Posts from ‘Coming Soon’

May
21

We have photos of the new guitar on its way to us from Spanish luthier Fernando Moreno. Moreno lives and works in Alcala de Guadaira, just outside of Sevilla, but learned his trade in Granada. This next guitar from him is a spruce and maple classical built in the traditional style, as you can see from the photos below. Fernando is finishing up the guitar now and it should be on its ay to us very soon.

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May
21

We are thrilled to announce that we will be representing Gerundino Fernandez (hijo) in the US! Son of the legendary builder from Almeria of the same name, Gerundino has been following in his father’s footsteps and building some fantastic instruments in the traditional style he learned in his father’s workshop. Gerundino uses the tools and plantillas he inherited from his father, along with the design and even much of the wood his father left him.

The first guitars on the way to us – and which you can see being built in the photos below – are a spruce negra and a cedar blanca with pegs. I met Gerundino in Granada last Summer and had the chance to play one of his brand new guitars (see the other photos below of me with the finished guitar) and it was a fantastic instrument that was just really fun to play. We look forward to working with Gerundino and expect to see many great guitars from him!

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May
15

We have photos of the next guitar on its way to us from Zoran Kuvac – a beautiful cedar and CSA rosewood classical that is in the final stages of construction. Though the one Kuvac is currently building is cedar, you can get an idea of Kuvac’s sound by checking out the video of Max Brenner playing the spruce classical that just came through GSI (and went very quickly!).

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May
08

We have photos of the first guitar being built for us by Julia Wenzel, who won the silver medal in last year’s Antonio Marin Montero Guitar Making Competition. The guitar she is building for GSI, like the guitar that won the competition (the finished guitar in the photos below), is a cedar and cypress classical built completely in the traditional Spanish style. Julia has been working with Florian Blochinger and considers Edmund Blochinger to be one of her mentors. She tells us that while making a canoe she realized her passion for woodworking, and went on to study at the ‘Instrumentenbauschule Mittenwald’ for three years and graduated top of her class. Six years later she completed her Master of Crafts Examination in Munich, Bavaria. Then last year she entered the Antonio Marin competition and won Silver. We are very excited to be representing Julia Wenzel in the US and look forward to receiving our first guitar from her.

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May
03

Here’s Chris Garwood showing off a brand new guitar from French luthier Jean-Noel Rohe. Rohe is seen by both Daniel Friederich and Dominique Field as the leader of the current generation of young French luthiers, and to date they would seem to be right. Rohe’s work is balanced and elegant in every respect, as you’ll hear from Chris’ demonstration.

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Apr
27

We’ve got photos of a guitar coming to us any day now from luthier Stephen Hill, who though English has been building in La Herradura, just outside of Granada, Spain, since 2004. The guitar is his Concert model in cedar and some stunning ziricote back and sides. This is his Granada style guitar, built in the traditional manner. On a related note, Sergio Valverde Castillo, who just won the first annual Antonio Marin Montero guitar making competition in Granada last Summer, was a student of Stephen’s at the European Institute of Guitar Making, and we’ll have one of his guitars coming soon as well. The Hill guitar is ready to ship to us and should arrive very soon!

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Apr
27

We have photos of the next guitar on its way to us from german luthier Tobias Berg – a classical with some very interesting woods. The guitar has a spruce top and the back and sides are walnut with boxwood binding. The bridge is pau ferro and has a bit of yellow sapwood, as does the walnut back. And the neck has a lovely flame to it, (which Tobias laments isn’t captured very well in the photo). The guitar should be shipping to us very soon! We should note that photos of the cedar top are obviously of another guitar, but one that Tobias was making at the same time and that has the same bracing as the spruce guitar coming to us.

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Apr
20

We have photos of the first guitar being built for GSI by Sergio Valverde Castillo, winner of the first Antonio Marin Montero Guitar Making Competition held in Granada last Summer. Sergio tells us that a turning point in his career was his time at the European Institute of Guitar Making – a month-long course taught by luthier Stephen Hill in La Herradura, Spain (outside of Granada), in which Pablo Requena was also teaching. He builds a traditional 7 fan brace guitar in the traditional Spanish style and says his main goals are perfect balance and symmetry in both sound and aesthetics. As GSI president David Collett was one of the competition judges we are very confident that this will be an exceptional guitar and are very happy to be representing Valverde Castillo in the US.

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Apr
16

Here are a few photos and a beautiful performance video of Ariel Ameijenda’s new guitar which he recently finished building for us. With a shimmering Uruguayan Blackwood back and sides and a warm cedar top, this guitar is a treat for the eyes and – as the performance below demonstrates – just as so for the ears. The video features Uruguayan guitarist Horacio Reyes Páez performing Prelude No. 1 by Heitor Villa-Lobos and Canción del Abuelo by Atahualpa Yupanqui. We’re looking forward to getting another one of his instruments into the showroom and playing it for ourselves!

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Apr
10

We have photos of the new guitar being finished for us by American luthier Andy Culpepper – a cedar-top classical with cherry back and sides that Andy is currently finishing up for us. Andy makes his guitars in the traditional manner with minimal use of power tools and we’ve been very impressed by the refinement and power of his instruments.

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