Here's an interview with guitarist Adrian Bellue (adrianbellue.com) at Sound Messe Osaka, where he was present as a demo artist. Adrian's Fingerstyle guitar style is very much his own, blending both acoustic and Metal styles. Adrian Bellue interview Until the next interview or gear review, keep on playing the guitar! Pierre Journel. Audio version available

Josh Smith, interview during the Sound Messe Osaka
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Josh Smith, interview at the Sound Messe Osaka, Japan

The American musician Josh Smith (joshsmithguitar.com) was in Japan for the Sound Messe Osaka to play demos on the joint stand of Vemuram and Two Rock / Divided by 13 (see Eli Lester interview in this article). Of course, we took the opportunity to do an interview and find out a little more about Josh's

Peace Hill FX, interview with the tube amp preamp builder Koji Tagaki at Sound Messe Osaka

Koji Tagaki is the Japanese boutique builder of Peace Hill FX tube preamps (peacehillfx.com). We had agreed to meet in person at Sound Messe Osaka to do an interview. It was a pleasure to meet him, especially as I left with a superb model SSS preamp that he gave me as a gift. Koji Tagaki

Luca Cesaroni from Cloe Guitars, boutique guitare builder interview in Osaka

At the 2024 Sound Messe Osaka, Italian boutique guitar builder Luca Cesaroni of Cloe Guitars (cloeguitars.com) was present as an exhibitor and also as a participant in the Legacy Project initiated by Quebec artisan Mario Beauregard. Here was a meeting with a highly talented transalpine luthier. Luca is also involved in Secret EFX (secretefx.com), a

Keisuke Nishi, Legacy Project interview at the Sound Messe Osaka

Here's an interview with Japanese luthier Keisuke Nishi of Keystone Stringed Instruments (keystone-si.com) at Sound Messe Osaka. Keisuke is one of Mario Beauregard's 5 apprentices and as such participated in the Legacy Project. Keisuke Nishi interview Until the next interview or gear review, keep on playing the guitar! Pierre Journel. For more info:Luthier InterviewsSound Messe

Boutique Guitar Showcase, interview Jamie Gale in Osaka

Jamie Gale is the founder of the Boutique Guitar Showcase (boutiqueguitarshowcase.com), which offers boutique luthiers an interesting alternative for showcasing their instruments around the world. For the first time, Boutique Guitar Showcase was present in Japan at Sound Messe Osaka. Here's an interview with Jamie Gale, a connoisseur of high-end guitar lutherie, where he explains

Steve Klein, interview in Japan with the legendary builder for Klein Guitars

American luthier Steve Klein is a living legend of modern lutherie. He was exhibiting at Sound Messe Osaka with his Klein Guitars brand (kleinsbench.com), which offers guitars Made in Japan (like the one I'm offering you to listen to as a demo) as well as instruments he still makes himself in the USA. Steve Klein

Michihiro Mastuda Yamada SG 800 guitar reinvented
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Michihiro Mastuda Yamada SG 800 guitar reinvented

Guitar builder Michihiro Matsuda (matsudaguitars.com) is without doubt one of the most inventive and creative craftsmen in the business. The instruments he makes are always extraordinary. For Sound Messe Osaka 2024, he came with a guitar based on a Yamaha SG 800 model, which he completely deconstructed to make a guitar truly his own. The

The guitar builder Michihiro Matsuda presents an incredible guitar

Japanese-American luthier Michihiro Matsuda (matsudaguitars.com) was one of the exhibitors at Sound Messe Osaka 2024. He presented an incredible guitar. It's a Yamaha SG 800 model that he has completely rebuilt into an instrument completely apart. Bonus: an on site recorded demo of this luthier guitar. Michihiro Matsuda interview Until the next interview or gear

Two Rock Amplifiers boss Eli Lester interviewed at Sound Messe Osaka

Eli Lester, head of American high-end tube amp brand Two Rock Amplifiers (two-rock.com), was present at Sound Messe Osaka as an exhibitor in tandem with Vemuram. I couldn't find the opening to interview him at last year's NAMM, but I did in Japan! Here's a man with a singular career path, since he was a

One of the advantages of covering far-flung guitar shows like the Sound Messe Osaka is that you can hear instruments that can only be found there. Here are some awesome luthier guitars recorded with a simple Zoom UAC-232 audio interface and Blue Cat Audio's Axiom for amp and effects emulation. Guitars demoed in this article:

Canadian luthier Michael Sankey (sankeyguitars.com) was part of the Boutique Guitar Showcase at Sound Messe Osaka with two exceptional instruments, which he presents in this interview. Michael Sankey interview Until the next interview or gear review, keep on playing the guitar! Pierre Journel. For more info:Luthier InterviewsSound Messe Reports

Sound Messe Osaka 2024, interview with the organizer Marr Takeda

This was the 3rd time La Chaîne Guitare had traveled to the Land of the Rising Sun to cover Sound Messe Osaka (sound-messe.com), arguably Japan's biggest guitar show. Here's an interview with show organizer Marr Takeda of Dolphin Guitars (dolphin-gt.co.jp). Marr Takeda interview Until the next interview or gear review, keep on playing the guitar!

Freak Guitar Lab, Mattias IA Eklundh interview in Japan for the launch

Swedish musician Mattias IA Eklundh from Freak Kitchen was in Japan for Sound Messe Osaka to present his guitar brand Freak Guitar Lab (freakguitarlab.com). I was delighted to be able to interview him again, as it's always a great time spent with this ultra-talented musician. Mattias IA Eklundh interview Until the next interview or gear

One of the advantages of covering far-flung guitar shows like the Sound Messe Osaka is that you can hear instruments that can only be found there. Here are some awesome luthier guitars recorded with a simple Zoom UAC-232 audio interface and Blue Cat Audio's Axiom for amp and effects emulation. Guitars demoed in this article:

Sound Messe Osaka 2024 - Sunday Report & Interviews

Here is the full report for Day 3 of the Sound Messe Osaka 2024 on this beautiful Sunday at the biggest guitar show in Japan. Interviews of the day: Guitars reviewed in the video: Sound Messe Osaka 2024 - Day 3 Until the next interview or gear review, keep on playing the guitar! Pierre Journel.

