Posts from ‘Guitar Demonstrations’
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!
A client gave us the idea to do some videos of some fantastic Simplicio guitars we have at the moment (it’s rare enough to have one, much less two, and from consecutive years!) alongside a 2010 John Weissenrieder ‘Simplicio’. It seemed very appropriate to play some Tarrega on these guitars, so Alex played Lagrima on the Weissenrieder and a 1929 Simplicio with a spruce top and CSA rosewood back and sides, and Recuerdos de la Alhambra on the Weissenrieder and a great 1928 Simplicio, also spruce but with satinwood back and sides (like the Weissenrieder).
Irina Kulikova was curious to play the 1969 Jose Ramirez that had belonged to Andres Segovia (from the Cleveland Collection) and we were more than happy to oblige! Here she is playing Chopin’s Vals No. 7 on this historic guitar – it’s a stunning performance that really brings out the elegance that can be coaxed from this guitar.
Luthier and guitarist Florian Blochinger was back at GSI delivering some stunning instruments and playing them for us, too. Here he is playing Tarrega’s Adelita and Tarrega’s arrangement of Sebastián Yradier’s La Paloma on a 2016 Florian Blochinger and a 2017 Florian Blochinger, respectively, and then Florian and JohnPaul Trotter play Pepe Romero’s arrangement of Albeniz’ Granada on both guitars.