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Padalka Guitars

SIX STRINGS...   1. How did you end up becoming, or start out as, a luthier?  I always valued exclusive hi-quality products. Including luxury hi-fi components and of course guitars. But it so happened that I was more interested in technical aspects. And when I needed to update my electric guitar I started looking at custom...

James Colling Guitars

SIX STRINGS...   1. GUITARS EXCHANGE: How did you end up becoming, or start out as, a luthier?   James Collins: After 15 years of working in the music business whilst regularly gigging, writing and recording music I came to a fork in the road and chose to up sticks and head to America to learn Lutherie at the...

Jeffrey Yong Guitars

SIX STRINGS...   1. GUITARS EXCHANGE: How did you end up becoming, or start out as, a luthier? JEFFREY YONG: I began as a guitar instructor in 1976 and started to build my own guitars from 1985. I became full time in 1993.   2. G.E.: What inspires you to design and manufacture a new guitar? J.Y.: Everyone was...

Zerberus Guitars

SIX STRINGS...   1. Guitars Exchange:  How did you end up becoming, or start out as, a luthier? Frank Scheucher: I come from a very musical family. My grandfather played trumpet in a band and my father is a professional rock 'n' roll guitarist in my region. On the other hand my ancestors have been very...

Franfret Guitars

SIX STRING... 1. GUITARS EXCHANGE: How did you end up (or begin) being a luthier?  FRAN RODRÍGUEZ: Well, I imagine that this is something very passionate, some end up being musicians and others end up making the instruments. In my case I’ve always been surrounded by music after having had different working experiences, it...

M.O.V. Guitars

Those who love music and guitars usually find ourselves transfixed on the fingers of those who play, on  the ability of the guitarist, on their speed, technique and fantasy behind the construction of the phrases and the melody of the chords and solos. But, how much of a part does the instrument play in all of this? A bigger one than you...

Di Donato Guitars

In Guitars Exchange two years of existence, we have had the pleasure and great honour, of getting in touch with luthiers from every corner of the world. We interviewed many, we learned a lot, and from the best. The most essential date we had was from the first edition, at the Holy Grail Guitar Show (HGGS) in Berlin, where in a two-day...

Jersey Girl Homemade Guitars

Every year, The Holy Grail Guitar Show gives the possibility to admire guitar-making's excellence. Has been so since the first edition of the fair in 2014: more than 100 luthiers from all over the World in the same place. Where you can feel the talent, the imagination, the passion and the know-how. One of the questions we do to...

Pagelli Guitars

Claudio Pagelli may is one of the most interesting and distinguished contemporary maestros in guitar making. We can consider his arch-tops among the best in the whole world. A visionary, an inventor and an artist capable of giving strong shapes to the wood that bends to his will. Decades of experience have led him to...

GLB Sound

Through professional deformation (it´s written in our name) we tend to focus our attention on guitars. It happens in almost every article that we publish on these pages. Surely for the charm and brightness in the object itself, always first in line, with their shapes, woods, and colours. Yet, this is just the start of the...

Rozawood

Rozawood was born in the heart of Czech Republic and from Roman Zajicek’s passion. It was his passion for sound and love for the acoustic notes rooted in bluegrass and country music -his American dream- that drove a teenager during communist era, to try to break down the walls of politics to make his dream come true: building...

Versoul Guitars

Versoul Guitars: Art you can strum Guitar tech Alan Rogan said these guitars are ‘art you can strum’. And there’s nothing better for guitarists than this. Alan worked for Ronnie Wood, Keith Richards, Joe Walsh, Graham Nash, George Harrison, Tom Petty, Pete Townshend, John Fogerty, Nigel Sinclair and many others. Alan knows. It’s...

Kz Guitar Works

Fifteen years spent in the light of Brian May Red SpecialKazutaka Ijuin is one of the most famous luthiers worldwide who dedicated more than a decade and a half to create perfect replicas of the famous Old Lady created by Queen guitarist and his father in the middle 60s. In 2007-2008 the Brian May Super guitar was developed and was a joint...

David Antony Reid

It is not a coincidence that two of the greatest luthiers in the world, William 'Grit' Laskin and Andy Manson, define his instruments as 'outstanding', 'exceptional', 'remarkable', 'unique', 'amazing'…and the list goes on. Just look at the photos from our gallery to understand the quality, precision and deep knowledge David has on wood and...

XXL Guitars

XXL GUITARS are made in a shop called Les ateliers de la corde located in Beauharnois, Québec, Canada by luthier Marc Lupien. We met Marc during The Holy Grail Guitar Show, when Berlin becomes the center of the guitar-making Universe. His Axxis Footbal Model caught our attention back then: what an amazing ‘deconstructive’ works with...

Bacce Guitars

The first time we ran into Daniel Cabezas, the founder of Bacce Guitars, was in September, 2014 at the International Guitar Fair (Feria Internacional de la Guitarra) in Málaga, a far cry from his workshop on the suburban outskirts of Madrid.   The Andalusian fair is a legendary event for the Spanish guitar but the Bacce stand...

Lospennato Guitars

Leo Lospennato was born in Buenos Aires in ‘68, at the heart of an Italian family. Son of a manager and an artist, Leo became a bit of both when he started designing instruments and setting up a company to bring them to the market. Curious by nature and inspired by a Renaissance spirit, he became a journalist, an engineer, and the founder...

Manne Guitars

Andrea 'Manne' Ballarin is a benchmark of the Italian lutherie, intended as art, tradition and innovation; an industry's cornerstone at trade fairs and exhibitions, whether in Italy or abroad. His guitars were compared to Ferrari, icon of the ‘Made In Italy’ standard for quality and character, and it's not hard to understand why: just...

MR Guitars

In the beginning was the verb. But that was really boring, monotonous, and so the verb became music. It found the harmonies and arpeggios; the scales and chords; the tone colours and tonalities... and the verb became playful and seductive. Everything in this world vibrates and reverberates on different wavelengths. And the people we call...