Our second event of the 2019 GSI Concert Series took place earlier this March, and it was another full house event with flamenco great Antonio Rey taking the showroom stage. In hindsight, this event was not underestimated, and correctly so – even after following the great success of the “Scott Tennant and Friends” show – since this show packed quite a punch of its own.Continue Reading
French guitar-maker Bastien Burlot sent us pictures of his latest “Alkemia” model, which is the second guitar in this series, and we’ll have it in-house shortly. The instrument’s rosette design and aesthetics are inspired by the stained-glass windows of the Cathédrale Nôtre Dame in Strasbourg, France. As you may remember, we had his first instrument earlier this year that was inspired by the Chartres Cathedral located an hour outside of Paris. Check out all the photos of the next “Alkemia” below for your enjoyment.Continue Reading
Luthier Youri Soroka just informed us that he will be participating in the “Local Wood Challenge” being sponsored by the European Guitar Builders organization. This will be happening later this month, from 22-24 March in Paris at the “Salon de la Belle Guitare” event, which is one of the largest guitar shows in France.Continue Reading
Remember the successful Guitar Making Competition in Granada last year where David Collett was on the jury? Well, this year marks the 3rd annual holding of the Festival de la Guitarra, which is a big festival with various events in it, including the 2019 Granada Guitar Making Competition. For the curious, our good friends at the European Guitar Foundation provided guidelines and rules for this year’s competition on their website in both English and Español. The entire Festival will take place from July 18th – August 11th in beautiful Granada, Spain, and we’ll gladly be involved, along with the GSI Foundation, as official sponsors. David Collett will again be a judge on the panel for the third straight year, and our friends at Córdoba Guitars will be unique guitar sponsors for the event as well.Continue Reading
Our friends at www.EliteGuitarist.com have just released a great tutorial of the familiar Malagueña. Check out the in-depth, note-for-note tutorial from EliteGuitarist. Malagueña is one of the most recognizable Spanish tunes for the classical guitar and an immediate favorite of audiences. In spite of its simple melody, the piece presents great opportunities to improve your right hand technique. You will learn how to play triplets, rasqueados, and many other exciting techniques. Check out the rest of the note for note tutorials at www.EliteGuitarist.com. For this recording Tavi Jinariu played a 2001 John Weissenrieder “Garcia” guitar.Continue Reading
A native of Granada, Spain, Francisco Muñoz Alba is naturally rooted in the “Granada-style” of luthiery. During the formative years of his career, he learned from some of the great Granada builders in history, including Rafael Moreno and Antonio Marin Montero, and his pedigree shows in his craftsmanship, which earned him 1st place in the 2018 Granada Guitar Building Competition. GSI President David Collett was one of the judges at that competition last year (you can see our post about that here), so he saw the award-winning instrument, which was built with ebony. Ours is the same exact model but made with Indian rosewood, and we’re excited to show it to you all as our first new classical guitar made by Francisco for GSI. It’s en route to us now.Continue Reading
Our friends at www.EliteGuitarist.com have just released an in-depth tutorial of Vals Venezolano No. 3 (Natalia) by Antonio Lauro. This is a beloved standard in the classical guitar repertoire, and it is full of life and color. The piece combines Strauss-like waltzes with South American syncopated rhythms. Check out the in-depth, note for note tutorial from www.EliteGuitarist.com, grab your guitars, and let’s get to work!Continue Reading
Irina Kulikova paid us all a nice visit recently, and she picked three fantastic guitars on which to play the three movements of “Sonatina” by Federico Moreno Torroba. She plays the first movement on a 2010 Pepe Romero Jr. made with a spruce top and cypress back and sides, the second movement on a powerful 1961 Arcangel Fernandez, and the third movement on a 2005 Manuel Contreras II “Double Top” that has a very classic Spanish character, which is fitting to the overall sentiment of the final movement.Continue Reading
…luthier Matt Chaffin?
Well, it certainly has been awhile since we had one of his guitars (last one was 2017 – see here for examples of his previous, excellent work.)
So we are delighted to announce that Matt has a new classical guitar en route to us now from his workshop in Michigan. Matt built this one with a spruce top and CSA rosewood back and sides (our first from him with this combo), with maple appointments throughout – notably in the binding (which is a nice contrast to the dark reddish-brown rosewood), and the head veneer which really shows off some gorgeous flame.
We’re sure this guitar will sound as great as it looks, so keep your eyes on our new arrivals – we’ll be listing it as soon as we can after we’ve given it our full assessment of the sound, feel and playability.Continue Reading
Although the classical guitars of Richard Reynoso are fully traditional in construction design and largely inspired by the great Spanish makers of the past, they do have a voice and personality that is entirely his own. See in this short video documentary how Richard’s artistic style is informed in subtle ways by his immediate environment – the classic architecture seen in some of Hollywood and downtown Los Angeles’ most iconic historical buildings of the art deco era. His love of hard yet graceful lines and contrasts is expressed in his signature carved headstock, and exquisite rosette design which draws from his love of art-deco styled chandeliers and ancient Egyptian jewelry.