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What motivated you to begin building guitars in the first place? And what type of guitars do you build? Standard models? Custom orders? How does it work?
S: For me it all start up when I bought my first guitar in 81, I did everything that was humanly possible to it in term of modifications, the fact that I didn’t have any money to go on with my guitar obsession, I had to constantly change the only one I had.
J: On my side I couldn’t help but dismantling everything that surrounded me, from the toaster to my basses, passing through my parents new cell phones. One of the first try out on instruments was a crappy guitar that I found in the garbage and tried to convert into a tap guitar. The money factor was a real challenge for me too. We start building repro some years ago, teles, strats, LP as a normal phase we had to go through before coming with our own signature design…Read more
Check out the last winter issue of the great Guitar Connoisseur magazine and get an inside view with John & Serge!
Mon petit tour d’Europe sur la lutherie artisanale continue et c’est un atelier Belge que je vous invite à découvrir avec les luthiers Serge Michiels et John Joveniaux qui ont créé la marque Tao Guitars. Spécialisés en guitare électrique, Serge et John se présentent ici sous forme d’auto-interview.
On ne peut rester insensible au design des guitares Tao et je vous propose des vidéos de 3 modèles dans les mains de notre excellent Brice Delage. Mais tout d’abord, je vous invite à rencontrer Serge et John.
Jacques Carbonneaux – 05 septembre 2012
Qu’est-ce qui se cache derrière TAO Guitars ?
TAO Guitars est le nom de l’atelier et de la marque de guitares de deux luthiers, Serge Michiels et John Joveniaux, associés et établis ensemble à Bruxelles depuis 2007…
Guitar World stratoblogster !
We are thrilled to share our last article in the great Guitar World web magazine in the stratologster section:
« When the Rev. Billy Gibbons isn’t playing a Gretsch Billy-Bo or a Pearly clone on the road, there’s no telling what the Texas guitar connoisseur might be sportin’!
A short YouTube clip (Sorry, we can’t embed this video!) from a July 2011 show in France features Billy with a sexy T-type by TAO Guitars of Brussels, Belgium.
The El Mirage axe is a one-off guitar for Gibbons springing from TAO’s T-Bucket platform, a sort of space-age, George Jetson, retro-modern T-type interpretation. In fact, all TAO’s models might be described as “space-age, retro-modern Jetsons.” »…
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« the boundless evil caused by shoddy mass-produced goods and the uncritical imitation of earlier styles is like a tidal wave sweeping across the world »
Josef Hoffman & Koloman Moser
« Tao Guitars: The El Mirage.
I first met Gentlemen at Tao Guitars several years ago and after trying their undeniably unique work, they told me of a guitar they were planning to combine many of their original ideas.
That guitar was the El Mirage.
Everything about Tao guitars is absolutely in the top 1% of custom guitars. The El Mirage is the creme of the crop. The finish, the proprietary hardware…which includes everything from the milled bridge to the knobs and the pickups, are unmatched in quality and performance. It plays effortlessly as well. It wears like a fine suit and feels at home from the first strum. The sound is very articulate and smooth, round and rich….everything a professional would desire in a guitar, and is greatly missed on mass produced instruments.
Now….All of that is wonderful on it’s own but once you hold it in your hands and examine how beautiful it is, all the attention to detail that has been put into it, even the little things… like the magnetic control plate..it is simply a breathtaking experience. It is honestly one of the nicest guitars I have ever had the pleasure of holding in my hands. It truly is that exceptional. Tao Guitars could not have made a more incredible guitar and I am honored to have been close enough to see it happen. »
(guitar tech for ZZ Top, Aerosmith, Steve Vai…)
« El mirage » will make an appearence in the n°31 issue of the DAMn magazine
great design magazine!
It’s holiday…let’s pimp a flight case !