Alberto Martínez, editor in chief for Orfeo Magazine, was very lucky to do the reportage in this 15th issue just before the pandemic restrictions took effect. Alberto tells us that it was very surprising to meet all the luthiers covered in this edition – they mostly work in tiny workshops throughout Japan. Having done this type of field research for all other 14 issues prior to his one, Alberto did encounter one problem: a language barrier as virtually no one spoke English! By chance, Mr. Motoyama, the owner of Aura Guitar Shop, speaks Spanish, and he was Alberto’s interpreter during all interviews.Continue Reading
We at GSI have partnered with EliteGuitarist.com to offer you 30 Days of FREE Guitar Lessons. This is our own version of a care package in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. The COVID-19 international crisis seems to have disrupted every aspect of our lives, but it shouldn’t be allowed to put a damper on our enjoyment of the guitar and music. We hope these premium guitar lesson packages below will brighten your outlook during these challenging times, and we hope they make the following weeks a bit easier to get through. Let’s make the most of this situation, (wash our hands please!), grab our guitars and learn some new music whether it’s your first time on the guitar or your 5th year in. Stay safe, and happy learning!
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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!Continue Reading
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.Continue Reading
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.Continue Reading
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.Continue Reading
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.Continue Reading
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.Continue Reading