Blackstar Amped 2 Dept. 10, all-in-one pedalboard with built-in 100W amp review

The British brand Blackstar (blackstaramps.com) hits hard with this second version of their Amped pedalboard! Indeed, this Amped 2 Dept. 10 offers everything you need to play in a band. All you have to do is plug it into a standard guitar cabinet, a mixing console, a computer (or all three) and you're ready to

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Farewell to Jeff Beck - Interview with Jennifer Batten who played with him on stage and in the studio

It's impossible to miss the sudden death of Jeff Beck, a phenomenal musician with a career path as brilliant as it was messy. Jeff Beck died on January 10th, 2023 at the age of 78, the British guitar legend is no more. Farewell to Jeff Beck I really discovered him in 1988 during a trip

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How to choose headphones to play the guitar and work on your DAW

In this video recorded in collaboration with Guillaume Jeulin from Blue Cat Audio (bluecataudio.com), we are going through the different kind of headphones available. In fact it is sometimes difficult to understand the differences between all the models available on the market. As Guillaume has many headphones in his lab, we thought it would be

Listen to what the guitar builders Teuffel, Ruokangas, Spalt, Sergio and Tausch have to say!

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

Chapman Guitars, Rabea Massaad's departure, Philip McNight's analysis, my two cents

Those who follow closely the guitar industry news may have seen the news that the well known musician and youtuber Rabea Massaad (chaîne YouTube) was leaving Chapman Guitars (chapmanguitars.com) with whom he was with for 10 years. Rabea Massaad announcement The video lasts just over 11 minutes but the announcement itself only takes up the

In June 2020 I proposed you an interview with the director Jörg Steineck because he was launching a crowdfunding campaign for a documentary about the great jazz musician John Scofield. A little more than two years later the documentary film Inside Scofield is released! Here is the review. Inside Scofield teaser John Scofield interview at

The catalog of exclusive videos of The Guitar Channel is very rich, we have over 2000 videos with interviews, reports, gear reviews, etc.. In order to promote this content in an active way, there is now a free video available every day on the homepage of theguitarchannel.biz. This allows everyone to view a newly released

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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

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2022 Puteaux guitar show: results of satisfaction survey, 68% of sales or orders !

As for the editions of the previous years of the Puteaux Guitar Festival, The Guitar Channel realized a satisfaction survey with the exhibitors of the luthiers show that I was organizing for the fourth time. To my knowledge, the Puteaux guitar show is the only one to conduct a satisfaction survey at each edition and

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Costalab Pedals demo - EchoLab, ChorusLab & Custom Muff

While waiting for a complete gear review of these excellent Italian pedals, here is a first discovery of these products from Costalab (costalab.com). You can discover the two speed echo, the EchoLab, the ultra deep chorus, the ChorusLab and finally a revised version of the Big Muff with the Custom Muff. Costalab pedal review Until

MIDI tutorial: how to control the Kernom Ridge overdrive pedal via MIDI with Blue Cat Audio Remote Control

In the video below recorded in collaboration with Blue Cat Audio (bluecataudio.com), I show you how you can use their Remote Control software to change parameters on the MIDI capable overdrive pedal Kernom Ridge (kernom.com). For us mere guitar players, there is something magic in being able to remote control a pedal on our pedalboard.

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Légende guitar by Jeanmichel Capt from Switzerland, a unique approach of the wood

Here is a short demo of a Légende model of a guitar built by the Swiss luthier Jeanmichel Capt (autraversdesmains.ch/guitares-legende). Met for the first time at the Montreux International Guitar Show, Jeanmichel was an exhibitor at the Puteaux guitar show organized by yours truly. After the show, I took this beautiful instrument with me as

Girault Guitars model California Master, no talking review

It is difficult to remain insensitive to the shape of the California made by Tony Girault (giraultguitars.com), luthier in Evreux, in the beautiful region of Normandy in France. This is the new version of this model with slightly redesigned curves. In case you are wondering the name of the luthier is pronounced G-raw. Loaded with

The 4th edition of the Festival Guitare de Puteaux took place from October 7th until the 9th 2022. Since its creation in 2017, the guitar show part of the festival is organized by The Guitar Channel. Here is below a 4min video blog to have a good idea of what went down during this awesome

Here is a short demo of a Duesenberg (duesenberg.de) Senior model in collaboration with the French importer of the German brand Fred's Guitar Parts (fredguitar.com). Thus, as part of the showroom service, I am delighted to present this beautiful German guitar which has more than one trick up its sleeve despite its apparent simplicity. Duesenberg

