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From time to time, a guitar comes to us with the designation “this guitar was donated to our non-profit charitable organization, the GSI Foundation,” signifying that a generous donor has gifted this instrument to us. In turn, we sell the guitar through GSI, and use proceeds from the sale to benefit music education in public schools that are finding themselves under-funded. These donations have had a deep impact on our community, and here are a few words from some of the beneficiaries of this program:
“Sometimes I have a lot of things going on in my life and it is very stressful. So, sometimes I just play my violin to get out stress.” – José, Fourth Grader, Sendak Elementary
*Update – Vladimir has sent us some more photos and the guitar looks stunning. We should have the guitar in mid June (Vladimir will be in town for GFA and is bringing it himself).
We’ve received photos of the first guitar to us coming from Russian luthier Vladimir Druzhinin, whom we met a few years back in Moscow. The guitar is a Hauser-inspired classical with a cedar top and African rosewood back and sides.
We have photos of the next guitar on its way to us from Italian luthier Enrico Bottelli – an absolutely stunning spruce and CSA rosewood classical with Rogers tuners that Enrico tells us is similar in construction to the last guitar we had from him – this 2015 ‘Twelve’ model – in that it is a modified Hauser-style guitar, but with a lighter top for more power (with less effort by the player) without any loss of sustain or roundness of tone. The three-piece back is highly figured and the neck is made from beautifully flamed Honduran mahogany. Enrico tells us he wanted to feature the natural beauty of the wood in this guitar.
Check out Saad Siddiqi’s top-five list of favorite GSI videos to date. Saad is GSI’s social media manager, so he’s spent a lot of time with these videos (and apparently obsessed over more than one of them!).
We have photos of the beginning stages of the new guitar being made for us by Granada luthier Jose Vigil – a cedar and Indian rosewood classical in the Granada school tradition that our own JohnPaul Trotter got a look at on his recent trip to Granada. It’ll be a while before the guitar is ready, so in the meantime check out this great video of Nejc Kuhar playing the most recent cedar-top we had from Vigil.
Check out photos of the new guitar on its way to us from Korean luthier Woon Sun Lee – an absolutely stunning cedar and CSA rosewood classical that features Lee’s meticulous and elegant craftsmanship and, judging by our experience with all of his instruments so far, will sound amazing, too!
We have photos of the new guitar being built for us by Italian luthier Paolo Coriani – a beautiful classical guitar with a spruce top and satinwood back and sides. GSI president David Collett was recently in Italy and saw the guitar, which was completed but not yet varnished. They strung up the guitar and David reports that it sounded great. The varnish is drying as we speak and the guitar should be arriving shortly!
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.