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Jan
22

Our new GSI Auction platform is now live, and first up is a 1976 José Ramírez “2a” with a gorgeous cedar top and Indian rosewood back and sides.

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Jan
14

In this episode of The Classical Guitar Corner Podcast, Simon Powis interviews David Collett, President of Guitar Salon International, the largest dealer of classical and flamenco guitars in the world, located in Santa Monica, California. Simon and David talk about GSI’s guitar collection, its series of videos, and many other things you won’t want to miss! Please have a listen here (as you can tell, it’s already playing for you!), and then share your thoughts and comments below.

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Jan
14

U.S. Classic Guitar President William Jenks is thrilled to present Spanish Guitar Virtuoso Virginia Luque in all three U.S. Classic Guitar Venues including Hawaii on January 12, Portland on January 17, and Los Angeles on January 18 (click on each event date to purchase tickets for that concert). Virginia’s program will include five U.S. premiers by composers Leo Brouwer, Jorge Morel, two of her own compositions, as well as works by Albeniz, Granados, Piazolla and more. Her masterclass takes place on Sunday January 19 from 11am-1pm, and like all remaining masterclasses in the Los Angeles Series, will be held at Guitar Salon International – 1455 19th St., Santa Monica, CA 90404. Check out Masterclass info and schedule on the U.S. Classic Guitar page.

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Jan
06

You may have seen the videos we produced with the incredible Brazilian guitarist/composer Guinga. What you may not have known was that during the filming of these videos, NPR had sent reporter Betto Arcas to get the full story of this legendary, soft-spoken and until now, somewhat obscure musician. JohnPaul, sales manager from GSI, had lived in Brazil in 2009 and had an encounter with Guinga’s music early on and was happy to share his first experience of Guinga’s music for this piece featured on NPR’s Weekend Edition, which you can also hear below. We were very happy to host Guinga and have NPR use GSI for their interview. Many thanks to Guinga, Betto, Vera Ludmila, and Allison Van Etten for their collaboration to make this all come together.

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Jan
02

The spruce for the soundboard comes from the Swiss Alps, and Daniele has made the perfect cut on this top – one look at the cross grain “aguas” on this top and you’ll see it doesn’t get any more quarter-sawn than this! The grain almost takes on the appearance of the swirling storms on Jupiter and Saturn – this is really fantastic and will make for a great sounding guitar. Daniele crafted his own one-a-kind rosette design with half herringbones inlays made of cedrella, maple and rosewood, and then matched the purfling with the same wood.

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Dec
27

Straight from her workshop in Munich, Germany, Julia Wenzel (2018 winner of the 2nd prize at the prestigious Antonio Marin Montero Guitar Making Competition) sent us photos of her new guitar that will be in the showroom shortly. This instrument is made up of a cedar top and is appointed with beautiful purfling (with green accents) that outlines the top and sides and matches the rosette perfectly. Simple yet sophisticated. This will be the first guitar from Julia with high grade CSA rosewood back and sides, which is stunningly dramatic in its grain patterns – this is beautiful, well-selected, and we expect it will make for a fantastic sounding instrument. This guitar should be finished soon and on its way to GSI early in the New Year!

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Dec
20

Andy Culpepper is putting the finishing touches on his latest guitar for GSI, which will feature a cedar top with maple back and sides. Aside from the beautiful materials used for the tonal production of the guitar – chosen particularly for their extremely lively tapping tones, Andy has been working on a special new rosette for this guitar, which has been inspired by the Vincent Van Gogh painting “Starry Night”. We love that this guitar expands on the practice to draw more literally from the visual art world, reminding all of us that the role of the luthier is an artistic tradition that we all get to benefit from visually as well as sonically!

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Dec
07

JohnPaul recently went down to Oceanside to pay Bernardo Romero a visit to his workshop, a space that he shares with his uncle and renowned luthier Pepe Romero Jr.

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Dec
05

Looking for some stocking stuffers for loved ones or running low on strings? Spend $100 or more at the GSI store, and you’ll receive an email with a code for a FREE download of the new album of guitar concerti recorded by Angel and Pepe Romero and composed by American composer David Chesky!

“What I have to say about David Chesky is that he is a composer that covers so many different emotions in his music. Within one piece, he covers the elements of rock, classical, romantic, and flamenco. He has the ability to move through all of these emotions so quickly and efficiently. This is what makes these two concertos so special to me. As a performer I always need a vehicle in which I can let my emotions free and at the same time enjoy the technical aspects which most of the time are very challenging. This is all united by the beauty of these concertos.” – Angel Romero
“David Chesky has written a fantastic concerto for two guitars and orchestra in the tradition of the great double concertos by Bach, Vivaldi and Rodrigo. Chesky is true to himself and in this piece, he uses flamenco elements in a contrapuntal fashion that celebrate and challenge the guitarists, exploring the possibilities of guitar technique and expression.” – Pepe Romero
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Dec
05

Recently, while Andrew was vacationing in Tokyo, he had the privilege to visit the iconic workshop of Maestro Masaki Sakurai. In 1988, Sakurai was awarded first prize at the prestigious International Guitar-Making Competition in Paris, France and has continued to elevate his guitar making to the highest degree. There is an incredible amount of history behind this hidden gem workshop in the Saitama prefecture, just down the street from the 3rd busiest train station in the world. For the last 21 years, the guitars built since Sakurai took over the workshop (from his uncle Masaru Kohno) have maintained the quality, precision craftsmanship, meticulous attention to detail and beautiful sound that have made Kohno and Sakurai’s guitars world-renowned. With careful planning and some luck, Andrew was able to spend an incredible day picking wood for the next GSI guitars and to take a look at the inner workings of the shop to see how it all happens. We’d like to extend a personal thanks to Takuya Kawauchi from Aria & Co. for setting up the introduction!

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