2018 Montreal Jazz Festival (@MtlJazzFestival): here we go again!

After several Musikmesse, NAMM shows, Holy Grail Guitar Shows, and various others guitar shows in France, The Guitar Channel will cover again this year this great event in Quebec which is the Montreal Jazz Festival (www.montrealjazzfest.com). On my program for the 2018 Montreal Jazz Festival Interviews with musicians programmed on the festival Meetings with local luthiers, and God knows there are

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Gitarre & Bass / The Guitar Channel collaboration: an example to develop

One a beautiful morning in March 2018, while having breakfast and scanning Facebook on my phone I stumbled upon a photo with Dieter Roesberg, editor in chief of Gitarre & Bass, extracted from an interview made at the show of Guitar Summit 2017 in Mannheim, Germany. I must say that it's nice to work with

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NAMM 2018 - Relive the show as if you were onsite

There is nothing better to really understand the NAMM than to live it from the inside, that's what The Guitar Channel offers you this year through these videos recorded with the ultra wide angle Snapchat Spectacles. Day 1 - Thursday 24/01/18 There, the NAMM has just opened its doors, it is still relatively calm: Day

The Guitar Channel download podcast 2017 statistics

For your information you will see in the graph below (taken from the website of Libsyn, the service I use to host my podcast) that the trend is overall positive for the number of downloads of podcasts for the year 2017. In total, this represents a +54% increase in downloads between in 2017. In the second half

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As an introduction, I suggest (if you understand French that is!) you go and read a long but very interesting article by Patrick Beja, the only professional French podcaster who shares his career on Medium. I know Patrick Beja for a while, we often had exchanges. What he has done with his podcast, Rendez-Vous Tech,

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Book review - Fender Custom Shop Masterbuilt XXX 2017

Here's a great photo book published by Hal Leonard with pictures from Stephen Pitkin with only some of the coolest and funkiest masterbuilt Fender Custom Shop guitars over the past 30 years.

The Guitar Channel: co-organizer of the 2017 Festival de Guitare de Puteaux, France

The Guitar Channel is co-organizing the first Festival Guitare de Puteaux which will take place September 29th, 30th and October 1st 2017 in the gorgeous music academy of this cosy suburb of Paris, the Conservatoire Jean-Baptiste Lully. The Guitar Channel is organizing the guitar show with more than 40 exhibitors and the demo concerts.
Festival de Guitare de Puteaux
Friday Sept. 29th - Saturday Sept. 30th - Sunday Oct.

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The Guitar Channel will be present at the Guitar Summit which is a new 100% guitar event which will be held from Friday 8th to Sunday September 10th in Mannheim, Germany.

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The Guitar Channel official partner of the Festival Guitare Issoudun

Very pleased to announce that The Guitar Channel is now an official partner of this major guitar event of the year in France which is the Festival Guitare Issoudun (www.issoudun-guitare.com).

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The Guitar Channel showroom - Paris, France

The Guitar Channel showroom is now a reality!

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While in Spain to visit the Alhambra Guitarras manufacture (see the full video in this article), The Guitar Channel did a interview with Valeria Torregrosa who was recently appointed the General Manager for the guitar company. Here's below the video of this encounter. Valeria Torregrosa interview - Alhambra General Manager To learn more about Alhambra

2019 Winter NAMM: 5th California trip for The Guitar Channel

Each time The Guitar Channel is covering an event like a fair or a festival, we record a live report which is then available later for replay. This allows all the guitar aficionados to live the event from the inside. Here are all those videos in one playlist. Here's the list of the events covered:

NAMM
Musikmesse
Holy Grail Guitar Show
Festival Guitare Issoudun
Guitares au Beffroi
Gear Evenings organized by The Guitar Channel
Factory Tour

Video reports playlist

During those events, interviews are recorded and available
through the Backstage Pass subscription.

