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A busy Fall season for The Guitar Channel!

Fall is traditionally a very busy period on the side of guitar events because there are a lot of shows and festivals that are held at that time. Below are the events on which The Guitar Channel will be present whether to cover the event, to exhibit or ... as an organizer! September 7th to

The Sonore Festival will have its 2nd edition in Montreal, Canada on September 21st, 22nd and 23rd 2018. The luthier Théo Kazourian is one of the co-organizers of the event which will gather acoustic and electric luthiers, manufacturers of amps and pedals in the Quebec metropolis. A beautiful guitar event that echoes the now disappeared Montreal

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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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

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 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. ​ 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

Guitar Show : 2018 Guitares au Beffroi (Montrouge), the best edition ever

From March 23rd to the 25th 2018, in Montrouge (right next to Paris), took place the sixth edition of the Guitares au Beffroi festival with a beautiful concert program and a splendid guitar show with 75 exhibitors (luthiers, artisans, brands, etc.). Photo Album There were many visitors in the guitar show throughout the week-end:

Gitarre & Bass / The Guitar Channel collaboration: an example to develop

One a beautiful morning in March 2018, while having breakfast and scanning Facebook on my phone I stumbled upon a photo with Dieter Roesberg, editor in chief of Gitarre & Bass, extracted from an interview made at the show of Guitar Summit 2017 in Mannheim, Germany. I must say that it's nice to work with

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Dieter Roesberg interview – Guitar Summit organizer

At the first edition of the Guitar Summit in Mannheim in September 2017, The Guitar Channel had the opportunity to meet and interview Dieter Roesberg, the editor-in-chief of the Gitarre & Bass guitar magazine and organizer of the show. Below is the interview with this great professional in the field. Dieter Rosberg interview Audio version

Following the Festival de Guitare de Puteaux, The Guitar Channel, having organized the luthier show and the 27 demo concerts, made a satisfaction survey with the exhibitors in order to evaluate the work that had been done and see the areas for improvement. The survey contained ten questions: the first six questions were scored out

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Organized by the prestigious German Gitarre & Bass magazine, the Guitar Summit ( was held in Mannheim, Germany, for its first edition from September 8th to 10th, 2017. The objective: to offer a show 100% dedicated to the guitar.

The Guitar Channel: co-organizer of the 2017 Festival de Guitare de Puteaux, France

The Guitar Channel is co-organizing the first Festival Guitare de Puteaux which will take place September 29th, 30th and October 1st 2017 in the gorgeous music academy of this cosy suburb of Paris, the Conservatoire Jean-Baptiste Lully. The Guitar Channel is organizing the guitar show with more than 40 exhibitors and the demo concerts.
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Friday Sept. 29th - Saturday Sept. 30th - Sunday Oct.

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The Guitar Channel will be present at the Guitar Summit which is a new 100% guitar event which will be held from Friday 8th to Sunday September 10th in Mannheim, Germany.

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The Guitar Channel official partner of the Festival Guitare Issoudun

Very pleased to announce that The Guitar Channel is now an official partner of this major guitar event of the year in France which is the Festival Guitare Issoudun (

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Gijs de Wit luthier interview - Guitares au Beffroi 2017

Gijs de Wit ( was one of the foreign luthiers exhibiting at the 2017 edition of the Guitares au Beffroi guitar show in Montrouge (right next to Paris). Gijs De Wit luthier interview Gijs de Wit luthier photo album Until the next interview, keep on playing the guitar! Pierre.

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Guitar Events – All the on-site video reports

Each time The Guitar Channel is covering an event like a fair or a festival, we record a live report which is then available later for replay. This allows all the guitar aficionados to live the event from the inside. Here are all those videos in one playlist. Here's the list of the events covered:

Holy Grail Guitar Show
Festival Guitare Issoudun
Guitares au Beffroi
Gear Evenings organized by The Guitar Channel
Factory Tour

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During those events, interviews are recorded and available
through the Backstage Pass subscription.

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Interviews done during the 2017 Musikmesse

Despite the absence of many big brands that do not drain anymore in their wakes the artists to make demos on the booths, there were nevertheless many interesting people to meet on this 2017 Musikmesse.

Guitares au Beffroi festival and guitar show - The comeback

The festival Guitars au Beffroi ( 2017 and its luthier guitar show closed their doors last week on the 5th edition. This major event of the guitar in France has proposed two and a half days of high quality festivities around our favorite instrument.

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NAMM 2017: The Guitar Channel game plan

For a third consecutive year, The Guitar Channel will be present at the Winter NAMM which is held every year in Los Angeles in Anaheim.

