“… El Twanguero is a journey into the heart of the music … ” – Rolling Stone Magazine
Michelangelo, arguably one of the greatest sculptors to have lived, said:
“Every block of stone has a statue inside it, and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it”.
This quote describes the artistic process of creating a masterpiece by chipping away the rock carefully and diligently until the image reveals itself. Can this concept be applied to building instruments? A German luthier, Stefan Nitschke whose newest guitar has recently arrived at GSI said:Continue Reading
We at GSI have partnered with EliteGuitarist.com to offer you 30 Days of FREE Guitar Lessons. This is our own version of a care package in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. The COVID-19 international crisis seems to have disrupted every aspect of our lives, but it shouldn’t be allowed to put a damper on our enjoyment of the guitar and music. We hope these premium guitar lesson packages below will brighten your outlook during these challenging times, and we hope they make the following weeks a bit easier to get through. Let’s make the most of this situation, (wash our hands please!), grab our guitars and learn some new music whether it’s your first time on the guitar or your 5th year in. Stay safe, and happy learning!
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Imagine this situation: You go to a luthier to buy a guitar and the luthier instead of selling you one, tells you that he can teach you how to build one yourself? This is precisely how Elias Bonet’s guitar making career started, when he visited the workshop run by the Yagüe brothers in Barcelona, Spain. Now, after almost 11 years of being an independent guitar maker, Elias still points to this story as a primary inspiration that keeps him going to this day. He also includes his friendship with Juan Antonio Reyes Torres as having a huge impact of his development as a luthier as well.Continue Reading
Jose Vigil has sent us some sneak peek photos of his newest guitar made for GSI. We’ve always admired Jose’s precise attention to all details. He takes his time building instruments, making sure that every detail is executed perfectly. He’s especially careful to avoid any unnecessary tensions during the assembly and prepares perfect joints for gluing. One of Jose’s priorities is to create a perfectly controlled environment for guitar building, maintaining the optimal humidity levels during the entire building process.JContinue Reading
We’re proud to announce that the GSI YouTube channel has just hit 50 million views! On this occasion we would like to thank ALL of you (!) for your constant support. GSI wouldn’t have been able to achieve this without you, the viewers! Our YouTube channel is one of the mediums through which we give back to the guitar community. Our recordings are done with a couple of aims – in addition to popularizing talented players who visit our showroom, they also feature the world’s most iconic guitars which we are so passionate about here at GSI.Continue Reading
We have for you some new photos of the next, now fifth(!) guitar build by Mario Aracama which is making its way to us from Mario’s workshop in the beautiful Alpujarra mountains located near Granada. This time Mario combined Cedar for the soundboard with a beautiful set of 2.0 mm Mongoy for back and sides. Mongoy, also known as Ovangkol, comes from West Africa and is similar to rosewood in its acoustic properties. Mario has doubled the sides with 1.3 mm of Cypress on the interior.Continue Reading
With the daily news of the situation surrounding the spread of COVID-19, we at GSI are letting you all know that the health and safety of our employees, customers and colleagues is our top priority – now more than ever. Starting Monday, March 16 we will have limited staff working part-time from our offices to ensure that guitars are being received and sent out, but much of our staff will be doing the majority of work from home. So we’ll continue to be here for you at this time and ask to communicate with us by email which will be the most effective way to stay in touch. We are also suspending in-store visits for now. However, for anyone local who was planning to come in, we’ll be sending guitars out to you via courier so that you can play guitars safely in your own homes.Continue Reading
IMPORTANT UPDATE, March 15, 2020: We’re sad to inform you that we’ve just received a phone call that Los Angeles Guitar Festival, 2020 is canceled due to the outbreak of COVID-19.
To alleviate the associated stress, Guitar Salon International in partnership with EliteGuitarist is offering a free trial of EliteGuitarist, an online platform with guitar lessons.Continue Reading