2017 Musikmesse - Video coverage and debrief - The Guitar Channel

With the NAMM, the Musikmesse is one of the key events of the musical instrument industry and what revolves around (sound system, lights, etc.). The part reserved for the guitar is increasingly reduced year after year which diminishes the interest of coming for visitors fans of six-string. Nevertheless this fair continues to offer a great concentration of people who are present for 4 days in Frankfurt.

Telecaster pickups shootout: Lollar Pickups versus Dreamsongs Pickups

Here is shootout of two sets of Telecaster pickups, one from Dreamsongs Pickups (www.dreamsongspickups.com) with the Classic Blues-Rock reference from Italy and one from Lollar Pickups (www.lollarguitars.com) from the US with the 52 T reference.

Guitares au Beffroi festival and guitar show - The comeback

The festival Guitars au Beffroi (www.guitaresaubeffroi.com) 2017 and its luthier guitar show closed their doors last week on the 5th edition. This major event of the guitar in France has proposed two and a half days of high quality festivities around our favorite instrument.

Uli Jon Roth is one of the sacred monsters of the guitar. Well known for being one of the soloists of Scorpions at the beginning of the career of the German group, he proposes in this box containing a double CD and a DVD to revisit the Tokyo Tapes in concert in Japan.

DVD teaser

What I enjoyed the most

  • The many pieces on the DVD
  • The quality of the images
  • The close-ups on Uli's guitar

What I enjoyed the least

  • Nothing really

Conclusion

I admit to know very badly the music of Uli Jon Roth, that is why this box fell in order to have an upgrade that was necessary. The band behind Uli consists of nothing less than 6 musicians including two other guitarists is very solid. The singer Nathan James delivers a hell of a performance with a voice that sticks perfectly to the repertoire without sinking into the insipid clone of Klaus Mein. There are great guitar moments in this set. In particular the sequences with 3 harmonized guitars are impeccably realized. The passage to the classical guitar Godin is also a good piece. Obviously Uli's guitar playing did not take a wrinkle. Until the next article, keep on playing the guitar! Pierre. [s2If !current_user_can(access_s2member_level0)]
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Uli Jon Roth – Tokyo Tapes Revisited (2 CDs & DVD)

The first Gear Evening of 2017 was held on February 23rd with D'Angelico for guitars, Walrus Audio for pedals, Positive Grid for the digital amp head and Pedaltrain for the pedalboards.

2017 Guitares au Beffroi festival / Salon de la Belle Guitare: organizer interview

The 2017 Guitares au Beffroi (www.guitaresaubeffroi.com) festival and its guitar show the Salon de la Belle Guitare will have its 5th edition from Friday March 24th until Sunday March 26th in Montrouge, right next to Paris. There will be luthiers coming from more than 10 countries, check-out the full list on the festival website. Interview with Armel Amiot

Tommy Emmanuel is an amazing Fingerpicking guitarist but he also plays very well the electric guitar who is a real phenomenon on stage. I had the opportunity to see him on stage at the New Morning in Paris (after we recorded an audio interview), he put out incredible show just him alone on stage with his guitar. So I was very curious to watch this "Music Gone Public" live DVD of him.

DVD teaser

What I enjoyed the most

  • The many pieces on the DVD
  • The quality of the images
  • The sequence in between the live parts
  • The interesting bonus

What I enjoyed the least

  • Nothing really

Conclusion

If you have already seen Tommy Emmanuel on stage, you will love this DVD which will make you relive the intensity of its performances on stage. If you haven't seen him yet, after watching the DVD you will feel the urge to get a ticket next time the Australian guitar virtuoso is around your town. Until the next article, keep on playing the guitar! Pierre. [s2If !current_user_can(access_s2member_level0)]
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Tommy Emmanuel – Music Gone Public DVD
An interview to know all you need to know about Reverb.com

What better than to ask all the questions we have to one of the guy in charge at Reverb.com in order to understand better how this marketplace works?