Sound Messe Osaka 2024 - Saturday Report & Interviews

Here is the full report for Day 2 of the Sound Messe Osaka 2024 on this beautiful Saturday at the biggest guitar show in Japan. Interviews of the day: Guitars reviewed in the video: Sound Messe Osaka 2024 - Day 2 Until the next interview or gear review, keep on playing the guitar! Pierre Journel.

Sound Messe Osaka 2024 - Report & Interviews - Day 1

Here's a more than one hour report from Sound Messe Osaka 2024. No less than 4 interviews to kick off the show, which opened in the afternoon for buyers only. The show will open to the public over the weekend, with an expected 10,000 visitors. Interviews of the day: Sound Messe Osaka 2024 - Day

Spring is a busy time for guitar shows. As it happens, between the end of April and mid-May there are three major guitar shows taking place in Switzerland, Japan and Italy. The Guitar Channel will once again be out and about at these three events: The Guitar Channel, the guitar mediaoffering the best coverageof guitar

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Interview with guitar designer Kazuma "Kaz" Tanabe from Oopegg Guitars (oopegg.com) at the Sound Messe (sound-messe.com) in Osaka, Japan. As a bonus, following the interview, you'll get a demo of the Trailbreaker presented by the craftsman. Kazuma Tanabe interview Until the next interview or gear review, keep on playing the guitar! Pierre Journel. For more

Aryawoods International, Biju Nair interview at the Sound Messe in Osaka, Japan

Interview with Biju Nair from Aryawoods International (aryawoods.com) at the Sound Messe (sound-messe.com) in Osaka, Japan. Biju Nair interview Until the next interview or gear review, keep on playing the guitar! Pierre Journel. For more info:Sound Messe ArchivesGuitar Show ReportsLuthier Interviews

Daiya Tezuka and Shingo Hirano from Vemuram in interview at the Sound Messe Osaka

It was at the Sound Messe show in Osaka, Japan, that I had the incredible opportunity to meet and interview Daiya Tezuka and Shingo Hiran from Vemuram (vemuram.com). Such encounters are clearly one of the advantages of making the investment necessary to cover such far-flung shows. The Guitar Channel, the media that travelsthe most for

Bizen Guitars, interview and demo at the Sound Messe in Osaka

Interview and guitar demo of Bizen Guitars at the Sound Messe (sound-messe.com) in Osaka, Japan. Bizen Guitars demo and interview Until the next interview or gear review, keep on playing the guitar! Pierre Journel. For more info:Sound Messe ArchivesGuitar Show ReportsLuthier Interviews

Interview with Kai Strawn at Sound Messe (sound-messe.com) in Osaka to present the SSK (ssk-corp.com), Walla Walla and Black Volt brands. Bonus: two guitar demos to give you an idea. Kai Strawn interview Until the next interview or gear review, keep on playing the guitar! Pierre Journel. For more info:Sound Messe ArchivesGuitar Show ReportsLuthier Interviews

Conor Casey boutique guitar builder interview at the Sound Messe in Osaka, Japan

Interview with Irish boutique guitar builder Conor Casey (caseyguitars.com) at the Sound Messe (sound-messe.com) in Osaka, Japan. Conor Casey interview Until the next interview or gear review, keep on playing the guitar! Pierre Journel. For more info:Sound Messe ArchivesGuitar Show ReportsLuthier Interviews

Freedom Custom Guitar Research interview with Makoto Fukano and guitar demos

Interview with Japanese luthier Makoto Fukano of Freedom Custom Guitar Research (global.fcgrtokyo.com) at Sound Messe (sound-messe.com) in Osaka. As a bonus after the interview, two guitar demos to give you an idea. Makoto Fukano interview Until the next interview or gear review, keep on playing the guitar! Pierre Journel. For more info:Sound Messe ArchivesGuitar Show

Keystone Guitars Keisuke Nishi interview at the Osaka Sound Messe

Interview with Japanese luthier Keisuke Nishi of Keystone Guitars (keystone-si.com) at Sound Messe (sound-messe.com) in Osaka. Interview Keisuke Nishi Until the next interview or gear review, keep on playing the guitar! Pierre Journel. For more info:Sound Messe ArchivesGuitar Show ReportsLuthier Interviews

Interview with Hiro from Stilblu Guitars (stilblu.com) at the Sound Messe (sound-messe.com) in Osaka, Japan. Hiro interview Until the next interview or gear review, keep on playing the guitar! Pierre Journel. For more info:Sound Messe ArchivesGuitar Show ReportsLuthier Interviews

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Arima Guitars, Iker Rodriguez interview at the Sound Messe Osaka

Interview with Iker Rodriguez from Arima Guitars at the Sound Messe (sound-messe.com) in Osaka, Japan. Iker Rodriguez interview Until the next interview or gear review, keep on playing the guitar! Pierre Journel. For more info:Sound Messe ArchivesGuitar Show ReportsLuthier Interviews

Michihiro Matsuda interview at the Sound Messe
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Michihiro Matsuda interview at the Sound Messe

Interview with Michihiro Matsuda at the Sound Messe (sound-messe.com) in Osaka, Japan. Michihiro Matsuda interview Until the next interview or gear review, keep on playing the guitar! Pierre Journel. For more info:Sound Messe ArchivesGuitar Show ReportsLuthier Interviews