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We’re very excited to present the world premiere of Evan Hirschelman’s new piece Unfeathered As We Are. Evan wanted to pair his new piece with the perfect guitar, and after trying out quite a few we wondered how it would sound on the 1969 Ramirez Segovia had owned and played for 11 years. There’s not much that guitar can’t handle beautifully, so we tried it and it turned out to be a perfect fit.
We asked Evan for a few words about the piece and guitar:
“Unfeathered As We Are is a new composition I wrote, exploring a wide range of textures and emotions. It was a joy to perform this work on the legendary historic guitar Segovia owned and performed on. It was interesting to hear what the maestro was looking for in an instrument, while adapting to the timbral sound quality to interpret my own composition and playing style. I actually had the chance to play this guitar when GSI received it over a year ago, and wrote about my experience on my blog. The sheet music for Unfeathered As We Are will be available on my website starting next week.”
Check out these photos sent to us from German luthier Julia Wenzel of her new instrument coming our way very soon! You may remember Julia’s gorgeous Cedar top and Cypress back and sides from several months ago, an instrument that was identical to her prize winning guitar in the 2017 Granada Guitar Building Competition. We are now looking forward to getting our hands on the instrument below and seeing what new colors this completely different combination of woods brings to her sound.
Danish luthier Kenneth Brögger recently shared some of the fresh designs he is using for his new guitars, one of which we will be welcoming into the GSI showroom very soon! Most notable of his instrument’s new look is the innovative headstock shape which, as you can see in the photos, is based off a principle called The Polycentric Baroque Arch. Read about his inspiration for this design as well as other changes you can expect to see in his new guitars below!
This week we have some new photos from Russian luthier Vladimir Druzhinin of his latest classical guitar in the works. As you can see in the gallery below, this instrument features a stunning Spruce top with African Rosewood back and sides and reminds us of his gorgeous 2018 Cedar top we had in the shop earlier this year. We are still buzzing about the amazing sound produced by that last guitar – if you’d like to experience it check out these performances by Daniel Marx and Olivia Chiang.
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.
UPDATE: We recently received photos of the completed guitar which should be arriving any day now. We’re looking forward to getting our hands on it and hopefully filming some performance videos in the showroom. Until then, enjoy the new photos below!
This last week marked the 2nd International “Antonio Marin Montero” Guitar Building Competition hosted by the European Guitar Foundation. Once again, our own David Collett was part of the prestigious panel of judges which consisted of many familiar faces including luthiers Edmund Blochinger, Jose Marin Plazuelo, Yuris Zeltins and guitarist Scott Morris. Other jury members included famous Spanish guitar makers and players Jose Miguel Moreno, Julio Castanos, Manuel Caceres, and Alberto Cuellar.
“There once was a time when guitars made in China were considered inferior offerings by far. Now, La Cañada Model 115 is only the latest to offer a formidable challenge to this old notion. The guitar feels and sounds just like a good instrument should, and has been French polished to boot. While it would make an outstanding choice for the student player, the Model 115 would also make a reliable companion for the professional performer.”