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Jun
11

We’ve received some new sneak peek photos of Erez Perlman’s newest GSI guitar. For this instrument, Erez used a set of a beautiful Mediterranean Cypress from Israel. It’s highly possible that this might be the very first classical guitar made from wood grown in Israel! It is going to be a Santos model. Perhaps it’s best to hear about the history of this wood directly from Erez:

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Jun
03

It is with our deepest sorrow to inform you that our dear friend, a wonderful composer, guitarist, vihuelist, lutenist and baritone, Frank Wallace, passed away yesterday.

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May
27

Every guitar is different and responds differently to various types of strings. Achieving the desired sound takes a lot of time and experimentation. At GSI we’re very thorough about matching a good set of strings that will work best with a particular instrument. Therefore, we’d like to encourage you to experiment with sets of strings which you haven’t tried before.

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May
19

Omni Foundation Guitar Series is widely recognized as one of the leading series of guitar in the world. Each year they invite wonderful artists to come and perform for their community.

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May
18

As many of you know the first Virtual Guitar Orchestra’s performance of a new piece by Sergio Assad, “Kaleidokithara” turned out to be a great success! Now we are proud to announce that the second edition of Virtual Guitar Orchestra is going to be brought to you by the GSI Foundation and Augustine Strings will be published on the GSI YouTube Channel!

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May
18

As many of you remember, in the past we told you about Berlin Luthiers – a group of classical guitar makers from Berlin who created a unique environment in which they mutually inspire each other and share the best practices in building instruments. This environment allows every member within the group to thrive as a luthier. A few months ago, a guitar which we’ve received from Dietmar Heubner, a member of Berlin Luthiers, had sold within one day!

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Apr
05

Living in the Greater Los Angeles area and looking to still try that guitar of your dreams? No problem! Guitar Salon International can courier instruments directly to your home. Our doors are closed to the public at this time, however don’t let that stop you from trying out that guitar you’ve had your eyes and ears on with 48 hours approval and no commitment to purchase. Contact us for more information about this special program we’re able to offer our local customers and take that extra time we’re all finding these days to find the perfect instrument for you!

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Apr
03

“Spanish Dance No. 5” is one of the most well-known pieces written by Enrique Granados that was transcribed for the classical guitar. In this tutorial, you will not only learn to play the piece note for note, but you’ll also receive valuable insight on tone production, phrasing and interpretive options.

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Mar
18

We have for you some new photos of the next, now fifth(!) guitar build by Mario Aracama which is making its way to us from Mario’s workshop in the beautiful Alpujarra mountains located near Granada. This time Mario combined Cedar for the soundboard with a beautiful set of 2.0 mm Mongoy for back and sides. Mongoy, also known as Ovangkol, comes from West Africa and is similar to rosewood in its acoustic properties. Mario has doubled the sides with 1.3 mm of Cypress on the interior.

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Mar
15

With the daily news of the situation surrounding the spread of COVID-19, we at GSI are letting you all know that the health and safety of our employees, customers and colleagues is our top priority – now more than ever. Starting Monday, March 16 we will have limited staff working part-time from our offices to ensure that guitars are being received and sent out, but much of our staff will be doing the majority of work from home. So we’ll continue to be here for you at this time and ask to communicate with us by email which will be the most effective way to stay in touch. We are also suspending in-store visits for now. However, for anyone local who was planning to come in, we’ll be sending guitars out to you via courier so that you can play guitars safely in your own homes.

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