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Dec
11

If you’re watching us all over social media, then you’ve surely heard about our Loriente Giveaway that just ended last week. We had over 3,000 entries and randomly selected 10. Of those 10, we had JohnPaul randomly select 1 winner by drawing the name out of a guitar case, and we filmed the whole moment live on Instagram.

…And the winner of our Loriente Giveaway was John Hartman, who chose a Loriente Clarita SP/IN!

We are currently running our next giveaway – the GSI “Studio Series” Giveaway, so be sure to continue following us on all platforms for more updates, fun contests and to learn how to enter for a chance to win a GSI “Studio Series” guitar.

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Dec
08

We have photos and a video of a new guitar that’s on its way to us from Israel-based luthier Erez Perelman – a beautiful spruce and CSA rosewood guitar that you can hear in the video and that should be here very soon. The video is beautifully shot and gives a nice insight into Perelman as a luthier and player.

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Dec
05

Sign up or update your info to receive the new 2018 GSI catalog and be automatically entered to win a new GSI Studio Series CM-100 or FC-100 guitar. Just go to the signup page and enter your mailing address AND your email address and you’ll be automatically entered to win. Then sit back and wait for the new catalog!

*Entries must include both email address and mailing address to be eligible for Studio Series guitar giveaway. Winner will be notified on January 5, 2018

Nov
29

Our good friend Marcelo Kayath of Guitar CoOp just published an interview he conducted with maestro Pepe Romero at the Koblenz Guitar Festival last year. Marcelo is a great interviewer due to his insider/outsider status (he is recognized as having been one of the great guitarists of his generation but has not really been a part of the scene for the last 30 years) and always brings out the best in his subjects. In Part one of the interview they discuss Pepe’s early years studying with his father and how his lifelong love of flamenco began.

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Nov
19

Here’s a very rare treat – Scott Tennant and Marcelo Kayath playing ‘Divertimento’, the only guitar duo written by Andrés Segovia. The piece has not been widely performed, although the Abreu brothers recorded it in 1968 for their album “The Guitars of Sergio and Eduardo Abreu” from 1968 and one can find a few videos on YouTube these days.

GSI recently provided Segovia’s 1969 Jose Ramirez guitar, which the maestro played from1969 until 1980, to Scott Tennant for his Guitar CoOp recording of Segovia’s compositions. Kayath is the founder of Guitar CoOp in addition to having been one of the great guitarists of his generation (along with Tennant et al). So it just made sense to have the two of them take advantage of the circumstances and record Segovia’s only guitar duet together. Tennant plays the 1969 Ramirez and Kayath plays a gorgeous 1966 David Rubio.

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Nov
17

Oklahoma-based guitarist Larry Hammet was in Los Angeles on tour recently and he stopped by with his duo partner, Iakovos Kolanian, to record some videos with us. Here he is playing two pieces from his Fantasias Felinas – La Gatita and El Gato – on a great new 2017 Andy Culpepper guitar in spruce and CSA rosewood.

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Nov
17

We have photos of the next guitar on its way to us from Jake Fuller of England. It’s a spruce-top classical with walnut back and sides. Fuller’s biography is definitely worth checking out as his relationship with woodworking goes back a few generations and his story makes for a great read. The guitar should be here very soon.

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Nov
13

Guitar Passion: The Guitar in Australia in 2017
Vladimir Gorbach and Tim Kain in Interview with Josinaldo Costa

Sydney is preparing for the inaugural Classical Guitar Festival – Sydney (Directed by Eric Cathan), the first iteration of an exclusively classical guitar festival in town. Being myself a recent arrival in Australia, it has been a wonderful experience to be welcomed into a such an enthusiastic environment for the guitar. It has also been an experience of discovery of a mature guitar community still displaying youthful energy and potential for growth. As the festival dates near, I sat with two great names in guitar in the country to talk about their experiences. Vladimir Gorbach, recently appointed to lead the guitar program at the Sydney Conservatorium; and Tim Kain, whose successes teaching for 30 years at the Australian National University are only overshadowed by his remarkable performing career.

The Classical Guitar Festival – Sydney will take place on Nov 16-19 2017 at the Sydney Opera House and the Mosman Art Gallery. Tickets and more information at: www.classicalguitarfestival.sydney

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Nov
08

Here are the Park Brothers playing El Paño Moruno as arranged by Len Williams (whose son John is also a not-too-shabby guitarist). Wesley plays a 2009 Sergio Tezanos guitar in cedar and African rosewood, and Alex plays a 2014 Antonio Raya Pardo ‘Torres’ model in spruce and maple.

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Nov
06

Orfeo Magazine’s 10th release is particularly special to us – it showcases builders from our side of the world as the writers and photographers document their trip up and down the West Coast. It’s great to see so many of our friends in this issue! Pepe Romero Jr., down in San Diego, talks about his family legacy, how he makes guitars and shows us his personal collection. We’re excited to see Richard Reynoso here representing Los Angeles as he lets us into his inspiration for making such tasteful instruments. Then, we head to NorCal in Berkeley where we get a nice look into the Harris Guitar Foundation collection of instruments, which are available to the students at SFCM. Gregory Byers, in Willits, CA, is next and gives us a look at his extensive and unique research into guitar-making. Orfeo then visits Portland Oregon’s Jeffrey Elliott to learn about his history as a luthier, his building process and the kind of sound he looks for. Their last stop is in Spokane, WA for none other than Eric Sahlin. Eric talks about being self-taught, his wood preferences and his innovative “twisted” fingerboards.

 

Orfeo No. 10 is almost like going on an actual road trip along the West Coast, and it is nicely guided by quotes by Jack Kerouac. Read the full Orfeo Magazine No. 10 in English here.

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