Andy Wood, guitar in hand interview with the musician who came from the mandolin

Thanks to Mark Lettieri I was able to get in touch with Andy Wood, this American musician is incredibly good at the guitar and started at the mandolin. His Junktown album of instrumental music is a treat with a melodic sense worthy of his idols Eric Johnson or Eddie Van Halen. Andy Wood interview The

Sean Ashe guitar in hand interview with the talented musician

First met in 2018 at NAMM, Sean Ashe (seanashemusic.com) is an American musician with a strong melodic sense. He has released a new single called Ocean on May 15, 2021, 5 years after his album Flux. It is guitar in hand (a Tom Anderson of course!) that he answered all my questions from his home

Classic S Suhr, the best American Super Strat today

"Classic S Suhr, the best American Super Strat today?" Come on! Let's assume the bold statement that the Classic S from Suhr Guitars (suhr.com) represents the best of the modern Super Strat in the production guitar segment. Big fan of John Suhr (whom I hope to interview one of these days!!) and his work in

Showroom feature: Tausch Guitars model 665 Raw in Candy Apple Red

As part of the service proposed to boutique guitar builders to exhibit and try out instruments in our private showroom in Paris, France here is the model 665 Raw in a gorgeous Candy Apple Red relic finish from Tausch Guitars (tausch-guitars.de). This guitar built in Germany by the luthier Rainer Tausch is full of cool

Cory Wong, guitar in hand interview with the musician from Vulfpeck and Fearless Flyers

Cory Wong (corywongmusic.com) is one of those guitarists who make you tap your foot immediately because of his incredible sense of groove. Whether it's through his solo albums or with Vulfpeck or Fearless Flyers, this guitar Funk master takes you in an irresistible whirlwind. Here he is in an interview with his guitar in hand

MicroPitch Eventide express gear review of a pitch shifting stereo delay

The American pro audio brand Eventide continues to renew its guitar pedal line. After the BlackHole reverb, the MicroPitch offers a stereo delay with the famous Eventide detuning function. The possibilities of this pedal are incredible as it can be a simple delay, a stereo multi-tap delay, a stereo delay with modulation or a chorus!

Showroom feature: Tausch Guitars model 665 Raw Deluxe

As part of the service proposed to boutique guitar builders to exhibit and try out instruments in our private showroom in Paris, France here is the model 665 Raw Deluxe from Tausch Guitars (tausch-guitars.de). This guitar built in Germany by the luthier Rainer Tausch is full of cool features (see specs below) Tausch Guitars 665

Octopus G2002 Spalt review, awesome sounding guitar and a piece of art

Make no mistake the Octopus G2002 from Spalt Instruments might look like a piece of art (guess what, it is one!) but it is first and foremost a badass guitar! It was a real pleasure to review this guitar which spent a couple of weeks at our showroom in Paris before heading to Japan. This

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

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

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

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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At the Winter NAMM 2020, the Mexican reissues of the Fender Lead models caught my eye. A few weeks later, here is now the complete test of the two Mexican Fender Lead series, the Lead II and the Lead III. To make it simple, the II is equipped with two single-coil pickups and the III

Fender Duo-Sonic, an excellent Fender Made in Mexico, in Desert Sand!

With its scale of 610 mm instead of 648 mm on a normal Strat, this Fender Duo-Sonic is terribly sexy! Especially in that Desert Sand finish with its anodized plate which is a must have for this model. Here is the complete test of this beautiful Made in Mexico reissue of a flagship model from

Joseph Yun, guitar in hand interview at the Musicians Institute Hollywood

Thanks to my luthier friend Isaac Jang, I was able to meet Joseph Yun (josephyunmusic.com), a young talented guitar players. As he is a former student of the Musicians Institute Hollywood, we recorded this guitar in hand interview in the school. Joseph Yun interview guitar in hand The Guitar Channel podcast with Joseph Yun The

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!

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

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

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

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

Ralph Bonte luthier interview - Arrenbie Guitars at the 2019 Madrid guitar show

The Belgian luthier Ralph Bonte was one of the exhibitors of the Luthier Guitar Show in Madrid where he presented very beautiful instruments made in Bruges in Belgium under his brand Arrenbie Guitars (arrenbieguitars.be). Ralph Bonte luthier interview Until the next interview, keep on playing the guitar! Pierre Journel.

Sammy Boller (sammyboller.com) is a young American guitarist met at the Friedman clinic in a Paris amp store (see the full report in this article). Although I only discovered him a couple of days before, the opportunity was too good not to do an interview with him. Sammy Boller interview Until the next interview, keep

Ron Bumblefoot Thal guitar in hand interview in Paris

Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal was in Paris between two masterclasses in Europe, here he is in guitar in hand. A unique opportunity to see Ron shred on T-Bone Walker 1949 ES-5N Gibson! Summary of the complete article The complete video of the interview What Ron did since the last interview His first guitar riff His first

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

Guitar Review - Vola Guitar Zenith, double humbucker beauty

In this new Gear Review, we present the high-end category at Vola Guitar, the Zenith model which is characterized by a beautiful top and a great hardware. It's another great example of the Made in Japan high quality of instrument building. Vola Guitar - Zenith model Until the next gear review or interview, keep on playing the

Oz Noy interview - 2019 Winter NAMM

The 2019 edition of Winter NAMM is an opportunity to meet in real life the huge musician Oz Noy interviewed for the first time in audio in 2015 via Skype. This time it was in the basement of the Anaheim Hilton that we recorded this video. Oz Noy interview Until the next interview, keep on

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Here is the first article in a series dedicated to the Strandberg Boden Original 6. Intrigued for a while by the work of this brand which you can find an interview with the founder Ola Strandberg made in 2013 at Musikmesse, The Guitar Channel has acquired a model in order to do an independently review,

Guitar Review - 2007 Gibson Les Paul Faded

In search of a Les Paul to equip the showroom to have this reference sound in the arsenal available to visitors and for testing gear, The Guitar Channel had the opportunity to test this 2007 Gibson Les Paul Faded at length kindly lent by a member of the network (thank you Sebastien!). This guitar has

Guitar Summit 2018 - Video blogging - Day 2

This year again for this second edition, the German Guitar Summit in Mannheim was a great opportunity to produce a nice series of video interviews which are listed below. We highly recommend this event which proposes an excellent array of guitar exhibitors with a full program of concerts, masterclasses and conferences. 2018 Guitar Summit interviews

Guitar Review - Raccoon model from luthier Camille Jacob

It's a pleasure to discover the artisanal production of a young French luthier. The Raccoon is designed and manufactured entirely by Camille Jacob who also makes the excellent AMI Effects pedals. This instrument literally impressed me by the quality of the lutherie, this is top quality stuff. www.cjguitars.com Specifications Finish:  shiny nitro-cellulo Body: one piece