Mon

20

Oct

2014

The guitar business is changing...

Interesting item in the news today - please check it out.  What this means for us independent builders is not quite clear yet - but it foreshadows a trend that will certainly change the nature of the guitar retail business.  We will be watching this closely...

 

http://www.msretailer.com/msr/fired-fender/

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Sun

31

Aug

2014

Must Read

The new book Guitar Makers by Yale professor of anthropology Kathryn Dudley is a must read for anyone working in the field of guitar building. She touches on and explores  a lot of the themes and concerns which have led me personally to work on/for the creation of the EGB.  

Having experienced the American luthierie scene and the way guitar builders there view their work and life in the context of a community, sharing information, helping each other, I was surprised by how different the situation is in Europe.  

Born out of the spirit of the late '60s, with more than a tinge of hippie idealism, the roots of American modern lutherie are far from the European model, grown out of the medieval guild system, with its mistrust, secrecy of methods and territorial angst.  

One of the main misson objectives of the EGB is the fostering of a community, of creating a platform for this spirit and of helping guitar builders navigate the rapid changes happening today, on so many levels.  Much of this is addressed here - essential reading!

 

Michael Spalt

president EGB

 

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Mon

25

Aug

2014

EGB Project/Luthier's dictionary

Time for the first EGB project - we want to create a dictionary of luthier's terms in as many European languages as possible.  This way luthiers will be able to communicate better among themselves across borders and also be able to communicte with their clients (at the Show and elsewhere).  The dictionary should include various sections covering the terms for:

all guitar (and bass) parts

woods

tools

materials

electronics

 

There might be some of you out there who have such a dictionary in one language or the other.  If so, please share.  We will collect them and assemble a master dictionary.  I will also publish a list of terms in English we would like to have translated and would be grateful to receive your feedback and translations.

 

We will then publish this dictionary on the EGB website as a resource for all.

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Mon

25

Aug

2014

Grand Guitars Artikel

Die aktuelle Ausgabe von Grand Guitars enthält einen guten Artikel über die Holy Grail Guitar Show!  Information über die Show und das Konzept.  Natürlich auch jede Menge anderer interessanter Artikel - also kaufen!  Wir danken für die Unterstützung!

 

Grand Guitars Magazine has published an article about the "The Holy Grail Guitar Show".  We thank them for their support!

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Fri

04

Jul

2014

summer

Summer is upon us and I noticed that we haven't posted anything here in a long time!  We are still very busy with the Holy Grail Guitar Show preparations, and we've neglected the EGB agenda and site a bit in consequence.  I'll try and come back to it more often - we are continuing to welcome more members (again, we might be a bit late in posting them here, due to the HGGS work load).  As the show preparations hopefully will steer into calmer waters now, we can come back and work on the EGB agenda again.  CITES among other things has become a topic we want to address - the travel associated with the show has shown us the necessity for good up to date information about regulations, resources and where to go with questions.

 

The show.  We're just coming up for air now - the exhibitor list is pretty much complete and we're full.  We are looking forward to welcoming more than 110 luthiers to Berlin!  We started out with thinking of maybe 50-80 max, but it has grown, not to say exploded!  This will be one of the largest boutique shows in the world, and certainly a first for Europe!  We are now focusing on PR and on getting the details for the show nailed down.  You may have visited the new show website (thank you Emma and Juha for the mad effort in getting it out!).  If not, go there and check it out - it will have updates and the full program for the show.  Kora is doing a great job with the facebook luthier profiles and Tania is juggling everything behind the scenes.  I will post background information here, about the show concept and the EGB Symposium on Friday (which will not be open to the public and is therefore not mentioned on the show website).  So please stay tuned and come back often - we have discontinued using the newsletter due to spam problems - so this will be the place to get updates!

 

Michael Spalt

president EGB

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Wed

30

Apr

2014

Exibitor list for The Holy Grail Guitar Show!!

We have just published the exhibitor list for the Holy Grail Guitar Show!  This is just the first installment - we are adding names periodically as they are being confirmed.  So, more to come!  But browse through it and you can already see what a great collection of builders will be sharing the floor with you!  Please share this among clients, friends and others you might think will enjoy coming and visiting the show.  Also look it over and if there are changes you would like to make to your listing, let us know.  We are stoked - already this looks like it is going to be a world class exhibit!

 

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Sun

27

Apr

2014

The Show

Dear Colleagues - it is done.  The show will be a success.  We have reached the critical mass of exhibitors confirmed and there are still more confirmations in the pipeline.  It looks like we will have a full house - more than we initially intended, and filling the location to capacity.  This week we will publish the exhibitor list and start working on sponsorships and publicity - for this we also need your help.  Please spread the word, use social media, contacts you may have, and invite people to come!  Let's create buzz and excitement and make this the event in 2014 for guitar lovers to attend!

 

Michael Spalt

President, EGB

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Fri

25

Apr

2014

Rolf Spuler 1958-2014

"Our beloved luthier brother Rolf Spuler passed away on April 18th, 2014, after fighting a year against a difficult illness. So sad news. Rolf was a dear friend of mine, we've known each other for 15 years or so, regularly meeting at guitar shows, enjoying lengthy discussions about guitars and life in general. Rolf was among the first luthiers invited to exhibit at The Holy Grail Guitar Show, and even though he told me at that time about his condition and that he couldn't exhibit and most likely not even visit the show, he was still hopeful to perhaps beat the illness. Rolf was a great designer and luthier. Loved his witty sense of humour, too. Rest in peace Rolf, you will be greatly missed." 

