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We stopped by the Romero compound in Del Mar, CA and spent some time with Pepe Romero and the Blochinger Pine Guitar, and of course we had to record Pepe playing the guitar itself. Check out Pepe playing Evocación and Tonadilla by Angel Barrios on this magnificent instrument and then discussing the history of the woods with GSI president David Collett. And you can read much more about the guitar and the wood used for the pine top here.
This is the second of two instruments that Edmund Blöchinger built nearly side-by-side, using a flitch set of CSA for the back and sides, but using two different (and equally ancient) tops for each one. A couple of weeks before this instrument arrived, we had received the first of these, his “Dome” guitar with the sister set of back and sides to this pine, which itself has its own incredible back-story that you can read here. But let us turn to this pine-topped instrument, which is an entirely different marvel unto itself also with its own compelling background.
We have two guitars being built for us by the great Sevilla flamenco maker Francisco Barba, so I stopped by the shop when I was in Spain to pay a visit. Francisco wasn’t there that day, but I got to hang out with his sons, Juan and Jose, and see the shop, which is quite spacious and turns out to be the home in which the sons were born, now converted to a shop. Unlike most makers, who make a few guitars at a time, the Barbas work in one large batches that they complete once a year, so that they spend most of each year preparing all the parts they will use to make a year’s worth of guitars. They prepare the woods in winter when the humidity is high, they assemble the guitars in the spring and they finish guitars in the fall.
Aside from the birds, one of the more interesting thing I noticed in the shop was the circular cutouts from the soundholes (see photos) that they keep so that if ever need to make repairs they have wood from the top of the very guitar they are repairing. We have a blanca and a negra coming from them which should be ready shortly.
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GSI is very proud to be a sponsor of the 1st International Antonio Marín Montero Guitar Making Competition which takes place in Granada this October 26-29 and is part of the 1st Annual Granada Guitar Festival. Among the panel of distinguished guitarists and makers who will comprise the jury will be our friends Jose Marín Plazuelo, Edmund Blochinger, Dr. Scott Morris (who organized the CSU Summer Arts program that collaborates with the Festival), David Collett, president of GSI, and many more. The winning guitar makers will have their instruments sold at GSI.
Edmund Blöchinger’s “Dome” guitar has a very intriguing back story, so we thought it would be a great piece of information to share with everyone. Among the fascinating details about this instrument, it is notably interesting that the soundboard comes from the spruce beams that resided for over 450 years in the roof of the Frauenkirche in Munich, Germany – probably the most iconic structure in that city that tourists today flock to with their selfie sticks and zoom lens cameras. From these antique spruce beams is where the story of this guitar begins…
We have photos of the next guitar coming to us from Granada luthier Jose Vigil – a gorgeous cedar and Indian rosewood guitar with maple purfling and some of Jose’s most beautiful work to date. Jose is finishing French polishing the guitar now and it should be ready in just a few weeks.
The CSU Summer Arts program in Granada, Spain, is in full swing and culminates with a final student concert next week. In the meantime we’ve all been having a great time enjoying this amazing city. As the program coincided with the first annual Granada Guitar Festival, organized by our good friend Vicente Coves, it’s been an amazing experience all around and the mayor of Granada met with us to discuss doing it again as soon as possible. In the photo above from left to right are: Vicente Coves, Scott Morris, who organized the program, Joanne Sharp, the mayor, me, and the culture minister of the city.
The rest of the photos feature a lot of tapas and shots of Granada, along with Vicente and Scott, Florian Blochinger, who played a concert on the opening night of the festival, my friend Stephen Hill reunited with the guitar he made for me in 1989 (his 8th guitar ever), and luthier Jose Vigil. We’ll have lots more photos and a full report on the festival very soon.