Guitar Speak Podcast

Guitar Speak Podcast

We speak guitar! Interviews with leading guitarists, luthiers and gear manufacturers. Home of the Iconic Albums series. Guitar Speak Podcast is brought to you by Fretboard Biology.

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February 18, 2024 10 mins

Alrighty, who doesn't love a good spinoff? Introducing 'The Guitar Quiz Podcast', a rapid fire 20 question quiz about guitar stuff. Good times!

The Guitar Quiz Podcast is produced by the Guitar Speak Podcast. The quiz has it's own podcast platform to follow and subscribe to, but we will also publish some episodes here at GSP to start with.

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Bud Cole, Fender's President for the Asia Pacific region, takes us inside the company's first ever 'flagship' store, launched in Tokyo.

The store boasts four levels of Fender goodness, from merch to custom shop and all points in between.

Bud also explains Fender Japan's unique position in the organisation's picture and how this allows autonomy in creating the super cool instruments MIJ Fenders are known for.

 

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February 4, 2024 77 mins

NAMM 2024 was massive! Matt is joined by Rob Rhodes and Gabor Josika in another 'Iconic Series' roundtable discussing the biggest hits at NAMM, honourable mentions and couple of recent 'not exactly NAMM releases'.

Rob Rhodes - www.rhodetripent.com

Gabor Josika - SuperFunAwesomeHappyTime Pedal Show

This episode is brought to you by Fretboard Biology 

Fretboard Biology - the online guitar college created by Joe Elliott, ex Head of Gu...

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On this Iconic Series episode Matt, Rob & Gabor choose six guitarists known for crafting unique tones. Zappa, The Edge, Santana, Stevens, Knopfler and May all get a run with honourable mentions to Young, Slash and an excellent list of suggestions from GSP listeners. 

Rob Rhodes - www.rhodetripent.com

Gabor Josika - SuperFunAwesomeHappyTime Pedal Show

This episode is brought to you by Fretboard Biology 

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Matt takes Fender's Player series Jazzmaster for a spin on stage and in the studio for this Guitar Speak Podcast review.

Thanks to Fender Australia, we are giving away this very guitar. Entries close Jan 30 AEST.

This episode is brought to you by Fretboard Biology 

Fretboard Biology - the online guitar college created by Joe Elliott, ex Head of Guitar at GIT and McNally Smith Music College.

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December 31, 2023 91 mins

The GSP Iconic Series team of Matt, Rob and Gabor are back with a sprawling look back over 2023. We're talking favorite albums, gigs, gear, The Rollings Stones (the band and the similarly named publication), gig disasters, 'new' Beatles, Satriani jamming EVH, Notaklon, new and old school musical AI and much more.  We outraged at the outrage!

Rob Rhodes - www.rhodetripent.com

Gabor Josika - SuperFunAwesomeHappyTime Pedal Show

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Fender's California Series of acoustic guitars marries Leo Fender's early '60s acoustic designs with modern features. Does this 'back to the future' plan work out? Matt test drives a couple of models live and in the studio to find out.

This episode is brought to you by Fretboard Biology 

Fretboard Biology - the online guitar college created by Joe Elliott, ex Head of Guitar at GIT and McNally Smith Music College.

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October 11, 2023 38 mins

The 'Iconic Series' team assemble to talk about those who have influenced guitar gear trends in a massive way. We're not talking about the YouTube or Instagram cats. We are talking PLAYERS who through the force of their style and tonecraft have made a lasting and ongoing impression on the world of guitar gear.

 

Rob Rhodes - www.rhodetripent.com

Gabor Josika - SuperFunAwesomeHappyTime Pedal Show

 

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Fender is taking on the digital modelling floorboard heavyweights with the launch of its Tone Master Pro.

Fender spent over four years in development and the final product boasts over 100 amps, cabs and effects, touchscreen, integrated rotary footswitches/parameter controls and extensive IO.

Matt, leaves his beloved pedalboard at home and gives the Tone Master Pro a run live and in the studio - what is the verdict?

Exploring the To...

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The GSP plugged-in review of Jackson's latest USA made offering - the Virtuoso.

Matt test drives the guitar live and in the studio. Can it play more than metal? Spoiler alert...yes!

