When Pascal Vigné and Saturax play Joe Satriani

On June 23rd 2018, The Guitar Channel / La Chaîne Guitare organized in Paris a masterclass about Joe Satriani music and guitar playing with on of the great Satch specialist in France, the one and only Pascal Vigné (www.pascalv.com) who was accompanied by Saturax (www.saturax.fr) another young musician into Joe's playing. Several songs were played, here are

Michael Greenfield luthier - His thoughts about guitar shows

Michael Greenfield is a Canadian luthier based in Montreal who makes acoustic guitars of very high quality. The Guitar Channel has already given you a tour of his wonderful workshop, this year I went back to see him on several topics including the guitar shows. Questions discussed in the interview Why exhibit in a guitar

Amp Review - Brut(e) Deluxe Dewitte Wired - 100% tube powered

The Toulouse brand of high end boutique guitar gear Dewitte Wired has in its range a tube amp which sounds awesome: the Brut(e) Deluxe. Nicolas Dewitte, the boss of the brand, was visiting the showroom with his amp under his arm for a tour of Paris, it was an opportunity to do a quick test

Ben Harper press conference - 2018 Montreal Jazz Festival

In general the exercise of the press conference is not very interesting because the format is very rigid and the answers just as framed. And yet, not being able to interview Ben Harper directly during the 2018 edition of the Montreal Jazz Festival, I went without great expectations to this event and it was an

Mike Stern interview - 2018 Montreal Jazz Festival

In interview Mike Stern, a sacred monster of Jazz guitar who played at the 2018 edition at the Montreal Jazz Festival in a formation he co-directed with Randy Brecker (trumpet). 20min of interview with this influential musician who radiates at 65 a phenomenal level of energy. A great meeting with a unique musician! As a bonus

Rich Robinson interview - The Magpie Salute and ex-Black Crowes

In the series of the guitar-in-hand interview, here's a video recorded with Rich Robinson, ex-Black Crowes and now leading The Magpie Salute. He was in Paris to promote the first studio album of the band High Water I. Rich Robinson interview Until the next interview, keep on playing the guitar! Pierre Journel.

2018 Montreal Jazz Festival (@MtlJazzFestival): here we go again!
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2018 Montreal Jazz Festival: here we go again!

After several Musikmesse, NAMM shows, Holy Grail Guitar Shows, and various others guitar shows in France, The Guitar Channel will cover again this year this great event in Quebec which is the Montreal Jazz Festival (www.montrealjazzfest.com). On my program for the 2018 Montreal Jazz Festival Interviews with musicians programmed on the festival Meetings with local luthiers, and God knows there are

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Amp Review - Heptode Jim 81: awesome sounding 100W solid-state amp

Jean-Luc Chtioui is a French engineer specialized in repairing guitar amps, with or without tubes. For his own line of amps under his brand Heptode, he chose to focus on making the greatest sounding solid-state amp possible. The Jim 81 100W amp - Heptode Recording setup Guitar #1: Strat / Vintage type pickups Guitar #2:

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Demo concert videos - Festival de Guitare de Puteaux 2017

The 2017 Festival de Guitare de Puteaux featured a luthier guitar show with 49 exhibitors. In order to discover the wonderful instruments exhibited by the luthiers as well as the amps of craftsmen for electric guitars, demonstration concerts were held throughout the weekend. Here are some video recordings below. Demo concert videos Musicians Gotti Olivier

Festival de Guitare de Puteaux 2018 - Luthier show application

The Festival de Guitare de Puteaux will hold its 2nd edition in the conservatory Jean-Baptiste Lully from Friday October 12th until Sunday 14th 2018. Puteaux is a nice suburb right next to Paris, France. Last year edition was visited by 2,800 visitors during the three days. 73% of the exhibitors were satisfied or very satisfied by the

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Shawn Cho interview - Vola Guitar CEO at the the showroom

Shawn Cho is one of the CEO of Vola Guitar. He came all the way from Korea to present the Made in Japan instruments built by Vola Guitar while he was visiting our showroom in Paris. During the last Winter NAMM I had the opportunity to take a look at the full range of guitars

Charles Janssen luthier interview - Schwung Guitars

Charles Janssen is the luthier for Schwung Guitars (www.schwung-guitars.com), he is based in The Hague, Netherlands. We first met via Facebook and then in Berlin at the Holy Grail Guitar Show where he was present as a visitor. Charles came to the showroom in Paris with nothing less than six of his instruments to present

Florian Schneider interview - Millimetric Instruments

Florian Schneider is a French luthier based in Montreal where he makes guitars and basses under the Millimetric Instruments brand. (www.millimetric.ca). He was making his first Holy Grail Guitar Show at this year's edition of the luthiers fair, which brings together the world's best luthiers selected by the association of the European Guitar Builders. Florian

Instagram gem - Horace Bray jazzy groove transcribed by Kevin Davis

Instagram is a social network full of exceptional musicians. Horace Bray (@horacebray.music) is one of those. This Instagram gem particularly attracted my ear when I watched it because Horace uses an unusual chord progression (at least for me!): Em7 / EbM7 / Dm7 / DbM7. This chromatic descent is fascinating, especially when you see what