- Juha Ruokangas / EGB Vice President

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Sun

23

Mar

2014

A letter to luthiers

Dear Colleagues,

 

we are now well on our way to make The Holy Grail Guitar Show 2014 in Berlin a reality!  

 

We are proud to have come this far and confident that we will succeed in making this a great Show, and hopefully only the first of many to come.  

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Sun

02

Mar

2014

EGB Symposium Seminar

We are happy to announce that Grit Laskin has agreed to hold a seminar during the EGB Symposium.  Grit is one of the world's foremost inlay artists as well as a master luthier.  

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Wed

26

Feb

2014

Questions and answers

As we are continuing our work on organizing The Holy Grail Guitar Show, we are mindful of the feedback and questions we receive.  It helps us with clarifying our ideas, with communicating to exhibitors about what to expect, and to learn what they think would make a good show for them.  This is, after all, the first such show we are putting on, and even if among us we share a vast experience attending all kinds of shows, we are new to the task. So feedback and ideas are helpful to us in charting our course.

                                                                                   Michael Spalt

                                                                                   President, EGB

 

This is from an email we received after I had posted the conditions for exhibitors at The Holy Grail Guitar Show.  It made some good points, and I’d like to use the following exchange to illustrate the reasons behind our format and why we think this is the best way to go:

 

From: Concerned

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Thu

20

Feb

2014

Luthierbuilt and other things

We are happy to announce that we are now collaborating with Luthierbuilt, a premier destination for musicians, guitar lovers and builders on the web.  In the short time it has been active in its latest incarnation Luthierbuilt has already become a force in the guitar world, with many useful features and a truly international audience.

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Tue

04

Feb

2014

Sustain magazine article

Sustain Magazine
Sustain Magazine

Sustain Magazine published a nice article about the EGB and the Berlin Press Conference in its current issue.  Sustain is a magazine for luthiers, designers and stringed instrument lovers edited by Leo Lospennato.  Read about it at:

 

http://www.FellowLuthiers.com

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Thu

14

Nov

2013

First General Assembly

The first General Assembly of the EGB was held Saturday morning after the press conference.  We discussed the structure of the association, introducing the new members to the way it works.   Then we decided on the next steps we are going to take regarding the organization of the EGB and finished off with the (by now traditional) toast of Finnish Salmiakki, kindly provided by Juha Ruokangas, our vice president!

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Wed

13

Nov

2013

Berlin Press Conference

view from the press table
view from the press table

This past weekend we all met in Berlin, welcoming new members and the press to our press conference announcing the invitational "Holy Grail Guitar Show", to be held in Berlin in Nov. of 2014.  It was a great occasion, topped off by Ron Spielman and Michael Rodach playing all the instruments present in turn.  We're looking forward now to continuing the work of organizing the EGB and to reach out to luthiers around Europe.  

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Fri

08

Nov

2013

The Holy Grail Guitar Show 2014

Ladies and gentlemen - EGB proudly presents The Holy Grail Guitar Show 2014! Stay tuned for more information as our press release goes out soon.

 

An important note to all the luthiers out there interested in joining EGB and/or exhibiting at The Holy Grail Guitar Show - keep an eye out on this website news section, we will have answers to your questions very soon!

 

Go 'like' The Holy Grail Guitar Show Facebook page now and be part of our fast growing community of luthiers and true guitar enthusiasts!

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Thu

08

Aug

2013

Reaching Higher / San Francisco 2013

Michael Spalt & Juha Ruokangas

Michael Spalt (president of EGB) and Juha Ruokangas (vice president of EGB) were two of the many European guitar makers invited to showcase their works in Santa Rosa, California, at the Healdsburg Guitar Festival - one of the most appreciated boutique guitar shows around.

 

Michael and Juha standing on the top of the world (in this case the Twin Peaks, San Francisco), reaching higher with the future plans to raise the awareness of handmade guitars in Europe to a new level.

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Wed

15

May

2013

It's Official / Berlin 2013

In May 2013 our efforts solidified when the registration of the association was confirmed in Germany, to be called 'The European Guitar Builders, e.V.' (EGB), located in Berlin!

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Sat

06

Oct

2012

EGB Founding Meeting / Vienna 2012

From left: Michael Spalt, Juha Ruokangas, Jacques Carbonneaux, Fred Pons, Andreas Neubauer, Tania Spalt

In October 2012 Juha Ruokangas, Frédéric Pons, Ulrich Teuffel, Frank Deimel, Kora Jünger and Jacques Carbonneaux came to Vienna to meet with Andreas Neubauer, Michael and Tania Spalt with the goal of founding a European luthier organization that would start working on a new breed of international guitar exhibition - an event designed to raise the bar to a level never seen before.

 

As a result of the memorable weekend - filled with intense discussions and good food (Andreas, your goulash was divine!) in great company - the founding documents of The European Guitar Builders association were signed, sealed and delivered!

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Sat

30

Jun

2012

Brainstorming / Montreal 2012

A small group of luthiers and associates came together at the Montreal Guitar Show 2012 - friends sharing the same vision: there is a need for an international organization to bind together the new generation of European guitar builders - a lively yet fragmented scene, filled with unsurpassed skill, innovation and talent.

 

The intense discussions that took place on the rooftop of the Hyatt Regency Montreal Hotel were the beginning of something to later take the form of The European Guitar Builders association.

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The European Guitarbuilders is an association created to bring luthiers together in Europe.

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