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Josh Smith interview during the 2016 Winter NAMM

Here's Josh Smith interview during the 2016 Winter NAMM. I recently discovered this awesome musician by listening to the No Guitar Is Safe podcast by Jude Gold from the magazine Guitar Player.

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Mike Moreno at 2016 Winter NAMM

Here's a Mike Moreno interview done during the 2016 Winter NAMM. It is thanks to my official Jazz advisor Bruno Pelletier-Bacquaert that I contacted Mike.

BeatBuddy interview with the CEO David Packouz
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BeatBuddy interview with the CEO David Packouz

Here's a BeatBuddy interview with the CEO David Packouz

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Don Alder interview during the 2016 Winter NAMM

Here's Don Alder interview done during the 2016 Winter NAMM show on the Seymour Duncan booth. It's always a pleasure to meet and interview such a gifted musician who plays equally well a harp-guitar, a baritone or a regular folk guitar. We talked about his latest news and projects.

Andy Timmons interview during the NAMM 2016
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Andy Timmons interview during the 2016 Winter NAMM

Here's an Andy Timmons interview done during the 2016 Winter NAMM. The Guitar Channel has been looking for a way to do an interview for a while now and it happened at Anaheim thanks to the introduction made through Blue Mouth Promotions.

NAMM 2016 week-end - Pure crazyness
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NAMM 2016 week-end – Pure craziness

NAMM 2016 week-end: crazy Saturday and Sunday! The organization is announcing around 100 000 visitors for this year edition so you can imagine the week-end is crazy busy.

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Andy Powers - Master Builder at Taylor Guitars

In this interview, meet Taylor Guitars master builder Andy Powers. Meeting and getting to talk with the luthier involved in the development of all the guitars at Taylor was very interesting to understand more how a huge player in the industry like Taylor operates. In fact Taylor builds around 600 guitars per day with an unsurpassed level of quality in the industry.

Taylor Guitars website: www.taylorguitars.com

Taylor master builder - Adam Powers interview
Here's the full interview with Adam Powers.

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Hofner Zane Carney interview at the 2016 Winter NAMM

The Hofner Zane Carney signature model was presented to Zane for the very first time during the NAMM 2016. Zane was super excited about the instrument during the interview. We took the opportunity to talk about his latest projects, his views on this NAMM, the upcoming album he is preparing and, of course, this brand new guitar. No doubt we will hear a lot about Zane during this year as he seems to be always working on several projects.

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NAMM 2016 Day 2 – The big day of the show

NAMM 2016 Day 2: the big day! This is the key date for the show as it's the best time to do business before the Tsunami of people and decibels during the upcoming week-end.

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NAMM 2016 Day 1 - The Guitar Channel report
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NAMM 2016 Day 1 – The Guitar Channel report

NAMM 2016 Day 1: go! The great annual show of the industry of music instruments and peripheral industries (sound system, wiring, interface, etc.) opened for its winter edition at the Anaheim Convention Center. Indeed the US NAMM comes in two flavors: the Winter NAMM who is held in Los Angeles and the Summer NAMM held in Nashville.

The NAMM is as big as last year, no big change on that part. Some booths are bigger from one year to the other and the opposite for others.

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2016 Winter NAMM - The Guitar Channel
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Winter NAMM: the game plan for 2016

For the second consecutive year, The Guitar Channel will be covering the Winter NAMM, held in Los Angeles in Anaheim next to Disney.

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Interview done of the luthier Doug Kauer from Kauer Guitars during the 2015 winter NAMM show.

Doug Kauer's guitars

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I had the opportunity to interview twice before Paul Reed Smith but doing another interview at NAMM was too good an opportunity to pass as it's always fascinating to talk guitar with him.

Themes discussed in the interview with Paul Reed Smith

His best and worse memories of the past NAMM shows
Favorite NAMM survival tip
The differences between the Musikmesse and the NAMM
What’s new for PRS this year
A look back on the past of PRS
The process to develop a new idea for his guitars

The others interview of Paul are available here.

