Posts from ‘Coming Soon’
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.”
Sebastian will update us with more photos and a shipping date as he progresses on the guitar.
We have photos of two guitars being finished for us by English maker David Rouse – one cedar and one spruce and both with CSA rosewood back and sides. The guitars are in the final stages and should be finished very soon!
Update – we have a few more photos of the guitar almost finished. It should be shipping to us very soon!
We have photos of the next guitar being made for us by Tobias Berg. From Tobias: “as promised here are some pictures of the next guitar. It’s European Walnut for the Back and Sides (which of course will leave it’s “grey“ appearance behind as soon as the first coat of shellac is on). After that it will take on a warm brown “classic“ color. The headstock has two ebony strips for reinforcement but contrary to the Madrid school – it’s not visible as soon as the fingerboard is glued on. The top has been braced and soon all the parts will come together. More picture will follow.”
We have photos of the two new guitars on their way to us from Guitarreria Contreras in Madrid – a beautiful N-2 in Ziricote and spruce and an N-3 model in Indian rosewood and cedar. As you can see, the guitars are all finished and ready to go, so they should be here very soon. In the meantime here’s Tavi Jinariu playing ‘Preludio de Adios’ by Alfonso Montes on N-2 in ziricote and spruce just like the one coming in.
We have photos of the new guitar being made for us by German luthier Annette Stephany. Like the last guitar we had from her, this one is very much inspired by the 1906 Enrique Garcia owned by her mentor, Lorenzo Frignani, but where the previous guitar had rosewood back and sides the guitar she is currently making has maple back and sides, and a spruce top. And since Halloween is coming up, we thought we’d throw in George Sakellariou playing his and Lawrence Long’s great transciption of Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor on a 2013 Stephany – Enjoy!
We have photos of the new guitar on its way to us from Washington, D.C. based luthier Luis Fernandez de Cordoba – a beautiful walnut and spruce classical. Luis tells us he’s tensioned the top a little more asymmetrically than usual to bring out more clarity in the trebles and that he is very pleased with the balance. Luis strung up the guitar last week but decided a few extra days of curing for the French polish were in order, so it should be shipping to us some time this week.
German luthier Dominik Wurth made a pilgrimage of sorts when he found out we had acquired the Russell Cleveland Collection – he came to from Germany to GSI to play and study as many of these historic instruments as he could to see what he might learn from them. As you’ll read, one guitar in particular made a deep impression and has even influenced his construction method. We’ll have new instruments from Dominik very soon.
We have photos of the next guitar coming to us from Sevilla-based luthier Fernando Moreno – a beautiful cedar and Indian rosewood classical that should be here in a couple of months. Fernando is just now starting the French polish process, and be sure to check out the great photos of the rosette-making process as well.
We have some great photos of the new guitar on its way to us now from Granada luthier Jose Vigil. Jose has just moved to a new and bigger space, where he says he has even more control over the temperature and humidity of his woods (check out his storage in the photos). The new guitar is a classical with spruce top and Indian rosewood back and sides and should be arriving int he next week.