Posts from ‘Coming Soon’

Mar
11

A native of Granada, Spain, Francisco Muñoz Alba is naturally rooted in the “Granada-style” of luthiery. During the formative years of his career, he learned from some of the great Granada builders in history, including Rafael Moreno and Antonio Marin Montero, and his pedigree shows in his craftsmanship, which earned him 1st place in the 2018 Granada Guitar Building Competition. GSI President David Collett was one of the judges at that competition last year (you can see our post about that here), so he saw the award-winning instrument, which was built with ebony. Ours is the same exact model but made with Indian rosewood, and we’re excited to show it to you all as our first new classical guitar made by Francisco for GSI. It’s en route to us now.

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Feb
28

…luthier Matt Chaffin?

Well, it certainly has been awhile since we had one of his guitars (last one was 2017 – see here for examples of his previous, excellent work.)

So we are delighted to announce that Matt has a new classical guitar en route to us now from his workshop in Michigan. Matt built this one with a spruce top and CSA rosewood back and sides (our first from him with this combo), with maple appointments throughout – notably in the binding (which is a nice contrast to the dark reddish-brown rosewood), and the head veneer which really shows off some gorgeous flame.

We’re sure this guitar will sound as great as it looks, so keep your eyes on our new arrivals – we’ll be listing it as soon as we can after we’ve given it our full assessment of the sound, feel and playability.

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Feb
21

Although the classical guitars of Richard Reynoso are fully traditional in construction design and largely inspired by the great Spanish makers of the past, they do have a voice and personality that is entirely his own. See in this short video documentary how Richard’s artistic style is informed in subtle ways by his immediate environment – the classic architecture seen in some of Hollywood and downtown Los Angeles’ most iconic historical buildings of the art deco era. His love of hard yet graceful lines and contrasts is expressed in his signature carved headstock, and exquisite rosette design which draws from his love of art-deco styled chandeliers and ancient Egyptian jewelry.

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Feb
19

Check out these images showing the early and completed stages of the birth of our first cedar-top guitar from Carlos Juan Busquiel.

We are really looking forward to this guitar – our third from him so far. After we met in January 2018, he sent us two great guitars – one a spruce/maple, and the other a spruce/Indian rosewood, and both were outstanding. This cedar should be here next week so stay posted! Continue Reading

Jan
31

Here’s a great series of photographs documenting the birth of Russian luthier Vladimir Druzhinin’s newest rosette – from conception to realization. Starting with a CAD (computer assisted design) rosette, you can see the step-by-step process that ultimately led to its being inlayed in its first soundboard.

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Jan
25

Check out these new images and mesmerizing video from Granada luthier Mario Aracama! Built with a cedar top and cocobolo rosewood back and sides, this is his newest instrument coming our way soon. A close inspection of these photos reveals the inscription “Las Cañadillas,” the significance we’ll have to ask Mario and get back to you on!

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Jan
16

This week, Italian luthier Lorenzo Frignani shared a few photos with us of a beautiful new guitar that has been strung up and will be coming our way soon. This guitar features a Spruce top and Imbuia back and sides, always a stunning pair. In addition to photos of the finished product, Lorenzo also included some interesting shots of the intricate inlay he added to the back of this instrument, just below the heel. Check them out below!

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Jan
08

We are very excited to introduce you to a new maker for us out of Spain, Elias Bonet! Here is a little peak at a guitar which will be coming our way very soon. It features a Spruce top and Indian Rosewood back and sides as well as a beautiful rosette not quite like any we’ve seen.

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Dec
13

Here is a gorgeous new instrument we will be receiving very soon from Italian luthier Paolo Coriani. This guitar is especially interesting because it is near-exact “bench copy” of an instrument built by Enrique Garcia in 1907. Paolo had this very instrument in his workshop for many years and was able to study all the details necessary to create the gorgeous instrument in the photos below. For comparison sake, we’ve included three images of the original Garcia in the album as well.

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Dec
11

This week, we have an extra special Coming Soon installment for you in that it features a budding YouTube star… Maria Conde! Maria was recently profiled in a beautiful mini-doc from Bloomberg’s MADE series which showcases “craftspeople and their premium wares, all made the hard way.” There certainly is nothing easy about making a guitar, and we are thrilled to see Maria’s work receiving the recognition it deserves.

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