 

 

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Interview with luthier Dennis Fano from the Premier Builders Guild during the 2015 Winter NAMM show.

Subjects discussed in the interview

His best and worse memories of the past NAMM show editions
His favorite NAMM show survival tips
His first guitar
How he became a guitar builder
On which style of music the Fano guitars are usually used
Is there competition among the different Premier Builders Guild?
Why guitar players should consider more the boutique brands than the big name?

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During the 2015 winter NAMM show I had the pleasure to meet and interview the legendary Saul Koll who was then producing his instruments within the Premier Builders Guild.

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Mark Bartel interview , tone guru for Tone King amps
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Mark Bartel interview , tone guru for Tone King Amps

I had several times in the past the opportunity to play on Tone King amps (www.toneking.com): they sound great.

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Nik Huber interview during the 2015 Winter NAMM

In 2014 I did a first interview with Nik Huber from Huber Guitars at the Musikmesse, as he is also an exhibitor at the winter NAMM show we recorded the video interview you can see below.

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Brian Wampler intreview – 2015 Winter NAMM

I use a Plextortion pedal on my pedalboard for the heavy guitar sounds so while at the NAMM I jumped on the opportunity to interview Brian Wampler the founder of Wampler Pedals.

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Albert Lee: interview with a Country guitar legend

While visiting the Ernie Ball Music Man booth at the 2015 winter NAMM I stumbled on Country guitar legend Albert Lee. We did a quick Instagram selfie then I asked him he was willing to do a quick interview on the spot, he accepted graciously. We found a place to sit and here we went!  

Zane Carney interview about the 2015 NAMM show and more
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Zane Carney interview about the 2015 NAMM show and more

Zane Carney interview full 35min video interview

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Subjects covered in the interview

Latest update from Zane
All the discoveries Zane did during the 2015 NAMM show
All the info about his collaboration with Hofner for a signature model
Demo of the Jazzica prototype guitar
What to be expected during his european tour
Upcoming news of news music to expect in 2015

Zane demoing his Hofner Jazzica

Can't wait to see Zane live in Paris, hopefully something will happen.

Gene Baker is a very famous guitar builder with a huge experience in the field. He now leads B3 Guitars his own brand within the Premier Builders Guild. He has a very rich career in the guitar building business. He worked for many guitar greats such as Robben Ford.

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Bill Krinard interview, Two Rock amps tone guru
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Bill Krinard interview, Two Rock Amps tone guru at the 2015 NAMM show

During the 2015 NAMM show I had the pleasure to meet and interview tone guru Bill Krinard who his the mastermind behind the Two-Rock amps (www.two-rock.com).

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Grover Jackson interview and visit of GJ2 Guitars

While I was in Los Angeles for the 2015 NAMM show, I met completely by chance Grover Jackson one morning in the alleys of the show even though he did not have a booth with GJ2 Guitars. He proposed me right away to come and visit their workshop in Orange County, no need to say I jumped on the opportunity.

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Tom Anderson interview during the 2015 Winter NAMM show

I am a big fan of the work of Tom Anderson as I think he builds with his team amongst the best superstrat of the market.

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Ola Englund interview at the 2015 Winter NAMM show

Here's the interview done with Ola Englund from Sweden at the 2015 NAMM show.

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2015 NAMM – Photo album day 4 #Backstage

Photo albums

Day 1 
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4 (this post)

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2015 NAMM – Photo album day 3 #Backstage

Photo albums

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Day 3 (this post)
Day 4

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2015 NAMM – Photo album day 2 #Backstage

Photo albums

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Day 2 (this post)
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Day 4

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2015 NAMM – Photo album day 1 #Backstage

Photo albums

Day 1 (this post)
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4

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Zakk Wylde interview: the launch of WyldevAudio products

Here's the video interview done for the Zakk Wylde interview during the 2015 NAMM show. Zakk had just announced a couple of days before the opening of the NAMM that he was launching a line of musical products starting with electric guitars and amps under the brand Wylde Audio.