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

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

    John Monteleone

    John Monteleone

    Today we share an hour-long interview with one of the true greats of guitar-making, John Monteleone.

    Collectors and musicians around the world have sought out John's archtop creations, resulting in six-figure price tags, a quartet of guitars at the Met (the Four Seasons), and even a song penned by Mark Knopfler (simply titled, "Monteleone"). He's also the subject of a full-length documentary, The Chisels Are Calling. 

    As if that isn't enough, nearly 50 of his instruments from throughout his career have been amassed for a very special exhibit at the Long Island Museum entitled "Musical Masterworks: John Monteleone’s Guitars and Other Instruments." The exhibit runs through October 13th, 2024.

     https://longislandmuseum.org/exhibition/musical-masterworks-john-monteleones-guitars-and-other-instruments/

    From August 1-3, 2024, John also is hosting his own Art of the Guitar Festival in Stony Brook (just a mile away from the aforementioned museum). https://www.thejazzloft.org/monteleone

    During our chat, we talk about his early days in lutherie, building instruments and doing repairs for Mandolin Brothers. We chat about the influence of Jimmy D'Aquisto, what inspires him today, his workshop, new models on the horizon, and more. 

    The Fretboard Journal is proud to announce that we're throwing a guitar festival. Read our 'First Timer's Guide to the Fretboard Summit' to learn all about it: https://www.fretboardjournal.com/columns/a-first-timers-guide-to-the-fretboard-summit

    Subscribe to the Fretboard Journal print edition and reserve your copy of Fretboard Journal 54:
    https://shop.fretboardjournal.com/products/fretboard-journal-annual-subscription

    This week's show is sponsored by:
    StewMac: https://stewmac.sjv.io/R5jvRR (Affiliate link)

    Stringjoy Strings: https://stringjoy.com
    (Use the code FRETBOARD to save 10% off your first order)

    Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar: https://mmguitarbar.com

    Peghead Nation: https://www.pegheadnation.com
    (Get your first month free or $20 off any annual subscription with the promo code FRETBOARD at checkout).

    Love the podcast and want to support it? We have a Patreon page just for Fretboard Journal fans and loaded with bonus content. https://www.patreon.com/Fretboard_Journal

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Scott Tsai (Queens Vintage Guitars)

    Scott Tsai (Queens Vintage Guitars)

    Meet Scott Tsai, founder of Philadelphia's Queens Vintage Guitars.
    Queens Vintage Guitars may just be the newest brick & mortar vintage guitar store in the country. On today's podcast, owner Scott Tsai tells us about its inception, its community focus, and so much more. 
    https://queensvintageguitars.com
    Scott's story is fascinating: His love for guitar started with a Yamaha from Costco. He became hooked on the music of Tommy Emmanuel, landed a job at NYC's Retrofret (thanks to sheer tenacity), and gradually amassed a collection of rare Epiphone archtops from the 1930s. He gives us a mini history lesson on Epiphones and explains what makes their archtops different from their Gibson counterparts. 
    Plus: Scott's short-lived stint as a paparazzi photographer!
    Meet Scott and close to 100 former FJ subjects, podcast guests, luthiers and brands at this year's Fretboard Summit in Chicago. Read our 'First Timer's Guide to the Fretboard Summit' to learn about it: https://www.fretboardjournal.com/columns/a-first-timers-guide-to-the-fretboard-summit/
    Subscribe to the Fretboard Journal print edition and reserve your copy of Fretboard Journal 54:
    https://shop.fretboardjournal.com/products/fretboard-journal-annual-subscription
    This week's show is sponsored by:
    StewMac: https://stewmac.sjv.io/R5jvRR (Affiliate link)

    Stringjoy Strings: https://stringjoy.com (Use the code FRETBOARD to save 10% off your first order)

    Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar: https://mmguitarbar.com
    Peghead Nation: https://www.pegheadnation.com (Get your first month free or $20 off any annual subscription with the promo code FRETBOARD at checkout).

    Love the podcast and want to support it? We have a Patreon page just for Fretboard Journal fans and loaded with bonus content. https://www.patreon.com/Fretboard_Journal
     

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Mikkel Ploug

    Mikkel Ploug

    We just premiered Mikkel Ploug's beautiful arrangement of Bach's Art of the Fugue for guitar on our YouTube channel. Today, we hear all about it. 
    Ploug talks to us about how he turned to a Gibson ES-330 and an Estey-era Magnatone M-14 for this recording, his arrangement process on the Bach piece, and so much more. We talk gear, European jazz, and the experience of commissioning a guitar-themed piece from composer Bent Sørensen. 
    Watch Ploug play the Art of the Fugue here: https://youtu.be/5Sl1mQB9HR4
    Follow Mikkel here: https://www.instagram.com/plougmikkel/
    https://www.mikkelploug.com
    We're throwing a guitar festival this August in Chicago. Read 'A First Timer's Guide to the Fretboard Summit':  https://www.fretboardjournal.com/columns/a-first-timers-guide-to-the-fretboard-summit/
    Subscribe to the Fretboard Journal print edition and reserve your copy of Fretboard Journal 54:
    https://shop.fretboardjournal.com/products/fretboard-journal-annual-subscription

    This week's show is sponsored by:
    StewMac: https://stewmac.sjv.io/R5jvRR (Affiliate link)

    Stringjoy Strings: https://stringjoy.com (Use the code FRETBOARD to save 10% off your first order)

    Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar: https://mmguitarbar.com

    Peghead Nation: https://www.pegheadnation.com (Get your first month free or $20 off any annual subscription with the promo code FRETBOARD at checkout).

