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The GSI Six String Summer Sale starts now through the end of August!
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Gabriele Lodi on his recent “Torres Interpretation” built for GSI:
After many years of research on historical Spanish guitars, and thanks to my recent appointment as curator of the “Torres Anniversary Exposition” in the Cremona Museum, I have tried to use all my knowledge to create my tribute to the Spanish traditional system of construction that first came into manifestation with the work of Antonio de Torres. “My Torres Interpretation” is simply my way to respect as much as possible the great Spanish master and at same time make a guitar that satisfies the needs of the modern player.
California luthier David Schramm (also a player) has owned several Greg Smallman guitars over the years. His lattice guitars are therefore very close to the Smallman design, and David has built around 100 of them. David sent us some info and specs on this model that players of this type of instrument might find of interest. First, the neck mechanism is exactly the same as Smallman, which means that the neck is held on to the body by the string tension and would fall off if the strings were removed. To ensure that this doesn’t actually happen, there is a retention bolt (see below) that prevents this that is accessed under the fingerboard through the soundhole. David has done tests to see if a two-piece neck and body vs. a solid joint have any effect on the sound quality. He has found that when done properly there is no difference at all.
Here are a few photos and a beautiful performance video of Ariel Ameijenda’s new guitar which he recently finished building for us. With a shimmering Uruguayan Blackwood back and sides and a warm cedar top, this guitar is a treat for the eyes and – as the performance below demonstrates – just as so for the ears. The video features Uruguayan guitarist Horacio Reyes Páez performing Prelude No. 1 by Heitor Villa-Lobos and Canción del Abuelo by Atahualpa Yupanqui. We’re looking forward to getting another one of his instruments into the showroom and playing it for ourselves!
Orfeo Magazine just released their 11th issue, and it’s an English Special. Within the 74 pages, the issue starts by giving a brief history of the guitar in England and how it originated from a cittern-like instrument with courses of strings, then we get into classical guitar builders who make their instruments in England, including Paul Fischer, the successor of the famous master David Rubio, and Christopher Dean, who likes to build traditional Spanish-influence instruments in the Torres and Santos styles. Orfeo then gives a profile of Kevin Aram, who like Dean, builds traditionally in the Spanish and Hauser styles, yet interestingly builds electric and acoustic guitars in the cigar-box fashion for fun – What a hobby! Gary Southwell’s story is intriguing because he builds historical replicas in the style of Lacote, Stauffer and Pagés as well as modern and contemporary guitars with a scientific approach. We get to Michael Gee who is known for his double-top guitars, and close off with tuning machine maker David Rogers, whose extravagant works are known as some of the best tuning machines ever.
Click here to read the full Orfeo #11 issue and learn more about the guitar scene in England.
In Memoriam: John Weissenrieder (1964-2017)
by Andrea Tacchi
My friend John Weissenrieder and I had the pleasure of knowing each other, as well as time spent working together and later, harvesting the work of those years. And now – unexpectedly and with great sadness – the time has come for me to share some of my memories of John and the work we did together on guitars.
Orfeo Magazine has, as promised, published their next five issues (#6-10) in print format all in one captivating, quality book. Orfeo did not shy away from providing all of the quality content they deliver online into this one package, which, by the way, we think can make a nice gift during this season! As they did with their compilation of issues #1-5, Orfeo gathers their latest five publications and showcases top-notch, in-depth stories about luthiers the likes of Andrea Tacchi, Luca Waldner, José Luis Romanillos, Antonio de Torres and Eric Sahlin – all spanning various countries including Italy, Spain, Germany and the US, and all building in different styles.
You can find Orfeo’s compilation of issues #6-10 at the GSI Store, and also check out their full catalog of publications on Orfeo’s website.
If you’re watching us all over social media, then you’ve surely heard about our Loriente Giveaway that just ended last week. We had over 3,000 entries and randomly selected 10. Of those 10, we had JohnPaul randomly select 1 winner by drawing the name out of a guitar case, and we filmed the whole moment live on Instagram.
…And the winner of our Loriente Giveaway was John Hartman, who chose a Loriente Clarita SP/IN!
We are currently running our next giveaway – the GSI “Studio Series” Giveaway, so be sure to continue following us on all platforms for more updates, fun contests and to learn how to enter for a chance to win a GSI “Studio Series” guitar.
Orfeo Magazine’s 10th release is particularly special to us – it showcases builders from our side of the world as the writers and photographers document their trip up and down the West Coast. It’s great to see so many of our friends in this issue! Pepe Romero Jr., down in San Diego, talks about his family legacy, how he makes guitars and shows us his personal collection. We’re excited to see Richard Reynoso here representing Los Angeles as he lets us into his inspiration for making such tasteful instruments. Then, we head to NorCal in Berkeley where we get a nice look into the Harris Guitar Foundation collection of instruments, which are available to the students at SFCM. Gregory Byers, in Willits, CA, is next and gives us a look at his extensive and unique research into guitar-making. Orfeo then visits Portland Oregon’s Jeffrey Elliott to learn about his history as a luthier, his building process and the kind of sound he looks for. Their last stop is in Spokane, WA for none other than Eric Sahlin. Eric talks about being self-taught, his wood preferences and his innovative “twisted” fingerboards.
Orfeo No. 10 is almost like going on an actual road trip along the West Coast, and it is nicely guided by quotes by Jack Kerouac. Read the full Orfeo Magazine No. 10 in English here.