Bjorn Berge, the Norwegian giant, by size and talent, was in Paris for an acoustic concert at La Bellevilloise and to promote an excellent 100% electric album titled Who Else. Here's a Guitar in Hand interview right before the concert. Bjorn Berge interview Until the next interview, keep on playing the guitar! Pierre Journel.
The Korean-American luthier Isaac Jang (isaacjangguitars.com) was one of the exhibitors of Sound Messe Osaka 2019 in the high-end acoustic lutherie category. It is partly thanks to him that The Guitar Channel came to Japan because he was of a very precious help to prepare this trip. Already interviewed in Berlin during the Holy Grail
The owner of the American brand PRS which bears his initials was in Paris, France to animate a showcase in the concert hall of La Boule Noire in Pigalle. A great opportunity to make a new interview with Paul Reed Smith in a quieter atmosphere than at a show like NAMM or Musikmesse. Paul Reed
While in Japan for the Sound Messe Osaka 2019, The Guitar Channel took the opportunity to do an interview with the organizers of this great guitar event. 2019 is the ninth edition of the show. 150 exhibitors are present to showcase electric and acoustic guitars and ukuleles as well as amps, pedals and accessories. Marr
During the Sound Messe Osaka, I had the eye attracted by the work of the luthiers of Bizen Guitars (bizen-works.com) who propose their version of the Les Paul with an extremely neat lutherie work. Here's a video interview with one of the luthiers building the guitars. Bizen Guitars interview Until the next interview, keep on
Already meet at a Musikmesse, this time it is in Japan for the Sound Messe Osaka and not in Germany that The Guitar Channel had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing the luthier Ho Zen of Maestro Guitars (maestroguitars.com). Formed in part by Erwin Somogy, the Singapore luthier offers acoustic guitars and high-end ukuleles. Ho
New test run for the Universal Audio OX Amp Top Box which is this time connected to a Marshall 6101 combo. For reference, for comparison a recording was also made with a Shure SM57 positioned in front of the speaker combo. OX Amp Top Box / Marshall 6101 Connection of the OX on the amp
The luthier Michihiro Matsuda was one of the stars of the violin making world present during the fair of Sound Messe Osaka 2019. Interviewed for the first time in 2014 during the first edition of the Holy Grail Guitar Show in Berlin, here is a new interview with this artisan who influences so many luthiers.
Big intense day for the closing of the Sound Messe Osaka with a lot of visitors (more than 7000 about the whole of the 3 days). So here is the third and final part of the Video Blogging so you can see what happened today during the show. Interviews of the day Christophe Ravi -
Saturday, May 11, 2019 was the real beginning of the Sound Messe Osaka show with the opening to the public. All exhibitors are present this time, including the independent luthiers. Here is the seconde episode of the Video Blogging series for this day. Interviews of the day Ho Zen - Maestro Guitars Yukihiro Sakamoto -
Here is the live report in Video Blogging mode of the first day of the guitar show of Sound Messe Osaka in Japan. This is actually the final day of installation of the event with the afternoon specifically reserved for buyers. Summary of the full article Full video of the report Micro-interviews Album photo of
The Sideman FX tube amp from Kelt Amplification, entirely Made in France and even 100% in Brittany is a beautiful sound machine with an integrated effects loop. Kelt Sideman FX review Until the next gear review or interview, keep on playing the guitar! Pierre Journel.
