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The American guitar player Greg Howe has played with huge pop stars from Michael Jackson to Justin Timberlake, Enrique Iglesias and more. His career as a solo artist or within a band has also been very rich. Here is a guitar in hand interview from his home in Oklahoma. The two other interviews with Greg are here (at Musikmesse 2015) and there (for …
 
The Texas based guitar player Mark Lettieri (marklettieri.com) who plays with Snarky Puppy among many projects is the guest of this guitar in hand interview recorded from his home studio. The occasion was the release of his new solo album The Baritone Sessions Vol.2. Mark goes through his composition process and walks through the conception of the …
 
Zane Carney (zanecarney.com) is an American guitar player who accompanied people like John Mayer or Jonny Lang on tour. He is now moving more and more toward working on his own music. Alter Ego is the album of his quartet. It is full of ferocious Jazz as Zane puts it himself. Here is a guitar in hand interview from his studio. Zane Carney interview…
 
Rainer Tausch is the German guitar maker behind Tausch Guitars (tausch-guitars.de). He was the guest of a live interview on The Guitar Channel. In this video he talks about his training as a luthier, his 665 Raw Deluxe model and his philosophy of electric guitar building. Rainer Tausch interview Full version reserved for subscribers Rainer Tausch i…
 
Here is a guitar in hand video interview with the American musicien Popa Chubby well known to usually 200 shows per year. He presents his latest album Tinfoil Hat and how he has adapted to the pandemic situation. Take a listen to the album as I think it is one of the best Popa Chubby has released recently in my humble opinion. Popa Chubby interview…
 
The German guitar builder Robin Stummvoll from Verso Instruments (versoinstruments.com) has a very original approach to what is an electric guitar. In this live interview the luthier presents his Cosmo model which is built around a neck and a bent sheet of metal. Check-out his work, it's very refreshing to see an out-of-the-box design in the guitar…
 
The German luthier Rainer Tausch (tausch-guitars.de) makes guitars that have a very classic appearance but are in fact completely revisited instruments. In the case of the 665 Raw Deluxe model, it is clearly Telecaster inspired. And yet this luthier guitar is a hollow-body with a glued neck, so it's far from the Esquire. Tausch 665 Raw Deluxe revie…
 
The Greek guitar player Gus G who played with Ozzy Osbourne and now leads his own band Firewind launches his brand of guitar pickups, Blackfire (blackfirepickups.com). In this guitar in hand interview he demonstrates the two types of models, the Immortal (passive) and the Proteus (active) and talks about his current projects. Win a pair of Blackfir…
 
It was a blast to record this interview with the Canadian musician Ariel Posen (arielposen.com). His new album Headway is will be released on March 5th 2021. It is full of great songs with some awesome guitar playing. During this guitar in hand interview, Ariel Posen speaks about his composition process, how he records, how he is adapting to the pa…
 
The great American guitar player Adam Levy (adamlevy.com) was the guest of this guitar in hand live interview recorded via Zoom. He showcases a gorgeous archtop Gibson L-7 from 1945 and talk about his latest projects. Adam Levy interview Full 40min version reserved for subscribers The Guitar Channel podcast The audio version of the video is availab…
 
Mike Campbell is the American guitarist who accompanied Tom Petty for decades. He has just released an excellent album called Wreckless Abandon with his band The Dirty Knobs (thedirtyknobs.com). The second guitarist of the band, Jason Sinay, was also interviewed. At 70 years old Mike Campbell still has the drive to release an incandescent Rock […]…
 
The Spanish luthier Francisco Rodriguez is the craftsman behind the Franfret brand (franfret.net). Already interviewed several times, he sent to the showroom of The Guitar Channel a Strat like no other. Indeed, not only is the inspiration clearly David Gilmour's vintage guitar #00001 but its body is made of Mahogany. On this kind of guitar […]…
 
Jason Sinay (jasonsinay.com) is a Los Angeles studio musician who is playing and singing in Mike Campbell band The Dirty Knobs. They have just released their debut album Wreckless Abandon which is full of cool songs and great dual guitar tones. Jason Sinay interview The Guitar Channel podcast The audio version of the video is […]…
 
If the situation allows it and the planets align, the Montreux International Guitar Show will hold its first edition in Montreux, Switzerland from April 23rd to 25th, 2021. The Guitar Channel is a partner of this event organized by Emmanuel Cottier and David Rosset. Here are the two Swiss acolytes in a live interview to […]…
 
As a wrap-up of the online edition of the 2021 Winter NAMM here is a live discussion with some of the best European boutique guitar builders who are regular exhibitors at NAMM and Andy Powers from Taylor Guitars. Guest list Tania and Michael Spalt from Spalt Instruments (spaltinstruments.com) Adriano Sergio from Ergon Guitars (ergonguitars.com) Ulr…
 
For the second year the amazingly creative luthiers Adriano Sergio from Ergon Guitars (ergonguitars.com) in Portugal, Michael Spalt from Spalt Instruments (spaltinstruments.com) in Austria and Uli Teuffel from Teuffel Guitars (teuffel.com) in Germany are joining forces under the banner of their Projetcs of Three (projectsofthree.com). In 2020 they …
 
The Dead Daisies (thedeaddaisies.com) will release Holy Ground their 2021 album with Glenn Hughes as a lead singer and bass player. Here is a Skype video interview with Doug Aldrich to talk about the whole process of composing and recording the album. We also touched base on his participation to the United Guitars Vol.2 project. […]…
 
Changing the sound of an amp with a boost pedal is a recipe almost as old as the first tube amps. In this gear video, we listen in detail to the sound changes when you push a Marshall sound with a Klon Centaur type pedal. In order to simplify the configuration and to have everything […]By Pierre Journel
 
Massimo Biolcati (massimobiolcati.com) is a professional American upright bass player who has developed iReal Pro (irealpro.com), an application that has become an indispensable tool for many musicians. Indeed this iOS, Android and MacOS application allows you to play chord charts with a full backing track. It provides you with the best way to work…
 
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, […]…
 
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 […]By Pierre Journel
 
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 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 […]…
 
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 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 […]…
 
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 […]…
 
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 […]…
 
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 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 […]…
 
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 [……
 
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 […]…
 
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: […]…
 
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 […]…
 
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 […]…
 
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 […]…
 
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 […]…
 
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 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 av…
 
A few weeks ago I heard about this documentary project called Inside Scofield about Jazz musician John Scofield. Having just recorded an interview with the New York guitarist, I found it interesting to give the project a hand by doing an interview with Jörg Steineck, the director of this documentary supported by a Kickstarter campaign. […]…
 
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 […]…
 
The sacred Jazz guitar monster that is John Scofield (johnscofield.com) was my guest for an interview via FaceTime to talk about the excellent album recorded titled Swallow Tales with compositions by his lifelong friend, bassist Steve Swallow. Bill Stewart is playing drums. Don't miss the 2016 interview recorded guitar in hand with John Scofield Jo…
 
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 […]By Pierre Journel
 
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 […]…
 
As part of the lockdown Stay-at-Home period linked to the Coronavirus, this is one of the live interviews freely broadcasted to highlight musicians and other music pros impacted by this situation. Live Interviews Schedule Saku Vuori master luthier from Finland for Vuorensaku Guitars Here is a replay of a live interview recorded via FaceTime during …
 
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