Michael Keneally shares his memories playing with Frank Zappa

Mike Keneally is an extraordinary musician who plays guitar as well as keyboards and piano. He has accompanied and collaborated with musicians such as Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Devin Townsend and Frank Zappa. In this interview conducted during the NAMM 2020 X-Jamm concert, he shares his memories with Frank Zappa to whom the evening was

The luthiers explain why The Guitar Channel interviews are the best

During the Winter NAMM 2021 online edition, the Believe in Music week, The Guitar Channel organized a Zoom call with some of the best European luthiers, the full video is available in this article. At the end of the call, we started an informal discussion and the luthiers shared why they think the interviews done

Winter NAMM 2021 live wrap-up - Spalt, Ruokangas, Ergon, Teuffel and Taylor Guitars

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

Ray White interview during X-Jamm 2020, Frank Zappa singer

During the annual X-Jamm 2020 concert organized during Winter NAMM, I had the opportunity to meet several musicians who have worked with Frank Zappa. Here is Zappa's singer and guitarist, Ray White. Ray White interview Until the next interview, keep on playing the guitar! Pierre Journel.

Davy Knowles guitar in hand interview at the PRS booth - NAMM 2020

Davy Knowles is a great guitar player who has been endorsed by PRS Guitars for many years now. It was a lot of fun to record this guitar in hand interview during the 2020 Winter NAMM show. Davy Knowles interview The Guitar Channel podcast with Davy Knowles The audio version of the video is available

Avi Shabat luthier interview about exhibiting at NAMM as a boutique builder

Avi Shabat (shabatguitars.com) is an Israël born luthier who now lives and builds high-end electric guitars in the Los Angeles area. In this interview recorded in his workshop, he does a full debrief of the 2020 Winter NAMM where he exhibited. Avi Shabat luthier interview The Guitar Channel podcast The audio version of the video

Luthier Stephen Marchione and Jazz guitar player Mike Moreno interview

During the Winter NAMM 2020, I had the pleasure to record a double interview in the series "A Musician and His Luthier" with guitar master builder Stephen Marchione (marchione.com) and Jazz guitar player extraordinaire Mike Moreno (mikemoreno.com). Stephen introduced a new super model called the 69 at the show. Stephen Marchione and Mike Moreno interview

Orianthi interview at the PRS Guitars booth during Winter NAMM 2020

It was an interesting event to get to meet Orianthi and interview her at the PRS Guitars booth during NAMM. She talks about her connection with Paul Reed Smith, her current projects and more. Orianthi interview The Guitar Channel podcast The audio version of the video is available in the podcast on iTunes, Spotify and below:

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Jared Scharff interview, Saturday Night Live house band guitar player

Jared Scharff has been the guitarist for 12 years for the house band of the legendary show Saturday Night Live on NBC (nbc.com/saturday-night-live). Suffice to say that he plays every week in front of tens of millions of people every week. In this context he played with Mick Jagger, Jeff Beck, Bruce Springsteen, Lady Gaga

Here is a new interview with Paul Reed Smith recorded during the 2020 Winter NAMM in the PRS booth. We talked about his recent stay in France and many other subjects. Paul Reed Smith interview The Guitar Channel podcast The audio version of the video is available in the podcast on iTunes, Spotify and below: Until

Jens Larsen interview, awesome Jazz YouTuber - NAMM 2020

Interview recorded at NAMM 2020 with the Dutch guitar player Jens Larsen who runs a great Jazz YouTube channel full of great videos about learning how to play Jazz. He shares his stories about what was his first NAMM show. Jens Larsen interview The Guitar Channel podcast with Jens Larsen The audio version of the

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Jim de Luca interview, master luthier and product development manager at Gibson

Jim de Cola is master luthier and product development manager at Gibson USA. Here is an interview recorded at NAMM 2020 where he gives some inside information about how Gibson guitars are developed. Jim de Cola interview The Guitar Channel podcast The audio version of the video is available in the podcast on iTunes, Spotify and

Jared James Nichols interview about his collaboration with Gibson Guitars and more - NAMM 2020

Here is an interview recorded with the one and only Jared James Nichols (Bands In Town link) during the Winter NAMM 2020 right outside the gigantic Gibson booth on the 3rd floor of the Anaheim Convention Center. Jared James Nichols interview The Guitar Channel podcast The audio version of the video is available in the

