Author Archive

Jun
24

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.

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Feb
05

If you like traditionally-built guitars with modern sound qualities, you’ll want to know more about Dietmar Heubner and the guitars he builds. We’re about to find out very soon, as he is putting the finishing touches on our very first guitar. Although we’ve known Dietmar for many years, it was only last year at a festival in Zagreb, Croatia where we finally had the chance to see, inspect and play one of his instruments. And it took a matter of minutes (or possibly seconds!) to confirm an order, which we’re happy to announce is nearing completion.

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Feb
03

Our friend, Uruguayan luthier Ariel Ameijenda surprised us recently with some pictures of the newest guitar he built especially for us. Ariel is so excited about this guitar that he’s even told us that he thinks this is the most beautiful guitar he’s ever made! So you can imagine how much anticipation we are feeling in knowing that it will be here soon for us to see and play. For those of you who don’t know, Ariel Ameijenda is only the second-generation luthier in Uruguay – his father, Manuel Ameijenda, was an extremely well-respected maker who learned his craft from Juan Carlos Santurion, a pupil of Ignacio Fleta. Ariel learned his craft early in his life as a young apprentice of his father. Ariel has been working as a luthier since the 1970s, so hearing of his enthusiasm for this particular guitar definitely made us intrigued. Especially since we’ve been so happy with all the instruments he’s sent us in the past.

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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
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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