Jeff McErlain guitar in hand interview from Brooklyn with Robben Ford sideman

Jeff McErlain (jeffmcerlain.com) is a professional American guitar player who plays very often with the great Robben Ford. In fact in 2019, Jeff released the album titled Now where Robben is featured in all tracks, some of which he composed. Here is a guitar in hand interview recorded via Zoom from his studio in Brooklyn,

Octopus G2002 Spalt review, awesome sounding guitar and a piece of art

Make no mistake the Octopus G2002 from Spalt Instruments might look like a piece of art (guess what, it is one!) but it is first and foremost a badass guitar! It was a real pleasure to review this guitar which spent a couple of weeks at our showroom in Paris before heading to Japan. This

Mike Lewis, his story with Eric Clapton, the phone call from George Harrison and other stories

Mike Lewis is an English born luthier who has been living in France for many years and works as a builder for Fine Resophonic (fineresophonic.com). He builds some of the best, if not the best, resonator type guitars. Just to name a few, he sold guitars to Eric Clapton, Robbie Macintosh and many more. Fine

Nik Huber live interview with the luthier and founder of Nik Huber Guitars

Nik Huber is a German luthier who founded Nik Huber Guitars (nikhuber-guitars.com) and will celebrate its 25th anniversary in the guitar building business next year. Here is a live interview recorded with him right before Christmas to do a wrap up of the crazy year we've been through. Nik Huber live interview Archives of interviews

Riccardo Gioggi (riccardogioggi.com) is an Italian guitar player from Roma I had the pleasure to meet during past Winter NAMM shows. He is involved in many music projects such as band like Inkfall or Inno. Riccardo is also a full blown sound engineer and producer. Here is a Skype interview recorded with him. Riccardo Gioggi

Gate Guitar #047 from Spalt Instruments, a piece of art guitar you must play!

The Gate Guitar #047 from the Totem resin top series built by Austrian luthier Michael Spalt is one of the three guitars recently received at our Paris, France showroom. This is part of the service proposed to boutique builders described here in this post. Yes! It is definitely a piece of art but, boy, is

Jamie Gale, live interview with the Boutique Guitar Showcase founder

Jamie Gale is an important player in the world of boutique guitar. He is the founder of the Boutique Guitar Showcase (boutiqueguitarshowcase.com), which recently toured Europe, making a stop at Guitare Village (huge guitar store North of Paris) last October (see the full story in this article). Here is a live interview recorded with him

Aaron Marshall interview, guitar player for Intervals, great Metal Prog band from Canada

Aaron Marshall is the guitar player and mastermind behind the Canadian Metal Prog band Intervals (intervalsmusic.net). Here is a Zoom guitar in hand interview recorded the day before the release of their new album Circadian. Aaron Marshall interview The Guitar Channel podcast The audio version of the video is available in the podcast on iTunes,

Isaac Jang (isaacjangguitars.com) is an American luthier based in Los Angeles who recently moved to a new workshop in the South Pasadena area. During this live interview he showed us around his new working space, talked about his very last build and about his work as a high end boutique acoustic guitar builder. Isaac Jang

The boutique guitar builder Michael Spalt (spaltinstruments.com) was the guest of this live interview from Vienna, Austria where he has his workshop. As there are three of his instruments at the moment in the showroom of The Guitar Channel in Paris, France we made a detailed visit of those guitars and talked about the current

Unicorn Classic Ruokangas, a super high-end Les Paul type luthier's guitar

Ruokangas (ruokangas.com) is a difficult name to pronounce for us but it's a well known name on The Guitar Channel since there have already been several interviews with luthier Juha Ruokangas as well as several luthier chronicles. In the category of high-end luthier guitars, here is the Unicorn Classic, the reinterpretation of the Les Paul

Simplifier Zero Watt DSM & Humboldt guitar preamp review

The Simplifier Zero Watt from the Chilean brand DSM & Humboldt (simplifieramp.com) is a fully analog guitar preamp that offers the three standard tube amp types. So we find the Fender Blackface sound, the VOX AC30 sound and finally the Marshall Plexi sound. The unit has a very small footprint since it is just the

Jason Bozzi interview, guitar player for the Metal band Dry Kill Logic

Jason Bozzi is the guitarist of the Metal band Dry Kill Logic. This band based in New York has just released a single called "Don't See Ghosts" which is excellent. Thanks to the magic of the Internet, here he is in a video interview. Jason Bozzi interview The Guitar Channel podcast The audio version of

Erlend Krauser interview, German guitarist and great Kemper user

Discovered in a video produced by Kemper where he played The Stand, one of his composition, here is an interview with the German musician Erlend Krauser (erlendkrauser.de). His use of the tone capabilities of the Kemper modeler is awesome and produces a great result in the aforementioned video. Erlend Krauser interview The Guitar Channel podcast

