Author Archive

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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Mar
15

IMPORTANT UPDATE, March 15, 2020: We’re sad to inform you that we’ve just received a phone call that Los Angeles Guitar Festival, 2020 is canceled due to the outbreak of COVID-19.

To alleviate the associated stress, Guitar Salon International in partnership with EliteGuitarist is offering a free trial of EliteGuitarist, an online platform with guitar lessons.

Click here to access Classical Guitar lessons

Click here to access Flamenco lessons

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Mar
14

Celebrate Women’s History Month 2020 with us! On this occasion we’ve prepared for you a special playlist featuring all female guitarists who have recorded at GSI.  The list contains over 180 videos, and we’ll be adding more videos to the list in the future. Click HERE to access the “Women of Classical Guitar” playlist and celebrate Women’s History Month by listening to female players who have recorded videos in our showroom. Who is your favorite female guitar virtuoso, luthier or composer?

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Mar
13

We have for you some new videos of our friend and a GSI veteran, Taso Comanescu. Taso is a phenomenal player and we’re always impressed by his ability to develop an individual approach to each guitar only after a few minutes of warming up on them!

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Mar
11

Here are some photos and commentary from Bastien Burlot’s about his newest guitar to emerge from his “Alkemia” series based on the great cathedrals of France. This time Bastien focuses on the Amiens cathedral (La Cathédrale d’Amiens), particularly on the beautiful patterns of the cathedral’s iconic floor originally created in the year 1288 during the late Middle Ages. In the center of this Gothic cathedral’s floor, there is a labyrinth that is linked to the one in the Chartres cathedral by having the same path arrangement and widths, however it differs from its round counterpart in its octagonal shape. As many of you recall, the Chartres cathedral was used as the inspiration by Burlot in the very first guitar of his “Alkemia” line. The labyrinth of the Amiens cathedral and its style – all black and white with straight geometric lines, are echoed in the entire cathedral floor featuring simple, but beautiful patterns, clearly replicated by Burlot in his newest rosette where Bastien chose 3 patterns of that floor to represent the 4 elements. Why only 3? His idea is to let the musician be the 4th one…

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Mar
08
2020 Ennio Giovanetti

One of the most iconic Antonio de Torres guitars is FE17, built in 1864. It was famously owned by Francisco Tarrega who considered it the favorite of the three Torres he would own in his lifetime, and Emilio Pujol was even known to have said it was the best guitar he’d ever heard. The guitar has had a well-documented and long history of visiting famous ateliers for repair work – one of whom was Ignacio Fleta in the mid-1930s. While in Fleta’s shop, Fleta decided to build a structural bench copy of the guitar in 1936 (https://www.guitarsalon.com/store/p3912-1936-ignacio-fleta-spmp.html) with the same material (spruce top, maple back and sides).

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Mar
05

When Dragos Ilie was still a young student in Romania, his exceptional guitar skills were noticed by professor Andrew Zohn who visited Romania at the time. This first meeting between the artists, eventually resulted in Dragos coming to the United States to study with Andrew Zohn at the Columbus State University, Schwob School of Music. Currently, Dragos is living in Texas where he is pursuing his master’s degree at the University of Austin with professor Adam Holzman. Dragos is also a prize-winner of over 30 national and international competitions (including the Indiana Guitar Festival, the Columbus Guitar Symposium, ECU Guitar Festival, Texas A&M Guitar Competition, and Florida Guitar Foundation Festival).

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Feb
29

There are certain guitars that are just incredibly hard to get. When we talk about the most iconic luthiers, it’s always the case that the supply they can provide is dwarfed by the overwhelming demand for their instruments.

Daniel Friederich is one of those iconic luthiers, despite having retired in 2014, he is arguably the most respected contemporary maker in the world today. This is why it’s such exciting news to announce that Cordoba has added a very authentic Friederich model to their “Luthier Select Series” lineup.

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Feb
28

Dear Friends of U.S. Classic Guitar,

The upcoming March concerts and master classes for David Russell in Los Angeles, Portland, and Hawaii have been postponed.

As soon as we have been told it is safe for everyone, we will reschedule his performances as soon as possible.

To ensure the health and wellness of our community, we’re complying with a series of guidelines to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus. These include the government’s advice to close public buildings and the Oregon, Hawaii, and California Department of Health’s advisement to cancel any gatherings of crowds larger than 250 through March.

While we do not offer refunds for rescheduled concerts, we would like to offer these three options for those that bought tickets:

  1. Hang on to your tickets which will be valid for the new rescheduled David Russell concert date. The date will be announced as soon as possible.
  2. Receive a voucher for the value of your ticket purchase which will be valid for any future concert such the Angel Romero/Nina Kotova concert in May.
  3. Donate the value of your ticket purchase for a tax deductible donation.

 Once you decide what you’d like to do, here’s the best way to reach us:

  • By email (preferred): info@usclassicguitar.org
  • By phone: 971.715.8097 (Mon-Fri, 9:30am – 5:30pm)

We want to do our part to make sure our audiences stay safe and healthy. Thank you for your support and understanding.


 

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