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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
16

Since 1971, Habilitat has been giving individuals suffering from substance abuse and homelessness a second chance at life. Located on the Hawaiian Island of Oahu, this non-profit organization has one of the highest rehabilitation success rates in the United States due largely to its approach of teaching the core values of integrity, accountability, education, responsibility, and work ethic.

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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
29

The GSI Six String Summer Sale starts now through the end of August!

Here’s your chance to get the dream guitar you’ve always wanted with 0% APR financing from our friends at Affirm. And, make sure to check out our Specials page for extra, huge savings along with the Affirm special offer!

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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
05

Check out the 2018 GSI Catalog which in addition to being online is now out in the mail – our first in 8 years! While you can of course get the most up to date information about current inventory right here on the GSI website, the catalog is our chance to give an overview of the kinds of guitars that pass through our doors, along with some great info about the luthiers who have made them. Additional stories and features include goings-on in our Santa Monica headquarters – everything from recording projects we’ve undertaken in the last year, concerts, projects involving guitars from the Russell Cleveland Collection and much, much more.

And to get your own hard copy in the mail just follow this link.

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

Jacob Cordover was back in town on his way to a music festival and he came by to record all five movements of the late Phillip Houghton’s ‘Ophelia… a Haunted Sonata’ on five different guitars for us including a 1983 Manuel Contreras ‘Carlevaro’ model in spruce and CSA rosewood (one of the more interesting-looking guitars you’ll see anywhere), a 2018 Stephen Hill in cedar and ziricote, a 2018 Andy Culpepper in cedar and cherry, a new Teodoro Perez Estudio C650 in spruce and Indian rosewood, and a new 2018 Teodoro Perez Antigua’ model in cedar and Indian rosewood.

Jacob has been playing the piece as part of his program lately and wanted a good recording of it in its entirety, so we were very happy to oblige. Houghton has contributed greatly to the guitar repertoire and will be very much missed. Jump the bottom, below the videos, to read Houghton’s own notes and thoughts on the piece (thanks to Jacob for providing these).

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