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On the weekend of October 8th and 9th 2016 will be held the 3rd edition of the Holy Grail Guitar Show, a luthier salon organized by luthiers via the EGB (european association of guitar makers) and for luthiers : 135 selected guitar makers will be in Germany to showcase their instruments. logo_hggs_2016_year_web Whether you are into acoustic guitars, electric, archtops, modern, vintage inspired, etc., you will be in for a treat for your eyes and your ears as it is possible to try all the instruments and see them played by professional musicians. HGGS2015_Pano As for the first two editions of the show, The Guitar Channel will be on site to conduct interviews of these luthiers and musicians and to make you live from inside this unique event.

Follow The Guitar Channel in Berlin

All along the Holy Grail, it will be possible to get the lastest updates through the social networks: Until the first news from Berlin, you can access all the archives from previous editions of the show in this list. Pierre. [s2If !current_user_can(access_s2member_level0)]
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The journey of luthier Adriano Sergio (Ergon Guitars) to the Holy Grail Guitar Show

In 2015 I had the pleasure of doing a video interview luthier Adriano Sergio (Ergon Guitars) at the Holy Grail Guitar Show. The story of his journey from Portugal to Germany has been documented in a beautiful video you can see below.

The journey of luthier Adriano Sergio to the Holy Grail Guitar Show
Sit down comfortably and get ready to enjoy this great documentary where you will learn a lot about the life of a luthier. In addition to Adriano Sergio, you will also see other guitar builders such as Juha Ruokangas, Michael Spalt or Andy Mason.

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An interview to know everything about Eastman Guitars

Here's an interview with Pepijn 't Hart, european responsible for Eastman Guitars which was an exhibitor at the Guitares au Beffroi festival in Montrouge near Paris.

Interview with Pepijn 't Hart about Eastman Guitars

Photos of the Eastman Guitars booth
Here are a couple of pictures taken on the Eastman booth during the guitar fair :

The range of instruments proposed by Eastman is very wide, from acoustic to mandoline including hollow-bodies and archtop guitars:

The wonderful back of the mandolin presented in the interview:

Until the next interview, keep on playing the guitar!


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Guitares au Beffroi 2016: videos and take away

The Guitares au Beffroi 2016 festival just ended in Montrouge, just outside of Paris. It is time to make a summary of it. The Guitar Channel was an exhibitor at the guitar fair so this will be the main focus of the post.

Kudos to Armel Amiot, the guitar fair organizer (watch his interview here), who was able to organize an event in a difficult context.

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Snapchat stories of Guitares au Beffroi 2016
During the show I took a lot of short video clips with Snapchat. Those were compiled in Snapchat Story every day.

Guitares au Beffroi 2016: Interview with the guitar show organizer

The festival Guitares au Beffroi 2016 includes as previous years a guitar show called Le Salon de la Belle Guitare which means The Show of the Beautiful Guitar. Here's below a video interview with Armel Amiot, the guitar show organizer.

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Guitares au Beffroi 2016 - Interview with the guitar show organizer
As the guitar show organizer, Armel Amiot is the point of contact in case you are interested in being an exhibitors.

Guitares au Beffroi 2016 : an international guitar show right next to Paris

The fourth edition of the guitar fair during the Guitares au Beffroi 2016 festival is going to be even more international this time with luthiers from Europe and further. It will take place from 25 to 27 March 2016 in Montrouge, right next to Paris. Below are four examples of European craftsmen that you can meet at the show.

Laguz The Special from Soultool Customized Guitars - Guitar review

The Laguz The Special guitar from Soultool Customized Guitars is an instrument which was presented by the luthier Egon Rauscher (watch his interview in this article) during the 2015 Holy Grail Guitar Show.

Luthier Nic Delisle interview

During my coverage of the 2015 Montreal Jazz Festival I had the pleasure to do a Nic Delisle interview. Nic is a luthier for Island Manufacture Instrument. He is installed in the Montreal island north of downtown in a co-working space with other luthiers. He has a special approach to guitar building with an unorthodox design which is very original.

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Leo Guitars: interview with the luthier Darko Milojevic

Here's an interview with luthier Darko Milojevic from Leo Guitars ( during the 2015 Holy Grail Guitar Show. Darko has been building guitars for 7 years now so knows what he is talking about and the high quality of his instruments shows it. Reinterpreting the Les Paul theme is not that easy, especially when you want to bring your own special flavour to this timeless classic of the electric guitar.

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Here's a double Michael Spalt interview I did during the Salon de la Belle Guitare of the festival Guitares au Beffroi ( which took place in Montrouge near Paris in March 2015. Austrian luthier Michael Spalt was there as an exhibitor and as the president of the European Guitar Builders (EGB). One of the main activity of the EGB is the organization of the Holy Grail Guitar Show where I went for the first edition in Berlin last year.

So we did two interviews instead of one! The one above is the one about his life as a luthier.