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The Fretboard Journal magazine's weekly podcast, where we interview legendary guitarists, luthiers, and much more.

    Linda Manzer's Sunflower Guitar for Ukraine

    Linda Manzer's Sunflower Guitar for Ukraine

    Acclaimed luthier Linda Manzer joins us this week to talk about her latest creation, Sunflower Guitar for Ukraine.

    This instrument, sporting a gorgeous sunflower inlay headstock and a Ukraine flag-themed Hoffee case, will be on tour for several months raising awareness for the war relief efforts in Ukraine and The $1k Project for Ukraine. Eventually, it will work its way to Ukraine so that guitarists in the country can record with it.

    During our conversation, Linda recounts her inspiration for the guitar and how it was built. We also hear from Stephen Bennett, one of the instrument's caretakers, about his time with the guitar.

    The Sunflower Guitar page: https://sunflowerguitar.com
    Donate: https://opencollective.com/1kproject/contribute/flower-of-ukraine-guitar-by-linda-manzer-the-usd1k-project-for-ukraine-initiative-42653

    Linda Manzer on the FJ's Sweep the Floor Podcast:
    https://www.fretboardjournal.com/podcasts/sweep-the-floor-ep-1-linda-manzer/

    See the Sunflower Guitar at the Fretboard Summit: https://fretboardsummit.org
    This episode is sponsored by Peghead Nation (use the promo code FRETBOARD and get your first month free or $20 off any annual subscription); Izotope (use the coupon code FRET10 to save 10% off their plug-ins); Retrofret Vintage Guitars; Izotope (use the discount code FRET10 to save 10% off your Izotope purchase); and Calton Cases.

    • 47 min
    Luthier Judson Riviere (Riviere Guitars)

    Luthier Judson Riviere (Riviere Guitars)

    On today's Fretboard Journal Podcast, we introduce you to a young guitarmaker at the very beginning of his career, Asheville, North Carolina-based luthier Judson Riviere. Fresh out of high school, Judson enrolled himself in the Minnesota State College Southeast's Guitar Repair and Building program (aka simply as Red Wing). He then dove deep into guitar repair work for Steve Mason in Kansas and, for the last two years, has apprenticed under acoustic guitarmaker Jason Kostal in Arizona.

    Judson is finally ready to start building guitars under his name. We talk about the skills he's learned along this journey, how Red Wing turned him into an acoustic guitar fanatic, what the apprenticeship for Jason Kostal looked like, his own guitars, and much more.
    The Fretboard Summit, our three-day gathering for guitar fanatics, takes place in Chicago August 25-27, 2022. fretboardsummit.org

    Get our 50th issue of the Fretboard Journal by subscribing here.
    This episode is sponsored by Peghead Nation (use the promo code FRETBOARD and get your first month free or $20 off any annual subscription); Izotope (use the coupon code FRET10 to save 10% off their plug-ins); Retrofret Vintage Guitars; Izotope (use the discount code FRET10 to save 10% off your Izotope purchase); and Calton Cases.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Creston Lea (Creston Guitars)

    Creston Lea (Creston Guitars)

    On this week's Fretboard Journal Podcast, we check in with Creston Lea of Creston Guitars.

    We talk about his current guitar production, buying trends, how he utilizes a CNC on his builds, his website documenting every guitar he's built, and so much more. Creston also recounts his memories of attending the first two Fretboard Summits.
    We'll be throwing a 2022 Fretboard Summit at Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music (Aug 25-27, 2022) where Creston will be competing in our first-ever Nickel Wound Chef competition against builders Duncan Price and Meredith Coloma. As on the Iron Chef show, only one build will reign supreme.

    crestonguitars.com
    fretboardsummit.org

    Get our 50th issue of the Fretboard Journal by subscribing here.
    This episode is sponsored by Peghead Nation (use the promo code FRETBOARD and get your first month free or $20 off any annual subscription); Izotope (use the coupon code FRET10 to save 10% off their plug-ins); Retrofret Vintage Guitars; Izotope (use the discount code FRET10 to save 10% off your Izotope purchase); and Calton Cases.
     

    • 33 min
    Geoff Farina (Karate)

    Geoff Farina (Karate)

    On today's Fretboard Journal Podcast, we talk to Geoff Farina of the band Karate.

    In the mid-'90s, the Boston-based group earned a cult following with their indie rock-meets-jazz sound. Geoff recounts the band's early days, when he was working part-time for Bill Finnegan assembling Klon Centaurs. He talks about life on the road, the group's breakup, and how they eventually were able to reissue their out-of-print albums on the Numero Group.

    Most importantly, Geoff is just a rabid guitar nut: He's currently a music educator in Chicago, where he spends his free time buying and selling guitars (acoustic and electric) and building tube amplifiers.

