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Jul
01

Upon browsing through Ariel Ameijenda‘s photos, you may notice a glaring commonality in all of them. Granted, you’ll see the masterfully crafted and constructed headstock of his next guitar, which matches the piece of rosewood he uses for the back, and a very detailed, charming rosette, but even without looking too closely, you can see that the color red is strongly present in all of the photos below. That is because Ariel chose a stunning top for his next guitar he’s building for GSI.

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Jun
24

On its way to the showroom is this gorgeous classical guitar built by Carlos Juan Busquiel out of his workshop in Petrer, Spain. It features “Bocote” wood for the back and sides, which as you’ll see from the photos, is absolutely gorgeous with very unique patterning in the grains. Bocote is a species of Cordia found most-typically in Central and South America and related to Ziricote (Cordia dodecandra), which is typically found in Mexico and Central and South America – see an example of this on Stephen Hill’s 2018 model.

We can’t wait to hear Carlos Juan Busquiel’s next guitar for GSI, and we’ll make sure to share its music-making ability with you once we play it! We’re sure it’ll be as great as his previous instruments, but for now, let’s admire these photos while we wait.

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Jun
21

Annette Stephany has recently completed another guitar for GSI! This guitar is inspired by the same 1910 Manuel Ramirez that captured Annette’s attention long ago when she first saw it in a restoration in Lorenzo Frignani’s workshop. The guitar has a spruce top and a uniquely figured Indian Rosewood back. It’s been some time since our last guitar from Annette, so we’re really looking forward to getting to playing this guitar!

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Jun
14

We are very thrilled to announce that we’ll soon be receiving our first guitar from Russian-born/Granada-based luthier Pavel Gavryushov (be sure to learn about all the guitar makers we represent)! His first guitar built for us will be available at the GSI Store very soon where you can view all its photos and details. For now, check out the photos of his recent work below as well as photos and videos of classical guitarists Aniello Desiderio, Roland Dyens, Zoran Dukic and Dmitry Nilov playing his instruments.

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Jun
05
Photos above and in gallery below courtesy of Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts, Pepperdine University, 2019

Our friends at Pepperdine University tell us that the 2019 Parkening International Guitar Competition was a great success, and we sure can tell it was a grand time by the photos the Parkening Competition team shared with us (check them out below!). As you may know, the Competition took place this past weekend in the beautiful facilities of the Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts at Pepperdine University from May 28 – June 1. The closing ceremonies for the Young Guitarist Competition and the main division of the Parkening Guitar Competition took place on May 29th and June 1st respectively, and we’re thrilled to share the list of 2019 Parkening International Guitar Competition finalists with you here. You may recognize some of these names as regulars in the showroom:

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Jun
03

Jose Vigil knows which photos you all want to see! Take a look at his latest creation that was recently completed with a gorgeous quarter-sawn, light (yet stiff) red cedar top and some drop-dead gorgeous CSA rosewood back and sides, which originated from an Italian yacht factory over 50 years ago. Tonewood of this caliber in the hands of a master builder like Jose Vigil is a match made in guitar heaven.

Jose decided to go the extra mile and accessorize this guitar with a beautiful set of Klaus Scheller tuners with snakewood buttons and a BAM case. We should have this Vigil guitar in our showroom in no time…

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May
31

Bertrand Ligier has just completed his next guitar for us, and has forwarded on a few pictures to give us a sneak peek of what is coming our way. After many years of seeing and playing guitars, it’s always a surprise to see what he has prepared for us – indeed we’ve never seen the same rosette twice from him (and they’re always extremely elegant, complex and perfectly executed), and we’re always curious to know what materials he’s selected for us. Something special about the wood on this guitar – Bertrand has used a gorgeous set of CSA rosewood for the back and sides that he selected from Dominique Field’s private stock. (Ligier also used CSAR from Field’s private stock for a 2018 model we had last year). This is quite remarkable when we realize that Dominique’s latest guitar for us was built with wood Field received decades ago from his predecessor, Robert Bouchet! We’re quite sure this guitar will sound as good as it looks, so be watching as we will list this instrument soon!

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May
28

Do you like wonderfully sculpted headstocks and artful rosettes? Well then, Elias Bonet’s latest instrument might just satisfy your eye’s need for such things.

Elias sent over these photos below of his third guitar for us (you can see his first two in our Store). This one, which should arrive shortly since it’s polished up and in its case by now, features a spruce top and African rosewood back and sides (yes, we like that tonewood as well!). This is the first guitar we’ll have by Elias with this particular combination; however, Elias is no stranger to building with exotic woods as his last guitar we had earlier this year featured Green Ebony back and sides. We’ll show you how this one plays once it’s safely in our hands. In the meantime, feel free to loiter in the gallery as long as you need in order to marvel at the headstock and rosette!

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May
23

Winner of the 2nd prize at the prestigious Antonio Marin Montero Guitar Making Competition Julia Wenzel sent us photos of her new guitar that will be in the showroom shortly. Take a look! It’s coming from her workshop in Munich, Germany, from where she produces exceptional work. This instrument takes on a minimalist aesthetic and is overall subtle in appearance, but that only makes it understated and particularly stunning to us nonetheless! It is made up of a spruce top and is appointed with beautiful purfling (with green accents) that outlines the top and sides and matches the rosette perfectly. Simple yet sophisticated.

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May
23

It is with pleasure that our friends in Spain, Cristina and Enrique Ramírez – Amalia Ramírez’s niece and nephew – share the first trailer they produced for the upcoming documentary about the José Ramírez guitar-making family. Watch this 2-minute preview below, and you’ll see that the documentary will touch on how the guitar has survived thus far, plus it will undoubtedly detail the stamp that the Ramírez brand has left in the guitar world with 137+ years of work. The trailer was made for the Madrid Flamenco Festival, and the siblings will share with us (and you) all remaining trailers as the September premiere date approaches. We’re really thrilled for this as much as we’ve been for any other movie released this year (including “End Game”)… Stay tuned!

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