On August 3rd, 2018, the Irish luthier Chris Larkin passed away. I had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing him at the 2016 edition of the Holy Grail Guitar Show. To pay homage to him, The Guitar Channel invites you to discover this interview where he spoke with passion about his work and his extraordinary
In this new Luthier Chronicle, the Canadian luthier Michael Greenfield (www.greenfieldguitars.com) presents in details one of his models, the Greenfield G3. It's quite a feat to have the builder to present his own creation in such details. Michael Greenfield luthier - Presentation of a Greenfield G3 model Until the next interview, keep on playing the guitar!
In this new Luthier Chronicle, the Canadian luthier Michael Greenfield (www.greenfieldguitars.com) tells us the stories about this Mahogany tree which has become so mythical that it is commonly called "The Tree" in the world of luthiers. Here's a (bad) photo of a poster in Michal workshop where you can see four of the instruments with wood
Michael Greenfield is a Canadian luthier based in Montreal who makes acoustic guitars of very high quality. The Guitar Channel has already given you a tour of his wonderful workshop, this year I went back to see him on several topics including the guitar shows. Questions discussed in the interview Why exhibit in a guitar
The 2017 Festival de Guitare de Puteaux featured a luthier guitar show with 49 exhibitors. In order to discover the wonderful instruments exhibited by the luthiers as well as the amps of craftsmen for electric guitars, demonstration concerts were held throughout the weekend. Here are some video recordings below. Demo concert videos Musicians Gotti Olivier
Charles Janssen is the luthier for Schwung Guitars (www.schwung-guitars.com), he is based in The Hague, Netherlands. We first met via Facebook and then in Berlin at the Holy Grail Guitar Show where he was present as a visitor. Charles came to the showroom in Paris with nothing less than six of his instruments to present
Florian Schneider is a French luthier based in Montreal where he makes guitars and basses under the Millimetric Instruments brand. (www.millimetric.ca). He was making his first Holy Grail Guitar Show at this year's edition of the luthiers fair, which brings together the world's best luthiers selected by the association of the European Guitar Builders. Florian
Interviews done on Sunday May 6th 2018 at what has become the great guitar show for high end lutherie instrument that is the Holy Grail Guitar Show with luthiers and pickup builders: Juha Ruokangas - Ruokangas Guitars Jort Heijen - Red Layer Guitars Lindy Fralin - Fralin Pickups Jason Lollar - Lollar Pickups Ivan Mulia - iVee
At the 2018 Holy Grail Guitar Show, I had the opportunity to do an interview with Andy Manson, a legendary luthier who worked for Led Zeppelin's bassist John Paul Jones. In this in-depth interview I revisit with him his career. I have to say it was an honor and a true pleasure to interview this
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
This interview with Paul Hammer from the legendary brand Hamer Guitars was recorded during the 2018 Holy Grail Guitar Shows in Berlin, Germany. Paul Hamer interview Until the next interview, keep on playing the guitar! Pierre Journel.
One of the novelties of the 2018 edition of the Holy Grail Guitar Show was the presentation by the Finnish luthier Juha Ruokangas of a new guitar model, the Emma Maria archtop, named after his wife. Here is an interview to know everything about what led this luthier to develop this new instrument in a category
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
The EGB (European Guitar Builders association) organizes every year a symposium for its members, luthiers or guitar aficionados members of the association, with conferences dealing with many guitar subjects. This year it happened in Berlin right before the Holy Grail Guitar Show. www.europeanguitarbuilders.com EGB Symposium - Thursday May 3rd 2018 - Day 1 Here's the
For the second year, the NAMM offered a section dedicated to luthiers under the banner of the Boutique Guitar Showcase created and organized by Jamie Gale. There were 31 luthiers from all over the world who presented incredible guitars, whether acoustic or electric. The level was super high! Here's a selection of interviews done in
One of the great novelties of the NAMM 2018 was the great announcement of Taylor Guitars, the new V-Class bracing system developed by Andy Powers, the master builder of the Californian manufacturer. The Guitar Channel went to meet the luthier to know everything! Andy Powers interview Podcast Audio version of the interview available in the
In the wake of last year's Boutique Guitar Showcase, six luthiers have come together to present their instruments under the Luthiers Beyond Limits banner at NAMM 2018: Jean-Yves Alquier (see this article for the full report) Mario Beauregard Steve Klein Michihiro Matsuda Claudia and Claudio Pagelli Serge and John from Tao Guitars Since the NAMM
At the very end of Winter NAMM 2018 I had the pleasure to record a quick interview with Leonardo Buendia who is one of the very best high end acoustic guitar builder. Leo has been an apprentice for 3 years with the legendary guitar builder Ervin Somogyi, so needless to say, he knows how to
The NAMM 2018 was the occasion of the launch of the largest guitar project in France for years, the Alquier Guitars project led by three partners Jean-Yves Alquier (luthier), Jean-François Azam and Nicolas Mercadal. Indeed, it was the official presentation of the prototype guitars that will be manufactured in the factory, an ultra-modern facility equipped
Adriano Sergio is one of the luthiers who was part of the NAMM 2018 Boutique Guitar Showcase. Jamie Gale's Boutique Guitar Showcase was an entire section of the show floor where you could find high end luthiers from around the world. Previously interviewed in 2015 at the Holy Grail Guitar Show in Berlin, here is
Back in September, The Guitar Channel proposed you to listen to a guitar only using the audio file of the review. The objective was to use more our ears than our eyes to evaluate the sound. The suspens is over, now is the time to reveal the mystery guitar! It's a guitar hand built by
I met the luthier Isaac Jang in Berlin during the Holy Grail Guitar Show, one year later he was my guide in Los Angeles for 2 days to make me meet a lot of people including Kathy Wingert, also luthier, where he learned his trade for 10 years. This is an interview in Kathy's workshop with
Bill Asher is one of those luthiers who make instruments for stars like Ben Harper and many others. Through the luthier Isaac Jang I was able to meet Bill in his studio in Los Angeles to conduct this interview. Bill Asher interview Until the next interview, keep on playing the guitar! Pierre Journel.
Full disclaimer: The Guitar Channel was the co-organizer of the festival with the responsability of the luthier show with 49 exhibitors and the 27 demo concerts. From Friday September 29th until Sunday October 1st 2017, the Festival de Guitare de Puteaux took place in the Jean-Baptiste Lully music academy in Puteaux, just west of Paris
In Bruno's Fine Guitars showroom in Montreal, Bruno Coulombe has a fine selection of instruments from Canadian luthiers, Vintage guitars and a trio of guitars made by Argentine luthier Pablo Massa (www.pablomassa.com.ar). This is the Famiglia project that Pablo presented at the 2016 Holy Grail Guitar Show.
Godefroy Maruejouls is a French luthier who has been building high quality guitars, acoustic or electric. Last time we reviewed one of his acoustic instrument, this time this is an electric guitar called the Sorcerer 62. Video review of the Sorcerer 62 Audio version of the review For those into audio, here's the podcast version
The Alhambra factory in Muro de Alcoy in the province of Allicante employs many laborers specialized in lutherie and also has a team of expert luthiers, masters builders: Javier Mengual and José Margarit.
The American luthier Jason Kostal was one of the exhibitors of the Salon de la Belle Guitare of the Guitares au Beffroi 2017 festival. He was present in Montrouge with Michael Watts, a British professional guitarist who made the demos of Jason's guitars.
A nice shred machine in video review with this Soul Renegade built by the French luthier Benoît Guilbert.
Soul Renegade video review
Until the next interview, keep on playing the guitar!
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Gijs de Wit (www.dewitguitars.com) 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.