    July 2022: Karate is currently reunited and back on the road. Follow their tour dates here:
    https://karateallston.bandcamp.com

    To order the Numero Group's Karate reissues, click here. 
    This episode is sponsored by Peghead Nation (use the promo code FRETBOARD and get your first month free or $20 off any annual subscription); Izotope (use the coupon code FRET10 to save 10% off their plug-ins); Retrofret Vintage Guitars; Izotope (use the discount code FRET10 to save 10% off your Izotope purchase); and Calton Cases.
    To purchase our magazine or learn about the 2022 Fretboard Summit, visit us at www.fretboardjournal.com. 

    • 54 min
    Andrew Enns of Yamaha

    Andrew Enns of Yamaha

    On today's Fretboard Journal Podcast, we talk to Andrew Enns, Senior Acoustic Guitar Builder at Yamaha. In case you didn't know, Yamaha has a workshop in Southern California, where Andrew and a small team are building the next generation of Yamaha's high-end acoustic guitars.

    This is a fascinating chat on so many levels: Andrew is a largely self-taught guitarmaker and recounts how he started out building electric guitars on his apartment patio with the information he gleaned from the early days of the internet (including Ed Roman's legendary rants) and Stew-Mac catalogs. He then went on to work for Michael Kelly and Cordoba, where he immersed himself in classical guitar construction.

    At Yamaha, Andrew's job is not only to make a great acoustic, but to constantly adjust, test, and refine his creations. Known for their high tolerances, the brand has Andrew go through dozens of prototypes for each guitar model he builds, often with the tiniest of differences. He shares some of the discoveries he's made over the years about top thickness, woods, neck joints, and more. We also talk about the new high-end dreadnought has Andrew designed for Yamaha, out sometime in 2023. 

    https://yamahaguitardevelopment.com
    https://usa.yamaha.com/products/musical_instruments/guitars_basses/index.html

    This episode is sponsored by Peghead Nation (use the promo code FRETBOARD and get your first month free or $20 off any annual subscription); Izotope (use the coupon code FRET10 to save 10% off their plug-ins); Retrofret Vintage Guitars; Izotope (use the discount code FRET10 to save 10% off your Izotope purchase); and Calton Cases.
    To purchase our magazine or learn about the 2022 Fretboard Summit, visit us at www.fretboardjournal.com. 

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Pharis & Jason Romero

    Pharis & Jason Romero

    On this week's Fretboard Journal Podcast, we're talking to Pharis and Jason Romero. 2022 is shaping up to a big year for the Romeros: This week, the duo will release 'Tell 'Em You Were Gold,' their seventh album, and their first project on Smithsonian Folkways. As if that weren't enough, at some point soon, Jason will be putting the finishing touches on their 500th banjo creation.

    During our chat, we talk about how they balance their lives between instrument making, touring, recording, and family duties. We also talk about the secret tuning that Jason discovers with each of his banjos, how he builds his instruments, the making of their new record, and more.

    Check out a behind-the-scenes mini doc on the making of the album here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v9cHx2ReaHA&ab_channel=SmithsonianFolkways
    And check out the documentary we shot nearly a decade ago here: https://www.fretboardjournal.com/video/fretboard-films-trip-romero-banjos/
    The banjo playlist that Jason curated can be found here: https://folkways.si.edu/playlist/the-brain-on-banjos-pharis-jason-romero
    Order 'Tell 'Em You Were Gold' here: https://orcd.co/pharis-jason-romero
    This episode is sponsored by Peghead Nation (use the promo code FRETBOARD and get your first month free or $20 off any annual subscription); Retrofret Vintage Guitars; Izotope (use the discount code FRET10 to save 10% off your Izotope purchase); and Calton Cases.
    www.fretboardjournal.com
     

    • 1 hr 13 min

Customer Reviews

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271 Ratings

271 Ratings

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Listen already! Bigsby episode is excellent!

II’ve been listening for years, and the episode on the recently ‘found’ late Bigsby guitar was awesome- so many stories, Jason, the always excellent host, just let them run- thank you, it was so good. I could have listened for another 2 hours. Thanks!

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Great podcasts.

Always a good listen for guitar nerds. Love it.

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This is an excellent podcast which has led me down a rabbit hole of musical discovery. Everything Jason does is the highest quality. I subscribed to the magazine after getting a glimpse of the care he and the staff give to what they do and I was not disappointed- it is a gorgeous piece of work and I look forward to the next issue. All the podcasts in the FJ network seem to have great people and it makes listening to anything they discuss a true pleasure. Thank you for everything you do Jason- it is obviously a labor of love done to the highest degree.

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