Posts from ‘Coming Soon’

May
20

Granada-based luthier Oscar Muñoz recently completed the construction of a new guitar that he made just for us. We’re expecting it to arrive within the next three weeks, so until then, enjoy these photos he sent us below. Muñoz, who won second-prize at the 2017 Antonio Marin Montero Guitar Making Competition (revisit our coverage of that here), appointed this model with a cedar top and Madagascar rosewood back and sides. It features a quite striking rosette with black background that promotes the red-orange/beige colored stars in the foreground. Muñoz also chose premium Perona tuning machines that perfectly match and contribute to the overall aesthetic – but don’t fret, there won’t be any damage done to these features as the guitar will arrive safely in a Hiscox case.

Make sure to consider taking it home before it’s gone! Until then, keep an eye on our New Arrivals page and subscribe to our weekly e-newsletter for updates on all the latest arrivals, including this Muñoz guitar.

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May
13

We’ve seen many great guitars faithfully modeled after Antonio de Torres’ works, and Youri Soroka’s Torres model is sure to stay true to those masterpieces as well. Youri is currently polishing up this instrument, and we should have it by the end of May to early June.

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May
06

A new guitar is arriving to our showroom soon, and this one features a cedar top and Amazon rosewood back and sides straight from the working hands of Andy Culpepper in New York.

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Apr
29

A flamenca blanca is on the way to us from Luis Fernandez de Cordoba’s workshop, and it’s shaping up to be a gorgeous instrument. With a spruce top and cypress back and sides, Luis is implementing the finishing touches (as well as applying the finishing varnish) as we speak so that we can see the final product in the showroom soon. See how this guitar is shaping up below.

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Apr
22

Our next guitar by Sebastian Stenzel is absolutely breathtaking from the recent photos he just sent us. It has a dark, earthy look with creamy almost “coffee-color” tones. Made with cedar for the top and “curly” walnut for the back and and sides which has a wavy, 3D texture to it. The headstock veneer is made with the same material walnut as well.

About the back and sides, Sebastian believes that walnut is much underrated and “should receive its due recognition as one of the most suitable woods for classical guitar back and sides.” Back in 1996, Sebastian built his examination guitar for his Master of Crafts exam with walnut back and sides, and so it’s a material he’s happy to revisit. Even though the sides of this guitar are more than 3 mm thick, it remains extremely lightweight. Sebastian’s main focus is to achieve a maximum of musical expression with a minimal effort from the player. We’re excited to see this guitar very soon – it’s due to arrive sometime in early May.

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Apr
01

We have a new guitar on its way to us from the Netherlands where luthier Hans van Velzen builds out of his workshop. Hans has a strong reputation for making the finest guitars around town, so we’re happy to have these photos of his latest creation and cannot wait to get it into our hands… (and then put it into your hands)! His first instrument for us will be a spruce and African rosewood classical, which no doubt will sound as great as it looks.

What do you think? What is your favorite part about what you see below?

One thing’s for sure, we’re fans of the Beatles, Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix posters.

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Mar
25

We will have a new guitar by luthier Woon Sun Lee in our showroom and ready for you to play very soon! For this particular instrument, Lee goes with a Spruce top and CSAR back and sides. Using this combination of woods is a bit unusual for him as we’ve become accustomed to his signature CD/MP models (sometimes SP/MP); still, anything he builds results in a very pleasant experience for our ears! Think no further than Dominic Flynn’s performance on a 2015 model or Brig and Sebastian’s performance on two different models more recently.

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Mar
21

French guitar-maker Bastien Burlot sent us pictures of his latest “Alkemia” model, which is the second guitar in this series, and we’ll have it in-house shortly. The instrument’s rosette design and aesthetics are inspired by the stained-glass windows of the Cathédrale Nôtre Dame in Strasbourg, France. As you may remember, we had his first instrument earlier this year that was inspired by the Chartres Cathedral located an hour outside of Paris. Check out all the photos of the next “Alkemia” below for your enjoyment.

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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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