For the 3rd time The Guitar Channel was doing an interview with the singer and guitar player Ana Popovic who proposes with "Like It on Top" a strong album very well produced. A great opportunity to do a Guitar in Hand interview before her concert at the New Morning in Paris. Summary of the full
Here's a new review for the Universal Audio OX Amp Top Box which is this time connected to a Sideman FX Kelt head and cab. For reference, for comparison a recording was also made with a Shure SM57 positioned in front of the 15 inch speaker cab. OX Amp Top Box / Sideman FX amp
The brand Drybell based in Croatia offers pedals of excellent quality as the Vibe Machine which is the choice of Mike Landau to have a sound of Univibe on his pedalboard. The Unit67 is a multifunction pedal with boost, 3-band equalizer and compressor. Video Review - Drybell Unit67 Until the next gear review or interview, keep
In our quest to always better cover the six string world, The Guitar Channel will go to Japan to cover the guitar show of the Sound Messe held in Osaka from May 10 to 12, 2019. In 2017 during a family tourist trip, I had subtly influenced the course to make a detour up in
The model Jan Ray overdrive pedal from the Japanese manufacturer Vemuram is the star of this video gear review. I found that this pedal sounded remarkably well with a great response to the playing dynamics. Judge for yourself via the video below. Vemuram Jan Ray overdrive video Until the next interview, keep on playing the
On Sunday June 16, 2019 at 15:30 will be held the 6th edition of the International Guitar Rendez-Vous concert organized by and with Shaï Sebbag. His guest for 2019 is guitarist Fingerstyle of Scottish origin Will McNicol. They both came to the showroom to talk about this beautiful moment of guitar and music. Sunday June
Los Angeles is a gigantic city full of guitar shops. Last year The Guitar Channel made a visit of Norman's Rare Guitars, the legendary vintage instrument store. This year, there are three stores including the famous Guitar Center on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood that was recently redone. Also, the Mesa / Boogie store just opposite
During the 2019 Musikmesse, The Guitar Channel had the pleasure of meeting the German musician and entrepreneur Thomas Blug, founder of the brand Bluguitar (www.bluguitar.com). Thomas Blug interview Until the next interview, keep on playing the guitar! Pierre Journel.
Gary Lucas interview guitar-in-hand – Wrote “Grace” with Jeff Buckley, played with Captain Beefheart
Thanks to the connection of the bassist Laurent David (whom I warmly thank you for this), The Guitar Channel offers a Guitar in Hand interview with the guitarist Gary Lucas. Not only Gary Lucas was one of the discoverers of Jeff Buckley with whom he co-wrote Grace and Mojo Pin, but he also worked with
At the Musikmesse 2019, The Guitar Channel did an interview on the Furch Guitars booth to present this brand of acoustic guitar which manufactures beautiful instruments in the Czech Republic. Furch Guitars interview Until the next interview, keep on playing the guitar! Pierre Journel.
While visiting the Guitar Point store in the village of Maintal a few kilometers from Frankfurt, The Guitar Channel was able to conduct an interview with Detlef Alder who founded the store. Get ready, because he has some guitar stories to tell! Detlef Alder interview The Guitar Channel podcast The audio version of the video
Taking advantage of the trip to Germany for the Musikmesse, The Guitar Channel went to discover Guitar Point the famous Vintage guitar shop. A dozen kilometers from Frankfurt, in a village called Maintal is indeed a unique store which several subscribers of The Guitar Channel boasted the merits for a long time. Well, I was
Musikmesse great novelty for 2019, the holding of a Pop-Up Market on Saturday with a very low entry price of € 5. An excellent initiative that brought together many dealers of Vintage guitars including Mathias Jabs from Scorpions, dealers of used equipment, accessories and records. Video visit of the 2019 Musikmesse Pop-Up Market Photo Album of
This is the episode of the video blogging for the second and last day that The Guitar Channel has spent in Frankfurt for this 2019 Musikmesse. Many interesting discussions with people from the guitar business and one interview with the one and only Thomas Blug, founder of Bluguitar. Vlog - 2019 Musikmesse - Friday 05/04/19
This is the 7th year that The Guitar Channel makes the trip to Frankfurt in Germany for the Musikmesse . It is clear that this show has changed a lot since then and not always in the right direction. Indeed, the guitar section is now hardly a reflection of what it was. No more big
Friedman is a well-known tube amp brand that also has its range of pedals and guitars (made by Grover Jackson for that matter). The BE-OD overdrive pedal is supposed to be the replica of the saturated channel of the BE-100 amp, the flagship of the American brand. Let's go for this video test of this
The French pedal manufacturer Anasounds (anasounds.com) now offers a pedal named High Voltage. The promise of the manufacturer from Nice for this pedal is simple: get the sound of Malcom Young from AC/DC, just that! Promise kept? Let's hear it... Summary of the full review Full video Pros and cons of the pedal Conclusion: promise kept?
Here's a video review of the Friedman DS40 plugin available in the Universal Audio Apollo interface. Friedman is well know for the quality of their tube amp. That's why I was very curious to test drive the plugin based on their DS40 model. Here's a screenshot of the plugin : Setup used for the review