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Dec
27

Straight from her workshop in Munich, Germany, Julia Wenzel (2018 winner of the 2nd prize at the prestigious Antonio Marin Montero Guitar Making Competition) sent us photos of her new guitar that will be in the showroom shortly. This instrument is made up of a cedar top and is appointed with beautiful purfling (with green accents) that outlines the top and sides and matches the rosette perfectly. Simple yet sophisticated. This will be the first guitar from Julia with high grade CSA rosewood back and sides, which is stunningly dramatic in its grain patterns – this is beautiful, well-selected, and we expect it will make for a fantastic sounding instrument. This guitar should be finished soon and on its way to GSI early in the New Year!

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Dec
20

Andy Culpepper is putting the finishing touches on his latest guitar for GSI, which will feature a cedar top with maple back and sides. Aside from the beautiful materials used for the tonal production of the guitar – chosen particularly for their extremely lively tapping tones, Andy has been working on a special new rosette for this guitar, which has been inspired by the Vincent Van Gogh painting “Starry Night”. We love that this guitar expands on the practice to draw more literally from the visual art world, reminding all of us that the role of the luthier is an artistic tradition that we all get to benefit from visually as well as sonically!

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Oct
24

German luthier Annette Stephany will soon be sending us her latest guitar. This will be a Cedar-top guitar with a twist – the back and sides will be made with Ash – our first of this kind from any maker, and we’re excited. The guitar is expected to arrive to our showroom sometime next month but for now you can check out some photos of it being built.

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Oct
23

Oftentimes we’re reminded of the goodwill and helpful spirit shared amongst the great luthiers we work with. Here’s the latest great “collaboration” story – we hope you enjoy it: English luthier Jake Fuller has built us a couple of fantastic “cherry wood” guitars in the past. The first of these, from 2017, inspired Ukranian/French luthier Youri Soroka to build one himself and enter it into the 2018 Granada Guitar Competition where it caught our attention, so of course we bought Youri’s guitar as well and have continued to work with him. Youri also placed at the 2019 Granada Competition where he took second-prize.

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Oct
18

We were super thrilled to have the better part of the day to spend with both Ana Vidovic and Xuefei Yang on September 26th, two days before their “Virtuosas of The Guitar” concert, which was presented by our friends at EDM Services and the James Hunley Guitar Studio. During their visit to our showroom, the ladies recorded some amazing performance videos on several of our guitars and hung around for some fun and candid interviews conducted by our very own Jaxon Williams. The crew from the James Hunley Guitar Studio and EDM Services were present as well, so it was a great time for us all.

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Sep
23

It’s been awhile since we’ve heard from luthier Oscar Trezzini who has been on the move and making some very interesting changes these past several years. We first met him and took interest in his work in 2007 when he was then living in Switzerland. Oscar is originally from Argentina, and started his life as a guitar maker in Buenos Aires in 1982, initially under the tutelage of luthiers Pedro Malossetti and Héctor Curto. His early efforts produced a dazzling variety of different guitar types before he gradually refined his techniques and settled on the classical model, which he has built exclusively ever since. Once in Switzerland, we were introduced to him by Dominique Field, and we had several of Oscar’s guitars here in the ensuing years before losing touch with him. He recently re-established contact with us to let us know that he has just settled on the Portuguese island of Madeira, off the northwest coast of Africa and set up a new workshop with an ocean view and controlled humidity. His first guitars are already coming out and what a surprise they are…

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Sep
20

To those of you regularly following our YouTube channel, you’ll know Jennifer Kim, who has been coming in and doing videos for us the past few years. She’s now a student of Manuel Barrueco at the Peabody Institute Of The Johns Hopkins University. She was recently in town and stopped by the showroom to perform some of her current repertoire. Here she is playing 3 dazzling pieces: two Sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti – Sonata K.32/L423 on a 1986 Thomas Humphrey “Millenium” and Sonata K.27/L449 on the award-winning 2019 Yulong Guo “Granada” guitar. She also played a the highly virtuosic “Scherzo Vals” by Miguel Llobet with ease on a 2018 José Ramírez “Tablao”.

Enjoy Jennifer Kim’s great playing from her most recent visit, and we look forward to seeing her again, hopefully soon!

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Sep
04

Bastien Burlot’s newest guitar for GSI is currently being built. It is the latest installment in his “Alkemia” line of instruments based on the great cathedrals of France – this one based on the famous “Nôtre Dame” of Paris.

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Aug
14

Once again we attended the 2019 “3rd Antonio Marin Guitar Making Competition EGF” (European Guitar Foundation, with Vicente Coves as director) in Granada, Spain. Both GSI’s David Collett and Kai Narezo attended the event as they were both selected to be part of juries for the competition. David was on the classical jury, headed by jury president José Marín Plazuelo (Spain) joined by master luthier Edmund Blöchinger (Germany), master luthier/repairman Yuris Zeltins (USA), guitarist and dealer Alberto Cuéllar (Spain/China), and classical guitarist in residence José Luis Morillas (who also did all the performing on the classicals). For the Flamenco Guitar category, in addition to Kai, the jury included jury president and Madrid luthier Manuel Cáceres (Spain), pedagogue Julio Castaños (Spain) and the flamenco guitarist in residence Alberto Lopez, who did all the performing on the flamencos.

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May
31

Bertrand Ligier has just completed his next guitar for us, and has forwarded on a few pictures to give us a sneak peek of what is coming our way. After many years of seeing and playing guitars, it’s always a surprise to see what he has prepared for us – indeed we’ve never seen the same rosette twice from him (and they’re always extremely elegant, complex and perfectly executed), and we’re always curious to know what materials he’s selected for us. Something special about the wood on this guitar – Bertrand has used a gorgeous set of CSA rosewood for the back and sides that he selected from Dominique Field’s private stock. (Ligier also used CSAR from Field’s private stock for a 2018 model we had last year). This is quite remarkable when we realize that Dominique’s latest guitar for us was built with wood Field received decades ago from his predecessor, Robert Bouchet! We’re quite sure this guitar will sound as good as it looks, so be watching as we will list this instrument soon!

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