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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’ve got some great Christmas music for you this year, whether you want to play or just listen. For sheer listening pleasure we’re partial to Eva Beneke’s CD In Dulci Jubilo. It’s a beautiful collection of German Christmas music, much of which will be very familiar to all and some of whic will be new, performed by Eva playing a gorgeous 1952 Hauser I along with some amazing friends, including Scott Tennant, with arrangements by Mark Small.
If you’re looking for Christmas music to play, we all fell in love with Jonathan Roth’s arrangements of Christmas music last year, so check out the videos below and if you’re inspired to learn any of his arrangements you can get them all here, and you can hear more of Jonathan on his Pandora Holiday channel.
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!
The current issue of Orfeo magazine features the Granada School luthiers and their patriarch, Antonio Marin. In addition to Marin there are interviews with Manuel Bellido, Paco Santiago Marin and Rafael Moreno, as well as a piece on the Alhambra and how its design serves as inspiration to local luthiers. As always, the photography is stunning. Click here to read the full issue.
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.”
Check out this great article in Classical Guitar magazine about Scott Tennant‘s Segovia sessions – the CD he’s recording of Segovia’s compositions recorded on Segovia’s 1969 Jose Ramirez. The article tells the whole story of how the CD came to be recorded and features some beautiful photography by GSI’s Felix Salazar and a great description of the guitar itself by GSI president David Collett.
This weekend the guitar world reeled with the news of the passing of the great guitarist/composer/arranger Roland Dyens. Few have done as much for the instrument in the last 50 years as Dyens, and as some of you will know we were in the process of publishing some videos of a concert we held with Roland last year. Quite appropriately, the piece I was in the process of mixing and editing when I heard the news was Berimbau, his arrangement of the Baden Powell piece that Roland used to close his concerts. So here’s Roland Dyens, saying goodnight at the end of a fantastic concert.
David Collett, president of GSI, also wanted to share some thoughts about his recent experience hosting Roland last year the weekend of his concert:
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!