Scott Paul Taylor Guitars Natural Ressources Director interview

Interviewed for the first time at NAMM 2017, Scott Paul is the Natural Resources Director at Taylor Guitars (taylorguitars.com). Clearly he is the person responsible for the nature of the wood supply for the American guitar manufacturer. Three years later, the CITES regulations have evolved, the Urban Ash project has been launched, it was time

Avi Shabat luthier interview about exhibiting at NAMM as a boutique builder

Avi Shabat (shabatguitars.com) is an Israël born luthier who now lives and builds high-end electric guitars in the Los Angeles area. In this interview recorded in his workshop, he does a full debrief of the 2020 Winter NAMM where he exhibited. Avi Shabat luthier interview The Guitar Channel podcast The audio version of the video

Friedman amp factory tour by Dave Friedman in Huntington Park, Los Angeles

Right after NAMM 2020 we had the opportunity to not only have a private factory tour guided by Dave Friedman himself of the Friedman Amps (friedmanamplification.com) factory in Huntington Park, Los Angeles but also to record an interview with Dave afterward. Dave Friedman interview The Guitar Channel podcast The audio version of the video is

Dave Philips interview and demo at L.A. Sound Design in Burbank, Los Angeles

Thanks to the nice people at the L.A. Vintage Gear store, I was able to meet Dave Phillips from L.A. Sound Design (lasounddesign.net) who has his workshop right next door. Dave is a great pedalboard and rack builder who has worked for many guitar super stars from Mike Landau to Scott Henderson. Dave Phillips interview

L.A. Vintage Gear guitar store visit in Burbank, Los Angeles

There are some very nice guitar stores in Los Angeles, here is a splendid one dedicated to Vintage gear and high end boutique brands, L.A. Vintage Gear (lavintagegear.com) in Burbank. This is the kind of store where Michael Landau comes to buy his guitar stuff. Content of the full article Video tour of the store

Luthier Stephen Marchione and Jazz guitar player Mike Moreno interview

During the Winter NAMM 2020, I had the pleasure to record a double interview in the series "A Musician and His Luthier" with guitar master builder Stephen Marchione (marchione.com) and Jazz guitar player extraordinaire Mike Moreno (mikemoreno.com). Stephen introduced a new super model called the 69 at the show. Stephen Marchione and Mike Moreno interview

Orianthi interview at the PRS Guitars booth during Winter NAMM 2020

It was an interesting event to get to meet Orianthi and interview her at the PRS Guitars booth during NAMM. She talks about her connection with Paul Reed Smith, her current projects and more. Orianthi 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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Jared Scharff interview, Saturday Night Live house band guitar player

Jared Scharff has been the guitarist for 12 years for the house band of the legendary show Saturday Night Live on NBC (nbc.com/saturday-night-live). Suffice to say that he plays every week in front of tens of millions of people every week. In this context he played with Mick Jagger, Jeff Beck, Bruce Springsteen, Lady Gaga

Here is a new interview with Paul Reed Smith recorded during the 2020 Winter NAMM in the PRS booth. We talked about his recent stay in France and many other subjects. Paul Reed Smith interview The Guitar Channel podcast The audio version of the video is available in the podcast on iTunes, Spotify and below: Until

Marcus King Band soundcheck in Paris, March 1st 2020 at L'Alhambra

On March 1st 2020, the Marcus King Band played in Paris, France in the Alhambra concert hall. The Guitar Channel was onsite to record an interview with Marcus and to capture the band during the soundcheck with Marcus blessing. Marcus King Band soundcheck Marcus King amps Until the next interview, keep on playing the guitar!

Marcus King (marcuskingband.com) is not even 25 years old and already asserts himself as an incredible talented singer guitarist. In collaboration with Radio Perfecto Rock (radioperfecto.fr), here is a guitar in hand interview carried out in his dressing room at the L'Alhambra concert hall just before his Parisian concert on March 1, 2020. As a

Jens Larsen interview, awesome Jazz YouTuber - NAMM 2020

Interview recorded at NAMM 2020 with the Dutch guitar player Jens Larsen who runs a great Jazz YouTube channel full of great videos about learning how to play Jazz. He shares his stories about what was his first NAMM show. Jens Larsen interview The Guitar Channel podcast with Jens Larsen The audio version of the

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Guitar Review - California model from luthier Tony Girault

Here is a video of a great electric guitar built by a French luthier Tony Girault (giraultguitars.com) who is based in Normandy in a town called Evreux. This California model is a great Rock machine with its twin P90 pickups built by Tony himself. Config review For this video the guitar was plugged straight into

Jim de Luca interview, master luthier and product development manager at Gibson

Jim de Cola is master luthier and product development manager at Gibson USA. Here is an interview recorded at NAMM 2020 where he gives some inside information about how Gibson guitars are developed. Jim de Cola interview The Guitar Channel podcast The audio version of the video is available in the podcast on iTunes, Spotify and

Jared James Nichols interview about his collaboration with Gibson Guitars and more - NAMM 2020

