The Montreal Guitar Show

November 1, 2010

gp1110_riffs_mont_acou_nrThe 2010 Montreal Guitar Show—held in conjunction with the 2010 Montreal Jazz Festival—was a spectacular event. More than 130 acoustic and electric guitar makers from ten countries displayed their creations and talked shop with the thousands of folks that attended the show on July 2-4. Only a select group of luthiers were invited by founder Jacques-André Dupont to exhibit, resulting in a stellar array of instruments, including those from “rock star” builders such as Tom Ribbecke, Linda Manzer, John Monteleone, and Ervin Somogyi. Also in attendance were tone wood suppliers; pickup, guitar case, strap, pick, and other accessory manufacturers; and even a few electronics manufacturers. The Montreal Guitar Show also featured numerous workshops and lectures, as well as dozens of mini-concerts and performances by extraordinary guitarists, including David Reinhardt, Charlie Hunter, Bob Brozman, Sylvain Luc, Monte Montgomery, Andy McKee, Matt Andersen, Yamandu Costa, and Tony McManus.

The Luthiers Acoustic Section, which also included archtops and semihollow models. Solidbodies were displayed in the Electric Section, and there were smaller halls for other types of guitars.


gp1110_riffs_mont_alqu_nrJean-Yves Alquier showcased the extraordinary Papaléocada, an instrument constructed from curly maple and mahogany within a stainless steel “exoskeleton,” and fitted with a moveable nut and a Benedetti piezo pickup with two XLR outputs.









gp1110_riffs_mont_mon2_nrJohn Monteleone presented this singular 17-inch archtop, Il Palermo, which sports an Italian spruce top and fiddleback curly red maple back and sides.














Last year Ervin Somogyi showed the Andamento Guitar, which was decorated with almost 200 individual tiles in 11 different patterns. This new instrument is similar, but lighter in color.












There were several fanned-fret instruments at the show, including Michael Greenfield’s DADGAD Model G1.2, designed to accommodate lower tunings.














gp1110_riffs_mont_roir_nrPierre-Antoine Roiron showed a wide range of instruments, including this classy model featuring three Charlie Christianinspired pickups and striking cutaways.














gp1110_riffs_mont_hass_nrLaurent Hassoun of Roadrunner Guitars brought three of his artsy new Areo 45 instruments that sport as much metal as they do wood, and come in entirely unique finishes.











gp1110_riffs_mont_smit_nrErik Smith of Crow Hill Guitars displayed several interesting models, including the radically different Gypsy Funk, made from walnut burl and black cherry, with a katalox fretboard.













gp1110_riffs_mont_swan_nrPete Swanson of Dagmar Custom Guitars designs one-off instruments using mathematical equations and gives them names such as Jennie and Mary Lou W.


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