 

Jackson 'Virtuoso' Video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cymOD8mT-8U

Marty Friedman Sept 2023 GSP interview - episode #232

https://www.guitarspeakpodcast.com/e/marty-friedman-on-launching-the-new-usa-jackson-virtuoso-and-more-gsp-232/

 

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Marty Friedman is back on the show! 

Marty talks us through his involvement in Jackson's killer new US made 'Virtuoso', working alongside Misha Mansoor, playing with orchestras, why Japanese music of all genres is so open to heavy guitars and more.

Jackson 'Virtuoso' Video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cymOD8mT-8U

Marty Friedman 2019 GSP interview - episode #122

https://www.guitarspeakpodcast.com/e/marty-friedman-gsp-122/

 

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Joe Matera is an Australian guitarist, composer, journalist and top selling author. He has collaborated with some of the worlds greatest musicians and written for a number of leading publications including Rolling Stone, Guitar Player and Guitar World. His most book, "Backstage Pass: the Grit and the Glamour" has been an international chart topper.

Joe joins us to share of a career that immersed in music.

https://joematera.com/

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August 22, 2023 71 mins

The Iconic Albums team are back, but this time shifting their gaze onto some of Gibson's stranger moments. Some of these guitars were destined for greatness...some had a destiny with a bulldozer.

Rob Rhodes - www.rhodetripent.com

Gabor Josika - SuperFunAwesomeHappyTime Pedal Show

 

This episode is brought to you by Fretboard Biology 

 

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July 30, 2023 57 mins

'90s Britpop was full of great songwriting, huge bands and was thoroughly guitar driven.

Matt, Rob & Gabor choose their favorite proponents and talk it out. Yeah?

Check out the accompanying playlist! 

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4NAbE0rhLbQYq6TCaKWphY?si=7463d7af018e4bdd

Rob Rhodes 

www.rhodetripent.com

Gabor Josika

SuperFunAwesomeHappyTime Pedal Show

This episode is brought to you by Fretboard Biology 

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What is better than reviewing one Gretsch? Reviewing two...

In this episode Matt takes the Gretsch 140th Anniversary Platinum Jet and Centre Block guitars for a spin in the studio and road tests them on stage. These guitars comprise part of the rad new Gretsch range celebrating 140 years of Gretsch history. Special guests Paul Brouwer and Jem Magtibay offer sage Filtertron wisdom.

https://moonwoodmusic.com/

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Matt, Rob & Gabor check out Van Halen's fourth album, 'Fair Warning'.

This album realised more of Eddie Van Halen's vision of the band in 1981. The resulting tracks showed a darker, edgier side of the band and, although the album was a relatively slow burner, became many a guitar player's favourite VH record.

Rob Rhodes 

www.rhodetripent.com

Gabor Josika

SuperFunAwesomeHappyTime Pedal Show

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June 18, 2023 58 mins

RIFFS!! The Guitar Speak Podcast 'Iconic Series' team of Matt, Rob & Gabor assemble to talk through the greatest guitar riffs ever...or at least, our favourites. We also have a crack at naming good riffs lurking in not so great songs. Good times!

GSP #228 Riffs Playlist

This episode is brought to you by Fretboard Biology - the online guitar college created by Joe Elliott, ex head of guitar at GIT and McNally Smith Music College.

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Glyn Evans of Mr Glyn’s Pickups joins us for a fascinating conversation. Glyn’s pickups are handmade on the west coast of New Zealand and are played all over the world.

Glyn’s passion for pickups, guitars and playing is infectious and his insights sharp - it’s a great guitar hang!

https://mrglynspickups.com/

 

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May 31, 2023 20 mins

Satch in replay! 

It's our 200th episode and we are doing it in style with the one and only Joe Satriani.

Satriani joins us to talk about his 19th solo album The Elephants of Mars, how he pushes himself to mine new depths of creativity, the types of bandmates he seeks out, an addition to the Ibanez JS range of guitars and more.

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Charvel is taking their So-Cal line of guitars to the next level with the Pro-Mod series. Inspired by the hot-rodded shred machines of the '80s, the Pro-Mod is all about high performance.

In a fun shift from normal programming, Matt plugs in and turns up...and takes the Pro-Mod to a couple of loud, live gigs to test drive it in the real world.

Thanks to Fender Australia.

Charvel Pro-Mod So-Cal 2023 range

 

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