Posts from ‘News’

May
20

Our friends at Orfeo Magazine just released their latest issue titled “Italia Special”, and in it (you guessed it!), Orfeo takes us on its second trip to Italy. The first feature covers the Lodi family, with the restoration/construction specialist Gabriele Lodi at the helm explaining the sound he looks for in his instruments. Then, Enrico Bottelli tells of how he used to build steel-string acoustic guitars until he was inspired by Romanillos’ work to build classical instruments exclusively (and we must say, his designs from guitar to inlay details to sound are exquisite!). Paolo Coriani is another luthier who tells of his start building steel-string acoustic guitars (and hurdy gurdies: violin-like stringed instruments, which we advise you look up), but then Ramirez’s and Torres’ works convinced him to switch to making the classical guitars we all enjoy today.

This issue packs something extra special; aside from the lives and work of these familiar guitar-makers, we learn about the stringmaster Mimmo Peruffo, who is one of the rare makers of gut strings still left in the world – he explains why he continues to produce gut strings over nylon. We also get a glimpse of the Val di Fiemme forest – a fantastic source for tonewood, from which many Italian luthiers (including Stradivarius) have drawn material to construct the instruments we know and enjoy playing!

Read the full Orfeo No. 13 – Italia Special issue here.

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May
20

Granada-based luthier Oscar Muñoz recently completed the construction of a new guitar that he made just for us. We’re expecting it to arrive within the next three weeks, so until then, enjoy these photos he sent us below. Muñoz, who won second-prize at the 2017 Antonio Marin Montero Guitar Making Competition (revisit our coverage of that here), appointed this model with a cedar top and Madagascar rosewood back and sides. It features a quite striking rosette with black background that promotes the red-orange/beige colored stars in the foreground. Muñoz also chose premium Perona tuning machines that perfectly match and contribute to the overall aesthetic – but don’t fret, there won’t be any damage done to these features as the guitar will arrive safely in a Hiscox case.

Make sure to consider taking it home before it’s gone! Until then, keep an eye on our New Arrivals page and subscribe to our weekly e-newsletter for updates on all the latest arrivals, including this Muñoz guitar.

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May
13

We’ve seen many great guitars faithfully modeled after Antonio de Torres’ works, and Youri Soroka’s Torres model is sure to stay true to those masterpieces as well. Youri is currently polishing up this instrument, and we should have it by the end of May to early June.

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May
07

Luthier Federico Sheppard wears many hats other than building great guitars, which include his unique “Camino” models and replicas of the main concert guitars of Agustín Barrios Mangoré. He hosts guitar workshops and presents concerts (over 500 to date) in the north of Spain along the Camino de Santiago, where he also writes and publishes articles for the Guild of American Luthiers and Soundboard magazine. This is a short-list of all he does; however, it has been with Herculean effort that his current project is nearly complete: called “El Libro de Oro – The Book of Gold”, this is a multi-volume and new edition of the works of Agustín Barrios Mangoré, commemorating the 75th anniversary of his passing. Acting as editor, contributing author and collector, Sheppard has included many hitherto unknown works, including the Barrios method, studies, duos, solos and arrangements of other composers. Published by Les Productions D’Oz, a very well-known publisher of sheet music for the guitar, with a release date set for June 2019.

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May
06

A new guitar is arriving to our showroom soon, and this one features a cedar top and Amazon rosewood back and sides straight from the working hands of Andy Culpepper in New York.

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Apr
29

A flamenca blanca is on the way to us from Luis Fernandez de Cordoba’s workshop, and it’s shaping up to be a gorgeous instrument. With a spruce top and cypress back and sides, Luis is implementing the finishing touches (as well as applying the finishing varnish) as we speak so that we can see the final product in the showroom soon. See how this guitar is shaping up below.

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Apr
22

Our next guitar by Sebastian Stenzel is absolutely breathtaking from the recent photos he just sent us. It has a dark, earthy look with creamy almost “coffee-color” tones. Made with cedar for the top and “curly” walnut for the back and and sides which has a wavy, 3D texture to it. The headstock veneer is made with the same material walnut as well.

About the back and sides, Sebastian believes that walnut is much underrated and “should receive its due recognition as one of the most suitable woods for classical guitar back and sides.” Back in 1996, Sebastian built his examination guitar for his Master of Crafts exam with walnut back and sides, and so it’s a material he’s happy to revisit. Even though the sides of this guitar are more than 3 mm thick, it remains extremely lightweight. Sebastian’s main focus is to achieve a maximum of musical expression with a minimal effort from the player. We’re excited to see this guitar very soon – it’s due to arrive sometime in early May.

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Apr
18

The 2019 Parkening International Guitar Competition will be held from May 30th to June 1st at Pepperdine University, with the Young Guitarist Competition taking place from May 28-29. As one of the more prestigious guitar competitions in the world, the Parkening Guitar Competition offers the largest purse of any guitar competition in the world totaling in excess of $65,000. This year’s fifteen competitors range in age from 16 to 29, and are from all over the world; you’ll likely recognize this roster since many of the players are regulars in our showroom! The panel of judges includes Mia Bongiovanni, Charlotte Lee, Steve Schoen, David Thomas and 2016 Competition winner Pablo Sáinz Villegas.

We are proud to be official in-kind sponsors of the Parkening Guitar Competition, and we will provide updates on the competition’s progress across our FacebookInstagram and Twitter channels for your enjoyment.

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Apr
02

We are very excited to announce the second annual GSI Summer Arts Scholarship. The scholarship will provide $2000 towards tuition and housing for one very deserving student to spend three weeks this Summer (July 23rd to August 12th) in Granada, Spain, as a student at the CSU Summer Arts La Guitarra Española course, which includes master classes with Pepe Romero, the Romero Quartet and Mabel Millán, and daily instruction from Vicente Coves, Scott Morris and myself Kai Narezo. The course takes place during the Granada Guitar Festival, which will feature concerts all month. The scholarship will go to a talented guitar student who would greatly benefit from study in Spain. The winner will be chosen by the GSI staff based not only on talent, but on the student’s commitment to the guitar and to the guitar community.

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Apr
01

<— Go back to Jack Silver, Pt. 1

In Pt. 2 of Jack’s unique story, through all of his encounters with classical guitar recordings, he is able to very closely trace back to when the first recordings may have been captured, basing it on extensive research and using items in his collection as reference points. Jack notes that the vast bulk of classical guitar recordings were made after the development of electrical recording in 1925; nevertheless, in a sea of mass-produced, dispensable products today, it is nice to learn about these rare treasures that still exist on a rare medium and serve as recordings to admire.

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