Posts from ‘Coming Soon’
*Update – Vladimir has sent us some more photos and the guitar looks stunning. We should have the guitar in mid June (Vladimir will be in town for GFA and is bringing it himself).
We’ve received photos of the first guitar to us coming from Russian luthier Vladimir Druzhinin, whom we met a few years back in Moscow. The guitar is a Hauser-inspired classical with a cedar top and African rosewood back and sides.
We have photos of the next guitar on its way to us from Italian luthier Enrico Bottelli – an absolutely stunning spruce and CSA rosewood classical with Rogers tuners that Enrico tells us is similar in construction to the last guitar we had from him – this 2015 ‘Twelve’ model – in that it is a modified Hauser-style guitar, but with a lighter top for more power (with less effort by the player) without any loss of sustain or roundness of tone. The three-piece back is highly figured and the neck is made from beautifully flamed Honduran mahogany. Enrico tells us he wanted to feature the natural beauty of the wood in this guitar.
We have photos of the beginning stages of the new guitar being made for us by Granada luthier Jose Vigil – a cedar and Indian rosewood classical in the Granada school tradition that our own JohnPaul Trotter got a look at on his recent trip to Granada. It’ll be a while before the guitar is ready, so in the meantime check out this great video of Nejc Kuhar playing the most recent cedar-top we had from Vigil.
Check out photos of the new guitar on its way to us from Korean luthier Woon Sun Lee – an absolutely stunning cedar and CSA rosewood classical that features Lee’s meticulous and elegant craftsmanship and, judging by our experience with all of his instruments so far, will sound amazing, too!
We have photos of the new guitar being built for us by Italian luthier Paolo Coriani – a beautiful classical guitar with a spruce top and satinwood back and sides. GSI president David Collett was recently in Italy and saw the guitar, which was completed but not yet varnished. They strung up the guitar and David reports that it sounded great. The varnish is drying as we speak and the guitar should be arriving shortly!
In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the foundation of his workshop in 1996, German guitar maker Sebastian Stenzel has made a singular, very special guitar, which we are proud to be able to offer soon. This guitar is at the same time the first of his “Exclusive Collection”, a line of guitars featuring very special, rare woods, high end tuners, and – if special ordered – elaborate purflings.
We have photos of the new guitar being made for us by Pepe Romero Jr., a stunning spruce and rosewood classical that he is finishing up now. In Pepe’s words:
This guitar is one of my “Centenario Models” dedicated to over 100 years since my grandfather’s birth. I dedicate all of my guitars to him, he was my inspiration to build guitars in the first place. He passed away before I ever made one, but is with me in Spirit. I decorate my Centenario model with a beautiful rope style purfling and use my most prized woods. The spruce top has been cut for well over 10 years and is spectacularly quarter sawn, with “Aguas” everywhere. The rosewood was cut in the 1960’s and is stunning. The woods used on this would be impossible to go out and buy, they are truly special…
*Update – Sebastian has sent us some more really great photos of the construction process of this guitar.
We have photos of the new guitar being built for us by German luthier Sebastian Stenzel. This will be a spruce-top with quilted maple back and sides and some stunning purfling, which Stenzel told us was some of the most labor intensive purfling he’s ever made. In his words, it’s “difficult, because I wanted the light parts – maple – to really shine. To achieve this, they have to be cut so that they show the radial surface of the wood. This means that I had to cut stripes of veneer of a width of e.g. 1.3 mm, but across the fiber! I wasn’t sure it would be possible at all. (The meander patterns done by Torres, for example, are easy to make in comparison, they show end grain and can be made with relatively stable stripes of veneer.) To make meander purflings for four guitars took more than two months with one or two glueing operations per day… I use it only in quilted maple or birds eye maple.”
We have photos of a new guitar being made for us by American luthier Andy Culpepper – a beautiful African rosewood and cedar classical guitar that has an interesting story. Andy is building this guitar as part of a collaborative project with Washington luthier Chris Sobel. They are using sister-cut African Rosewood for the back and sides and Western Red Cedar for the top. The bridge and bracewood are also from the same stock. The goal is to explore the implications of different building styles with nearly identical woods. The guitars will be evaluated by prominent members of the classical guitar community, and an article is in the works. GSI will be receiving Andy’s guitar once the evaluations are complete.