Andrea Ballarin is the Italian boutique guitar builder behind Manne Guitars (manne.com). Here is in an interview during the 2022 Padova Guitar Show. Check out also the interviews with bass players Daniele Camarda and Federico Malaman who both play Andrea's instrument. Andrea Ballarin interview Audio version available on The Guitar Channel Radio for premium subscribers
Teuffel, Ruokangas, Spalt, Sergio and Tausch, what the guitar builders have to say about The Guitar Channel
In January 2021, we were still in lockdown mode all over the world so there was no Winter NAMM that year. So I decided to do a live interview with several of the best and most original luthiers in Europe: Here is what they said spontaneously at the end of the interview. I was touched
Recently I had the pleasure to watch and do a review of the wonderful documentary John Monteleone: The Chisels Are Calling about the American living legend in guitar lutherie. So I switched into search mode to get in touch with John Monteleone (monteleone.net) to record an interview with him. Thanks a ton to Belgium guitar
“John Monteleone: The Chisels Are Calling” – Movie review on this documentary about the American luthier
John Monteleone (monteleone.net) is an American luthier well known for his acoustic guitars and especially his archtop instruments. In the tradition of D'Angelico and D'Aquisto, he perpetuates a certain idea of American lutherie. Played by the greatest, from Mark Knopfler to Eric Clapton through Julian Lage, David Grisman and many others, his guitars are very
For the second year in a row, The Guitar Channel went to Milano, Italy to cover the SHG Music Show (shgmusicshow.it), which offers an original cocktail of brand-name guitars, new, used and Vintage, as well as luthiers and pedal and amp manufacturers. Here is the video report from this magnificent Italian city which is Milano!
Paulo Gonçalves is the luthier of Futone Guitars (futoneguitars.com). Here he is in interview during the Guitar Summit 2022 at the show that was held for the 4th time in the Rosengarten of Mannheim in Germany. Paulo Gonçalves interview Until the next interview, keep on playing the guitar! Pierre Journel.
At Henning Pauly's 42 Gear Street event, I had the pleasure of interviewing luthier Nick Page who has been working full time since January 2021 for the manufacturer Maybach Guitars (maybach-guitars.de/en). The company's boss was also present in the person of Toni Götz and answered my questions. Interviews Nick Page and Toni Götz from Maybach
Of course there is a particular context around Ukraine for several months but Valiant Guitars (valiantguitars.com) offers above all top level boutique electric guitars. It was during 42 Gear Street that I had the pleasure to discover these instruments made next to Kiev and to have Max and Igor tell the story of this small
Met in Padova during the Padova Guitar Show, Paolo Lardera is the luthier of BlackBeard Guitars (chitarrebarbanera.it). I fell in love with his rather rootsy guitars made from reclaimed wood. The instruments I picked up are excellent and very resonant. Paolo Lardera interview Photo album Until the next interview, keep on playing the guitar! Pierre
Here are all the interviews done on SUnday, May 21, 2022, the second and last day of the Italian Guitar Show Padova (guitarshow.it), which is held near Venice. The interviews for the previous day are in this article. Interviews of the day Interviewees of the day Riccardo Gioggi Marco Omar Viola - MOV Guitars Luca
The American luthier Avishai Shabat (shabatguitars.com) that I had the opportunity to visit in his workshop in Los Angeles was among the exhibitors of NAMM 2022. Here he is in interview to give the latest news of his activity which is flourishing. Avishai Shabat interview More content reserved for subscribers Until the next interview, keep
Isaac Jang (isaacjangguitars.com) is a luthier that I already had the opportunity to introduce to you. He builds very high end acoustic guitars. Here he is in his new workshop in the Alhambra district of Los Angeles. Don't miss Isaac's workshop visit in this article. Isaac jang interview Until the next interview, keep on playing
This year the high-end acoustic guitar builder Isaac Jang (isaacjangguitars.com) was not exhibiting at the NAMM, he was there as a simple visitor enjoying seeing colleagues and friends from the guitar world. Here is his update from the show floor. Isaac Jang NAMM 2022 update To know more about Isaac's work,watch this series of interviews
Luthier Isaac Jang (isaacjangguitars.com) recently moved his workshop. He moved from his tiny studio in an alley off Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles to a larger space in Alhambra, another neighborhood in Los Angeles. Here's a tour of the beautiful place where Isaac builds his incredible acoustic guitars. The visit of the previous workshop is
These are the interviews conducted at the MIGS (migs.ch) on the second day of the show. Claudia and Claudio Pagelli (pagelli.com), the boutique guitar power couple were in Switzerland that week-end. Until the next interview, keep on playing the guitar! Pierre Journel.
