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Aug
15

We have some beautiful photos of the next guitar on the way to us from Granada luthier and winner of the first Antonio Marin Guitar Making competition Sergio Valverde Castillo. The guitar will be cocobolo and spruce and looks like it will be stunning.

UPDATE: We recently received photos of the completed guitar which should be arriving any day now. We’re looking forward to getting our hands on it and hopefully filming some performance videos in the showroom. Until then, enjoy the new photos below!

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Aug
14

Olivia Chiang was back at GSI for a few more videos before beginning her studies at USC in the Fall. We shot our first video of Olivia back in 2012, when she was only 12 years old – you can see her first video here, which was also a Bach piece – so it was great to see her one last time before she begins her studies in the Fall. Here she plays Bach’s Prelude in E Minor, BWV 996, on a great 2014 Pepe Romero guitar in redwood and Indian rosewood, and Cullare la Tempesta by Scott Ouelette on a 2015 Paulino Bernabe ‘Torres’ model in spruce and maple. It’s been so much fun watching Olivia grow as a player and we look forward to seeing more of her in the coming years!

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Aug
14

“There once was a time when guitars made in China were considered inferior offerings by far. Now, La Cañada Model 115 is only the latest to offer a formidable challenge to this old notion. The guitar feels and sounds just like a good instrument should, and has been French polished to boot. While it would make an outstanding choice for the student player, the Model 115 would also make a reliable companion for the professional performer.”

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Aug
05

As I arrived in Granada a few weeks ago I learned of the passing of our good friend and great luthier Bernd Martin. Martin – everyone in Granada just called him Martin – arrived in Granada in 1976 and was the first expat to establish himself as a luthier here in this city that has now been home to so many luthiers from all over the world. Martin embraced the Granada style and began building beautiful guitars – classical and flamenco – that went to clients all over the world.

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Aug
05

Here – quite apprpriately, given the recent passing of Bernd Martin – is Wesley Park playing Bach’s Jesu Joy of Man’s desiring on a beautiful Bernd Martin 40th Anniversary model guitar in spruce and CSA rosewood. The 40th Anniversary models were a limited run of 8 guitars built by Bernd to celebrate 40 years of luthiery (1976-2016) and we were lucky to have seen two of them.

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Aug
05

Check out the latest tutorial from our friends at eliteguitarist.com – Dr. Ines Thome walking us through Fernando Sor’s study Op. 35 No. 13 (or #2 in the Segovia numberings) that focuses on separating the melody from other voices in the piece. A great etude for improving right-hand accuracy and learning to bring out a melody. Ines plays a fantastic 2016 Luis Fernandez de Cordoba guitar in spruce and CSA rosewood. Click here to buy the lesson.

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Jul
31

Few things are as fun as getting to meet, play and record a Torres. The historical significance of these instruments is pretty awesome, especially when you consider that all Torres guitars have been around for the entire history of the modern guitar and in many cases have played a direct role (most Torres guitars have been owned and played by significant figures in the history of the guitar). And then there’s the sound, which is almost always astonishing, especially for such old and relatively small instruments.

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Jul
31

Eliza Carrington just graduated from the San Francisco Conservatory and has been making a name for herself in both the classical and pop worlds. She stopped by the showroom recently and recorded a few videos for us, including her own piece Gardenia, played on a great new Felipe Conde CC 36 in cedar and cocobolo and Clarice Assad’s Lullaby on a 2017 Fructuoso Zalapa ‘Romanillos’ model in spruce and cocobolo.

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Jul
31

As we look forward to the release of Scott Tennant’s CD of Segovia’s music recorded on the 1969 Jose Ramirez 1a ‘AM’ that was owned by Segovia, we came across this video of Segovia himself playing the guitar. The video is from a 1972 documentary apparently made for Italian television, but we were very excited to see that there was Segovia playing the very guitar that wound up in the Russell Cleveland collection and subsequently at GSI, where we recorded Scott’s CD, as well as some other videos with great players (you can see them all here). Scott’s Segovia CD is being published by Guitar Coop and will be released soon! Watch at 0:34 in the video to see the camera zoom in and show the serial number of the guitar – No. 3,339.

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Jul
27

Here are the Park Brothers, Alex and Wesley, playing Spanish Dance #1 from La Vida Breve by Manuel de Falla on a gorgeous pair of Pepe Romero guitars – numbers 160 and 260, both part of the ‘zeros collection’ that had been part of the Romero family’s personal collection until now and have just recently become available for sale. #160 is a redwood and maple guitar from 2009 and #260 is a cedar and Indian guitar from 2016. Both guitars were made by Pepe Jr. for his father and bear inscriptions to that effect.

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