Cherry's Guitars, demo of a Les Paul type guitar built by the French luthier Thierry Ceresa

The Les Paul number VIII guitar from French luthier Thierry Ceresa under his brand Cherry's (cherrysguitars.com) is an exceptional guitar! The demo below is a compilation of the playing sequences from the Direct Backstage live show on September 2, 2022 on La Chaîne Guitare. The guitar is plugged into the Universal Audio Dream 65 preamp

Launch of the The Guitar Channel radio for premium subscribers

For paying subscribers of The Guitar Channel, it is now possible to access the audio versions of the last 20 videos published. It's a feature that I was regularly asked for but that I didn't know how to implement easily yet. It's now done via this page: theguitarchannel.biz/radioRadio better than radio as you get to

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Traditionally, the last quarter of the year is very busy in terms of guitar events in France, Europe and the United States. As always, The Guitar Channel will be on the ground to bring you these music and guitar events with video reports and interviews. Fall guitar events Guitar Summit in Mannheim, Germany (September 9th

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42 Gear Street by Henning Pauly : The Guitar Channel at the 4th meeting between youtubers and brands

The well-known German youtuber Henning Pauly (aka EytschPi42 on YouTube), who you've probably already seen several videos of, is organizing for the 4th time the 42 Gear Street. It is an event where the big guitar gear youtubers and the brands meet, network and shoot videos. It will take place in the small village of

For the fourth time, The Guitar Channel is the organizer of the guitar show during the Puteaux Guitar Festival. This is the list of exhibitors for this edition of the show which will be held from October 7 to 9, 2022. The show gathers 30 exhibitors (luthiers, builders, manufacturers) coming to show their guitars, amps,

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Bad Cat Amps, Peter Arends interview at NAMM 2022
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Bad Cat Amps, Peter Arends interview at NAMM 2022

Peter Arends is the CEO of Bad Cat Amps (badcatamps.com). It was a pleasure to meet him and do this quick interview during the NAMM 2022 edition. Following this moment we agreed on doing a visit in their workshop in Costa Mesa, you can find it in this article. Peter Arends interview Until the next

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Mark Lettieri interview during NAMM 2022 on the Bacci Guitars booth

Mark Lettieri (marklettieri.com) was a visitor at the NAMM 2022. I caught him while he was in the middle of the Boutique Guitar Showcase at the Bacci Guitars (bacciguitars.com) booth. Here is in an express interview. Mark Lettieri interview NAMM Interviews & Reports Until the next interview, keep on playing the guitar! Pierre Journel.

Shabat Guitars, interview with the luthier Avishai Shabat at NAMM 2022

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

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2019 Puteaux Guitar Festival 4th edition in a 4min video

After a break due to the pandemic, the Puteaux Guitar Festival will hold its 4th edition at the Jean-Baptiste Lully Conservatory in the city of Puteaux from Friday 7th to Sunday 9th October 2022. A great program of concerts will be the heart of the festival as well as the guitar show. The three previous

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Isaac Jang luthier update from the NAMM 2022 show floor

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

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NAMM 2022 at the time of the assessment: it was (really) the best edition. Period.

At the risk of surprising more than one, this 7th NAMM for The Guitar Channel was really the best since I cover this event. Obviously, I didn't miss the exhibitors who were not present (40% less than in 2020). It must be said that the basement, closed this year, is largely filled with Chinese exhibitors

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NAMM 2022 - Report of the day before the opening

First video report of the series dedicated to the NAMM 2022 which takes place this year from June 3 to 5 in Anaheim. The trip from Paris, France to Los Angeles is so very long with its 11 plus hour of flight and the Los Angeles traffic to go through to reach Anaheim from LAX

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NAMM 2022: it's (high) time to return to California!

Just back from Italy for the Padova Guitar Show, a few weeks after the first superb edition of the Montreux International Guitar Show, without forgetting the event reserved for premium subscribers in Brittany at Blue Cat Audio, it's already time to prepare the next trip to the NAMM 2022 (namm.org)! Subscribe to access our independent

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It was one of my objectives for this 2022 edition of the Padova Guitar Show: to interview the brilliant Matteo Mancuso. Having no preliminary contact with him, it was not a foregone conclusion. I had attempted a DM on his Instagram account but as he has over 70,000 followers, there was little chance of success.

One of the main missions of The Guitar Channel besides producing exclusive guitar content of excellent quality is to create links between guitar players who are often very isolated. Thus, during events reserved for premium subscribers, The Guitar Channel offers opportunities to meet and… amplify the passion we all have for the guitar! This was