Posts from ‘Coming Soon’
In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the foundation of his workshop in 1996, German guitar maker Sebastian Stenzel has made a singular, very special guitar, which we are proud to be able to offer soon. This guitar is at the same time the first of his “Exclusive Collection”, a line of guitars featuring very special, rare woods, high end tuners, and – if special ordered – elaborate purflings.
We have photos of the new guitar being made for us by Pepe Romero Jr., a stunning spruce and rosewood classical that he is finishing up now. In Pepe’s words:
This guitar is one of my “Centenario Models” dedicated to over 100 years since my grandfather’s birth. I dedicate all of my guitars to him, he was my inspiration to build guitars in the first place. He passed away before I ever made one, but is with me in Spirit. I decorate my Centenario model with a beautiful rope style purfling and use my most prized woods. The spruce top has been cut for well over 10 years and is spectacularly quarter sawn, with “Aguas” everywhere. The rosewood was cut in the 1960’s and is stunning. The woods used on this would be impossible to go out and buy, they are truly special…
*Update – Sebastian has sent us some more really great photos of the construction process of this guitar.
We have photos of the new guitar being built for us by German luthier Sebastian Stenzel. This will be a spruce-top with quilted maple back and sides and some stunning purfling, which Stenzel told us was some of the most labor intensive purfling he’s ever made. In his words, it’s “difficult, because I wanted the light parts – maple – to really shine. To achieve this, they have to be cut so that they show the radial surface of the wood. This means that I had to cut stripes of veneer of a width of e.g. 1.3 mm, but across the fiber! I wasn’t sure it would be possible at all. (The meander patterns done by Torres, for example, are easy to make in comparison, they show end grain and can be made with relatively stable stripes of veneer.) To make meander purflings for four guitars took more than two months with one or two glueing operations per day… I use it only in quilted maple or birds eye maple.”
We have photos of a new guitar being made for us by American luthier Andy Culpepper – a beautiful African rosewood and cedar classical guitar that has an interesting story. Andy is building this guitar as part of a collaborative project with Washington luthier Chris Sobel. They are using sister-cut African Rosewood for the back and sides and Western Red Cedar for the top. The bridge and bracewood are also from the same stock. The goal is to explore the implications of different building styles with nearly identical woods. The guitars will be evaluated by prominent members of the classical guitar community, and an article is in the works. GSI will be receiving Andy’s guitar once the evaluations are complete.
We have a few photos of the new guitar on its way to us from Italian luthier Luigi Locatto, and it is simply beautiful. The guitar is a spruce-top classical made with gorgeous materials and Locatto’s impeccable workmanship. The guitar has just been completed and is on its way to us now, so look out for it soon!
We have beautiful photos from German luthier Jochen Rothel of the guitar he is currently building for GSI – a cedar and satinwood classical that will be similar to this guitar from last year. Rothel’s workmanship is always impeccable (as you can see) and his guitars have a well-balanced and very refined sound. The guitar will be finished soon so look for it in the coming month or two!
Our own Tara Stewart (she shoots and edits all our videos – you may have noticed the improvement since she took over!) was in Amsterdam a couple of weeks ago and visited Otto Vowinkel, who happened to be working on a guitar for GSI at the moment. It’s a rosewood and spruce that sports a new rosette with Amsterdam’s XXX symbol. This is not a reference to Amsterdam’s famous red-light district, but rather taken from Amsterdam’s coat of arms, which dates back to 1505 and is explained quite nicely here. The headstock of Otto’s guitars also mimics the building in which he works in Amsterdam, so this guitar is very Dutch in its design aesthetics.
Otto was beginning to French polish the guitar when Tara visited, so the guitar should be ready in a few weeks or perhaps a month or so. I asked Otto about the guitar and the woods and he told me that the spruce was from a batch of wood he bought 25 years ago and has a lot of ‘mirror’ (which he says is a good sign) and a hint of bear claw.
We have photos of two guitars being finished for us by English maker David Rouse – one cedar and one spruce and both with CSA rosewood back and sides. The guitars are in the final stages and should be finished very soon!
Update – we have a few more photos of the guitar almost finished. It should be shipping to us very soon!
We have photos of the next guitar being made for us by Tobias Berg. From Tobias: “as promised here are some pictures of the next guitar. It’s European Walnut for the Back and Sides (which of course will leave it’s “grey“ appearance behind as soon as the first coat of shellac is on). After that it will take on a warm brown “classic“ color. The headstock has two ebony strips for reinforcement but contrary to the Madrid school – it’s not visible as soon as the fingerboard is glued on. The top has been braced and soon all the parts will come together. More picture will follow.”