V&R just got back home from the Holy Grail Guitar Show which once again took place in the beautiful city of Berlin. As a bonus, this edition we had a stunning weather, which seemed to have made the overall vibe of the show even better! We shot a good amount of video interviews and demos in our hotel room, which we converted into a video studio for the occasion, keeping our team working almost 24/7.
What is HGGS?
For those who are not familiar with it, the Holy Grail Guitar Show is an event targeted to guitar enthusiasts focused on high quality handbuilt instruments, featuring builders from all around the world since it’s first edition in 2014. No matter what type of guitar player you are, or what type of guitar you like, you are guaranteed to find something for you at the Holy Grail Guitar Show. Acoustics, electrics, archtops, classicals, basses, just any type of guitar you can imagine all had one main thing in common: SUPERB QUALITY & INNOVATION
To be honest, this has probably been the best edition so far. One great thing about this show is the calm and peaceful atmosphere at all times. As opposed to many other shows around the world, electric guitars are only being played in dedicated booths, avoiding a big cluster of guitarists trying to play louder than their neighbours simultaneously, creating a cacophony that starts to become painful after just a few minutes of navigating around stands.
Throughout the show, many demo concerts took place on a welcoming and intimate stage, allowing attendants to focus on the quality and sound of these handmade instruments. This really does make for a more enjoyable and less exhausting show to attend, making it easier for builders, dealers and customers to focus on their deals. As you would expect from an event taking place in Germany, the organization was nothing but outstanding, making it probably the best organized guitar show in the EU. We simply cannot recommend this show enough! Shortly, we will upload footage of the show, including more photos, videos and interviews with some great luthiers! What do we think of the 2018 show? We think this was probably the best Holy Grail show so far. It feels like this has become one of the best (if not the best) organized guitar shows in EU and we are very proud to have supported and been with them on this amazing journey from the first show. We are happy to spend the time, resources and energy as Premium Sponsors for the show – for the second time. This is truly one of our favourite guitar shows in the world. This year had such a great atmosphere and vibe. And the fantastic sunny weather was the cherry on the cake. World’s finest instruments If you are musical instrument aficionado and fan of handmade guitars this is the must-go-to show in EU. V&R founder, SoMe & Marketing talk Our founder did a lecture on Social Media and Marketing for builders and music industry folks on the EGB Symposium before the show. Sharing our knowledge and helping out is an essential part of our involvement in the show. Check out our picture gallery below and feel free to let us know in the comment section below See you next time!
Jamie Gale, curator of Boutique Guitar Showcase, presenting a few of the luthiers from BGS on NAMM Show 2018. In this video you will see instruments from world class instrument builders such as Di Donato Guitars, Ergon Guitars, Spalt Instruments, Noah Guitars, Frank Hartung Guitars, GNG Guitars, Kauer Guitars, Maegan Wells, Tausch Guitars, Sankey Guitars, Oni Guitars, iVee Guitars, Wide Sky Guitars, Lame Horse Instruments, McSwain Guitars
On the 15th of oct. 2017 Vintage & Rare hosted the Boutique Showcase in Copenhagen. The event was held in Vibe Factory Recording Studios with unique and fine handmade instruments on display from Di Donato Guitars, Donovan Leah Guitars, Ergon Guitars, James Trussart Guitars, Kauer Guitars, Klein Community, Marleaux BassGuitars, McSwain Guitars, MOVGuitars, Sankey Guitars, Spalt Instruments, Tausch Electric Guitars, Teye Guitars, Wild Customs, Deimel Guitarworks, Diego Vila Guitarras y, Bajos Custom, Turnstone Guitar Company, AC Guitars, Leo Guitars.
Hope to see you again next year when we roll out a new guitarshow in Copenhagen with unique and handmade guitars.
So lately this has been quite a discussed subject. Are Gibson not doing well? A lot of people seem to be talking about certain financial difficulties on Gibson’s end. Is this the case? Today we´re having a look at the situation and some key aspects that may have something to do with it.
Demo of the great Jetfuzz by spanish boutique builder: Dag Pedals. We are big fans fuzz pedals and this is a great fuzz we recently stumpled over. Dag Pedals is Run by Diego and is one of the very few boutique builders located on Mallorca, Spain.
Jetfuzz info The Jetfuzz it’s not a clone of any production pedal, sound wise it can be described as a mix between a Muff and a Tonebender. The sound is not scooped as in a Muff good sustain and in some settings can achieve a raw chainsaw fuzz or more of a distortion sound.
Once again we went to NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA in January.
One of the cool things about NAMM Show, besides meeting lots of our partners and friends, is the chance you get to discover lots of new great gear. Hahn Guitars was one of the highlights. Especially the 910 model that the builder, Chihoe, makes became one of our favourite hand built guitars on the show this year.
Hahn Guitars can be ordered directly on Vintage & Rare here
Here is a demo of the 910 model.
Interview with Chihoe Hahn
1) Chihoe, Tell us about your background
– Well I’ve been building guitars for over 16 years and professionally for about 10. Before that I was involved with several start ups, before that I was a lawyer, and throughout I’ve been a musician.
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