2018 Holy Grail Guitar Show - Luthiers interviews - Part 2/2

Interviews done on Sunday May 6th 2018 at what has become the great guitar show for high end lutherie instrument that is the Holy Grail Guitar Show with luthiers and pickup builders: Juha Ruokangas - Ruokangas Guitars Jort Heijen - Red Layer Guitars Lindy Fralin - Fralin Pickups Jason Lollar - Lollar Pickups Ivan Mulia - iVee

Yuval Amihai interview - I Ain't Got Nothing But The Blues

Yuval Amihai is a young Jazz guitarist who continues to have an increasingly promising career. He came to the showroom to record a Guitar-in-Hand interview to talk about his latest album, I Ain't Got Nothing But The Blues, which is a treat. As an added bonus, the club members will be able to watch a

2018 Holy Grail Guitar Show - Luthiers interviews - Part 1/2

Interviews done on Saturday May 5th 2018 at the Holy Grail Guitar Show with luthiers and musicians: Andy Manson (luthier for John Paul Jones from Led Zeppelin!) - Andy Manson Guitars Paul Hamer (yes, the one who founded Hamer Guitars in 1973!) - H Guitars Rory Dowling - Taran Guitars Jacky Bastek / Jacky Walraet - EGB Community Build

Paul Hamer interview from Hamer Guitars
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Paul Hamer interview from Hamer Guitars

This interview with Paul Hammer from the legendary brand Hamer Guitars was recorded during the 2018 Holy Grail Guitar Shows in Berlin, Germany. Paul Hamer interview Until the next interview, keep on playing the guitar! Pierre Journel.

Luthier Juha Ruokangas presents the Emma Maria archtop model

One of the novelties of the 2018 edition of the Holy Grail Guitar Show was the presentation by the Finnish luthier Juha Ruokangas of a new guitar model, the Emma Maria archtop, named after his wife. Here is an interview to know everything about what led this luthier to develop this new instrument in a category

2018 Holy Grail Guitar Show - Video visit and debrief

To relive the 2018 edition of the Holy Grail Guitar Show, I invite you to watch this replay of the live broadcast made from Berlin on The Guitar Channel Facebook page. You will have a visit in the heart of this show that brings together the cream of the cream of the world luthiers in

2018 EGB symposium - Berlin
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2018 EGB symposium – Berlin – Full debrief

The EGB (European Guitar Builders association) organizes every year a symposium for its members, luthiers or guitar aficionados members of the association, with conferences dealing with many guitar subjects. This year it happened in Berlin right before the Holy Grail Guitar Show. www.europeanguitarbuilders.com EGB Symposium - Thursday May 3rd 2018 - Day 1 Here's the

2018 Holy Grail Guitar Show, 4th edition!
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2018 Holy Grail Guitar Show, 4th edition!

As for all the previous editions, The Guitar Channel will be on site in Berlin, Germany for the the Holy Grail Guitar Show. ​ www.holygrailguitarshow.com Get ready for a lot of photos and videos of this wonderful events featuring the best guitar luthiers in the world. Become a member of the club to benefit from the

2018 Guitar Summit - Preview of the 2nd edition in an interview

Last year in September was the debut edition of the Guitar Summit, a great show dedicated to all things related the six string world. From big brands to small builders, from electric guitar to acoustic, from amps to pedals and accessories, with demo concerts and masterclasses, it was all there and superbly organized. The 2018

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Bruce Gaitsch interview – Musician and songwriter

Just look at his Wikipedia page to see how much Bruce Gaitsch career as a musician and songwriter has been and continues to be rich! It is through Michel Salandini of MIJ Slected Guitars that The Guitar Channel had the opportunity to meet this outstanding guitarist at the 2018 Musikmesse. Bruce Gaitsch interview - Musician and

2018 G3 concert report - Uli Jon Roth / John Petrucci / Joe Satriani

The 2018 G3, this three-guitar concert formula launched by Joe Satriani, was at the Seine Musical on Monday, April 16, 2018, a brand new concert hall in Paris, France. The Guitar Channel was invited by the talented and multi-instrumentalist Mike Keneally, it was a beautiful evening very intense guitar night. In addition to Satch, the two

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

@SpringerGuitars Spartan model demo by Simon Ghnassia

Simon Ghnassia is a musician who is often featured on The Guitar Channel, here he is at the showroom just before an online masterclass trying a guitar built by luthier Mikaël Springer, a Spartan model (the guitar whose construction is documented in video in the Project Spartan). The cameras were rolling, here's the result. www.springerguitars.com

iRig Pre HD review: how to have a good electric guitar sound in a smartphone video

To follow up on the article entitled "Stop posting guitar demos filmed with a smartphone and how to do better!" here is a comparative review to show the results obtained on a smartphone video, an iPhone 6 in this case, using the iRig Pre HD from IK Multimedia. Three sound sources are compared: the internal

David Wallimann is a long time online friend who is an important Youtube guitar teacher with more than 110k subscribers on his YouTube channel. We almost met during the last NAMM but he couldn't make it at the last minute so we decided to do this Skype interview to talk about our respective projects built

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Private Session with Romain Pilon

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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