an interview. Jona Mehne interview Until the next interview or gear review, keep on playing the guitar! Pierre Journel. Audio version available on The Guitar Channel Radio for premium

Alexandr Misko interview at the Guitar Summit in Mannheim, Germany

Russian musician Alexandr Misko (alexandrmisko.com) has now settled permanently in Germany. He was one of the acoustic guitarists featured at Guitar Summit. Here we interview him to get the latest news on this talented musician with a world of his own. Alexandr Misko interview Until the next interview or gear review, keep on playing the

Tausch Guitars Montreux model: awesome tone monster
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Tausch Guitars Montreux model: awesome tone monster

German luthier Rainer Tausch of Tausch Guitars (tausch-guitars.de) builds around twenty guitars a year to the highest quality standards. In this gear review, I present the Montreux model equipped with three Haüssel Staple-type pickups. Get ready, it sounds amazing! Review of a Tausch Guitars model Montreux Until the next interview or gear review, keep on

Daiya Tezuka and Shingo Hirano from Vemuram in interview at the Sound Messe Osaka

It was at the Sound Messe show in Osaka, Japan, that I had the incredible opportunity to meet and interview Daiya Tezuka and Shingo Hiran from Vemuram (vemuram.com). Such encounters are clearly one of the advantages of making the investment necessary to cover such far-flung shows. The Guitar Channel, the media that travelsthe most for

Macmull Guitars, interview with Tal Macmull at the Guitar Summit

During Guitar Summit 2023, I had the opportunity to meet Tal Macmull, the luthier and founder of Macmull Guitars (macmull-guitars.com). Here's the interview conducted on the Israeli manufacturer's stand. Tal Macmull interview Until the next interview or gear review, keep on playing the guitar! Pierre Journel. Audio version available on The Guitar Channel Radio for

Doug Aldrich interview at Blackstar booth during the Guitar Summit

Doug Aldrich was one of the guest stars at Guitar Summit in Mannheim, Germany. I was able to bump into him at the Blackstar booth to ask him a few questions and find out all about his upcoming projects. Doug Aldrich interview Audio version available on The Guitar Channel Radio for premium subscribers Until the

Puteaux Guitar Festival: a Sunday full of guitars!
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Puteaux Guitar Festival: a Sunday full of guitars!

Third and final awesome day of the Puteaux Guitar Festival and guitar show, in this report, we take you inside the event to let you experience the atmosphere from the inside. Reports: Day 1 / Day 2 / Day 3 Puteaux Guitar Show Sunday report Until the next interview or gear review, keep on playing

Crazy day at the Puteaux Guitar Festival with a lot of visitors and the demo concerts

Saturday was the big day at the Puteaux Guitar Festival luthiers' show, with the start of the demo concerts hosted by Marwan Boulaïd and Hugo Martin. It was a wonderful day, with lots of visitors, lots of testing in the studios, and some fine musical notes in the demo concerts and masterclasses. Reports: Day 1

Puteaux Guitar Festival 2023 - Setup and beginning of the guitar show

We're off! The 5th edition of the Puteaux Guitar Festival is launched with the guitar show, which I have the great pleasure of organizing once again. Relive the set-up and atmosphere of this guitar event in this report. Reports: Day 1 / Day 2 / Day 3 Friday report Until the next interview or gear

Chris Woods: interview with the Fingerstyle guitarist in Montreux

Chris Woods (chriswoodsgroove.co.uk) was one of the Fingerstyle guitarists scheduled for performances at the Montreux International Guitar Show 2023. He stopped by the The Guitar Channel booth to answer a few questions before going on stage. Chris Woods interview Audio version available on The Guitar Channel Radio for premium subscribers Until the next interview or

Fantastic final day at Guitar Summit 2023 (www.guitarsummit.de) with another rich harvest of interviews and the conclusion of the salon visit. Sunday once again drew a crowd of visitors, confirming that the passion for the guitar is as fervent as ever Interviews of the day Reports: Day 1 / Day 2 / Day 3 Guitar

