Posts Tagged ‘luthier’
Manuel Reyes Maldonado was born in Jayena, Granada, Spain, but he has long been associated with the beautiful neighboring city of Córdoba, where his famed workshop was established and is now run by Manuel Jr. Reyes was born on July 18, 1934 and just recently passed away on November 10, 2014. We would like to express our admiration for both his life as a lover of music and for his masterful craftsmanship that we were priveledged to experience over many years of playing and selling his passionately-inspired guitars. His instruments, to us, have always been the epitome of the true flamenco sound – one of boldness, snappy attack, great balance, percussive yet creamy qualities (when necessary) – overall, instruments of Spanish character. Manuel Reyes was a first-class luthier, and we feel very fortunate to have known him so well for the last few decades of his life.
We discovered Ariel Ameijenda on a recent trip that David and JohnPaul took to South America in 2014. The GSI duo found some great gems in the area, some which they brought back to the US, and while in Uruguay, they were most-notably enthralled by the works of Ameijenda and the reputation that preceeds him to this day. Find out more about guitar-maker Ariel Ameijenda and his life with the classical guitar.
Please welcome François Leonard as the new luthier working in collaboration with GSI. As part of a powerful French force of guitar-builders (Daniel Friederich, Dominique Field and Jean-Noël Rohé), we believe Leonard fits right in with the group, and he has learned a lot from his contemporaries, which allows him to produce instruments of great structural quality and beautiful sound. To learn more about how Leonard is building in-step with other French masters, read below.
Matthew Chaffin, based in Orion, Michigan, is one of the newer luthiers to collaborate with Guitar Salon International, and with each new guitar he sends us, we are reminded of the high-standard craftsmanship we seek (and receive) from the best builders around the world.
We are very pleased to introduce German luthier Annette Stephany, a young German luthier whom David Collett met in Italy a few years ago and whom we are now proud to be representing in the US. As it turns out, she will be completing her 31st guitar under her own label on her 31st birthday, which also happens to mark her 10th year as a luthier, so it’s hard not to see this as a propitious beginning for us all.
Italian luthier Paolo Coriani’s career began when he took on an apprenticeship at the Masetti workshop in Modena, between 1975 and 1980. In the initial years after setting out on his own, Coriani spent a good amount of time researching, performing, and building hurdy gurdys, as well as classical guitars influenced largely on Kohno and José Ramirez designs. He began making frequent trips to France after meeting and befriending Cristian Aubin, a concert guitarist and guitar maker who specialized in making copies of his 1867 Torres (interestingly, Aubin was also the guitar teacher of Daniel Friederich). Coming into contact with such a monumental instrument was a real pivotal moment of discovery for Coriani – the incredible depth of sonority that he encountered was to spark his interest in late 19th century Spanish instruments which provided the basis for a lifetime of research.
Otto Rauch was born in the city of Mainz, Germany, in 1954 and began studying the classical guitar at the age of 9. Though he later trained to sell insurance and studied business management, by 1977 he was working as a rock guitarist and singer, and in 1977 he got the idea to build a copy of the guitar he was playing at the time – a John Birch electric (Birch is known for making guitars for Queen guitarist Brian May). Thus began his career as a luthier.
Woon Sun Lee has been drawn to the classical guitar his entire life. Even so, he still had his “Eureka” moment, which came to him in his teens when he heard Rodrigo’s “Concierto de Aranjuez” in concert by Japanese guitarist Kazuhito Yamashita. This experience led him to decide he would devote his life and energy to the guitar somehow.
John Weissenrieder is an American luthier living in Florence, Italy, who has made a name for himself making exquisite copies of guitars by the old masters including Garcia, Simplicio and Bouchet. John was in town this week with his family, and he stopped by the shop to say hi, so we took the opportunity to do an informal interview. In parts 1 and 2 he talks with JohnPaul Trotter, and in parts 3 and 4 he talks with David Collett.
We’re about to receive guitar #77 from Tobias Berg, and this will be the first guitar we get from him that features his new double-sided construction method. Tobias has been working on this for some time now, and he and I had a little exchange about it, since my first question was, quite simply, ‘why?’. Now that I understand the concept I’m looking forward to hearing the guitar, and of course we’ll do a video so you can all hear it. Check out the photos below (as always just click on them to see larger images) and then scroll down to see my mini interview with Tobias about it.