The Holy Grail Guitar Show 2016
The annual Holy Grail Guitar show takes place for the third time on 8th & 9th October 2016 at the Estrel Hotel & Conference Centre in Berlin, Germany and what a year it is shaping up to be!
With many of the world's finest luthiers flying in from all over the world to exhibit at this wonderful event, it really is looking likely to be their biggest and best year yet.
“In the past few decades there has been an explosion of passionate craftspeople producing what is certainly the greatest variety of designs at an ever increasing level of quality. To celebrate this golden age of guitar building we now bring you The Holy Grail Guitar Show.” - Michael Spalt
We have previously had a number of our luthiers exhibit at the show, and this year will be no different, as we look forward to seeing Jason Kostal, Lame Horse and Spalt Instruments. In total there are over 100 luthiers from around the world exhibiting.
This year, The North American Guitar is particular pleased to be sponsoring the event, and we'll be there on the show floor and reporting on the new builds from our luthiers. View our footage from last year's show below:
The Show's Conception
The aptly named 'Holy Grail Guitar Show' (the quest for the perfect instrument) was created after lengthly discussions at the Montreal Guitar Show back in 2012 between friends and peers Frank Deimel, Frédéric Pons, Juha Ruokangas, Ulrich Truffle, Michael Spalt and Andreas Neubauer, about the lack of presence for a show much like the Montreal Guitar show, in Europe.
Drawing on their own personal experiences at various shows around the world they wanted to developed a totally unique guitar show, specifically tailored to present the instruments of the small independent luthiers to the public in a three-day event held at the Estrel Berlin Hotel And Convention Centre in Berlin. In May 2013 almost one year later they formed the registration of the association The European Guitar Builders Association; by November 2013 meetings took place and finally a press conference was held at nHow Hotel Berlin to introduced EGB to the world and announced The Holy Grail Guitar Show. One year later the doors opened to a sold out event! The Holy Grail Guitar Show was born!
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Holy Grail Guitar show story click the video link below to see our interview with our dear fiend, luthier and co founder of the Holy Grail Guitar Show Michael Spalt at our ‘Solos on Spalts’ event held at our London showroom earlier this year.
Whether you are a virtuoso player, a collector or a just a guitar lover then there is no event like this in the world, from beautifully carved electrics to outrageously stunning arch tops, flat tops and much, much more. This truly is guitar mecca and celebrates everything that is beautiful in modern day lutherie.
For more information on all our luthiers exhibiting, and how to attend the show, please click here.