More photos from the Montreal Guitar Show

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Benedetto brought a bevy of instruments to Montreal, including a 16" Sinfonietta as well as La Venezia, Bravo Elite, Bambino Elite and Andy Elite models.
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Mike Baranik uses exotic woods and innovative features to build guitars at his shop in California.




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Canadian Benoit Raby specializes in the art of classical and flamenco guitar making, but also makes a fretless instrument known as the oud.





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“The Black Cherry” by Montreal’s own Michael Greenfield, with inlay work by Larry Robinson, was also made for Jacques-André Dupont’s Red Guitar collection.
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Canadian Jeremy Clark of 52 Instrument Company displays his penchant for yellow cedar and Indian rosewood.




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French self-taught luthier Olivier Fanton d’Andon is known for his elegant designs and balanced tones.




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Galloup Guitars of Big Rapids, Michigan is a full service guitar facility where budding luthiers can learn the craft of guitar making. Custom guitars made at Galloup include small body guitars, baritones and everything inbetween.




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French luthier Christophe Grellier makes flat tops, archops and Weissenborns.




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Canadian Peter Hopkins is known for his modern interpretations of the archtop. Here is the “Red Tessa Nova” Jacques-Andre Dupont commissioned for the Red Archtop collection.




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Candian luthier Josh House specializes in steel string flat tops. This Piedmont (L-00) Pro has a Monkey Pod back and sides.




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Sigmund Johannessen is a Norwegian who immigrated to Canada. He specializes in hand-carved archtops.




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Canadian luthier Tony Karol builds custom guitars at his shop in Mississauga.




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Canadian Michael Kennedy is making guitars under the Indian Hill Guitar Company name. Kennedy completed a three-year apprenticeship with master luthier Sergei de Jonge.




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Kopo’s Fred Pons uses wood, carbon- and metal-based materials to create unique, ergonomic instruments, including these Malaga models.




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Lance Kragenbrink specializes in contemporary fingerstyle guitars, which he builds in his Vandercook Lake, MI, studio. This is his OM Fingerstylist.




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Canadian William “Grit” Laskin is the only instrument maker to have received Canada’s highest craft honor, the Saidye Bronfman Award For Excellence. Here is a close-up of Laskin’s “JATP 49,” his tribute to Oscar Peterson.




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In addition to building Gibson-style mandolins and D’Angelico replicas, Michael Lewis makes archtops of his own design. This one, “La Petite Rougette” is part of Jacques-André Dupont’s Red Guitar collection.




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Patrick Mailloux of Canada makes high-end classical and romantic guitars. This model has an Engelman Spruce top and cocobolo back and sides.




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Japanese luthier Michihiro Matsuda turned heads with his innovative designs. Matsuda studied under Ervin Somogyi and Frank Ford.




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New York’s Christian Mirabella is a top restorer of vintage archtops. His Trap Door guitar features sliding doors to alter the acoustic properties of the instrument.




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Edward Klein’s elliptical guitar project was supported by a grant from the Ontario Arts Council.




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Erich Soloman uses European spruce and European maple to build guitars one at a time in Epping, New Hampshire.




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Rolf Spuler is a Swiss-based luthier and engineer. He is shown here with his Paradis models, which are equipped with his proprietary undersaddle pickup system.





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Talk about a Sweet Rosette! (Sorry, couldn’t resist) US luthier Blair Sweet uses choice woods for a balanced acoustic tone. Rosette options include wood designs, bwb lam and abalone.




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Canadian Judy Threet specializes in small-bodied guitars which she adorns with creative and life-like inlays. Video Interview




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This instrument is the product of research on experimental classical guitars conducted by Florian Vorreiter in his Winnipeg workshop.




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Canadian Joseph Yanuziello doesn’t stop at traditional flat top guitars – he also makes resophonics, and various electric mandolins (including mandolas and mandocellos). This year he brought a bass, too.
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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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