Here is an interview recorded with the one and only Jared James Nichols (Bands In Town link) during the Winter NAMM 2020 right outside the gigantic Gibson booth on the 3rd floor of the Anaheim Convention Center. Jared James Nichols interview The Guitar Channel podcast The audio version of the video is available in the

Kingsley Durant interview - NAMM 2020

Kingsley Durant is a long time premium subscriber of The Guitar Channel as well as a great guitar player, here is an interview recorded during NAMM with him to talk about his record titled Point of Reference. Kingsley Durant interview The Guitar Channel podcast The audio version of the video is available in the podcast

Dave Weiner guitar in hand interview at the PRS booth during NAMM 2020

Dave Weiner has been playing live for Steve Vai for the past 20 year so we can safely say he is one of the very best guitar player in the business. It was a pleasure to record this guitar in hand interview with him at the PRS Guitars booth during the Winter NAMM. Dave Weiner

Last edition of the Holy Grail Guitar Show in 2020, Tania Spalt interview

The high-end guitar luthier show of the Holy Grail Guitar Show (holygrailguitarshow.com) will hold its very last edition on May 2nd and 3rd, 2020 in Berlin, Germany. Tania Spalt who works in the EGB (European Guitar Builders association) explains to us why the show stops in this interview recorded during the NAMM 2020. Tania Spalt

Andy Powers, Taylor Guitars master builder interview at NAMM 2020

It has become an yearly event: the interview with Andy Powers, master builder at Taylor Guitars during the Winter NAMM. The Californian brand has a huge booth divided in two, one side for the public with all the guitars, and another part for all meetings with clients and the media. In this second space there

Kim Bjørn interview - Co-author of the book Pedal Crush

Kim Bjørn is the co-author with Scott Harper of the awesome book called Pedal Crush which gives a great overview of the pedal world. Kim Bjørn interview The Guitar Channel podcast The audio version of the video is available in the podcast on iTunes, Spotify and below: Until the next interview, keep on playing the guitar!

Jude Gold interview at NAMM 2020: pro musician, journalist and podcaster

Jude Gold is not only an excellent pro guitar player gigging with Jefferson Starship but also a great journalist as well as a podcaster with his show called No Guitar Is Safe (Soundcloud link). It was a blast to finally be able to meet him during NAMM 2020 to record this in-depth interview. Jude Gold

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Sammy Boller interview at the Friedman booth at NAMM 2020

Already met in 2019 during the Friedman amp and guitar promotion tour in Paris, Sammy Boller (sammyboller.com) was one of the booth demonstrators at NAMM 2020. It was an opportunity to talk a little more about the music he just released in an album called Kingdom of the Sun. Sammy Boller interview The Guitar Channel

Right after Winter NAMM 2020, I had the opportunity to have a tour of the Huntington Park facility where the Friedman amps (friedmanamplification.com) are built. Furthermore, my private guide was Dave Friedman himself. Pretty cool. The full version of the article includes the full length video as well as a complete photo album. This Boutique

Bruce Forman Jazz guitar player interview - NAMM 2020

I discovered Bruce Forman by listening to Guitar Wank (guitarwank.com), the podcast he co-hosts with Scott Henderson and Troy McCubbin. It was a lot of fun to actually meet him and record this interview during NAMM 2020. Bruce Forman interview The Guitar Channel podcast The audio version of the video is available in the podcast

All good things come to an end ! Sunday is the last day of NAMM, paradoxically it is also probably one of the most pleasant because there are a lot less people, the exhibitors are more relaxed because the professional meetings are over, hence a more relaxed atmosphere . This is the last episode of

The biggest day of NAMM with maximum attendance. Huge day also for me regarding the interviews since I made no less than 14 including those recorded during the X-JAMM concert. Here is an episode of video blogging to relive this day when the sun was radiant. Interviews of the day Julien Bitoun Paul Reed Smith

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Winter NAMM 2020 - Day 2 - Vlog January 17th

Another great day at NAMM with a great series of interviews, including one with Jared James Nichols who is bursting with an incredible level of energy. Here is a new episode of the video blogging from Sunny California! Interviews of the day Andy Powers from Taylor Guitars Kingsley Durant Jared James Nichols Jim De Luca

This time, this is for good! The Winter NAMM 2020 has officially started. Here is day 1 in a full video blogging episode. Interviews of the day Jude Gold, Jefferson Starship guitar okayer and No Guitar Is Safe host Kim Bjørn, co-autor of the excellent book Pedal Crush Hanitra and Jean-Marc Bontemps Andrea - Dophix,

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Winter NAMM 2020 - Installation of the show - Vlog January 15th

For the first time since The Guitar Channel started to come to Los Angeles for NAMM, I would like to show you the installation of this gigantic show. It is quite fascinating to see the set up of all the booths. Some are already ready, others will be working very late this evening to finish

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In the series of factory tour videos, The Guitar Channel invites you to discover the Fender factory in Corona in the suburbs of Los Angeles. A unique opportunity to discover the place where all American Fender guitars are made, whether for standard models, Custom Shop and Masterbuilt. Fender factory visit in Corona Until the next