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

Dave Weiner guitar in hand interview at the PRS booth during NAMM 2020

Dave Weiner has been playing live for Steve Vai for the past 20 year so we can safely say he is one of the very best guitar player in the business. It was a pleasure to record this guitar in hand interview with him at the PRS Guitars booth during the Winter NAMM. Dave Weiner

Last edition of the Holy Grail Guitar Show in 2020, Tania Spalt interview

The high-end guitar luthier show of the Holy Grail Guitar Show (holygrailguitarshow.com) will hold its very last edition on May 2nd and 3rd, 2020 in Berlin, Germany. Tania Spalt who works in the EGB (European Guitar Builders association) explains to us why the show stops in this interview recorded during the NAMM 2020. Tania Spalt

Andy Powers, Taylor Guitars master builder interview at NAMM 2020

It has become an yearly event: the interview with Andy Powers, master builder at Taylor Guitars during the Winter NAMM. The Californian brand has a huge booth divided in two, one side for the public with all the guitars, and another part for all meetings with clients and the media. In this second space there

Kim Bjørn interview - Co-author of the book Pedal Crush

Kim Bjørn is the co-author with Scott Harper of the awesome book called Pedal Crush which gives a great overview of the pedal world. Kim Bjørn interview The Guitar Channel podcast The audio version of the video is available in the podcast on iTunes, Spotify and below: Until the next interview, keep on playing the guitar!

Jude Gold interview at NAMM 2020: pro musician, journalist and podcaster

Jude Gold is not only an excellent pro guitar player gigging with Jefferson Starship but also a great journalist as well as a podcaster with his show called No Guitar Is Safe (Soundcloud link). It was a blast to finally be able to meet him during NAMM 2020 to record this in-depth interview. Jude Gold

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Interview with Andreas from Dophix pedals at the 2020 Winter NAMM

During the 2020 Winter NAMM I had the pleasure to meet face to face for the first time Andreas from the Dophix pedals team. We took the opportunity to record this video interview in the middle of the noisy craziness of the show. Dophix (dophix.it) builds excellent quality boutique pedals in Firenze, Italy. Andreas interview

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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

Right after Winter NAMM 2020, I had the opportunity to have a tour of the Huntington Park facility where the Friedman amps (friedmanamplification.com) are built. Furthermore, my private guide was Dave Friedman himself. Pretty cool. The full version of the article includes the full length video as well as a complete photo album. This Boutique

Andrès is a member of the Spanish team which produces a great vibrato called the Vega Trem (vegatrem.com). We recorded this interview on the 2020 Winter NAMM show floor to talk about this piece of hardware which created quite a lot of buzz during the show. Vega Trem interview with Andrès Until the next interview,

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Bruce Forman Jazz guitar player interview - NAMM 2020

I discovered Bruce Forman by listening to Guitar Wank (guitarwank.com), the podcast he co-hosts with Scott Henderson and Troy McCubbin. It was a lot of fun to actually meet him and record this interview during NAMM 2020. Bruce Forman interview The Guitar Channel podcast The audio version of the video is available in the podcast

All good things come to an end ! Sunday is the last day of NAMM, paradoxically it is also probably one of the most pleasant because there are a lot less people, the exhibitors are more relaxed because the professional meetings are over, hence a more relaxed atmosphere . This is the last episode of

The biggest day of NAMM with maximum attendance. Huge day also for me regarding the interviews since I made no less than 14 including those recorded during the X-JAMM concert. Here is an episode of video blogging to relive this day when the sun was radiant. Interviews of the day Julien Bitoun Paul Reed Smith

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Winter NAMM 2020 - Day 2 - Vlog January 17th

Another great day at NAMM with a great series of interviews, including one with Jared James Nichols who is bursting with an incredible level of energy. Here is a new episode of the video blogging from Sunny California! Interviews of the day Andy Powers from Taylor Guitars Kingsley Durant Jared James Nichols Jim De Luca

This time, this is for good! The Winter NAMM 2020 has officially started. Here is day 1 in a full video blogging episode. Interviews of the day Jude Gold, Jefferson Starship guitar okayer and No Guitar Is Safe host Kim Bjørn, co-autor of the excellent book Pedal Crush Hanitra and Jean-Marc Bontemps Andrea - Dophix,

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Winter NAMM 2020 - Installation of the show - Vlog January 15th

For the first time since The Guitar Channel started to come to Los Angeles for NAMM, I would like to show you the installation of this gigantic show. It is quite fascinating to see the set up of all the booths. Some are already ready, others will be working very late this evening to finish

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