Guitar lovers, prepare to be electrified

  • People
  • Wednesday, 09 Nov 2016

Guitarist Julian Mokhtar will be a part of the Guitaran Jiwa session in Selangor. Photo: The Star/Ahmad Izzrafiq Alias

Whether it’s the undulating curves on the top of a flame maple Gibson Les Paul or the battered and weathered paint job on an early Fender Stratocaster, it’s hard to pinpoint the allure of the electric guitar.

But one thing we universally agree is that these pieces of wood, wire and electronics, simply rock.

Enter Guitaran Jiwa: A Guitar Showcase, which aspires to bring aficionados, players and everyone who has an appreciation for the instrument, together under one roof, where visitors not only get to view these objects of beauty, but play some of them, too.

“We are organising this simple event so that everyone will have the opportunity, or excuse, to bring out their guitars, to put them on display, and share that joy, love, curiosity and excitement with other players, connoisseurs, collectors, enthusiasts and guitar lovers,” said organiser Karman Iskandar of K Events.

“The exhibition will feature unique guitars, testing sessions, demos and jams, guitar-related movie and video screenings, Q&A sessions with luthiers and guitar technicians, and also, the sale of guitar paraphernalia,” he added.

The target for the event is to have a whopping 100 guitars on display, and signs have been encouraging.

But given the existing popularity of the guitar, how pertinent is such a showcase?

“From my knowledge, this is the first gathering to feature individually-owned instruments,” said Karman.

Guitaran Jiwa will also include the gambus, banjo and a curious complement of other twangers.

Celebrities are expected at the event, too, though their identities will only be known to visitors who chance upon them at the event.

Karman ramped up the excitement by teasingly revealing: “Who knows, with what the presence of beautiful guitars can do to people, itchy fingers and all, something interesting might just happen.”

Spontaneous jamming combustion? You betcha!

Scripted to be jamming and sharing their invaluable knowledge are Julian Mokhtar, who will impart his insight on blues guitar, and Kombat of The Pilgrims, who will guide attendees through the ins and outs of rock guitar. For those of a traditional persuasion, Syech Razie is expected to offer his expertise on the gambus, with a potentially bluesy twist.

What is the ace up the event’s sleeve then? “There are quite a few very interesting guitars in Kuala Lumpur, if not Malaysia, that are owned and kept by individual owners. They are kept in homes, rarely brought out or heard, and are only known and seen by their owners,” said Karman, knowing full well that it will set tongues wagging among the faithful. Think Fender, Gibson, rare, vintage and low end, even, and that just about encapsulates Guitaran Jiwa.

Guitaran Jiwa will be held at Kafe Skrin, 9G, Jalan MRR2, Ukay Boulevard, Ulu Kelang, Selangor, on Nov 12 from 10am to 5pm. Admission is free. For more info, look up guitaran-jiwa on FB or e-mail

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