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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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Aug
20

This is the first time we’ll be receiving a guitar constructed with Kamagong back and sides, and it’s coming to us from the workshop of Mario Aracama in Granada, Spain. Mario just sent us new photos a few days ago of the finished guitar, which means it’s almost ready to ship and should arrive here within two weeks. He was also excited that we hadn’t seen Kamagong on a guitar, and emphasized that it’s a remarkable wood that contributes clarity and tonal balance to any insturment. Be sure to keep your eyes and ears open at the GSI Store so that you don’t miss its arrival.

Since Kamagong tonewood is quite new to us, and we’re sure it’s might be new to you as well, here are a few facts about Kamagong we think you would like to know:

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Aug
12

It’s been a bit over 2 years since we last saw a new guitar by luthier Erez Perelman, so we’re delighted to announce that he recently finished up a brand new six-string classical guitar (exclusively for GSI) that will arrive to the showroom shortly. Erez builds meticulously handcrafted instruments from his workshop in Israel, and has become known as a guitar maker whose approach draws from a synthesis of artistic, musical and scientific philosophies. You can learn more about Erez Perelman’s intelligent approach to guitar-making, which yields beautifully built and sounding instruments like the one below, when you watch his 2015 Talk at Google.

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Jul
31

Our next guitar built by master luthier Jochen Röthel is nearly done and should be here soon! This is our first from him with this rarely-seen wood combination – cedar top and cypress back and sides. Although over the years we’ve had cedar/cypress guitars from a variety of luthiers (starting with 60’s José Ramírez guitars, Miguel Rodriguez and even Ignacio Fleta), we currently don’t have a single guitar in the showroom constructed in this combination, SO we’re very excited to see it soon. Jochen thinks this combo makes for a monster guitar with a very lightweight build, massive volume and power with a lyrical, beautiful and ultra-responsive tone.

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Jul
26

We have a big batch of exciting new releases for you at the GSI Store this week – that is, apart from our weekly New Arrivals. A total of 7 new guitars are now available from which you can choose: four new models from Vicente Carrillo’s line of concert-quality classical guitars – the “Primera Especial” available with a spruce top or a cedar top and the “India Estudio” also with your choice of a cedar or spruce top.

Beyond these, we’re also thrilled to introduce three new concert flamenco guitars that will fit right at home here in our showroom: the Cañizares line featuring the “Estudio-1”, “Estudio-2” and “Estudio-3” in spruce/granadillo, spruce/cypress and spruce/Indian rosewood, respectively. This special line of flamencas are named after the all-time great flamenco guitarist Juan Manuel Cañizares who, after wanting a custom line of guitars onto which he could pour his years of guitar wisdom, decided to work with Vicente Carrillo in order to create the highest quality flamenco instruments for the broadest audience possible with demanding standards.

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Jul
16

It’s nothing but a joy playing the classical guitars in our showroom – you know that (thank you!), and we know that. That’s why when we’re working around guitars from 9 to 5, 5 days a week, we also try to make time to play them (you know, work & play balance) even if at least for a few minutes a day!

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Jul
01

Upon browsing through Ariel Ameijenda‘s photos, you may notice a glaring commonality in all of them. Granted, you’ll see the masterfully crafted and constructed headstock of his next guitar, which matches the piece of rosewood he uses for the back, and a very detailed, charming rosette, but even without looking too closely, you can see that the color red is strongly present in all of the photos below. That is because Ariel chose a stunning top for his next guitar he’s building for GSI.

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Jun
25

A friend of GSI Evan Hirschelman stopped by the showroom recently and left behind a rockin’ performance on a fantastic-sounding 1925 Santos Hernandez in spruce and mahogany. Evan plays an original composition titled “Minds that Go! (Hommage to Chuck Schuldiner)”, which is dedicated to Schuldiner: the American singer, songwriter and guitarist who passed away in 2001. The piece is an adventurous one, and we like how it suits the dark, rich sound of the Santos (qualities that Santos is know for).

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