Posts from ‘Coming Soon’

Feb
18

Patricio Crom, Argentinian guitarist and composer, recently visited our showroom to record four videos of his own compositions, including a special piece written for and dedicated to GSI, called “Tango pa el Salon”! Patricio is an expert in Argentinian music – in fact he studied “tango guitar” at the Academia Nacional del Tango with Aníbal Arias. As a performer, Patricio has performed in South America, Europe and Asia. In addition to being a professional musician, Patricio also has some very cool hobbies! He is a puppeteer and a collector of antique guitars from Argentina.

Please check out the videos Patricio recorded with us: “Tango pa el Salon” (written for GSI) on a GV Rubio “Monarca Elite”, “Las Mañanas Mas Lindas” on a 1991 Miguel Rodriguez “Centenario”, “Aníbal en Japón” on a 1925 Domingo Esteso (ex Cleveland collection) and “Tema Corte Con Mi Guitarra” on his own guitar! – 2015 Tomas Fiore.

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Feb
12

We have our 2020 guitar on its way from Luis Fernandez de Cordoba. Luis builds these instruments in a very traditional method, and this guitar is his concert style instrument with spruce top and black Limba back and sides, which he thinks of as similar to a light walnut in certain aspects. The sides of this guitar are laminated with yellow cedar. With an ebony head veneer, bindings and bridge, it has an extremely sleek look about it. This guitar also features a slightly elevated neck and a 20-fret fingerboard. Luis uses a 5-fan bracing pattern with open harmonic bar design on both the upper and lower harmonic bars. As always, we’re excited to receive his guitars (and this one in particular!), photograph it and share it with you all!

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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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Jan
02

The spruce for the soundboard comes from the Swiss Alps, and Daniele has made the perfect cut on this top – one look at the cross grain “aguas” on this top and you’ll see it doesn’t get any more quarter-sawn than this! The grain almost takes on the appearance of the swirling storms on Jupiter and Saturn – this is really fantastic and will make for a great sounding guitar. Daniele crafted his own one-a-kind rosette design with half herringbones inlays made of cedrella, maple and rosewood, and then matched the purfling with the same wood.

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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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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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Nov
20

Perfect for the gigging musician needing amplification who seeks a natural nylon sound with no feedback. Look no further than right here! Valerio Licari’s nylon-string “Zen” model is a beautifully built and masterfully designed guitar with a robust, balanced and clear sound as well as many other special features. And, as you can see in the gallery below, we have one of these “Zen” guitars coming soon the Salon.

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Nov
14

German luthier Stefan Nitschke has become known for building quality instruments in the Torres/Hauser tradition. Stefan’s newest model, based on the work of Jose Romanillos (himself a builder of Torres and Hauser style guitars!) follows closely not just many of the structural details of Romanillos’ work, but also his classic aesthetics, most notably the “Moorish” arch in the rosette. Here are some first photos of the guitar at various stages of construction, and it is shaping up beautifully with gorgeous materials and meticulous workmanship.

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