The Premiere Classical & Flamenco Guitar Platform
Guitar Salon International, in business since 1983, has become the world-renowned dealer and center for classical & flamenco guitarists and collectors.
Find Your Dream Guitar
Explore our Guitar Store
In our store we feature instruments crafted only by the very best guitar luthiers, who we believe build guitars to last - both in terms of musical quality and investment.
Here you'll find a collection of guitars previously featured at GSI. Sometimes guitars from the museum make their way back to our store. Be notified of their return via our notification system!
Try Any Guitar With No Purchase Commitment
It is simple: You can choose a guitar from the GSI stock, and we’ll ship it to you anywhere in the world for a trial period and approval.
Trial period lasts 48 hour. Learn more about our 48-Hour Approval Policy
What are our customers saying?
I made the pilgrimage here to watch David Russell teach. Thank you to GSI and all those who helped organized the event in your wonderful venue.
I just wanted to leave a comment about Patrick Schettler, who helped me select and buy a guitar Saturday February 12. Patrick was great. He went above and beyond what was necessary for me to have a positive experience. Patrick was great to talk to and I learned a lot from him about each guitar I tried out. He was very patient as I played several guitars (over a period of more than three hours), and asked to see others I had on my list. He also played some of them for me to help me narrow them down, so I could hear them from an audience perspective. He was friendly and professional. Always available, but didn't hover. I give him five stars. Thanks, and best regards,
Simply awesome, client service and guitars.. Highly recommended…
If you live in Southern CA and are looking for a place to purchase a serious classical/flamenco guitar then you MUST visit Guitar Salon International. The selection of beautiful vintage/modern guitars is amazing but more important is the service, knowledge and expertise of its employees. From start to finish you are dealing with GUITARISTS and not salespeople so their opinions will definitely matter and help you make an informed purchase. I had many great conversations with John Paul but the person most responsible for my overall purchase and satisfaction was Andy Lee. Andy is the consummate professional and was patient, accommodating and helped facilitate a great purchase. I ended up with a 1977 Ramirez 1A and extremely happy and content that I worked with Andy & GSI on this purchase. I will DEFINITELY be back for my next purchase and highly recommend that you consider GSI for your serious guitar purchase. Thanks JohnPaul, Andy and the entire team for a memorable experience
This was my first visit to GSI and I was extremely happy with the trip. Andrew was great in assisting me with information about each of the instruments that interested me and I hope to return soon!
This place is like the e-harmony of luthier built guitars. They're not in the business of selling guitars, but creating matches made in heaven. That's absolutely how the staff make you feel. They are extremely helpful, and extremely patient throughout the entire journey of finding you the best instrument for your needs. I had the pleasure of working Andrew, and ended up purchased the best guitar I've ever played in my life. I look forward to being a lifelong customer.
been after a 640 scale guitar and between inventory out there, price, accessibility, I was not finding what I wanted or could afford. Custom builds for this are either out of my range or simply inferior results based on past experiences. When I came across the LA CAÑADA on GSI I was very curious. Having read up on the FE17's original history it peaked my interest. There were very few sound samples/videos online about these and the ones on GSI were duets of 2 woods, and an interview leaving little to the ear to make any proper assessment. Youtube had a few videos showing off these guitars and they seems to sound quite nice. So I reached out to JP at GSI who kindly recorded sound samples of both the Maple and Granadillo backs and there were two models available one being an "A" for antiqued look the other for reg/new look. The Antiqued pics looked real nice, especially coming from playing a very high end and beautiful luthier made sitka spruce/brazilian rosewood made nearly
GSI is an ABSOLUTE joy to deal with. I've been a customer of theirs since starting my journey in to playing classical guitar back in 2003. Mr JohnPaul Trotter and the rest of their staff are the pinnacle of customer service and professionalism. They set the standard in the classical guitar buying world. I recently received a STELLAR Jose Ramirez 1A that John found for me. I still can't believe I have it. The entire experience as of late is everything you'll ever want or need. Save yourself any amount of heartache and don't go anywhere else... Thanks again GSI! Customer for life!
Specialised guitar store for classical and flamenco guitar enthusiasts, with a friendly and helpful staff. Got myself a hand made student flamenco guitar at a reasonable price. I'd definitely go back there in the future to browse through their stock for more guitars!!!
I finally found a guitar that matches my needs both in tonal quality and value. Guitar Salon has outstanding customer service and selection. I was able to review guitars and on the second guitar with the help of Andrew (who listened to me and my fickled needs), I found a gem. I now own a Wolfgang Jellinghaus Flamenca Negra a guitar with amazing crispness, bold projection and sound quality. I have tried for years locally to find a guitar with professional tambre and projection with no success. Save yourself time, frustration and energy and view an amazing selection of instruments. Many have high quality videos of the guitars being played by professional musicians, very helpful. Also there are many resources available to learn from and to inspire you. Thank you Andrew and all at Guitar Salon International!
