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Remember the successful Guitar Making Competition in Granada last year where David Collett was on the jury? Well, this year marks the 3rd annual holding of the Festival de la Guitarra, which is a big festival with various events in it, including the 2019 Granada Guitar Making Competition. For the curious, our good friends at the European Guitar Foundation provided guidelines and rules for this year’s competition on their website in both English and Español. The entire Festival will take place from July 18th – August 11th in beautiful Granada, Spain, and we’ll gladly be involved, along with the GSI Foundation, as official sponsors. David Collett will again be a judge on the panel for the third straight year, and our friends at Córdoba Guitars will be unique guitar sponsors for the event as well.Continue Reading
A native of Granada, Spain, Francisco Muñoz Alba is naturally rooted in the “Granada-style” of luthiery. During the formative years of his career, he learned from some of the great Granada builders in history, including Rafael Moreno and Antonio Marin Montero, and his pedigree shows in his craftsmanship, which earned him 1st place in the 2018 Granada Guitar Building Competition. GSI President David Collett was one of the judges at that competition last year (you can see our post about that here), so he saw the award-winning instrument, which was built with ebony. Ours is the same exact model but made with Indian rosewood, and we’re excited to show it to you all as our first new classical guitar made by Francisco for GSI. It’s en route to us now.Continue Reading
…luthier Matt Chaffin?
Well, it certainly has been awhile since we had one of his guitars (last one was 2017 – see here for examples of his previous, excellent work.)
So we are delighted to announce that Matt has a new classical guitar en route to us now from his workshop in Michigan. Matt built this one with a spruce top and CSA rosewood back and sides (our first from him with this combo), with maple appointments throughout – notably in the binding (which is a nice contrast to the dark reddish-brown rosewood), and the head veneer which really shows off some gorgeous flame.
We’re sure this guitar will sound as great as it looks, so keep your eyes on our new arrivals – we’ll be listing it as soon as we can after we’ve given it our full assessment of the sound, feel and playability.Continue Reading
Although the classical guitars of Richard Reynoso are fully traditional in construction design and largely inspired by the great Spanish makers of the past, they do have a voice and personality that is entirely his own. See in this short video documentary how Richard’s artistic style is informed in subtle ways by his immediate environment – the classic architecture seen in some of Hollywood and downtown Los Angeles’ most iconic historical buildings of the art deco era. His love of hard yet graceful lines and contrasts is expressed in his signature carved headstock, and exquisite rosette design which draws from his love of art-deco styled chandeliers and ancient Egyptian jewelry.
Check out these images showing the early and completed stages of the birth of our first cedar-top guitar from Carlos Juan Busquiel.
We are really looking forward to this guitar – our third from him so far. After we met in January 2018, he sent us two great guitars – one a spruce/maple, and the other a spruce/Indian rosewood, and both were outstanding. This cedar should be here next week so stay posted! Continue Reading
Here’s a great series of photographs documenting the birth of Russian luthier Vladimir Druzhinin’s newest rosette – from conception to realization. Starting with a CAD (computer assisted design) rosette, you can see the step-by-step process that ultimately led to its being inlayed in its first soundboard.
Check out these new images and mesmerizing video from Granada luthier Mario Aracama! Built with a cedar top and cocobolo rosewood back and sides, this is his newest instrument coming our way soon. A close inspection of these photos reveals the inscription “Las Cañadillas,” the significance we’ll have to ask Mario and get back to you on!
This week, Italian luthier Lorenzo Frignani shared a few photos with us of a beautiful new guitar that has been strung up and will be coming our way soon. This guitar features a Spruce top and Imbuia back and sides, always a stunning pair. In addition to photos of the finished product, Lorenzo also included some interesting shots of the intricate inlay he added to the back of this instrument, just below the heel. Check them out below!
We are very excited to introduce you to a new maker for us out of Spain, Elias Bonet! Here is a little peak at a guitar which will be coming our way very soon. It features a Spruce top and Indian Rosewood back and sides as well as a beautiful rosette not quite like any we’ve seen.