Sensational Day 2 at Guitar Summit 2023: 8 interviews and show floor visit

Saturday at Guitar Summit 2023 (www.guitarsummit.de) was a memorable day at the exhibition, marked by a massive turnout, the presence of numerous guitar stars, and an exceptional musical atmosphere. The world of the guitar shone brightly in Mannheim! It's a great experience to be part of such a dynamic event entirely dedicated to the guitar

Diving into the heart of Guitar Summit 2023: show visit and showcases

The Guitar Summit (www.guitarsummit.de) 2023, the premier European event for guitar enthusiasts, resonated through the strings from September 22nd to 24th in Mannheim, Germany! Explore the thrilling details of the first day with our comprehensive coverage and delve into the captivating guitar show visit that marked the kickoff of this exceptional event. Congratulations to the

Iconic Guitars, the up-and-coming boutique guitar brand! Factory tour & Interviews

Iconic Guitars (iconicguitars.com) is an American boutique manufacturer we're hearing more and more about. I discovered them at NAMM 2022 and was impressed by the quality of their work. Having kept in touch with founder Kevin Proctor, I went to their Carlsbad factory for a full factory tour. It was also an opportunity to interview

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Zane Carney interview – NAMM 2016

From the archives, here is a 2016 unreleased interview of Zane Carney during the Winter NAMM 2016. Zane Carney interview Until the next interview or gear review, keep on playing the guitar! Pierre Journel. For more info:Zane Carney InterviewsGuitar in Hand Interviews

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Panucci Guitars, Angelo van Merrienboer luthier interview in Montreux and double demo

Dutch luthier Angelo van Merrienboer of Panucci Guitars (guitarlounge.nl) was one of the exhibitors at the second edition of the Montreux International Guitar Show. Here he is in an interview to present his guitars on his stand. As a bonus, after the interview you also get a double guitar demo recorded on site: a superb

John Shanks, interview with musician, Bon Jovi guitarist, composer, producer

One of the great things about going to Los Angeles for NAMM (or any other time for that matter!) is that you can potentially bump into incredible musicians at any time in the local music stores. Such was the case during our visit to L.A. Vintage Gear (lavintagegear.com) on Ventura Boulevard, where the famous John

Bizen Guitars, interview and demo at the Sound Messe in Osaka

Interview and guitar demo of Bizen Guitars at the Sound Messe (sound-messe.com) in Osaka, Japan. Bizen Guitars demo and interview Until the next interview or gear review, keep on playing the guitar! Pierre Journel. For more info:Sound Messe ArchivesGuitar Show ReportsLuthier Interviews

Interview with Kai Strawn at Sound Messe (sound-messe.com) in Osaka to present the SSK (ssk-corp.com), Walla Walla and Black Volt brands. Bonus: two guitar demos to give you an idea. Kai Strawn interview Until the next interview or gear review, keep on playing the guitar! Pierre Journel. For more info:Sound Messe ArchivesGuitar Show ReportsLuthier Interviews

Conor Casey boutique guitar builder interview at the Sound Messe in Osaka, Japan

Interview with Irish boutique guitar builder Conor Casey (caseyguitars.com) at the Sound Messe (sound-messe.com) in Osaka, Japan. Conor Casey interview Until the next interview or gear review, keep on playing the guitar! Pierre Journel. For more info:Sound Messe ArchivesGuitar Show ReportsLuthier Interviews

Freedom Custom Guitar Research interview with Makoto Fukano and guitar demos

Interview with Japanese luthier Makoto Fukano of Freedom Custom Guitar Research (global.fcgrtokyo.com) at Sound Messe (sound-messe.com) in Osaka. As a bonus after the interview, two guitar demos to give you an idea. Makoto Fukano interview Until the next interview or gear review, keep on playing the guitar! Pierre Journel. For more info:Sound Messe ArchivesGuitar Show