Posts from ‘Coming Soon’
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!).
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.
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.
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!