Rainer Tausch (tausch-guitars.de) is a German boutique guitar builder who was one of the exhibitor at the first edition of the Montreux International Guitar Show in Montreux, Switzerland. Rainer was at this guitar show with a brand new model, La Grange, which he presents in this interview. Rainer Tausch presents La Grange model Until the
Cem Ocek (ocekguitars.com) is a Turkish luthier based in Germany who offers very original guitar shapes. Here he is in Zoom interview to present his Synapse and Puduhepa models. He has a very original approach to guitar design. The results are some cool instrument shapes very far from the usual LP or S style shapes
Angelo van Merrienboer is the builder behind the Panucci Guitars brand (guitarlounge.nl). He was one of the exhibitor at the Montreux International Guitar Show first edition. I was very happy to finally sit down with me and have him to tell his story during this guitar show in Switzerland. Angelo van Merrienboer interview - Panucci
During a tourist visit in Paris, France of Kari Nieminem, I had the pleasure to welcome the Finnish luthier at the showroom to do an interview about his extraordinary instruments. Versoul Guitars (versoul.com) offers beautifully crafted instruments with unique designs. Kari Nieminen interview The Guitar Channel podcast The audio version of the video is available
The MOOV Travel Guitar (moovguitars.com) is a foldable instrument, conceived and built in Greece. Here is an interview with Yorgos Bechlivanoglou who designed the guitar and builds them. It was recorded at the Festival Guitare Issoudun during the guitar show. Yorgos Bechlivanoglou interview The MOOV guitar in separated parts: Until the next interview, keep on
In 2018, during the Holy Grail Guitar Show in Berlin, Germany, I had the pleasure to interview the legendary guitar builder Andy Manson (andymanson.com) who worked with John Paul Jones from Led Zeppelin. Here is an interview recorded in Toulouse, France where he was one of the exhibitor during the guitar show around the Internationales
During the Guitar Show in Padova I had the opportunity to meet the Italian bassist Federico Malaman federicomalaman.com) who is a musician who is having a lot of impact in the bass world lately. He was at the show to demonstrate a bass made by the Italian luthier Andrea Ballarin from Manne Guitars (manne.com). Interviews
Rainer Tausch is the German guitar maker behind Tausch Guitars (tausch-guitars.de). He was the guest of a live interview on The Guitar Channel. In this video he talks about his training as a luthier, his 665 Raw Deluxe model and his philosophy of electric guitar building. Rainer Tausch interview Rainer Tausch interviews from the archives
The German guitar builder Robin Stummvoll from Verso Instruments (versoinstruments.com) has a very original approach to what is an electric guitar. In this live interview the luthier presents his Cosmo model which is built around a neck and a bent sheet of metal. Check-out his work, it's very refreshing to see an out-of-the-box design in
Thierry André (andreinstruments.com) is a boutique guitar builder based in the province of Québec in Canada. He was one of the exhibitor of the 2016 Holy Grail Guitar Show in Berlin, Germany, Here is in interview presenting one of his super original instrument. Thierry André luthier interview Until the next interview, keep on playing the
Sam Evans from Cardinal Instruments (facebook page) was one of the American boutique guitar builder exhibiting at the 2016 Holy Grail Guitar Show in Berlin Germany. Here is an interview recorded with him during the show. Sam Evans luthier interview Until the next interview, keep on playing the guitar! Pierre Journel.
As a wrap-up of the online edition of the 2021 Winter NAMM here is a live discussion with some of the best European boutique guitar builders who are regular exhibitors at NAMM and Andy Powers from Taylor Guitars. Guest list Tania and Michael Spalt from Spalt Instruments (spaltinstruments.com) Adriano Sergio from Ergon Guitars (ergonguitars.com) Ulrich
For the second year the amazingly creative luthiers Adriano Sergio from Ergon Guitars (ergonguitars.com) in Portugal, Michael Spalt from Spalt Instruments (spaltinstruments.com) in Austria and Uli Teuffel from Teuffel Guitars (teuffel.com) in Germany are joining forces under the banner of their Projetcs of Three (projectsofthree.com). In 2020 they released the Red Collection, for 2021 it
On the occasion of the Holy Grail Guitar Show in 2018, the European Guitar Builders (europeanguitarbuilders.com) association launched a project to build instruments for several female musicians. Here is the interview with bassist Julia Hofer and luthier Ferdinand Rikkers (rikkersgitaarbouw.nl) to talk about the bass designed and built in the framework of this EGB Community
At the occasion of the 2018 Holy Grail Guitar Show the European Guitar Builders (europeanguitarbuilders.com) association launched a project to build a guitar for several female guitar players. Here is the interview with musician Jacky Bastek with luthier Jacky Walraet about the guitar built during the EGB Community Build project. Jacky Bastek and Jacky Walraet