The biennial Montreal Guitar Show is home to some of the world''s most stunning handcrafted electrics, archtops, and acoustics.

Meredith Coloma
"Meredith Coloma's Ray steel-string features a striking back representing the Japanese naval flag and her native Vancouver mountains. The back is made from satinwood, bloodwood, rosewood, and ironwood. The guitar also has a 3-piece top made from cedar, spruce, and fir, and features an internal soundbox she developed with the master luthier Michael Dunn."

The shredmeister recounts how Vai's vocal-like delivery drew her in, while his use of groovy odd time signatures and pinch harmonics still pervade her rockin' repertoire.

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See a sampling of picks used by famous guitarists over the years.

Marty Stuart

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How does a legacy artist stay on top of his game? The pianist, hit singer-songwriter, producer, and composer talks about the importance of musical growth and positive affirmation; his love for angular melodicism; playing jazz, pop, classical, bluegrass, jam, and soundtrack music; and collaborating with his favorite guitarists, including Pat Metheny and Jerry Garcia.

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