Jennifer Batten live interview about Eddie Van Halen legacy, her projects and more

The incredible Jennifer Batten who played for 10 years on stage with Michael Jackson and 3 years with Jeff Beck was the guest of this live interview. It was an opportunity to look back on Eddie Van Halen's recent passing, his legacy and the various times Jennifer met him. The American guitarist also talks about

Josh Smith live interview from his Flat Five studio in Los Angeles

The American guitar player and singer Josh Smith (joshsmithguitar.com) was my guest for a live interview from his Flat Five studio in Los Angeles. Here is the full recording of this Skype call. Josh Smith 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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JD Simo, the American Blues guitar player born in Chicago and now in Nashville presents his latest self-titled album in this Skype interview. It is always a pleasure to interview this musician who is always very generous in his answers and full of a communicative energy despite the bleak times we are going through. JD

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Reveho collapsible travel guitar, CEO Alexandre Albisser presents the Slite model

The French startup Reveho (reveho.com) launches a Kickstarter campaign to finance the production and sale of the Slite, their model of collapsible travel guitar. The young team came to our showroom in April 2019 to present me with a prototype that was already promising. As of the recording date of this interview with CEO Alexandre

Nir Felder (nirfelder.com) is a New-York City based Jazz musician I interviewed for the first time at the Montreal Jazzfest in 2016. Here is again this time through a Skype interview to talk about his brand new album titled II. If you want to listen to some energetic modern Jazz, you have to check out

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In April 2019, The Guitar Channel went to Germany to cover the Musikmesse and visit Guitar Point, this fabulous Vintage guitar store in the suburbs of Frankfurt. It was the day of the "Sunburst Convention" which brought together no less than 14 Les Paul Sunburst's from the mythical years 1958, 1959 and 1960. The guitarist

Tora Dahle Aagård interview about the album

Discovered through her endorsement by French luthier Tom Marceau from Marceau Guitars (marceauguitars.com), Norwegian singer and guitarist Tora Dahle Aagård is the guest of this interview. it was conducted via Skype a few days before the release of her album Girls. In this record she manages to offer an amazing cocktail that mixes a modern

Adam Miller interview - Unify album, the inside story

It's always a pleasure to do an interview with Australian guitarist Adam Miller (adammiller.com.au). The first interview with him dates back to 2014 when he was in Europe to demonstrate Baker guitars and Tone King amps. In 2020 he released a superb instrumental album entitled Unify which he talks about here. Adam Miller interview -

In this review I present you the XTone Pro from Xsonic. This is a super cool USB 2 input audio interface which doubles as a MIDI pedalboard! Great piece of gear which works great with your favorite amp emulation software on your computer or mobile device. Disclaimer: this gear was sent to me by the

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

Steve Swallow is a legendary bassist who plays with pianist Carla Bley and guitarist John Scofield. This interview was conducted in the context of the release of the excellent album titled Swallow Tales featuring compositions by Steve Swallow. Steve Swallow interview The Guitar Channel podcast with Steve Swallow The audio version of the video is available

At the Winter NAMM 2020, the Mexican reissues of the Fender Lead models caught my eye. A few weeks later, here is now the complete test of the two Mexican Fender Lead series, the Lead II and the Lead III. To make it simple, the II is equipped with two single-coil pickups and the III

Neal Black interview about his album

Neal Black (nealblack.net) is an American bluesman well known in France and elsewhere in Europe where he has been touring for years. He has also collaborated in terms of songwriting with French artists such as Gaëlle Buswel and Fred Chapellier. In this FaceTime interview, he talks about his brand new album A Little Boom Boom

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Fender Duo-Sonic, an excellent Fender Made in Mexico, in Desert Sand!

With its scale of 610 mm instead of 648 mm on a normal Strat, this Fender Duo-Sonic is terribly sexy! Especially in that Desert Sand finish with its anodized plate which is a must have for this model. Here is the complete test of this beautiful Made in Mexico reissue of a flagship model from

Joseph Yun, guitar in hand interview at the Musicians Institute Hollywood

Thanks to my luthier friend Isaac Jang, I was able to meet Joseph Yun (josephyunmusic.com), a young talented guitar players. As he is a former student of the Musicians Institute Hollywood, we recorded this guitar in hand interview in the school. Joseph Yun interview guitar in hand The Guitar Channel podcast with Joseph Yun The

Gus G interview to talk about the Firewind album

The Greek guitarist Gus G who accompanied Ozzy Osbourne releases a new album with his band Firewind (firewind.gr). After meeting him in February 2020 at the United Guitars festival where he was invited to play in Paris, France after playing on the album Volume 1, here is an interview to talk about all this and