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Digital Subscriptions > Guitar Magazine > Feb 2016 > THE HOLYGRAIL GUITAR SHOW 2015


Berlin’s Holy Grail Guitar Show provides a stage for the world’s finest independent luthiers. LARS MULLEN reports from Germany…

Over the weekend of 31 October to 1 November 2015, no fewer than 115 of the world’s finest luthiers from 28 countries downed tools and gathered at the Estrel Hotel Convention Centre in Berlin for the Holy Grail Guitar Show. It offered a range of exquisite and innovative handmade acoustic, electric and bass guitars under one roof, from the most avant-garde to the staunchly traditional.

The show was attended by nearly 1,500 dyed-in-the-wool guitar geeks and enthusiasts, with two large halls filled with hundreds of the finest custom-made instruments imaginable. It was organised by a group of European luthiers, who formed the European Guitar Builder Association after feeling they weren’t getting a fair chance to show their work at the larger international expos – NAMM and Frankfurt’s Musikmesse for example.

Now in only its second year, word has spread fast about the show, and guitar makers travelled from countries such as Argentina, Mexico, Japan, Italy, France, Finland, USA, Canada and Iceland to display their wares.

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The February issue of Guitar & Bass magazine is available in print and digital forms from Friday 8 January. Join us as we take a trip to Guitar Town, tracing the history of the Nashville music scene and profiling a who’s who of the city’s galaxy of guitar stars. We go guitar shopping in Tennessee's neon-lit state capital and talk to two of the world’s leading fretted instrument experts, George Gruhn and Walter Carter, about the state of the vintage market today and we also stop by at the Gibson Custom Shop to see the company’s True Historic Les Pauls roll off the production line and find out what makes them the company’s best guitars since its golden era. Elsewhere in the mag, our DIY Workshop shows you how to ID a genuine 1950s Stratocaster, we talk guitar with Aerosmith legend Brad Whitford and we review a stack of great new gear from PRS, Dr Z, Orange, TC Electronic, Louis Electric, Fulltone, Hartke, Smorg Pedalboards, Pigtronix and more. If that’s not enough for you, how about the chance to win one of three PRS guitars for a year and become a roving reporter for G&B in the process? Buy the February issue of Guitar & Bass magazine in print and digital forms from Friday 8 January.