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In late 2004, a wide-eyed, 23-year-old me made the transition from being a fan and customer of GSI into a full-time employee. Now, ten years later to the day, I’m making that same transition in reverse. At the end of this week, I’ll be moving on from GSI. I’m not exactly sure what the future holds for me, but I know it’s time to explore a new path.

I wanted to make this post because I’ve met too many amazing people over the past decade to say goodbye to everyone individually. Just know that if you ever interacted with me at any level, I remember you and it was a pleasure working with you. I hope we run into each other again somewhere along the way.

Over the years, I’ve watched GSI grow and evolve into the behemoth it is today. Each year has been busier, more exciting and stronger than the last; we brushed off an economic recession together, we’ve started a concert series and a record label, we’ve shared the sounds of our guitars millions of times and we’ve created a global community of informed guitar lovers that’s unlike anything else. This didn’t happen by chance – an absurd amount of blood, sweat and tears goes into helping GSI reach new heights each day. It was an honor to be involved.

The icing on the cake? I have full confidence that the best years of the company are just beginning. I can’t wait to watch it unfold from the sidelines.

So, from the bottom of my heart, thank you to everyone at GSI and everyone in the GSI community around the world. Keep on pluckin’.

Dave Tate



As the primary performer on our acclaimed holiday album In Dulci Jubilo, Eva Beneke is by no means a stranger to the classical guitar, nor is she a stranger to GSI. We are honored to have had her record on some of the most astonishing instruments to ever pass through our showroom. Continue on to hear her story.

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We love when internationally-acclaimed guitar virtuoso Grisha Goryachev visits us here at GSI. His brilliant guitar demonstrations – not to mention our seven-part interview – are among the most popular videos on our YouTube channel (in fact, one of our most-watched videos is Grisha trying out a real Torres in our showroom), so we decided it was high time to share his story about his life as a guitarist. Read on for Grisha’s bio!

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Tavi Jinariu is one of our favorite guest guitarists to frequent the GSI showroom. His contributions to our blog have enriched and enhanced the content we strive to deliver in order to build the guitar’s reputation. Having just released his first CD (available on our webstore), we thought it was time to find out more about Tavi. Continue on to read his bio and learn more about his musical and life story.

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We’ve updated our site – have a look around! This latest iteration of the world’s most popular classical/flamenco guitar site features a number of important changes and improvements. Read on for the highlights.

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We’d like to welcome the latest guitar maker to the GSI lineup, the great master luthier Enrico Bottelli of Italy. This world-class builder has been constructing guitars since 1981 and began focusing exclusively on classical instruments in 1988, and has studied under famous luthiers like Jose Romanillos and Ervin Somogyi. A gorgeous example of his work has just arrived here to our offices in Santa Monica, and it’s an absolute masterpiece of a guitar – responsive, lightweight and beautifully traditional. We’ll have it listed properly on the GSI webstore later this week, but for now, take a sneak peek at these photos. Even the nut is inlaid! Continue Reading



We were recently visited by Roberto Granados, a 15-year-old guitar phenom from Northern California. He wanted to try some of our guitars, and was kind enough to perform some pieces on video for us, in both classical and flamenco styles. Afterward, we were so impressed with his playing, we sat down with his family – including his similarly-talented 9-year-old brother Ernesto – to hear his whole story. Continue on to read his bio and watch more about Roberto.

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This past weekend, we hosted our latest event in the GSI Concert Series, an intimate evening at the GSI showroom with Andrew York on stage. Featuring no less than four world-class instruments and a stunning selection of original music and classical guitar favorites, the show made for quite a night to remember. Read on to hear the details and see all the photos.

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We recently received a guitar from French luthier Jerome Casanova that so vastly exceeded our expectations that we had to contact him for the full story. The instrument in question is a historical reproduction rather than a modern original. Obviously, this is nothing unusual – over the years, we’ve seen plenty of these done for Torres, Hauser and the other usual suspects, but this was a first for us as it came from a Vicente Arias guitar under the microscope. Here’s what Jerome told us about the guitars – both the original and the reproduction.

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You may remember back in December when shared some pics of the upcoming Vowinkel guitar during construction. Well that guitar is now complete and already strung up, and does it ever look incredible. Check out these sneak peek photographs he’s just sent us. Keen-eyed readers out there may notice that he’s updated his bridge plate design. We’re expecting this one to show up here in California soon, so keep your eyes peeled for more news.

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