The Cultured Guitarist
The Cultured Guitarist
Al Peterson, Kasper Townes
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.
#59 Staying Vigilant with Vigilant Guitars
This episode Al & Kasper hang with Trevor Woodland of Vigilant Guitars. Trevor is making custom, high end guitars on the gorgeous west coast of Victoria, Canada. Forestry and woodworking are a part of his lineage, and Trevor takes things up a notch often using burled woods from trees he cuts himself. Vigilante focuses on being a leader in custom instruments with specialties in multiscale and extended range guitars, as well as cutting edge hardware and pickups. It’s a killer episode with three fun loving Canadian fellows, so dig in and enjoy!
Jan 12
1 hr 9 min
#58 The Fellowship of the Guitar with Jonathan Fellows
This week Kasper & Al are joined by guitar maker Jonathan Fellows of Fellows Guitars from California. The guys chat about what makes a unique guitar these days, they discuss how no cutaways are the new cutaways and how lasers are our friends. Enjoy!
Jan 5
1 hr 25 min
#57 The “True Cultured Guitarist” Quiz Off ft. Dan From Moar Guitars
2020 was a tough year so Kasper and Al decided to send it off by having a little fun. They’re going head to head in a quiz competition hosted by Dan Presencer from Moar Guitars to see who is THE Cultured Guitarist, Al or Kasper. Of course there’s plenty of random side roads and hilarious moments on their journey to snag the coveted title, and Dan makes a special announcement about some new things happening with Moar Guitars for 2021. Enjoy!
Dec 29, 2020
1 hr 27 min
#56 Shattered Expectations with Alex of Morningstar Glass Guitars
Kasper and Al get down and chatty with the world’s only glass guitar maker, Alex Morningstar. Alex’s incredibly unique instruments obviously look like nothing else out there, and they feel like nothing else. Hear about the challenges of pioneering an entire field of luthiery that didn’t exist before him and what drives this incredibly unique builder. Enjoy!!
Dec 22, 2020
1 hr 12 min
#55 Going For An Odyssey with Author Craig E Jones
This week Al & Kasper had the chance to speak with author, lawyer, professor and historian Craig E Jones. He’s just released his new book “Odyssey: Attila Balogh and the Quest for the Perfect Guitar”, Craig has done more research than anyone on earth into the lost guitar brand Odyssey and the visionary luthier behind them. Odyssey influenced brands like Larivee, Godin, some say PRS and many more. Played by Prism, Loverboy, and many more major artists of the time. It’s a fascinating chat about one of the first boutique brands and their rise and fall from the mid 70’s to the early 80’s.
Dec 15, 2020
1 hr 22 min
#54 Return of the Rocketeer with Lauren Audio
Kasper and Al get return visit with James from Lauren Audio and dive into his latest release; The Mustang. They also talk 500 series preamps before getting into a deep discussion on the competitive nature of the music world and the health of the pedal community. It’s a great time all around and one you won’t wanna miss, enjoy!
Dec 8, 2020
1 hr 37 min
#53 What A Oneder-ful World with Oneder Effects
The second year of the show starts off with Al & Kasper chatting it up with Nick from Oneder Effects! The boys chat weird names for effects brands, Weezer’s blue album and much more. Are you still reading this? Get listening!
Dec 1, 2020
1 hr 25 min
#52 One Year of The Cultured Guitarist!
It’s the 52nd episode and one year since launching the show! Kasper and Al go on a walk down memory lane revisiting the episodes and how they evolved as the show grew. They talk about the guests and the different ways the show broke ground in the ever evolving world of guitar. Thanks for joining our world and here’s to another year of The Cultured Guitarist!
Nov 24, 2020
1 hr 50 min
#51 Conversations With A Former President with Andrew McKeag
This week the boys hang out with Andrew McKeag, known best for being a member of The Presidents of the United States of America, as well as a bunch of other projects. Andrew tells tales of helping Mitch Mitchell’s widow find old Hendrix gear for a museum, touring stories, what it’s like to join a world touring rock band and what he’s up to now. It’s a super great episode with a super great dude, so get listening!
Nov 17, 2020
1 hr 38 min
#50 Whole Grain Tones with Lurch Audio
Kasper & Al sit down with Mitch Bullock of Lurch Audio to chat about the rad pedals he’s making in Hamilton, Ontario. Mitch’s hand painted pedals are all named after cereal grains and provide a big range of unique tones that are as good sounding as they are looking. Bon appetit!
Nov 10, 2020
53 min
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