Author Archive

Jan
13

Aaron Haas recently visited the showroom again but this time along with vocalist Anastasia Malliaras, and the two delivered some stunning performances of some great gems in the repertoire.

Aaron selected several guitars from our selection in order to show off the variety of makers we carry, as well as to give each piece a different sonic character. In his solo performance of Federico Mompou’s “Canción” from ‘Suite Compostelana’, Aaron played a fantastic 2019 Narongsak Visesnut with a gorgeous set of CSA rosewood back and sides. He also used this same guitar to accompany Anastasia on lovely performance of “Chanson de la Mariée” by Maurice Ravel. Aaron then moved on to a 2019 Michel Belair “Homage a Daniel Friederich” to play Mompou’s “Prelude” (also from the ‘Suite Compostelana’) and again on Manuel de Falla’s “Asturiana”, accompanied by Anastasia.

For Aaron’s final solo piece, he played the 2019 Kenneth Brögger “Polycentric Baroque Arch Head” guitar for a great performance of Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s “Tonadilla, Op. 107, No. 5”.

The duo’s final 2 performances included Benjamin Britten’s “Sailor Boy” with Aaron playing a 2019 G.V. Rubio “Monarca Elite” – the flagship model from this fine maker. Lastly, we have a fantastic arrangement of Maurice Ravel’s “Là-bas, vers l’église” with Aaron on a charming 1991 Miguel Rodriguez.

We hope you are able to watch and enjoy the variety of music and guitars found in these 7 videos, and look forward to seeing these two great musicians back for another round of videos in the future!

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Nov
20

Perfect for the gigging musician needing amplification who seeks a natural nylon sound with no feedback. Look no further than right here! Valerio Licari’s nylon-string “Zen” model is a beautifully built and masterfully designed guitar with a robust, balanced and clear sound as well as many other special features. And, as you can see in the gallery below, we have one of these “Zen” guitars coming soon the Salon.

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Nov
08

We’ve known Fructuoso Zalapa for several decades, and his guitars continue to be as popular as ever with the GSI staff (who have personally owned his instruments) and with the countless players and fans of his work who have had the opportunity to play or own one of his instruments. Each guitar we receive is both exotically-pleasing to the eye and robust in sound. Despite already having won numerous awards over the years for his work, Fructuoso was recently honored again with another prestigious award by the Mexican (Michoacán) government.

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Oct
24

Zoran Kuvac sends greetings from Bosnia and Herzegovina along with pictures of his latest guitar for GSI. He is currently refining and assembling this new instrument, which should arrive to the showroom late this year. It’s turning out to be beautiful and elegant with a spruce top and CSA rosewood back and sides – the spruce equivalent of Zoran’s previous cedar top guitar he made for us last year.

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Oct
02

Paraguayan guitarist José Carlos Cabrera was a recent guest of ours in the Salon, and totally floored with some incredibly clean and sensitive performances! José recorded 3 pieces by none other than fellow Paraguayan Agustín Barrios Mangoré. José, who is known for his authentic performances of Barrios’ traditional Paraguayan music, actually recently released an all-Barrios album titled Oración (see it here!), in which he plays some of the classics and many lesser-known but incredible works. It’s available on the Contrastes record label. He has been performing all over Spain, and South America since 2016 and is currently known as one of most sought-after performer of Barrios’ music. José was in Los Angeles to perform a concert and we are super excited he was able to make some time to stop by and record some of his program and album tracks with us.

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Oct
01

At the moment, luthier Tobias Berg is finishing construction of a new guitar for GSI – his 128th – due to arrive to our showroom sometime in late October. Tobias has finished assembling the major parts together (as you can see in the photos below), and he’s about ready to apply the finish throughout the entire instrument. The walnut back and sides are already looking great; however, once coated with finish and dried, they will pop even more and have that amazing 3D/lava lamp texture, much like the previous walnut guitars he’s made for us in the past. We’ll update Tobias’ gallery below once we get pictures of the finished guitar that is ready to ship.

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Sep
27

Just in are some great shots of Vladimir Druzhinin’s next guitar for us, as well as a recent interview he did in Japan that was published in Gendai Guitar Magazine.

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Aug
29

You may have seen – but surely heard – Knobloch Strings played by many great guitarists, including the artists and instructors on EliteGuitarist.com. Well, we’re thrilled to announce that Knobloch Strings are now available at the GSI Store, which means you can grab your own set to use on your guitar starting now! Knobloch classical guitar strings are strings of the highest order with several models and tensions to choose from.

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Aug
27

A new guitar is arriving to the showroom very soon made by Valerio Licari. This particular instrument you see in the gallery below – our first guitar by him – was one of the finalists in this year’s 2019 Antonio Marin Guitar-Making Competition in Granada, of which you can see our recap here. David Collett liked it so much when he played it as part of the jury in Granada that he decided to collaborate with the Italian luthier right away in order to bring his work to Santa Monica, CA.

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Aug
20

Two of the most sought-after classical guitarists will share the spotlight in a huge concert event here in Los Angeles on September 28, 2019!

Presented by EDM Services and the James Hunley Guitar Studio, “Virtuosas of The Guitar” will be held in the Wilshire Ebell Theatre. Not one, but two superstar classical guitarists – Ana Vidovic and Xuefei Yang – will join forces to present an unforgettable concert experience. Proceeds from this event will fund the James Hunley Guitar Studio, which provides financial aid to students who are pursuing classical guitar studies at the collegiate level.

You’ve waited patiently for our big announcement regarding the two virtuosas of the guitar, well here it is!: both Ana Vidovic and Xuefei Yang will pay us a special visit in the Salon around the time that their concert date approaches!

BIG, right?! We’ll have lots of content from their visit to share with you – stay tuned for their first video release by subscribing to our YouTube channel. Also, starting today until Sept. 28, as #friendsofGSI, you all get our exclusive discount of 40% off when you use code: GSI40 during ticket purchase for this event*. Hurry, tickets are selling fast!

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