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Dec
09

SCROLL DOWN TO REVEAL THE LATEST GUITAR ON SALE FOR 24 HOURS!

10 Guitars, 10 huge discounts, 10 different days. That’s right – you will definitely want to keep an eye on your inbox this month. To close out the year, we’ve decided to keep you on your toes by randomly selecting 10 days in the month of December to hold a 24-hour flash sale. Each sale includes a major discount of one guitar in our inventory (shhh… it’s a secret which ones).

To be the first to have a chance at each deal, check your inbox at 9am PST each day.. that’s when we’ll be sending out emails on sale days. Which days exactly? You’ll have to wait and find out…

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Dec
07

JohnPaul recently went down to Oceanside to pay Bernardo Romero a visit to his workshop, a space that he shares with his uncle and renowned luthier Pepe Romero Jr.

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Dec
05

Recently, while Andrew was vacationing in Tokyo, he had the privilege to visit the iconic workshop of Maestro Masaki Sakurai. In 1988, Sakurai was awarded first prize at the prestigious International Guitar-Making Competition in Paris, France and has continued to elevate his guitar making to the highest degree. There is an incredible amount of history behind this hidden gem workshop in the Saitama prefecture, just down the street from the 3rd busiest train station in the world. For the last 21 years, the guitars built since Sakurai took over the workshop (from his uncle Masaru Kohno) have maintained the quality, precision craftsmanship, meticulous attention to detail and beautiful sound that have made Kohno and Sakurai’s guitars world-renowned. With careful planning and some luck, Andrew was able to spend an incredible day picking wood for the next GSI guitars and to take a look at the inner workings of the shop to see how it all happens. We’d like to extend a personal thanks to Takuya Kawauchi from Aria & Co. for setting up the introduction!

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Dec
02

Orfeo Magazine invites you to visit Markneukirchen, a small, almost forgotten German town, where for the last 350 years all the orchestra instruments have been manufactured. It is also the homeland of C.F. Martin and Richard Jacob “Weissgerber”. In this issue, you will also visit three excellent workshops who follow the tradition of Markneukirchen builders: the Gropp, Waltner and Schneider workshops.

To read the full Orfeo #14 issue, check out the Orfeo Issuu publication in English, and in the meantime, here’s a special preview below!

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Nov
27

With so many major artists coming in and out of the showroom on a regular basis, we couldn’t resist the opportunity to start a new series where we get to know a different side of the artist than usual.

GSI’s “Story Time” is a new video series, released on our YouTube channel, in which we interview prominent guitarists to find out their most charming, curious and interesting stories – the details that are not typically part of the traditional interviews they’ve done over and over again throughout the course of their careers. Our goal is to get them “off script” and to tell of the more candid moments in their momentous lives.

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Nov
25

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U.S. Classic Guitar President William Jenks is honored to announce the opening season of the 2020 Los Angeles International Guitar Series which will feature six outstanding concerts of the top classical guitarists in the world which will run between January 18, 2020 and June 27, 2020. Over the last fourteen years, William Jenks has established himself as a premier leader in the industry presenting the Portland International Guitar series which is one of the most important and celebrated classical guitar presenting and educational organizations in the nation with the presentation of over 150 concerts of the greatest classical guitarists in the world including the Romeros; John Williams; Manuel Barrueco; Roland Dyens; the Assad Duo; Grammy award winners Sharon Isbin, David Russell, Jason Vieaux, the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, and many more. Among the featured performers in the series was famed guitarist Ana Vidovic, who predicted that Jenks’s series would become “one of the most prestigious in the country”—a prediction now fulfilled.

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Nov
08

Barrios expert & luthier Federico Sheppard, editor and visionary behind “El Libro de Oro”, the new 6-volume edition of the works of Agustín Barrios Mangoré, asked if GSI would be willing to provide the video companion to the first 2 volumes, and of course we said “yes”! Although Barrios is a household name in the classical guitar world, he is largely known for his phenomenal compositions, which have become permanent staples of the classical guitar repertoire. But very little has been known of his teaching materials and method, and we are quite astonished to discover that he was as skilled in arranging as in composing, as these arrangement testify even upon first listening.

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Nov
01

We were recently visited by the amazingly talented Italian guitarist Federica Canta who left us with four great performance videos, which you can view below. She specializes in performing Italian “Capricci” – indeed, in 2016 her thesis written while at the “G. Verdi” Conservatory in Milan was called “Italian Capricci through the Centuries”, and so naturally, she left us with 3 performances of some great caprices by Legnani and Mertz on guitars by Geza Burghardt, John Weissenrieder and Edmund Blöchinger. Another of her specialties is performing music of the Romantic era on historical instruments – a passion she learned from Francesco Biraghi, one of her earlier teachers. So for her fourth video, we’re treated to a stunning performance of the “Hungarian Fantasy” by Johan Kaspar Mertz on a 1924 Hermann Hauser guitar built with several “Viennese” style features from the previous era – borrowing many structural ideas particularly from Stauffer instruments, and we’re delighted to hear that “period” sound comes across beautifully under her fingertips.

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Oct
24

Both GSI and the GSI Foundation are teaming up to supplement the prize offerings that will be awarded at the upcoming 2019 Gohar & Ovanes Andriassian Classical Guitar Competition at Cal State LA next month – festival dates are November 7-10. For the 1st prize Solo Guitar Competition winner in the “Adult” Division, we’ll be providing the winner with a video recording session here in our Salon which will end up on our YouTube page. For the “Junior” Division, the 1st place winner will be awarded a La Cañada guitar! This is in addition to the awards which already include up to $5,000 in cash and other prizes combined from other sponsors. Deadline for submission is November 1, 2019 so there’s still time to submit applications!

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Sep
19

Our good friend Alberto Martinez, the man behind the camera of “Orfeo Magazine” will soon be receiving formal acknowledgement for his contribution to the classical guitar community. For several years Alberto has been tirelessly presenting the inside pictoral stories of so many of todays top luthiers and will receive the “Golden Guitar” Award at the 24° Convegno internazionale di chitarra di Milano on October 5, 2019 in Milan, Italy. Well done Alberto from all of us not just at GSI but throughout the world of classical guitar who have become familiar with, and grateful for, your work.

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