More gorgeous instruments from the halls of Montreal

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Bill Tippin of Tippin Guitars has been designing, building and repairing stringed instruments for the past 30 years. He showcased a Crescendo Al Petteway (Staccato Fan Fret series) and a Bravado at this year's show.


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Mario Beauregard is a renowned luthier with clients on all continents. His instruments are true works of art and known for their beautiful designs and tonal qualities.


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This 17'' archtop acoustic-electric guitar from Ribbecke Guitars is an "X"-braced traditional instrument, featuring a hand-carved and graduated top and back. Four different archtop models are available in traditional or modern shape with several peghead designs.


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Osthoff Guitars featuring the Auditorium Series. Similar in size and depth to a Dreadnought, but with a newly refined body shape offering more clarity to individual notes. An excellent model for longer scale instruments.


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The Lyrist (left) by Bill Comins is violin-inspired. The body consists of solid mahogany and the top features a gracefully carved figured maple with fine inlayed purfling. The Vert Axe (right) is an electric jazz guitar designed to be played sitting straight up.


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Sheldon Schwartz of Schwartz Guitars has been building innovative guitars for 17 years. He brought an Oracle guitar and a new Small Jumbo to the show.


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John Monteleone's Quattroport features unique soundhole designs. A third hole is located on the side under the player's arm, and an elliptical soundhole is located on the top.


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Richard Baudry has more than 70 creations to his credit including acoustic, electric, and bass models, among others. He has made quite the name for himself not only in France, but also with amateurs, professionals and collectors in Belgium, Germany and Luxembourg.


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Jean-Yves Alquier specializes in building concert classical guitars. At the show, he presented his classical Juliette as well as a unique jazz guitar model built specially for the Montreal event.


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Franck Cheval of Cheval Guitars has created more than 550 customized guitars on special orders since 1981. He exhibited his signature model, his steel and nylon string acoustics as well as his sculpted archtops at this year's show.


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Jean-Marie Fouilleul was named the "best craftsman in France" in 1989, only 10 years after building his first guitar. He focuses mainly on enhancing performance guitars and draws inspiration from both ancient and modern instruments. He presented an Arche-type performance model at the show.


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Olivier Pozzo is ranked among the top ten French luthiers. He builds a wide range of acoustic and electro-acoustic instruments, including a concert classical guitar. He exhibited his Guitarsonic models from his Horizon collection at this year's show.


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Francis Vendramini of Vendarmini Guitars constructs electric, acoustic, folk and jazz manouche guitars. At the show, he exhibited a 12-fret turn-of-the-century/Parlor-style instrument and a manouche guitar.


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Jef Demers of Demers Guitars makes around 12 instruments a year and has been in the business since 1993. He specializes in electroacoustics and displayed two archtop versions of his Voodoo, one electroacoustic model and one L13 acoustic guitar at this year's show.


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Demers L13 acoustic on display.


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Johanna Mutti and Curtis Rockwell of Oriskany Guitars specialize in building steel string acoustic guitars individually customized for their clients. At the show, the duo presented several steel string flatops.


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Bernard Vachon is best known for repairing and restoring a vast array of stringed instruments. With him he brought a fan fret 7-string jazz guitar, a baritone, a traditional classical, and a fretless bass.


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Balazs Prohaszka has worked for many years on several types of instruments but now specializes in guitar making at Avalon Guitars. He focuses primarily on creating new designs and working on custom projects and inlays. He is pictured here with two of his steel string guitars.


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Brian Kingston of BC Kingston Guitars exhibited his CR-P and CR-E models at this year's show, along with two new examples of his popular Fusion double cutaway. He has been building guitars for clients in five different countries for 30 years.


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Ervin Somogyi is one of the best-known working American luthiers. He showed off two steel string guitars and this special guitar that represents a revolutionary turning point in professional lutherie work at the show.


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Oskar Graf of Graf Guitars has been in the guitar building business for over 35 years. He treated Montreal with some of his latest archtop, classical and acoustic models.


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Michael Hemken of Hemken Guitars has been making acoustic instruments since 1976. He specializes in unique archtop designs. Two archtops were on display at the show.


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Les Guitars Pellerin specializes in creating high end acoustic guitars. Luthiers Michel Pellerin and Gilbert Blais exhibited four of their latest creations: two Grand Auditorium models, one Dreadnought Collection model, and one 20-string harp guitar.


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Olivier Planchon won the 2007 "best craftsman of France" title. He displayed his new concert classical model at the show.


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The Bus by Roadrunner, located in the south of France. The Bus is equipped with Benedetti pickups.


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Thomas Fejoz designs around 12 guitars a year. He exhibited a super jumbo 12 string, a new 6-string model and an Alize at the show.


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Ken Parker Archtop


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Maurice Dupont has specialized in buidling acoustic guitars since 1981, but also builds a full range of instruments including classical to electric guitars as well as folding double basses, folk guitars, violas and Stimer pickups. His Cognac workshop is the biggest of its kind in France.


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Kathy Wingert of Wingert Guitars keeps production low with fewer than 15 instruments built per year. She exhibited an E cutaway model and a harp guitar at the show.  


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Marc Saumier of Saumier Guitars has been using Quebec-harvested maple, cherry and red spruce to create innovative guitars and basses since 1995. Saumier displayed his resonator, jazz archtop and manouche acoustic bass at the show.


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Randy Muth of R. S. Muth Guitars exhibited three special steel string guitars. Muth believes in building upon classic design features.


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Martin Tremblay displayed three gypsy guitars, an OM folk guitar and an Irish bouzouki at the show. Tremblay serves as an ambassador for Quebec's up-and-coming luthiers.


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The Penelope by Fabrizio Alberico features a German spruce top and ziricote back and sides. Fabrizio has been hand-crafting since 1998. 

Rig Rundown: Adam Shoenfeld

Whether in the studio or on solo gigs, the Nashville session-guitar star holds a lotta cards, with guitars and amps for everything he’s dealt.

Adam Shoenfeld has helped shape the tone of modern country guitar. How? Well, the Nashville-based session star, producer, and frontman has played on hundreds of albums and 45 No. 1 country hits, starting with Jason Aldean’s “Hicktown,” since 2005. Plus, he’s found time for several bands of his own as well as the first studio album under his own name, All the Birds Sing, which drops January 28.

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Diatonic sequences are powerful tools. Here’s how to use them wisely.

Advanced

Beginner

• Understand how to map out the neck in seven positions.
• Learn to combine legato and picking to create long phrases.
• Develop a smooth attack—even at high speeds.

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Knowing how to function in different keys is crucial to improvising in any context. One path to fretboard mastery is learning how to move through positions across the neck. Even something as simple as a three-note-per-string major scale can offer loads of options when it’s time to step up and rip. I’m going to outline seven technical sequences, each one focusing on a position of a diatonic major scale. This should provide a fun workout for the fingers and hopefully inspire a few licks of your own.
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