Posts from ‘Coming Soon’
For many years, we have closely followed and admired the work of French luthier Bastien Burlot who has built guitars for the likes of Roland Dyens and Thomas Viloteau. However, his most recent project – which he is calling “Alkemia” – has got us more excited than ever before!
For the “Alkemia” project, Bastien is building a series of guitars with rosettes inspired by the great cathedrals of France. The first instrument he is building for is based off the Chartres Cathedral located about an hour outside Paris by train. As you can see in the photos below, the mosaic designs in the rosette are taken directly from the stained-glass windows of the church itself. In addition, the label has a labyrinth design which comes from the floor of the cathedral’s nave, a famous gathering spot of pilgrims from around the world who walk the labyrinth with their heads bowed in prayer.
In addition to the three prize winning guitars at this year’s Granada Guitar Building Competition, we were particularly taken by one instrument from French-Ukrainian guitar builder Youri Soroka. So much so in fact that we asked him to build a new guitar for us to share with all of you!
Youri’s backstory is almost as beautiful as the look and sound of his instruments. Here he describes how he went from a career in technology to falling in love with the craft of guitar building:
Check out these photos sent to us from German luthier Julia Wenzel of her new instrument coming our way very soon! You may remember Julia’s gorgeous Cedar top and Cypress back and sides from several months ago, an instrument that was identical to her prize winning guitar in the 2017 Granada Guitar Building Competition. We are now looking forward to getting our hands on the instrument below and seeing what new colors this completely different combination of woods brings to her sound.
Danish luthier Kenneth Brögger recently shared some of the fresh designs he is using for his new guitars, one of which we will be welcoming into the GSI showroom very soon! Most notable of his instrument’s new look is the innovative headstock shape which, as you can see in the photos, is based off a principle called The Polycentric Baroque Arch. Read about his inspiration for this design as well as other changes you can expect to see in his new guitars below!
This week we have some new photos from Russian luthier Vladimir Druzhinin of his latest classical guitar in the works. As you can see in the gallery below, this instrument features a stunning Spruce top with African Rosewood back and sides and reminds us of his gorgeous 2018 Cedar top we had in the shop earlier this year. We are still buzzing about the amazing sound produced by that last guitar – if you’d like to experience it check out these performances by Daniel Marx and Olivia Chiang.
We have some beautiful photos of the next guitar on the way to us from Granada luthier and winner of the first Antonio Marin Guitar Making competition Sergio Valverde Castillo. The guitar will be cocobolo and spruce and looks like it will be stunning.
UPDATE: We recently received photos of the completed guitar which should be arriving any day now. We’re looking forward to getting our hands on it and hopefully filming some performance videos in the showroom. Until then, enjoy the new photos below!
I was visiting my good friend Stephen Hill, who lives and works in La Herradura, a beach town south of Granada, and he had just finished preparing a spruce and maple model 2 classical to send off to be French polished, so I took some pictures of the guitar and then ran it over to Antonio Ariza, whom you can see in the photo below. Antonio is the son of the luthier of the same name, who used to have his shop on the Cuesta Gomerez and whose guitars I used to covet back in the day. Antonio the son is one of the few polishers in Spain who work on a huge amount of guitars for luthiers all over the country and he does an absolutely fantastic job. The guitar will take a few weeks to polish and will be on its way to GSI sometime late Summer.
We have photos of the new guitar on its way to us from French luthier Bertrand Ligier – a classical guitar in spruce and an absolutely stunning set of CSA rosewood for the back and sides. Bertrand is just finishing up the French polish and should be shipping the guitar to us very soon!