Jul
16

It’s nothing but a joy playing the classical guitars in our showroom – you know that (thank you!), and we know that. That’s why when we’re working around guitars from 9 to 5, 5 days a week, we also try to make time to play them (you know, work & play balance) even if at least for a few minutes a day!

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Jul
01

Upon browsing through Ariel Ameijenda‘s photos, you may notice a glaring commonality in all of them. Granted, you’ll see the masterfully crafted and constructed headstock of his next guitar, which matches the piece of rosewood he uses for the back, and a very detailed, charming rosette, but even without looking too closely, you can see that the color red is strongly present in all of the photos below. That is because Ariel chose a stunning top for his next guitar he’s building for GSI.

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Jun
25

A friend of GSI Evan Hirschelman stopped by the showroom recently and left behind a rockin’ performance on a fantastic-sounding 1925 Santos Hernandez in spruce and mahogany. Evan plays an original composition titled “Minds that Go! (Hommage to Chuck Schuldiner)”, which is dedicated to Schuldiner: the American singer, songwriter and guitarist who passed away in 2001. The piece is an adventurous one, and we like how it suits the dark, rich sound of the Santos (qualities that Santos is know for).

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Jun
24

On its way to the showroom is this gorgeous classical guitar built by Carlos Juan Busquiel out of his workshop in Petrer, Spain. It features “Bocote” wood for the back and sides, which as you’ll see from the photos, is absolutely gorgeous with very unique patterning in the grains. Bocote is a species of Cordia found most-typically in Central and South America and related to Ziricote (Cordia dodecandra), which is typically found in Mexico and Central and South America – see an example of this on Stephen Hill’s 2018 model.

We can’t wait to hear Carlos Juan Busquiel’s next guitar for GSI, and we’ll make sure to share its music-making ability with you once we play it! We’re sure it’ll be as great as his previous instruments, but for now, let’s admire these photos while we wait.

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Jun
21

Annette Stephany has recently completed another guitar for GSI! This guitar is inspired by the same 1910 Manuel Ramirez that captured Annette’s attention long ago when she first saw it in a restoration in Lorenzo Frignani’s workshop. The guitar has a spruce top and a uniquely figured Indian Rosewood back. It’s been some time since our last guitar from Annette, so we’re really looking forward to getting to playing this guitar!

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Jun
17

Elite Guitarist: Flamenco Guitar Lessons with Amir John Haddad

Amir John Haddad is one of the most recognizable names in the flamenco guitar world. He has recently joined our friends at Elite Guitarist as one of their instructors, alongside other flamenco greats like Antonio Rey, Jose Tanaka and Vahagni. Dos Palomas Vuelan is an emotive ballad perfectly matched with this 1971 Manuel de la Chica flamenco guitar. Check out his flamenco guitar lessons at EliteGuitarist.com and the comprehensive flamenco curriculum developed for students ranging from absolute beginners to the most advanced.

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Jun
14

We are very thrilled to announce that we’ll soon be receiving our first guitar from Russian-born/Granada-based luthier Pavel Gavryushov (be sure to learn about all the guitar makers we represent)! His first guitar built for us will be available at the GSI Store very soon where you can view all its photos and details. For now, check out the photos of his recent work below as well as photos and videos of classical guitarists Aniello Desiderio, Roland Dyens, Zoran Dukic and Dmitry Nilov playing his instruments.

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Jun
05
Photos above and in gallery below courtesy of Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts, Pepperdine University, 2019

Our friends at Pepperdine University tell us that the 2019 Parkening International Guitar Competition was a great success, and we sure can tell it was a grand time by the photos the Parkening Competition team shared with us (check them out below!). As you may know, the Competition took place this past weekend in the beautiful facilities of the Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts at Pepperdine University from May 28 – June 1. The closing ceremonies for the Young Guitarist Competition and the main division of the Parkening Guitar Competition took place on May 29th and June 1st respectively, and we’re thrilled to share the list of 2019 Parkening International Guitar Competition finalists with you here. You may recognize some of these names as regulars in the showroom:

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Jun
05

Our friends at EliteGuitarist.com have released a new tutorial of “Late at Night” recorded by Christina Sandsengen on a 2015 Federico Sheppard guitar. “Late at Night” by Sven Lundestad is a short composition, lyrical with jazzy overtones and a wonderful accessible melody. In this tutorial Christina Sandsengen will teach you how to play this piece both correctly and beautifully. Check out the soulful performance of this beautiful piece and the many other tutorials available at www.EliteGuitarist.com.

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Jun
03

Jose Vigil knows which photos you all want to see! Take a look at his latest creation that was recently completed with a gorgeous quarter-sawn, light (yet stiff) red cedar top and some drop-dead gorgeous CSA rosewood back and sides, which originated from an Italian yacht factory over 50 years ago. Tonewood of this caliber in the hands of a master builder like Jose Vigil is a match made in guitar heaven.

Jose decided to go the extra mile and accessorize this guitar with a beautiful set of Klaus Scheller tuners with snakewood buttons and a BAM case. We should have this Vigil guitar in our showroom in no time…

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