2008 Montreal Guitar Show(2)

BETWEEN FRIDAY JUNE 27 AND SUNDAY June 29, thousands of guitar enthusiasts attended the second annual Salon De Guitare De Montreal—a.k.a. the Montreal Guitar Show. Produced under the aegis of the Montreal Jazz Festival, the Guitar Show brought 100 of the world’s greatest luthiers together under one roof to show and discuss their instruments, including Linda Manzur, Bill Comins, Maurice Dupont, William “Grit” Laskin, Ken Parker, Michael Lewis, Bill Wise, Ervin Somogyi, and Tom Ribbecke. There were also Guitarmania performances by artists such as Erik Mongrain, John Jorgenson, Pierre Bensusan, Martin Taylor, and Don Ross; more than 50 mini-concerts; and two dozen workshops led by artists, luthiers, and vintage guitar expert George Gruhn. Visit salondeguitaredemontreal.com for complete information, and the 
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Rochchester, New York-based Bernie Lehmann (center, red shirt) builds archtop,flattop, classical, and Gypsy-style instruments. Note the narrow strips that form the backs of the pictured guitars.

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Stewart-MacDonald’s display of tools, parts, books, and other items (foreground), and Maurice Contracting’s selection of Sitka spruce, yellow and red cedar, and other tone woods (rear). Stewart-MacDonald’s display of tools, parts, books, and other items (foreground), and Maurice Contracting’s selection of Sitka spruce, yellow and red cedar, and other tone woods (rear).

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Brian Kingston chose to present the more electric end of his offerings at the show, including these three semi-hollow beauties, all of which sounded wonderful and played like the proverbial “butter.”

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Linda Manzer’s client list includes names such as Metheny and Santana. Featured at the show was her collaboration with Tom Ribbecke, a 17" archtop appropriately named the Duet (center).

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A selection of guitars from German luthier Stefan Hahl. On the far left is the Signature electric archtop he built especially for Gypsy-jazz maestro Bireli Lagrene.

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An assortment of Jean-Charles Dugain’s custom picks handcrafted from a variety of materials including exotic woods.

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On display at the Maurice DuPont table were recreations of the 12-watt Stimer Model M12 amplifier and an early Stimer magnetic pickup. Both were designed to replicate the “French jazz sound of the ’50s.”

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