From birth, Florian Blochinger has been immersed in a culture of classical guitar. Being the son of world-renowned luthier Edmund Blochinger, Florian has not only been around the construction of instruments his entire life, but has studied the instrument as a player since the age of 6. Seeing that he had really taken an interest in playing the guitar, his father built him a smaller scale instrument when Florian was 9 years old and since then, Florian has always had a guitar of his fathers to play.
In 2013 at the age of 21, under his father’s guidance, Florian built his first guitar and completely fell in love with the entire experience from start to finish. He made a decision the very day he finished that guitar to become a professional luthier. Though his guitars aesthetically look similar to his fathers guitars (most noticeably the plantilla and headstock shape), they are a synthesis of father Edmund’s guitars, long-time friend and mentor Pepe Romero Jr., and the guitars of Miguel Rodriguez. Florian successfully blends the tonal elements that he desires and incorporates those sounds and designs into his own guitars with the understanding of a luthier and the ear and physical criteria of a player. Florian has performed with such Maestros as Pepe Romero and recently with Vicente Coves and constantly works on his playing aside from the construction of these fine instruments.
This is one of the most impressive guitars we have seen from a maker this early in their career. It is the first of Florian's instruments to come to the U.S. It is built to an incredibly high standard, in terms of materials, craftsmanship, playability and sound quality. Woods selected are stunning - the perfect quarter-sawn spruce top, with its dark annular rings and lightly, pastel-colored rosette beautifully compliments the CSA Rosewood back and sides with its dark, straighter-grained sections accented with a generous amount of blonde sapwood. This guitar is the sonic fusion of Miguel Rodriguez guitars and those of Pepe Romero Jr, with a fast, aggressive attack much like a flamenco and an extremely quick string reset, which offers the right hand freedom to play as quickly as possible. Florian achieves this through the use of a 5 fan bracing system, tapering the edges of the plantilla, and the use of a treble stiffener. The basses are thick, powerful and dense. This is balanced beautifully by the singing, vibrant, and fully-resonating treble strings. Also impressive is the amount of volume above the 12th fret, in part achieved by the use of a thicker fingerboard connected to a section of the soundboard with extra doming in it, allowing for unfettered tone and resonance in the higher registers. The projection is excellent with a warm, robust tone and a dense core to the note, providing plenty of clarity for each note amid the wide sound. A first-rate guitar by any standards and we look forward to seeing more of these top-level instruments in the future. Like with his father, GSI is proud to be the US representative of Florian Blochinger and we are extremely delighted by this first offering to pass through our doors.