Hi, my name is Dirk Laukens and I teach jazz guitar.
This led me to start studying jazz guitar full-time, first at the Jazz Studio (Antwerp, Belgium) and then at the Royal Conservatory of Music, also in Antwerp.
My guitar teachers at that time were Hendrik Braeckman and Martijn van Iterson. I also followed guest lessons and workshops by John Abercrombie, Jesse van Ruller, Kenny Wheeler, Barry Harris, Maria Schneider, and many more.
In 2003, I started Jazz Guitar Online as a means to document my lessons at the Conservatory. This grew out to the biggest and most popular jazz guitar website it is today, and a thriving forum with over 65,000 members.
Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have feedback or questions about all things guitar-related, I’m here to help!
My Current Gear
Gibson ES-175 (1973)
After years of playing Ibanez, Heritage, and Epiphone, I found my workhorse guitar in this 1973 Gibson ES-175.
I use this Fender Telecaster for more pop orientated stuf. A versatile guitar at a great price.
Fender Tone Master Twin Reverb
This digital version of the Fender Twin Reverb has the classic sound of the Twin at half the weight.
TC Electronic HOF 2 (Reverb)
The HOF is a great and inexpensive reverb pedal with a lot of posibilities and a great sound.
Thomastik JS112 Jazz Swing
I have been using these flat wound strings since forever because of their great sound and low tension.
BlueChip BC Jazz 60
They ain't cheap, but I have yet to find a pick with the same sound and control as these BlueChips.