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Apr
18

Maciej has stopped by the showroom before, and this time, he decided to record two original compositions – “LAX” (he also has a version with violin) and “On the Trail” – both which you can watch below. He was drawn particularly to the robust, assertive sound, the stunning looks and the easy playability of the 2019 Wolfgang Jellinghaus “Signature” in spruce and Indian rosewood, so he chose to perform solely on that guitar.

It’s fun and a bit odd to see a guitar “flipped” on our screens since Maciej is a left-handed player, but of course we’re lefty-inclusive and we always welcome great music! For this shoot, we simply restrung the guitar to accommodate him, and we can restring it back for a right-handed player. Now, see why Maciej devoted his showroom time to just this Jellinghaus!

For a full list of his work and compositions, visit http://www.maciejstaszewski.com/english/compositions.

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Apr
18

The 2019 Parkening International Guitar Competition will be held from May 30th to June 1st at Pepperdine University, with the Young Guitarist Competition taking place from May 28-29. As one of the more prestigious guitar competitions in the world, the Parkening Guitar Competition offers the largest purse of any guitar competition in the world totaling in excess of $65,000. This year’s fifteen competitors range in age from 16 to 29, and are from all over the world; you’ll likely recognize this roster since many of the players are regulars in our showroom! The panel of judges includes Mia Bongiovanni, Charlotte Lee, Steve Schoen, David Thomas and 2016 Competition winner Pablo Sáinz Villegas.

We are proud to be official in-kind sponsors of the Parkening Guitar Competition, and we will provide updates on the competition’s progress across our FacebookInstagram and Twitter channels for your enjoyment.

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Apr
17

The guitar duo comprised of Luis Mariano & Florian David is not your average duo simply because you don’t hear the average duo making music that is an expression of the fusion of flamenco and classical styles. Spanish guitarist Luis Mariano and German guitarist Florian David present to you this mixed program of “flamenco meets classical” music featuring new arrangements of familiar pieces and new compositions by Luis Mariano himself. The entire CD was recorded at the “Eiskeller” in Dorfen, Germany on October 31, 2018, and it is available now for purchase at the GSI Store. Take a listen to two of the tracks below.

Both guitarists perform on guitars made by Florian Blöchinger (2018 SP/CSAR – much like this one and 2018 CD/CY), so there is a very in-house, personal feel to this recording with the great engineering of Jürgen Koch.

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Apr
11

Just recently, Giulia Ballarè stopped by the showroom to leave with us a few performances, very dynamic and energetic no less, for your enjoyment on two fantastic guitars. First, you’ll hear her play Leo Brouwer’s ‘La Gran Sarabanda’ – very much in the style of a Bach Sarabande yet all Brouwer’s own of course – on a warm 2019 Yulong Guo “Philharmonic” guitar with a cedar top. Then, Giulia presents another rarely-heard piece, this one by Maurice Ohana titled ‘Tiento’ on a 2001 Dominique Field classical in spruce and CSAR, which we believe to be highly collectible instruments by one of the best makers today.

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Apr
01

We have a new guitar on its way to us from the Netherlands where luthier Hans van Velzen builds out of his workshop. Hans has a strong reputation for making the finest guitars around town, so we’re happy to have these photos of his latest creation and cannot wait to get it into our hands… (and then put it into your hands)! His first instrument for us will be a spruce and African rosewood classical, which no doubt will sound as great as it looks.

What do you think? What is your favorite part about what you see below?

One thing’s for sure, we’re fans of the Beatles, Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix posters.

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Mar
26

Our friend – and builder of the “Camino Dos Bocas” guitar – Federico Sheppard has an organization called CaminoArtes with which he promotes all things related to the classical guitar on the Camino de Santiago, near his workshop in Carrion de los Condes, Spain. The organization puts on concerts, guitar-making workshops and many other functions for the community. We even published a video of theirs that details some of this activity, which you can view here.

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Mar
25

We will have a new guitar by luthier Woon Sun Lee in our showroom and ready for you to play very soon! For this particular instrument, Lee goes with a Spruce top and CSAR back and sides. Using this combination of woods is a bit unusual for him as we’ve become accustomed to his signature CD/MP models (sometimes SP/MP); still, anything he builds results in a very pleasant experience for our ears! Think no further than Dominic Flynn’s performance on a 2015 model or Brig and Sebastian’s performance on two different models more recently.

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Mar
22

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.

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Mar
21

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.

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Mar
15

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.

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