We have photos of the new guitar being made for us by Pepe Romero Jr., a stunning spruce and rosewood classical that he is finishing up now. In Pepe’s words:
This guitar is one of my “Centenario Models” dedicated to over 100 years since my grandfather’s birth. I dedicate all of my guitars to him, he was my inspiration to build guitars in the first place. He passed away before I ever made one, but is with me in Spirit. I decorate my Centenario model with a beautiful rope style purfling and use my most prized woods. The spruce top has been cut for well over 10 years and is spectacularly quarter sawn, with “Aguas” everywhere. The rosewood was cut in the 1960’s and is stunning. The woods used on this would be impossible to go out and buy, they are truly special…
*Update – Sebastian has sent us some more really great photos of the construction process of this guitar.
We have photos of the new guitar being built for us by German luthier Sebastian Stenzel. This will be a spruce-top with quilted maple back and sides and some stunning purfling, which Stenzel told us was some of the most labor intensive purfling he’s ever made. In his words, it’s “difficult, because I wanted the light parts – maple – to really shine. To achieve this, they have to be cut so that they show the radial surface of the wood. This means that I had to cut stripes of veneer of a width of e.g. 1.3 mm, but across the fiber! I wasn’t sure it would be possible at all. (The meander patterns done by Torres, for example, are easy to make in comparison, they show end grain and can be made with relatively stable stripes of veneer.) To make meander purflings for four guitars took more than two months with one or two glueing operations per day… I use it only in quilted maple or birds eye maple.”
Here’s a great and very in-depth interview with Amalia Ramirez from Roseta Magazine, the magazine of the Spanish Guitar Society. Javier Suárez-Pajares discusses the history of Ramirez, Amalia’s personal involvement in some rough transitions during the 1980’s, and her vision for the future of the Ramirez brand. You can click here to read the article in Spanish, or continue to read the full article in translation below.
We have photos of a new guitar being made for us by American luthier Andy Culpepper – a beautiful African rosewood and cedar classical guitar that has an interesting story. Andy is building this guitar as part of a collaborative project with Washington luthier Chris Sobel. They are using sister-cut African Rosewood for the back and sides and Western Red Cedar for the top. The bridge and bracewood are also from the same stock. The goal is to explore the implications of different building styles with nearly identical woods. The guitars will be evaluated by prominent members of the classical guitar community, and an article is in the works. GSI will be receiving Andy’s guitar once the evaluations are complete.
Here’s Ben Pila with his fantastic arrangement of the Queen classic Bohemian Rhapsody, inspired by Edgar Cruz’s version, on a great Fructuoso Zalapa ‘Humphrey’ model cedar-top. The guitar features a double-top lattice-braced soundboard, raised fingerboard, portholes and a Smallman style arm rest, but the aesthetics are all Zalapa.
We were very happy to catch French guitar superstar Judicael Perroy in between tour dates for just long enough to record a video for us! As it happened, Amalia Ramirez was in town that day and had just brought us one of the new Antigua model guitars for us to check out. We don’t have the guitar in stock yet – she took it back to Madrid with her – but we do have some photos and of course this amazing video of Judicael playing Barrios’ Choro de Saudade.
Amalia tells us that the Antigua – or Antique – is the result of requests to create a guitar more like the Ramirez guitars of the early 20th Century, and features a spruce top unless special-ordered with cedar, and Indian rosewood back and sides unless special-ordered with Madagascar rosewood. GSI will be carrying the Antigua model soon.
Judicael is currently touring the US, Canada and Europe, so be sure to check out his website for tour dates!
We have a few photos of the new guitar on its way to us from Italian luthier Luigi Locatto, and it is simply beautiful. The guitar is a spruce-top classical made with gorgeous materials and Locatto’s impeccable workmanship. The guitar has just been completed and is on its way to us now, so look out for it soon!