2016 Winter NAMM - The Guitar Channel

Here're the interviews done during day 1 of the NAMM:

Justin (Elixir Strings)
Andy Powers (Taylor Guitars)
Scott Paul (Taylor Guitars)
Dave Brons

Thursday - Friday - Week-end

NAMM 2017 - Week-end interviews

Justin (Elixir Strings):

Andy Powers (Taylor Guitars):

Scott Paul (Taylor Guitars):

Dave Brons:

Justin from Elixir Strings:

Andy Powers (Taylor Guitars):

Scott Paul (Taylor Guitars):

Dave Brons:

Until the next interview, keep on playing the guitar!

Pierre.

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2016 Winter NAMM - The Guitar Channel

This year again the NAMM was incredibly rich for The Guitar Channel. Just take a look at the numbers below to be convinced.

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2016 Winter NAMM - The Guitar Channel

Here're the interviews done during day 1 of the NAMM:

Colt Westbrook (Walrus Audio)
Kevin Drost (Reverb.com)
Jake Shimabukuro
Mike Keneally
Rob Balducci

Thursday - Friday - Week-end

NAMM 2017 - Interviews day 2

Colt Westbrook (Walrus Audio):

Kevin Drost (Reverb.com):

Jake Shimabukuro:

Mike Keneally:

Rob Balducci:

Colt Westbrook (Walrus Audio):

Kevin Drost (Reverb.com):

Jake Shimabukuro:

Mike Keneally:

Rob Balducci:

Until the next interview, keep on playing the guitar!

Pierre.

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2016 Winter NAMM - The Guitar Channel

Here're the interviews done during day 1 of the NAMM:

Tomo Fujita
Brian Wampler
Paul Reed Smith

Thursday - Friday- Week-end

NAMM 2017 - Interviews day 1
Note: sorry for the not up to par sound quality due to an accidental change of a setting on my H2.
This was corrected for all the other interviews.

Tomo Fujita:

Brian Wampler:

Paul Reed Smith:

Tomo Fujita:

Brian Wampler:

Paul Reed Smith:

Until the next interview, keep on playing the guitar!

Pierre.

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Gear Evening 23/02/17 - D'Angelico, Walrus Audio, Positive Grid, PedalTrain

This Gear Evening will happen on Thursday February 23rd from 7pm to 10pm. The exhibitors who are all Pro Backstage Pass subscribers are

D'Angelico www.dangelicoguitars.com (guitars et basses)
Walrus Audio www.walrusaudio.com (pedals)
Positive Grid www.positivegrid.com (amps and simulation)
Pedaltrain www.pedaltrain.com (pedalboard)

Thursday February 23rd from 7pm to 10pm
Studio Luna Rossa
24 Rue Primo Levi 75013 Paris
FREE ENTRY
Mandatory inscription :
Facebook event
Google+ event
Meetup event
What's a Gear Evening?
A Gear Evening is a moment of sharing between guitar enthusiasts with guitar gear to try (guitar, amp, pedals) in a rehearsal studio equipped as it should be.

Gear Evening 23/03/17 - Soultool, Maybach, Anasounds, IT-11 Audio, Reverb.com

The Gear Evening on Thursday March 23rd from 7pm to 10pm will take place right before the Guitare au Beffroi festival which starts on Friday.

One of the important announcements of NAMM 2017 was the release of a new John Mayer 100W all tube amp by PRS. As a media The Guitar Channel was invited to the press conference. Usually I am not very fan of the exercise of the press conference as it is usually limited to basically reading a press release or pretty much so.

Here's the full Winter NAMM report from The Guitar Channel 100% shot with Snapchat on an iPhone 6s. It's quite amazing what you can do with just a smartphone nowadays! Few people use this very useful feature from the app: you can export to a video file your story when you want.

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2016 Winter NAMM - The Guitar Channel

For a third consecutive year, The Guitar Channel will be present at the Winter NAMM which is held every year in Los Angeles in Anaheim.

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The C.F. Martin Archives - A book to read and to visit!

The publisher Hal Leonard announces a book titled The C.F. Martin Archives retracing the history of the legendary American guitar brand. The Guitar Channel has been able to obtain a copy in advance to give you our opinion about the book.

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