Author Archive

Aug
18

Sonatina

Here’s Chilean guitarist Nicolas Acevedo playing Lennox Berkeley’s Sonatina on an absolutely amazing 1958 Ignacio Fleta guitar in spruce and Indian rosewood.

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Aug
18

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GSI is very proud to be a sponsor of the 1st International Antonio Marín Montero Guitar Making Competition which takes place in Granada this October 26-29 and is part of the 1st Annual Granada Guitar Festival. Among the panel of distinguished guitarists and makers who will comprise the jury will be our friends Jose Marín Plazuelo, Edmund Blochinger, Dr. Scott Morris (who organized the CSU Summer Arts program that collaborates with the Festival), David Collett, president of GSI, and many more. The winning guitar makers will have their instruments sold at GSI.

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Aug
17

Scarlatti

Here’s Vladimir Gapontsev playing Domenico Scarlatti’s Sonata K.209 on a beautiful new Michel Belair ‘Hommage a Daniel Friederich’ model guitar in Indian rosewood and cedar. Belair owns two Friederich guitars and based this guitar on the one he owns from 1999. This particular guitar is not for sale, however we will be offering one of these models in the months to come, so just contact us for ordering information.

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Aug
17

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We have photos of the next guitar coming to us from Granada luthier Jose Vigil – a gorgeous cedar and Indian rosewood guitar with maple purfling and some of Jose’s most beautiful work to date. Jose is finishing French polishing the guitar now and it should be ready in just a few weeks.

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Aug
11

CSU

The CSU Summer Arts program in Granada, Spain, is in full swing and culminates with a final student concert next week. In the meantime we’ve all been having a great time enjoying this amazing city. As the program coincided with the first annual Granada Guitar Festival, organized by our good friend Vicente Coves, it’s been an amazing experience all around and the mayor of Granada met with us to discuss doing it again as soon as possible. In the photo above from left to right are: Vicente Coves, Scott Morris, who organized the program, Joanne Sharp, the mayor, me, and the culture minister of the city.

The rest of the photos feature a lot of tapas and shots of Granada, along with Vicente and Scott, Florian Blochinger, who played a concert on the opening night of the festival, my friend Stephen Hill reunited with the guitar he made for me in 1989 (his 8th guitar ever), and luthier Jose Vigil. We’ll have lots more photos and a full report on the festival very soon.

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Aug
10

Tarantella

Here’s Pavel Kukhta playing Johann Kaspar Mertz’s Tarantella on a great new Wataru Tsuji S-3 model in spruce and Indian rosewood.

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Jul
31

Vlad

Here’s our friend Vladimir Gapontsev from Moscow, Russia, back at GSI and playing his improvisation on the Russian folk song “Mother, What is this Dust In the Field?” on a brand new 2017 Vladimir Druzhinin classical in spruce and African rosewood.

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Jul
31

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Belgian guitarist Jan Depreter was in town performing and judging at GFA this year and he came by to record some videos for us. Here he is playing Armand Coeck’s “Lamento” on a beautiful 2016 Bertrand Ligier classical in spruce and Indian rosewood.

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Jul
30

Rothel

We have some beautiful photos of the next guitar on its way to us from German luthier Jochen Rothel – a stunning spruce and African rosewood that is currently being French polished and should be on its way to us very soon.

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Jul
21

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Here’s more of Pavel Kukhta, this time playing Leo Brouwer’s Paisaje Cubano con Fiesta on a beautiful new 2017 Ethan Deutsch spruce and pau ferro classical guitar.

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