In this 8th video of the Spartan Project the luthier, Mikaël Springer, continues the work on the neck of the guitar.

 
Previous episodes of the Spartan Project
As a reminder, the goal of the Spartan Project is to document the building of a guitar for me by luthier Mikaël Springer.

Tony Macalpine interview: builder of Concrete Gardens

Here's a Tony Macalpine interview for the release of Concrete Gardens. We did a Skype call to talk about this new release. The album is excellent, the technic is stratospheric as usual but thank God the music is not forgotten! It's always a good thing to see a musician like Tony releasing new material.

José Ramos interview luthier at Guitares au Beffroi 2015

Here's a José Ramos interview. José is a luthier I met during the Salon de la Belle Guitare in Montrouge near Paris in March 2015 during the Guitars au Beffroi festival.

Dan Macpherson interview luthier at Guitares au Beffroi 2015

Here's a Dan Macpherson interview. Dan is a luthier I met during the Salon de la Belle Guitare in Montrouge near Paris in March 2015 during the Guitars au Beffroi festival.

In this 7th video of the Spartan Project the luthier, Mikaël Springer, continues the work on the neck of the guitar.

 
Previous episodes of the Spartan Project
As a reminder, the goal of the Spartan Project is to document the building of a guitar for me by luthier Mikaël Springer.

I heard about Kathryn Marie Dudley book, Guitar Makers - The Endurance of Artisanal Values in North America, from Austrian luthier Michael Spalt. I contacted the editor and received a copy of the book soon after. Kathryn exposes a fascinating story of the North American guitar builders.

Relish guitar review - The Jane from @RelishGuitars: an innovative instrument from Switzerland

Here's a Relish guitar review, the Jane model by Relish Guitars is entirely developed and built in Switzerland with some cool innovative ideas.

In this 6th video of the Spartan Project the luthier, Mikaël Springer, continues the work on the neck of the guitar.
Previous episodes of the Spartan Project
As a reminder, the goal of the Spartan Project is to document the building of a guitar for me by luthier Mikaël Springer.

Here's a double Michael Spalt interview I did during the Salon de la Belle Guitare of the festival Guitares au Beffroi (www.guitaresaubeffroi.com) which took place in Montrouge near Paris in March 2015. Austrian luthier Michael Spalt was there as an exhibitor and as the president of the European Guitar Builders (EGB). One of the main activity of the EGB is the organization of the Holy Grail Guitar Show where I went for the first edition in Berlin last year.

So we did two interviews instead of one! The one above is the one about his life as a luthier.

Line6 JTV-59: so many sounds in one guitar!

Here's my video review of the Line6 JTV-59.

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In this 5th video of the Spartan Project the luthier, Mikaël Springer, starts the work on the neck of the guitar. Many people consider that you are truly an electric guitar luthier when you build the necks of your instruments yourself.

In this 4th video of the Spartan Project the luthier, Mikaël Springer, continues the work on the Spanish Cedar body.

Published videos of the Spartan Project

Stay tuned for the next update on the Spartan Project!

Pierre.

PS: for more info on this project you can read the full article here about its launch.

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Mattias IA Eklundh masterclass in Paris at Metal Guitar

Right before the Freak Kitchen concert in Paris, Mattias Eklundh was at Metal Guitar for a showcase/masterclass. The full recording is available below in 3 videos.

While I was at the NAMM show I almost did a video interview with Adrian Belew. It did not happen because of a delayed plane so we did it via phone a couple of weeks later. I hope you will enjoy this interview with this eternal brilliant experimentator.

Adrian played with so many people and bands that it's impossible to list them all.

In this 3rd video of the Spartan Project the luthier, Mikaël Springer, continues the work on the Spanish Cedar body.

Published videos of the Spartan Project

Stay tuned for the next update on the Spartan Project!

Pierre.

PS: for more info on this project you can read the full article here about its launch.

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Leonardo Guitar Research Project - Interview at the 2014 Holy Grail Guitar Show

This interview with Brian will explain you everything you need to know about the Leonardo Guitar Research Project.

In this 2nd series of videos of the Spartan Project done with Mikaël Springer, the luthier continues with the work on the body.

