II’ve been listening for years, and the episode on the recently ‘found’ late Bigsby guitar was awesome- so many stories, Jason, the always excellent host, just let them run- thank you, it was so good. I could have listened for another 2 hours. Thanks!
This is an excellent podcast which has led me down a rabbit hole of musical discovery. Everything Jason does is the highest quality. I subscribed to the magazine after getting a glimpse of the care he and the staff give to what they do and I was not disappointed- it is a gorgeous piece of work and I look forward to the next issue. All the podcasts in the FJ network seem to have great people and it makes listening to anything they discuss a true pleasure. Thank you for everything you do Jason- it is obviously a labor of love done to the highest degree.
I’ve been a subscriber of the print edition since the first issue. The podcast is done with the same quality and attention to detail I’ve come to expect from FJ . If you enjoy guitar or just music in general you owe it to yourself to check out the entire family of FJ associated podcasts. Keep em coming Jason I appreciate all you do !
Another great podcast with a name that has been lurking in the background for too long. Rudy is very knowledgeable, and for Chinery’s family to entrust the Blue Guitar collection to him says a lot. I remember when the Blue Guitars first came into the forefront, making Scott an instant legend. To think of the collection being sold as one, if it happens, would be a gift to the world. I remember R.C. Allen talking about the luthiers who received the blue stain, and how he longed to make one. He did, but it’s not the same hue. Kudos to Jason and the gang for putting this information out there. We need more GUITARS!!!
Fretboard Journal is without a doubt the premier guitar-related podcast. It is always informative and entertaining. If you don't subscribe to the print publicaiton - you should. It is the highest quality print publication devoted to guitars, guitar builders, and recording artists.
Ive been listening to Jason on the FJ podcast for many years now. Without a doubt it’s one of the most well done podcasts out there. I’ve been introduced to so many artists, products, and instrument builders through this podcast. Thanks for the quality programming Jason!
I was really looking forward to listening to episode 325 with the author of Kalamazoo gals. Unfortunately I had to shut it off because the first 10 to 15 minutes were all about the Covid crisis and how everyone should go out and get their vaccine. Well, I respect this may be the opinion of the host and guest, I find it to be inappropriate subject matter on a podcast that supposed to be about guitars and music. Bummer.
I worked with Jason years ago at Tower Records Pulse magazine, where I remember him building his own Theremin from a kit, but I had no idea what a brilliant guitar guy he is. I'm working my way backward through this library of podcasts, and I've gotta say that if you play guitar and you want to go deeper on your relationship with your instrument, this is a great way to do that. Thoroughly enjoying these podcasts. Nesbitt Bireley approves!
Highly entertaining and often hilarious convo with graphic designer and fellow plunker Aaron Draplin. Being a natural born Michigander and longtime Portlander myself, I enjoyed his tales of Grunge era Portland, and guitar lessons with Pete Krebs. Thank you for bringing in the fringe players with a robust love for the instrument and the music, as well as the art. Bravo!
This is the audio incarnation of the best periodical dedicated to (primarily acoustic) fretted instruments and the men and women who make and play them ever printed. I’ll be honest, the podcast isn’t quite as good as the magazine, but I don’t see how it could be. Nevertheless, it is considerably better than the opening sentence of this review.
If you like music, acoustic instruments, songwriters, song-singers, luthiers, or all of the above, you should be listening to this already. What are you waiting for?
The brief videos of his Tom Crandall's restoration of the 12 string Stella was so informative and fun to watch. It's clear that the folks at Fretboard Journal and the people they work with have a great time doing what they do. Thanks for including us and all you do!
I think I’ve listened to most of the Fretboard Journal podcasts. They are well done. I recently listened to the Greg and Janet Deering interview, which I found fascinating. They are a tribute to hard work and not giving up on your dream. I had no idea.
Also, if you have not subscribed to the Fretboard Journal print magazine, you should, it’s a beautiful magazine, what print should be.
I appreciate the broad spectrum of artists and craftspeople featured on The Fretboard Journal podcast.
This podcasts interviews and stories stray wider and dig deeper than those I’ve heard before. Just like The Fretboard Journal itself.
I'm a luthier, and I find this podcast extremely informative. It's helpful to me, especially, to hear the perspectives and insights of so many professional players, builders, and other industry experts like vintage instrument resellers and leaders in the factory instrument world. Highly recommended!
Jason Verlinde's interviews continue to engage and inform, across a wide sampling of knowledgeable folks. Recent highlights include CITES updates regarding Dalbergia species, Larry Crane, Sinasoid, and Zack Vex's background.
The Fretboard Journal podcasts are a real gift to those of us who love guitars, builders, players, and guitar-driven music. The diversity of subjects covered by this ongoing series is astounding -- it goes way, way, way beyond the "I've got an album/tour to promote" stuff which is more customary elsewhere. Each podcast goes into real depth, so rather than getting the usual, superficial glimpse, the listener gets all kinds of facts and details. The interviewer (Jason) has such sincere interest in all things music and in people as well that the podcasts often venture into related subjects. You can tell that the interviewees enjoy the conversations, and you will, too. Super-recomended!
I love stringed instruments, and especially guitars, and the Fretboard Journal (and its podcast) really keeps me deep into the ideas that are moving the industry while keeping them tied to their historical moorings. Each episode surprises me with new ideas I run into.
Jason does a good job preparing for the interviews and it's obvious with his thoughtful questions. Definitely worth a listening, even when he's interviewing folks I wouldn't expect.
I'm a beginning amateur guitar builder, and recently discovered the Fretboard Journal podcast (the Maegan Wells episode). I've been binge-listening to it ever since! The variety of guests and topics is amazing, and I'm learning a lot.
I also decided to subscribe to the magazine and am looking forward to receiving the first issue of that as well.
I look forward to each episode. Typically very interesting content even if it's not from one of my favourite musical genres. A great way to feed my guitar hunger. I recommend the magazine highly as well. I've been a subscriber since issue #4.
I love to play, collect, repair, and study guitars. Unfortunately I don't have a lot of people in my life who enjoy discussing them as much as I do. Jason interviews world class luthiers and guitarist and asks all the questions I would. Very in depth, engaging, genuine and even entertaining. I especially enjoying listing while I'm working in the shop! I recommend starting with episode 80: Nels Cline & Julien Lage or episode 115 with Jim Olson.
This is the quintessential podcast for anyone interested in the guitar as a musical instrument and artistic expression from the people who build & develop their form...thanks for bringing this to our community!
5 Stars for TJ Thompson ... * * * * *
2 stars for Jason V. * * There was almost 5 minutes of FJ self promotion before TJ was introduced ... then a 2 min. intro ... then we finally get to hear from TJ Thompson speak !
Jason, we know who you and the publication are; that is why we tuned in to the podcast - save the promontional stuff for FaceBook.
TJ Thompson touched on so many topics related to guitars and luthier - he has had a lot of experiences to draw from. These insights are valuable to both the player and builder. I enjoyed every minute he spoke - I only wish he had been given more time.
I will definitely tune into more of these podcasts - especially the luthiers.