The Cultured Guitarist

The Cultured Guitarist

The Cultured Guitarist is dedicated to exploring the cultural zeitgeist surrounding the instrument that has been the most moving instrument of the last 100 years. Join us for the ongoing conversation of what it is to be a guitarist. We tackle everything from new gear, old gear, songwriting, playing, gigging, practicing, collecting, modding, building, etc. If it’s related to the guitar, we’re gonna explore it. With a lot of humour and some stellar guests, Al & Kasper tackle the topics in the unending quest to be six string gurus.

Episodes

November 4, 2022 126 mins
We’re back! After taking a break for a few months Kasper & Al sit down to chat about 6 strings, wood, and other ways to spend all of the money you have. Joining them on the endless quest for tone is good friend of the show, Eric Merrow to talk about strange guitar mods, Al’s new website and so much more. Hey, we wouldn’t bring anything but the best (and weirdest) guitar content! Enjoy! https://instagram.com/ericmer...
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This week the best looking boys in guitar podcasting visit with someone local to them, the incredible Shea from Woodbine Guitars! Woodbine is a killer boutique custom outfit that does some of the most interesting hybrid axes out there, there’s a lot of influence from Gibson but a lot of straight up surprises await you here. They also run Woodrite Guitars to give folks a chance to get the flavour at a friendly price range w...
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July 19, 2022 80 mins
The brief hiatus is over and it’s back talking about our two host’s favourite guitar; the Gibson SG! The boys had the chance thanks to a friend of the show (shoutout to Connor!) to borrow a 1963 SG Junior, so of course they were all over that! And of course that meant another excuse to break out Al & Kasper’s personal SG’s to humble brag about those too. Hey, if ya got it flaunt it, right? There’s some catching up and ...
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Chris Nielubowicz describes himself as Florida Swamp Goblin but he’s also a tone wizard. Wether it’s the searing drive tones of the Silver Birch or the fuzzy goodness of the Rattle Bones he’s got unique sounds on tap. We had a blast talking with him and you’ll have a blast listening so get in there and enjoy our chat with the Swamp Witch! https://www.swampwitchpedals.com/product-page/rattle-bones https://instagram.c...
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Chris Swope has been a lot of things in the guitar industry, an apprentice, a master luthier, a salesman, a corporate management member and now the maker of the most innovative vibrato to hit the vintage leaning guitar market in years. I’m fact the Descendant Vibrato has taken off so much that he rarely makes guitars anymore. Hear the full story and so much more now! https://instagram.com/descendantvibrato?igshid=YmMyMT...
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Kasper & Al are joined by one of the coolest builders out there, Sam Evans from Cardinal Instruments. Sam is a very cool luthier hailing from Austen, Texas and since running one custom brand wasn’t enough for his side gig he loves a double life under the banner Old Redbird Guitars. It’s a blast of a chat and we can’t recommend it enough! Listen in! https://instagram.com/oldredbirdguitars?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y= https...
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We’re hopping back across the pond this week to chat with a luthier who’s account is one of our favourites to follow on Instagram, Maybury Guitars. Jason Snelling makes gorgeous and vivid guitars from his workshop/home in England and loves to experiment with colors, patina and even comic books. It makes sense when you listen in, so get listening! https://instagram.com/mayburyguitars?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y= https://www...
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This week the boys are visited form their old pal Scott Strange from Templo Devices. Scott makes a little of everything from effects pedals to guitars but what he’s really building his temple on is solutions. He’s building a premiere battery powered professional level amplifier that can runs for hours upon hours, as well as power your pedalboard. Add to that his clever Splyce pedal which is a mixer/boost/solution device an...
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This week we get a visit from afar thanks to the absolutely delightful Glyn from Mr Glyn’s Pickups. He joins the boys from all the soy over in New Zealand to talk about pickups, wether a strat is a great guitar or a terrible one and so, so much more. It’s a ton of fun and we loved every minute of it. Enjoy! https://instagram.com/mrglynspickups?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y= https://instabio.cc/3101822kThG8W
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Our final episode of the Victoria Guitar Show Recap Series see the boys chatting it up with Caleb Pennington from Wood to Works, a rad Canadian woodworking and luthiery supply brand that is a one stop shop for anything you might need to build guitars. And we had to have a sit down with the founders of the VGS, Trevor of Vigilant Guitars and Reuben of Joi Guitars, to talk about the crazy day and reveal one last surprise. ...