This video is part of a series of videos documenting the Spartan Project done in collaboration with luthier Mikaël Springer.

Michael Lee Firkins is not a newbie in the guitar business. Some may recall his first albums in the Mike Varney stable of shredders, Shrapnel Records. Michael provides us with Yep (on the Magna Carta label) an album very far from this era with a powerful guitar music.

It's not complicated the only thing I did not like about the album is the cover. That said, I agree, it is a matter of taste and what matters is the music inside.

Rare Tina S. interview: teenager with millions of views on Eruption

Here's one of the rare interview of Tina S. You have most likely seen recently on YouTube the video shown below where Tina (@tina_s__) covers Eruption from Eddie Van Halen. One can only be impressed by her level of virtuosity, of course I would have liked to feel more fire, more passion in her performance but no doubt this will change in the future. At 14, her technical level is pretty amazing.

Ergonomic guitar - Ola Strandberg interview - 2013 Musikmesse

During the MusikMesse 2013 I had the opportunity to meet Ola Strandberg who is the master mind and luthier behind .strandberg* guitars.

Here is a video soundseeing of my beautiful Rittenhouse Telecaster (www.rittenhouseguitars.com).

Direct link to the m4v file: LCG-111-20110702.m4v

The whole Rittenhouse Telecaster Story of this guitar is there in 5 parts:

Part 5
Part 4
Part 3
Part 2
Part 1

If you want sone more there is another video in french here and also an audio only episode with a soundseeing of the same guitar here.

Enjoy,

Pierre.

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Telecaster pickups shootout: Lollar Pickups versus Dreamsongs Pickups
The Rittenhouse Telecaster story – Part 5 (@AbeRittenhouse)

On a glorious 2011 january morning, here it was, the parcel coming from Florida with the precious Rittenhouse Telecaster inside!

First impressions:

The guitar is very light, I need to weight it precisely but I am pretty sure it is the lightest guitar I have
The relicing job is very well done. It looks and feels old.

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Telecaster pickups shootout: Lollar Pickups versus Dreamsongs Pickups
The Rittenhouse Telecaster Story – Part 4 (@AbeRittenhouse)

Well, it seems that my Rittenhouse (rittenhouseguitars.com) Telecaster is finished!

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Telecaster pickups shootout: Lollar Pickups versus Dreamsongs Pickups
The Rittenhouse Telecaster Story – Part 3 (@AbeRittenhouse)

Do you remember Part 2 of my Rittenhouse Telecaster story ? Here how the body was looking before Abe started the relicing process:

Here goes another picture update with the relicing job finished:

 
It looks cool he?

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Telecaster pickups shootout: Lollar Pickups versus Dreamsongs Pickups
The Rittenhouse Telecaster Story – Part 2 (@AbeRittenhouse)

Here is a picture update on the Telecaster I won back in December 2009 and that Abe is building for me at Rittenhouse:

 
As per Abe e-mail, the body is fully cured and ready for the relicing process.

Can't wait to see the next stage!

Pierre.

Note: here is the link to The Rittenhouse Telecaster Story - Part 1

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Telecaster pickups shootout: Lollar Pickups versus Dreamsongs Pickups
The Rittenhouse Telecaster Story – Part 1 (@AbeRittenhouse)

All this story began with a post on Muzicosphere about a giveaway for a Rittenhouse guitar...
Then one morning, on December 24th 2009, barely awake as I was checking my iPhone I see this Boxcar popup with this tweet:

I had WON!!! I checked, double-checked, triple-checked but it was for real I had won a free guitar. On Christmas Eve, how cool is that, he??! 🙂

As The Guitar Channel is about...

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Steve Vai interview (@stevevai) - Where The Wild Things Are

I almost lost sleep for a week when I learned I was about to interview Steve Vai! I am that big of a fan. I had a blast talking to him. He was extremely nice on the phone and answered all my questions.

Subjects discussed in the Steve Vai interview

Steve talks about his latest live CD/DVD Where The Wild Things Are
About his music
His band
His guitars
And plenty of other stuff

The live CD/DVD Where the Wild Things Are is a great testimony to how good Steve can be when he performs live.