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Apr
03

Andrew York is definitely one of our favorite musicians and a long-time friend of GSI. Andrew’s GSI recording of his own composition “Home” has reached almost 3 million views(!) on YouTube and is the second most viewed video of all time on the GSI YouTube channel.

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Apr
02
We have some sneak peek photos of the newest Fernando Moreno’s guitar which is soon be making its way to GSI. 

As a luthier, Fernando always actively listens to the needs and feedback of guitarists who visit his workshop in Alcala de Guadaira, a beautiful small village just outside of Seville – the deep heart of Andalucía, the birthplace and home of flamenco music! Fernando builds his instruments following Granada’s tradition of guitar making. His instruments are the outcome of the years of experience in being a luthier, as well as his continuous studies of physics of the sound production which he constantly applies in his craftsmanship to achieve the best possible sound.

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Mar
31

It’s difficult to decide when to celebrate J. S. Bach’s birthday due to the discrepancies between the Old (Julian) and New (Gregorian) Style calendars. According to the Old Style calendar and most historical literature, his birthday was on March 21. However on the new Gregorian calendar, the date of his actual birthday is on March 31.

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Mar
27

This time we have something very special for you – New GSI videos of El Twanguero who recorded fingerstyle music on acoustic guitars (including a STEEL string) from the workshop of José Ramírez III.

“… El Twanguero is a journey into the heart of the music … ” – Rolling Stone Magazine

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Mar
25

Michelangelo, arguably one of the greatest sculptors to have lived, said:

“Every block of stone has a statue inside it, and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it”.

This quote describes the artistic process of creating a masterpiece by chipping away the rock carefully and diligently until the image reveals itself. Can this concept be applied to building instruments? A German luthier, Stefan Nitschke whose newest guitar has recently arrived at GSI said:

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Mar
24

Imagine this situation: You go to a luthier to buy a guitar and the luthier instead of selling you one, tells you that he can teach you how to build one yourself? This is precisely how Elias Bonet’s guitar making career started, when he visited the workshop run by the Yagüe brothers in Barcelona, Spain. Now, after almost 11 years of being an independent guitar maker, Elias still points to this story as a primary inspiration that keeps him going to this day. He also includes his friendship with Juan Antonio Reyes Torres as having a huge impact of his development as a luthier as well.

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Mar
22

Jose Vigil has sent us some sneak peek photos of his newest guitar made for GSI. We’ve always admired Jose’s precise attention to all details. He takes his time building instruments, making sure that every detail is executed perfectly. He’s especially careful to avoid any unnecessary tensions during the assembly and prepares perfect joints for gluing. One of Jose’s priorities is to create a perfectly controlled environment for guitar building, maintaining the optimal humidity levels during the entire building process.J

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Mar
22
Wesley and Alex Park at GSI during a recording session in our showroom.

We’re proud to announce that the GSI YouTube channel has just hit 50 million views! On this occasion we would like to thank ALL of you (!) for your constant support. GSI wouldn’t have been able to achieve this without you, the viewers! Our YouTube channel is one of the mediums through which we give back to the guitar community. Our recordings are done with a couple of aims – in addition to popularizing talented players who visit our showroom, they also feature the world’s most iconic guitars which we are so passionate about here at GSI.

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Mar
20

We’re happy to share with you new recordings of a Polish guitarist Bartosz Paprot who stopped by our showroom on his first ever U.S. visit. Paprot came to Los Angeles to play a concert at the University of Southern California as a part of the Music@RushHour concert series. 

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