About GSI

Over the course of 30 years, Guitar Salon International (GSI) has become the world’s largest dealer of fine classical and flamenco guitars. Our primary mission at GSI has always been to promote the guitar around the world by whatever means possible. By building close relationships with both the makers and players of these instruments, and always maintaining a profound respect for the art, GSI has been able to serve students, professionals, collectors and aficionados alike. We have evaluated, acquired and sold the largest number of vintage instruments from the most desirable makers of history, and have subsequently assembled some of the most important private collections in the world.

We believe that the key to our success lies in our love of the guitar and in our conviction that we must only sell guitars that we believe in. And we do love guitars. All of our staff, every one of us, plays the guitar. And over the years some of us have become leading authorities on certain epochs and luthiers, contributing articles to such publications as American Lutherie and The Classical Guitar: A Complete History, along with many other publications.

In our selection of the best contemporary guitar makers, we have chosen to represent those that we believe create instruments that are built to last – both in terms of musical quality and investment. We realize that for most of our clients, a guitar represents a substantial investment, both emotionally as well as financially. As a result, many of the young luthiers we highlight as the best of their generation proceed to become the world’s most sought-after builders.

What We Do

Guitar Sales

To date, we have sold over 100,000 classical and flamenco guitars. We have more...

Concert Series

We’ve launched a concert series held right here in our Santa Monica showroom. more...

GSI Records

GSI also records and produces full-length albums. Our first recording more...
Who We Are

Tim Miklaucic, Owner/CEO

310.586.1100
Tim Miklaucic began importing guitars from Spain in 1977 while a student at UCSD. He studied classical guitar with Celin Romero and the Romero family, who also introduced him to their collection of world-class instruments. In 1983, while working on a PhD in Philsophy at UCLA, Tim's love of the guitar led him to more...

David Collett, President

310.857.1711
David Collett has been playing music most of his life - he began at the young age of 6 with the violin and eventually migrated to the guitar in his teens. He studied with 10-string virtuoso Vince Macaluso until entering UCSD where he double-majored in music and economics, completing his guitar studies under the tutelage of more...

Dave Tate, Online Sales / Web Management

310.857.1722
Dave Tate grew up all around the world, moving from country to country every few years since birth. He discovered his passion for music at the age of seven while living in Pakistan, and has kept a guitar by his side ever since. By the time he was a teenager, he was playing more...

JohnPaul Trotter, Sales / Accessories Buyer

310.857.1706
JohnPaul Trotter is a guiarist whose interests are consistently broadened by a range of genres. He began playing music at the age of 5 on the piano and remained dedicated to the instrument until he was 12. He then chose to focus on the guitar and studied under Peter Yates, more...

Hugo Castaneda, Customer Service

310.857.1715
Hugo Castaneda is the guy who makes sure you get your guitar on time, and in perfect condition. A native of Los Angeles and a graduate of UCLA, Hugo learned customer service basics in the banking industry, before joining GSI in 2004. Through contacts with UPS he more...

Kai Narezo, Media / Marketing

310.586.1100
Kai Narezo is a Flamenco guitarist who after studying for four years in New York with Dennis Koster moved to Granada, Spain, where he studied with Juan Fernandez and Miguel Angel Cortes, and he has studied with Enrique Melchor, El Viejin and David Cerreduela in Madrid. He is a graduate of Berklee College of more...

Felix Salazar, Photography

310.586.1100
Felix Salazar is a composer, photographer and guitarist. He is GSI's in-house photographer, photographing every guitar that comes into the showroom. Felix's photographs can be seen throughout GSI's website. He was born in Los Angeles California and is resident composer/arranger and more...