Holy Grail Guitar Show 2018 Review: Part 1

There is a collective of luthiers in Europe called the European Guitar Builders, or the EGB for short, who are at the forefront of something quite special.

The EGB, spearheaded by Michael Spalt, Juha Ruokangas, Ulrich Teuffel, Frank Deimel and Frederic Pons, founded in 2012 following the Montreal Guitar Show, with the aim of creating an equivalent European guitar show focusing on the incredible array of boutique guitar builders around the world today.

Fast forward six years and the fourth Holy Grail Guitar Show occurred this past weekend in Berlin, Germany.

With over 100 luthiers from around the world, demo concerts by some of the guitar world's finest players and a bright, open space that is the Estrel Berlin hotel and conference centre, this year's show was a truly memorable experience.

For me, this was my first Holy Grail. While TNAG's Ben should have been with me, his wife gave birth to their second child the day before the show started, which meant I would be flying the TNAG flag solo at the show.

Arriving on Saturday morning in the bright German sunshine, I had a quick catch up with the guys from The Guitar Magazine before heading into the show once doors open.

We had an incredible number of our luthiers exhibiting at the show, and it was a real pleasure to catch up with them all. Please find the first part of our coverage from the show below:

Leonardo Buendia:

US-based Argentinian Leonardo Buendia brought his Modified Dreadnought model to the show. Build using the ultra-rare 'The Tree' Mahogany on the back and sides and a Master Grade Plus Adirondack Spruce top, this flagship instrument is available to purchase here at The North American Guitar now.

Deimel Guitarworks:

One of the founding members of the EGB, the collective behind the Holy Grail Guitar Show, Frank Deimel talks to us about his Firestar and Doublestar models. We have Firestars in stock now and Frank's Doublestar will be arriving shortly! See our current inventory here.

Greenfield Guitars:

Following a fantastic event with Michael Greenfield in our showroom a couple of days before the show, we met up with Michael at Holy Grail to see the guitars he was exhibiting at the show, including the Concert Classical and G3 Fan Fret models that were recently played by Pipo Romero in his TNAG Session series. See our incoming Greenfield Guitars here.

Isaac Jang Guitars:

Los Angeles, California based luthier Isaac Jang was showcasing his Orchestra Model in a gorgeous set of Cocobolo with an Italian Spruce top. This guitar had already sold to a client of ours who flew over to the show to meet Isaac and see the guitar for the first time. For more information on Isaac Jang Guitars, please click here or get in touch.

Kostal Guitars:

It's always a pleasure to see Jason Kostal, and at the Holy Grail Guitar Show he was exhibiting a Jumbo in 'The Tree' Mahogany - another guitar that had already sold to a client of ours here in the UK - and the original MDW model which was built for Michael Watts.

See our current Kostal Guitars here.

Lame Horse:

Chris and Jeremy Jenkins - father and son, and the men behind Lame Horse Guitars - were exhibiting two very special instruments. Firstly, a Saddle Pal which was built for the show's Local Woods Challenge, whereby luthiers have to build a guitar with woods from their local community.

The second guitar is a stunning Elko model in Engelmann Spruce and Sapele which, again, has already sold through us here at The North American Guitar.

For more information about Lame Horse Guitars, please click here or get in touch.

Stay tuned next week for the second part of our review of the Holy Grail Guitar Show.


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