If you have a true passion for guitars, this is truly the place to be. I have come to know GSI over the years as this is my regular stop for strings and studio guitars for my students. A few weeks ago, I decided to upgrade my guitar and John Paul and Andrew carefully listened to my needs. They understood how important playability and tone are to me and helped me with finding the perfect instrument. Thanks to their expertise regarding tone, wood types, guitar makers, and strings, along with their wide selection of incredible instruments from some of the best luthiers, choosing my new instrument was a fun and simple process. They encouraged me to play guitars in different rooms including their big show room to make sure I was replicating a concert experience. Not only was I able to play various instruments, JohnPaul and Andrew (both excellent players) also played the guitars for me so that I could hear how the instruments sounded from the audience’s perspective. My satisfacti
Quite positive. I made an appointment and came in with a short list of guitars that I wanted to look at. I recommend this because they have so many. JohnPaul got them out, and then left me alone to play until I needed him. He is very knowledgeable about construction and luthiers, just what you hope for. Good conversation and guidance. I bought one, which I am loving. This is a great shop.
THE place to go to for world class classical and Flamenco guitars. The entire staff, from the President to the Sales Reps, are extremely knowledgeable and helpful to both the amateur and the professional. I have thoroughly enjoyed recording demos for GSI over the past few years and they are my top recommendation for my students and fellow professionals who are seeking to acquire a concert instrument.
I will tell the end of my story first. As a result of contacting GSI I am now playing two of the best guitars that I have ever owned and am enjoying practicing in the most satisfyingly concentrated way in hours of productive pleasure. The story begins with reaching JeanPaul and discussing a (spruce) Jake Fuller that I'd seen on the site that I knew would be wonderful. After reaching agreement on price I was floored when the guitar arrived the next day and, as I'd imagined, fulfilled my every expectation. As if that were not enough, I got back in touch with JeanPaul to talk about the possibility of sending him a guitar that I owned which wasn't making me happy with the aim of acquiring a (cedar) Giussani that I'd had my eye on. The day after this discussion, again, the guitar showed up at my door and, again, a fantastic but very different instrument. What the story is really about, though, is the care, flexibility, enthusiasm, and thoughtfulness of JeanPaul. The man speaks form deep
Aloha All, I recommend David as honest & very competant. I am a NICU/PICU RN & have the highest standards in medicine. David seems to have similar standards in guitars. Make sure you really want a guitar since sales are final but David deals in exquisite instruments & if there is problem, he will do the right thing as happened with my tuners on one of the fine guitars bought from GSI. We split the cost of Rodgers replacements, a very fair arrangement. Aloha, Mark RN retired HI, CA, MT
CERTIFIED MUSIC PRACTITIONER AND AUCTION WINNER I am the winner of the first GSI Auction, a 1974 Ramirez 2a. I was very excited to bid on this instrument! The bidding process went smoothly keeping me apprised of new bids as they came in. I greatly appreciated the inclusion of a countdown timer on the bid screen. JohnPaul contacted me and quickly and completely set up shipping. The instrument was well wrapped. It was everything the description claimed. As I hoped, it has a beautiful deep, mellow voice which helps calm, relax and heal my hospice patients, their families and the nursing staff. All of my experiences with GSI has very professional and amazingly friendly. They really know their instruments and care for their customers. Many thanks GSI and JohnPaul! Gil ( o)===:::
Had the pleasure of making a purchase online. They were kind enough to call me personally to verify the purchase and circumstances of delivery. They have a great selection and are accessible during quarantine. Would recommend them to and guitar enthusiast
Gentlemen - I was in Los Angeles in 2016 for the Turner Classic Film Festival, and had made arrangements to come by the salon to look at some guitars. I had been talking with JohnPaul before coming, and he had shipped my a Sakurai-Kohno for a trial which I then tested with my teacher. Rather than making a decision then I waited until I was in the showroom to see and hear a number of instruments. We arrived for our appointment and JohnPaul brought out a number of instruments for me to try. My wife, who is a professional harpist, was with me and provided the expert ear that I wanted and needed to make the best decision. We spent about two and a half hours playing and listening, and ultimately I chose a Cordoba Master Series Torres. I did because the sound it produced was amazing - just bell-like and sounding as if it were in a cathedral of sound. No range overpowered the others, the blend was perfect, and we walked out with my “dream” instrument. Fast forward to today, and I am s
The best guitar vendor out there! I've been coming to GSI for as long as I can remember, and the staff, guitars, and atmosphere is amazing. I would recommend every guitarist to visit at least once - if you haven't, you're missing out!
Otherworldly experience at GSI. Andy was tremendously helpful and flexible with my appointment. John Paul was there too, and he was awesome. The guys are just chilled out guitar lovers who know a bunch about what they're selling. It was an amazing, low pressure situation. Can't recommend this place enough for any classical guitar fan who's anywhere close to Santa Monica.