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For this episode of the VGS Recap we wanted to share a couple of living legends in the guitar world. Bernard Funston has been building guitars for 20 years and has a reputation for beauty, elegance and tone. The boys talk about a crazy experience with him you won’t wanna miss! And our two hosts were beyond lucky to be able to sit down with Michael Dunn, whose work is near mythical in it’s beauty, legendary quality and fa...
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Next on the mic the boys sat down with McDiarmid Guitars who started as a father/son project and is now a blossoming custom shop. After that our two heroes are joined by a mad scientist of sorts, Capital City Transistor & Valve, making synths, gizmos, guitars amps, pedals and even doing repairs. Enjoy! https://instagram.com/mcdiarmid_guitars?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y= https://instagram.com/cctvfm?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y= ...
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Here we go! The boy sat down at the Victoria Guitar Show with everyone they could to get interviews with some of the hottest luthiers you may or may not have heard of yet. Part 1 is Otter Guitars & Harms Guitars, both doing amazing work and very new to the industry, these talented makers are hungry to show the world what they’ve got. https://instagram.com/otter_guitars?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y= https://instagram.com/h...
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April 19, 2022 71 mins
This week the boys sit down to chat with Trevor from Vigilant Guitars and Reuben from Joi Guitars, the two organizers of the first annual Victoria Guitar show! They talk all about the efforts to create and organize a new guitar show, cover some of their builds and talk about some of what to expect at the show this weekend. That’s right, if you’re listening to this the week it releases then you can go to the guitar show on ...
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April 12, 2022 92 mins
This week the boys sit down with their buddy Cam Janzen aka Slōwhei to talk a little about politics… just kidding! It’s guitar, duh! They get into custom guitars, throw some punches at Gibson, talk about Cam’s new ventures with Trent Guitars and Al once again manages to force Vertical Limit into the chat. In short it’s a sweet episode of chaos and guitars! Enjoy! https://instagram.com/slowhei?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y= htt...
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April 5, 2022 110 mins
More, More…. MOAR! This week we get to have on our good buddy Dan from Moar Guitars, again! Actually it might be more accurate to say that Al was the guest this week.  Dan’s been on the show a few times and it’s always an absolute pleasure so we thought we’d do things a little differently, so Kasper detoured during a trip to Germany and he and Dan sat down in the Moar Guitars workshop, about an hour outside of Copenhagen D...
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At long last the boys get a second chance to sit down with Leila Sidi from TunaTone Instruments again! They chat about all kinds of things, new instruments, new hardware and cover what two years worth of change can mean for a custom luthier. It's a delightful chat with one of the kindest souls in luthiery, enjoy! https://instagram.com/tunatoneinst?utm_medium=copy_link https://www.tunatoneinstruments.com/
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March 22, 2022 109 mins
This week the guys decided to sit down and go through their picks for the greatest guitar of all time, the Gibson SG. The boys are joined by their good friend and fellow SG fanatic Eric Merrow who took a break from making the awesome demos for his YouTube channel to join in on the SG loving. Enjoy! https://instagram.com/ericmerrow?utm_medium=copy_link https://linktr.ee/ericmerrow
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Adam from Satellite Amps returns to regale us with more of his incredibly interesting tales! We talk about the end of his legal fight with Gibson Guitars, how many guitars is too many guitars, and how gear builders can help save the world. It’s an amazing chat with one of the coolest guys to ever grace the guitar industry. Enjoy! https://instagram.com/satelliteamps?utm_medium=copy_link https://www.satelliteamps.co...
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We’re going unplugged this week and sitting down with a legacy guitar brand from Tennessee, Gallagher Guitars and their owner David Mathis. Gallagher has a rich history of making acoustics and connecting with players across roots, blues, country and more. They closed for a couple years before David bought and resurrected the brand, here all about it now! https://instagram.com/gallagherguitarco?utm_medium=copy_link h...
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