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Jun
14

We are very thrilled to announce that we’ll soon be receiving our first guitar from Russian-born/Granada-based luthier Pavel Gavryushov (be sure to learn about all the guitar makers we represent)! His first guitar built for us will be available at the GSI Store very soon where you can view all its photos and details. For now, check out the photos of his recent work below as well as photos and videos of classical guitarists Aniello Desiderio, Roland Dyens, Zoran Dukic and Dmitry Nilov playing his instruments.

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Jun
05
Photos above and in gallery below courtesy of Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts, Pepperdine University, 2019

Our friends at Pepperdine University tell us that the 2019 Parkening International Guitar Competition was a great success, and we sure can tell it was a grand time by the photos the Parkening Competition team shared with us (check them out below!). As you may know, the Competition took place this past weekend in the beautiful facilities of the Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts at Pepperdine University from May 28 – June 1. The closing ceremonies for the Young Guitarist Competition and the main division of the Parkening Guitar Competition took place on May 29th and June 1st respectively, and we’re thrilled to share the list of finalists with you here. You may recognize some of these names as regulars in the showroom:

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Jun
03

Jose Vigil knows which photos you all want to see! Take a look at his latest creation that was recently completed with a gorgeous quarter-sawn, light (yet stiff) red cedar top and some drop-dead gorgeous CSA rosewood back and sides, which originated from an Italian yacht factory over 50 years ago. Tonewood of this caliber in the hands of a master builder like Jose Vigil is a match made in guitar heaven.

Jose decided to go the extra mile and accessorize this guitar with a beautiful set of Klaus Scheller tuners with snakewood buttons and a BAM case. We should have this Vigil guitar in our showroom in no time…

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May
28

Do you like wonderfully sculpted headstocks and artful rosettes? Well then, Elias Bonet’s latest instrument might just satisfy your eye’s need for such things.

Elias sent over these photos below of his third guitar for us (you can see his first two in our Store). This one, which should arrive shortly since it’s polished up and in its case by now, features a spruce top and African rosewood back and sides (yes, we like that tonewood as well!). This is the first guitar we’ll have by Elias with this particular combination; however, Elias is no stranger to building with exotic woods as his last guitar we had earlier this year featured Green Ebony back and sides. We’ll show you how this one plays once it’s safely in our hands. In the meantime, feel free to loiter in the gallery as long as you need in order to marvel at the headstock and rosette!

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May
24

You can now watch the complete performance of Manuel de Falla’s ‘Suite Populaire Espagnole’ by Taso Comanescu and cellist Yoshika Masuda on our YouTube channel (SUBSCRIBE)! This arrangement of the composition is based on Maurice Maréchal’s arrangement for cello and piano – which is itself modeled on Paul Kochanski and Falla’s arrangement for piano and violin. Originally named ‘Siete canciones populares españolas’ (“Seven Spanish Folksongs”) for voice and piano, it was later retitled ‘Suite Populaire Espagnole’, which is what we’ll call it, in its instrumental form (perhaps fancier in French). You may be wondering why there are only 6 videos and 6 guitars in them rather than “siete” (7); that’s because the instrumental arrangement omits song two and reorders them as follows: “El Paño Moruno”, “Nana”, “Canción”, “Polo”, “Asturiana” and “Jota”. Yoshika sounds amazing with such a nice cello, and we think Taso chose great guitars to compliment it; first up is a 2005 Fritz Ober, then a 2016 François Leonard, a historic 1912 Enrique Garcia, a 1971 Manuel de la Chica, a 2009 Tobias Berg and last but not least a 2017 Paolo Coriani.

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May
23

Winner of the 2nd prize at the prestigious Antonio Marin Montero Guitar Making Competition Julia Wenzel sent us photos of her new guitar that will be in the showroom shortly. Take a look! It’s coming from her workshop in Munich, Germany, from where she produces exceptional work. This instrument takes on a minimalist aesthetic and is overall subtle in appearance, but that only makes it understated and particularly stunning to us nonetheless! It is made up of a spruce top and is appointed with beautiful purfling (with green accents) that outlines the top and sides and matches the rosette perfectly. Simple yet sophisticated.

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May
23

It is with pleasure that our friends in Spain, Cristina and Enrique Ramírez – Amalia Ramírez’s niece and nephew – share the first trailer they produced for the upcoming documentary about the José Ramírez guitar-making family. Watch this 2-minute preview below, and you’ll see that the documentary will touch on how the guitar has survived thus far, plus it will undoubtedly detail the stamp that the Ramírez brand has left in the guitar world with 137+ years of work. The trailer was made for the Madrid Flamenco Festival, and the siblings will share with us (and you) all remaining trailers as the September premiere date approaches. We’re really thrilled for this as much as we’ve been for any other movie released this year (including “End Game”)… Stay tuned!

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May
20

Our friends at Orfeo Magazine just released their latest issue titled “Italia Special”, and in it (you guessed it!), Orfeo takes us on its second trip to Italy. The first feature covers the Lodi family, with the restoration/construction specialist Gabriele Lodi at the helm explaining the sound he looks for in his instruments. Then, Enrico Bottelli tells of how he used to build steel-string acoustic guitars until he was inspired by Romanillos’ work to build classical instruments exclusively (and we must say, his designs from guitar to inlay details to sound are exquisite!). Paolo Coriani is another luthier who tells of his start building steel-string acoustic guitars (and hurdy gurdies: violin-like stringed instruments, which we advise you look up), but then Ramirez’s and Torres’ works convinced him to switch to making the classical guitars we all enjoy today.

This issue packs something extra special; aside from the lives and work of these familiar guitar-makers, we learn about the stringmaster Mimmo Peruffo, who is one of the rare makers of gut strings still left in the world – he explains why he continues to produce gut strings over nylon. We also get a glimpse of the Val di Fiemme forest – a fantastic source for tonewood, from which many Italian luthiers (including Stradivarius) have drawn material to construct the instruments we know and enjoy playing!

Read the full Orfeo No. 13 – Italia Special issue here.

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May
20

Granada-based luthier Oscar Muñoz recently completed the construction of a new guitar that he made just for us. We’re expecting it to arrive within the next three weeks, so until then, enjoy these photos he sent us below. Muñoz, who won second-prize at the 2017 Antonio Marin Montero Guitar Making Competition (revisit our coverage of that here), appointed this model with a cedar top and Madagascar rosewood back and sides. It features a quite striking rosette with black background that promotes the red-orange/beige colored stars in the foreground. Muñoz also chose premium Perona tuning machines that perfectly match and contribute to the overall aesthetic – but don’t fret, there won’t be any damage done to these features as the guitar will arrive safely in a Hiscox case.

Make sure to consider taking it home before it’s gone! Until then, keep an eye on our New Arrivals page and subscribe to our weekly e-newsletter for updates on all the latest arrivals, including this Muñoz guitar.

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May
13

We’ve seen many great guitars faithfully modeled after Antonio de Torres’ works, and Youri Soroka’s Torres model is sure to stay true to those masterpieces as well. Youri is currently polishing up this instrument, and we should have it by the end of May to early June.

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