Here's an interview that should be of interest to all luthiers wishing to export their guitars to Japan. Indeed, Masahiro Murayama (neuvellaxe.com) is a Japanese businessman whom I bump into at all European guitar shows. In fact he does that to find luthiers whom he then imports to Japan. Here is an interview with Masahiro
The Sound Messe (sound-messe.com) is a guitar show held in Osaka, Japan every year, apart from the worries due to the pandemic. 2023 is the 10th anniversary of this show which is the only show of this size dedicated to guitar in Japan. After a first trip to the Land of the Rising Sun in
Hiroshi Ogino (oginoguitars.com) is one of the Japanese luthiers who exhibited at the Sound Messe Osaka show in 2019. Here is an interview with this talented craftsman. Hiroshi Ogino luthier interview Until the next interview, keep on playing the guitar! Pierre Journel.
At the Sound Messe 2019 show in Osaka, Japan, there was a hall dedicated to electrical, one to acoustics and a third for resellers. Blue-G (www.blue-g.com) is one of the very important guitar dealers in the Nippon archipelago. Takeshi Hayakawa is the director of this big store in Tokyo, which is on the corner of
The guitar builder Ryosuke Kobayashi (kobayashiguitars.com) was one of the talented luthier exhibiting at the 2019 Sound Messe Osaka in Japan. It was a pleasure to record an interview with him to showcase his beautiful acoustic instruments. Ryosuke Kobayashi luthier interview Until the next interview, keep on playing the guitar! Pierre Journel.
At the Sound Messe Osaka guitar show in Japan, there were of course a lot of Japanese luthiers. Keisuke Fujii (fujiiguitars.com) is one of those I had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing. Keisuke was an apprentice with master builder Kenji Sugita and now builds amazing acoustic guitars under his own name. Keisuke Fujii luthier
Luca Canteri (lcguitars.com) was one of the international luthier exhibiting at the 2019 Sound Messe in Osaka, Japan. This Italian craftsman is building some top of the line acoustic guitars in Spain. Luca Canteri interview Until the next interview, keep on playing the guitar! Pierre Journel.
During the 2019 Sound Messe guitar show in Osaka, Japan The Guitar Channel had the pleasure to meet Mr Makoto from Sugi Guitars (www.sugiguitars.com) and to record the following video interview. Makoto interview - Sugi Guitars Until the next interview, keep on playing the guitar! Pierre Journel.
During the 2019 Sound Messe Osaka, The Guitar Channel had the pleasure to meet Makoto Fukano and record a video interview with him. We talked about Freedom Custom Guitar Research (freedomcgr.com) and he demonstrated a cool technology they developed for neck bass guitar. Makoto Fukano interview Until the next interview, keep on playing the guitar!
The Spanish guitar brand Alhambra was one of the major brands present in Japan at the Sound Messe guitar show 2019 edition. A great opportunity to make a point with his representative Christophe Ravie for the first presence of Alhambra in this show. Christophe Ravie interview Until the next interview, keep on playing the guitar!
Kenji Sugita (sugitakenji.com) is a Japanese luthier who had a great influence in the lutherie world of this country as he had many apprentices who then settled on their own as Keisuke Nishi from Keystone Stringed Instruments for example. Kenji Sugita interview Until the next interview, keep on playing the guitar! Pierre Journel.
The luthier Akio Masuda was one of the Japanese luthiers who exhibited at the Sound Messe show in Osaka. It manufactures under its brand Water Road Guitars (www.waterroad-guitar.com) acoustic guitars very worked. Akio Masuda luthier interview Until the next interview, keep on playing the guitar! Pierre Journel.
Keysuke Nishi was one of the Japanese luthier exhibiting at the 2019 Sound Messe guitar show in Osaka. His work is truly remarkable and it was a lot of fun to met him and record this interview. Keisuke build some pretty incredible instruments under his brand Keystone Stringed Instruments (keystone-si.com). Keisuke Nishi luthier interview Until
The luthier Lars Rasmussen (rasmussenguitars.com) was one of two Swedish craftsmen present at Sound Messe 2019 in Osaka, Japan. Already met and interviewed at the Holy Grail Guitar Show in 2016, it was a pleasure to make this interview with him 3 years later. Lars Rasmussen interview Until the next interview, keep on playing the
Unfortunately there is not that many women building guitars, it's still the exception in this man's world. That's why I am very happy to present you with this interview with the Italian guitar luthier Noemi Schembri (noemiguitars.com) who was one of the exhibitor at the 2019 Sound Messe in Osaka. Noemi Schembri interview Until the
At the Sound Messe 2019 in Osaka, Japan there were also a lot of non-Japanese luthiers. Sweden's Ted Astrand (astrandguitars.com) was one of those with one of his great acoustic guitars. Interviewed back in 2015 during the Holy Grail Guitar Show in Berlin, Germany, it was time to interview again this talented guitar builder. Ted
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
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
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
Pete Thorn is a musician who works a lot, whether to produce his excellent videos on guitar gear or to tour behind great international stars around the world, he never stops. After Paris in 2013, our paths crossed again but at the end of the world this time since this new interview was held in
It is not often that we have the opportunity to visit a guitar factory and even more rare when it is in Japan in the depths of the Japanese Alps! This is what The Guitar Channel offers you with this factory tour of the company Deviser which builds the guitars brands Bacchus, Headway, Momose, Seventy
After Ochanomizu, we are now going to Shibuya in this series of three articles dedicated to the different districts of Tokyo in Japan where you can find guitar stores.
In this series of three articles you will discover the different districts of Tokyo in Japan where you can find guitar stores: Ochanomizu, Shibuya and Shin-Okubo, next to Shinjuku.
During the first Holy Grail Guitar Show I had the great pleasure to meet the luthiers from Jersey Girl Homemade Guitars from Japan Miss Akiko Oda and Mr Kaz Goto.