Posts from ‘News’

Sep
19

Our good friend Alberto Martinez, the man behind the camera of “Orfeo Magazine” will soon be receiving formal acknowledgement for his contribution to the classical guitar community. For several years Alberto has been tirelessly presenting the inside pictoral stories of so many of todays top luthiers and will receive the “Golden Guitar” Award at the 24° Convegno internazionale di chitarra di Milano on October 5, 2019 in Milan, Italy. Well done Alberto from all of us not just at GSI but throughout the world of classical guitar who have become familiar with, and grateful for, your work.

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Sep
13

We recently received news from our long-time friend Frank Wallace that he is suffering from cancer when he posted his very touching story on his blog in June. Bill Kanengiser of the LAGQ received the news at the same time we did and contacted us immediately to see if we could arrange a video shoot to record 3 pieces Frank wrote in 1999 from his 6-movement work “Sweet Ladyslipper”, which was dedicated to the memory of his friend and colleague John Fleagle, founding member of Trio LiveOak. The entire piece can be heard as played by Frank here. A .pdf file of the piece can also be purchased through that link for those of you interested in adding it to your repertoire.

In addition to performing these 3 beautiful pieces, Bill had some personal anecdotes he wanted to share, to create awareness of Frank’s condition, and to get word out that contributions can be made to Frank’s medical fund to help pay for his expenses.

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Sep
04

Bastien Burlot’s newest guitar for GSI is currently being built. It is the latest installment in his “Alkemia” line of instruments based on the great cathedrals of France – this one based on the famous “Nôtre Dame” of Paris.

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Sep
03

Have you ever wished you could come into the Salon but don’t live in L.A. or can’t come in? We’re bringing back our “First Look” video series so you can get the experience of trying out a guitar in the Salon wherever you are! Join Jaxon, Andy and JohnPaul as they discuss and perform on our top-notch collection of guitars. New videos every week!

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Aug
29

You may have seen – but surely heard – Knobloch Strings played by many great guitarists, including the artists and instructors on EliteGuitarist.com. Well, we’re thrilled to announce that Knobloch Strings are now available at the GSI Store, which means you can grab your own set to use on your guitar starting now! Knobloch classical guitar strings are strings of the highest order with several models and tensions to choose from.

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Aug
27

A new guitar is arriving to the showroom very soon made by Valerio Licari. This particular instrument you see in the gallery below – our first guitar by him – was one of the finalists in this year’s 2019 Antonio Marin Guitar-Making Competition in Granada, of which you can see our recap here. David Collett liked it so much when he played it as part of the jury in Granada that he decided to collaborate with the Italian luthier right away in order to bring his work to Santa Monica, CA.

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Aug
20

This is the first time we will be receiving a guitar constructed with Kamagong back and sides, and it’s coming to us from Granada, Spain – from the workshop of Mario Aracama. Here are a few facts about Kamagong we think you should know:

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Aug
14

Once again we attended the 2019 “3rd Antonio Marin Guitar Making Competition EGF” (European Guitar Foundation, with Vicente Coves as director) in Granada, Spain. Both GSI’s David Collett and Kai Narezo attended the event as they were both selected to be part of juries for the competition. David was on the classical jury, headed by jury president José Marín Plazuelo (Spain) joined by master luthier Edmund Blöchinger (Germany), master luthier/repairman Yuris Zeltins (USA), guitarist and dealer Alberto Cuéllar (Spain/China), and classical guitarist in residence José Luis Morillas (who also did all the performing on the classicals). For the Flamenco Guitar category, in addition to Kai, the jury included jury president and Madrid luthier Manuel Cáceres (Spain), pedagogue Julio Castaños (Spain) and the flamenco guitarist in residence Alberto Lopez, who did all the performing on the flamencos.

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Aug
12

It’s been a bit over 2 years since we last saw a new guitar by luthier Erez Perelman, so we’re delighted to announce that he recently finished up a brand new six-string classical guitar (exclusively for GSI) that will arrive to the showroom shortly. Erez builds meticulously handcrafted instruments from his workshop in Israel, and has become known as a guitar maker whose approach draws from a synthesis of artistic, musical and scientific philosophies. You can learn more about Erez Perelman’s intelligent approach to guitar-making, which yields beautifully built and sounding instruments like the one below, when you watch his 2015 Talk at Google.

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Jul
31

Our next guitar built by master luthier Jochen Röthel is nearly done and should be here soon! This is our first from him with this rarely-seen wood combination – cedar top and cypress back and sides. Although over the years we’ve had cedar/cypress guitars from a variety of luthiers (starting with 60’s José Ramírez guitars, Miguel Rodriguez and even Ignacio Fleta), we currently don’t have a single guitar in the showroom constructed in this combination, SO we’re very excited to see it soon. Jochen thinks this combo makes for a monster guitar with a very lightweight build, massive volume and power with a lyrical, beautiful and ultra-responsive tone.

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