    Love the podcast and want to support it? We have a Patreon page just for Fretboard Journal fans and loaded with bonus content. https://www.patreon.com/Fretboard_Journal
     

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Colin Meloy (The Decemberists)

    Colin Meloy (The Decemberists)

    The Decemberists' Colin Meloy joins us this week to talk about the band's new, long-awaited album, 'As It Ever Was, So It Will Be Again.'
    Longtime readers of the magazine will remember Colin gracing the cover of our 45th issue. This time around, we chat about why there was a six-year break Decemberists albums, the tedious side of touring, the joys of writing, Nic Jones and British folk and more. 
    https://www.decemberists.com/

    We're throwing a guitar festival this August in Chicago. Read 'A First Timer's Guide to the Fretboard Summit': https://www.fretboardjournal.com/columns/a-first-timers-guide-to-the-fretboard-summit/
    Subscribe to the Fretboard Journal print edition and reserve your copy of Fretboard Journal 54:
    https://shop.fretboardjournal.com/products/fretboard-journal-annual-subscription

    This week's show is sponsored by:
    StewMac: https://stewmac.sjv.io/R5jvRR (Affiliate link)

    Stringjoy Strings: https://stringjoy.com (Use the code FRETBOARD to save 10% off your first order)

    Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar: https://mmguitarbar.com

    Peghead Nation: https://www.pegheadnation.com (Get your first month free or $20 off any annual subscription with the promo code FRETBOARD at checkout).

    Love the podcast and want to support it? We have a Patreon page just for Fretboard Journal fans and loaded with bonus content. https://www.patreon.com/Fretboard_Journal
     

    • 37 min
    Tony Trischka

    Tony Trischka

    Bluegrass banjo legend Tony Trischka joins us this week to discuss the making of his new album, 'Earl Jam.' He also gives us a mini-masterclass into the world of Earl Scruggs.

    The story behind 'Earl Jam' is truly remarkable: Upon receiving a USB drive full of never-before-released Earl Scruggs home recordings from the '80s and '90s, Trischka decided to transcribe his favorite moments and solos, note-for-note. His playing of these transcriptions became the foundation for the album, which also features guest spots by Billy Strings, Molly Tuttle, Brittany Haas, Stuart Duncan and others. It's like hearing a completely new Earl Scruggs record in 2024.

    Just as memorable as the album are some Trischka's stories about Scruggs and his influence. Somehow, King Curtis Ravi Shankar, Petticoat Junction, Steve Martin, and KFC all get mentioned...and a lot more!  

    https://www.tonytrischka.com/earl-jam
    A First Timer's Guide to the Fretboard Summit: https://www.fretboardjournal.com/columns/a-first-timers-guide-to-the-fretboard-summit/
    Subscribe to the Fretboard Journal print edition and reserve your copy of Fretboard Journal 54:  https://shop.fretboardjournal.com/products/fretboard-journal-annual-subscription
    This week's show is sponsored by:
    StewMac: https://stewmac.sjv.io/R5jvRR (Affiliate link)

    Izotope: https://www.izotope.com (Use the code FRET10 to save 10%)

    Stringjoy Strings: https://stringjoy.com (Use the code FRETBOARD to save 10% off your first order)
    Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar: https://mmguitarbar.com
    Peghead Nation: https://www.pegheadnation.com (Get your first month free or $20 off any annual subscription with the promo code FRETBOARD at checkout).
    Love the podcast and want to support it? We have a Patreon page just for Fretboard Journal fans and loaded with bonus content. https://www.patreon.com/Fretboard_Journal

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Sofia Wolfson

    Sofia Wolfson

    Meet Sofia Wolfson, a Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter, writer, and Fretboard Journal contributor who just released an incredible album called 'Imposing on a Hometown.' This project features a bunch of former Fretboard Journal subjects and contributors, including Meg Duffy of Hand Habits, Mason Stoops, and Harrison Whitford. Mostly though, it's a collection of great songs by an incredibly talented guitar fanatic. 

    During our chat, we talk about growing up in LA (and the unique venues that helped shape Sofia's music community), the beauty of the Gibson J-45, working at LA's famed Old Style Guitar Shop (where Reuben Cox famously makes rubber bridge guitar mods and started a mini-movement), the making of 'Imposing,' the influence of Margaret Glaspy and so much more. We also talk about Sofia's soon-to-be-published interview with Big Thief's Adrianne Lenker in the Fretboard Journal. 

    http://www.sofiawolfson.com/
    https://sofiawolfson.bandcamp.com/album/imposing-on-a-hometown
    Give 'Imposing on a Hometown' a listen and then sit back and hear the story behind it here. It's a good one.
    Fretboard Summit 2024 Registration: 
    https://fretboardsummit.org
    Subscribe to the Fretboard Journal print edition and reserve your copy of Fretboard Journal 54:  https://shop.fretboardjournal.com/products/fretboard-journal-annual-subscription
    This week's show is sponsored by:
    StewMac: https://stewmac.sjv.io/R5jvRR (Affiliate link)

    Izotope: https://www.izotope.com (Use the code FRET10 to save 10%)

    Stringjoy Strings: https://stringjoy.com (Use the code FRETBOARD to save 10% off your first order)
    Peghead Nation: https://www.pegheadnation.com (Get your first month free or $20 off any annual subscription with the promo code FRETBOARD at checkout).
    Love the podcast and want to support it? We have a Patreon page just for Fretboard Journal fans and loaded with bonus content. https://www.patreon.com/Fretboard_Journal

    • 1 hr 14 min

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