Posts from ‘Coming Soon’

Jul
19

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.

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Jul
17

Here are some photos of a recently completed Fernando Moreno coming our way very soon. This instrument pulls together a warm spruce top with stunning maple back and sides. The beautiful olive leaf rosette is a staple of Moreno’s recent guitars – see how he constructs them in our blog post Anatomy of a Rosette.

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Jul
03

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!

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Jun
21

Our friends at Orfeo Magazine have created something quite astounding – a set of 34 life-sized prints of historic guitars. The guitars range from Torres’ 1856 ‘La Leona’ to a 2008 Daniel Freiderich, and include such great makers as Enrique Garcia, Francisco Simplicio, Santos Hernandez, Robert Bouchet, Hermann Hauser (I and II), Miguel Rodriguez’ (Pepe Romeros’ “La Wonderful”) and more. If you have seen any of the photography in Orfeo magazine you’ll have an idea of how beautifully produced these promise to be, and they include some information about the luthiers and the guitars in addition to the amazing life-sized prints. We very much look forward to receiving copies at GSI in the near future!

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Jun
15

We have a few photos of the next guitar on its way to us from Uruguayan luthier Ariel Ameijenda – what looks to be a stunning cedar and Uruguayan blackwood classical identical in specs to the one we just had recently, which you can see here. And be sure to check out the video of Bill Kanengiser playing a Carlevaro ‘Microestudio’ on that last Ameijenda guitar here.

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Jun
04

We have photos of the next guitar on its way to us from English luthier Jake Fuller – his 100th guitar! This instrument will have a spruce top and maple back and sides, with walnut bridge, bindings and head veneer (no rosewood at all on this guitar). The guitar also features a new design, which we’ll let Jake describe:

“The guitar has a new design for the back, using a raised central strut housed into four highly tapered transverse bars. It’s lightweight and rigid longitudinally, giving extra structural stability to the guitar as a whole. The back now moves more uniformly and the air resonance has dropped down a tone. Subsequently the guitar has an enhanced bass response but retains definition, and the trebles are nice and open. Combined with a slightly stiffer soundboard than previous guitars, (achieved by heightening the transverse bars in the soundboards lower bout).”

The guitar is completed and should arrive very soon. We definitely look forward to hearing this new one!

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May
30

We have photos of the next guitar on its way to us from Granada luthier Mario Aracama, who works in the Alpujarra mountains above Granada, in an idyllic shop with fantastic, and very inspiring views. (I was lucky enough to spend a couple of days in the mountains with Mario last Summer and didn’t want to ever leave). Mario was a finalist in last year’s Antonio Marin Montero guitar making competition, and you can hear the first guitar he sent us here. This new guitar is a spruce-top with gorgeous African rosewood back and sides, and should be ready to play by the end of June.

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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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