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We have some more great videos of Grisha playing some fantastic flamencos, including a 1967 Marcelo Barbero Hijo (not even a flamenco, but a great example of how a good guitar is a good guitar), a 2016 Jesus de Jimenez in spruce and Bolivian rosewood, a 2016 Jeronimo Perez in cedar and pau ferro, a G. V. Rubio ‘1951 Barbero Ex Sabicas’ model blanca, and a 1973 Gerundino Fernandez in cedar and spruce.
We have photos of the ‘Hommage a Daniel Friederich’ model guitar coming to us from Canadian luthier Michel Belair – a beautiful cedar and Indian rosewood guitar based on a 1999 Friederich that Belair owns and about which he has Friederich’s notes. We recently had another of Belair’s ‘Friederich’ guitars in the shop and recorded Russian guitarist Vladimir Gapontsev playing Scarlatti’s Sonata k209 on that one (see below). The guitar is in the final stages of French polish at the moment and should ship to us some time in Febrary. You can see the guitar that Vladimir played here.
It’s been another amazing year for guitar music over here at GSI and as the year wraps up we’d like to take a moment to thank all of the amazing musicians who have lent us their time and talent to create the great videos we publish every week. We obviously couldn’t do any of it without them and we are extremely grateful for the music and for the friends we’ve made over the years in our quest to record every guitar we can get our hands on! So here, in more or less reverse order of appearance, are the artists who have shared their talent with us this year:
We have photos of the latest guitar being made for GSI by German luthier Sebastian Stenzel – a stunning spruce and walnut classical that’s in the final stages of French polish at the moment. Sebastian had this to say about the guitar:
“I had chosen this amazing walnut for GSI because of this nice aspect of coming home: the Claro walnut is endemic to California and Oregon only, to the best of my knowledge. The center piece of the back and the binding are of quilted hard maple, also from the US, of course. Come to think of it, such a guitar is actually a quite international affair: spruce from Austria, Spanish cedar from South America, strings from France, tuners from Italy, Bone from Mongolia, shellac from India…”
We have photos of the next guitar on its ay to us from German luthier Annette Stephany – a beautiful classical in spruce and cypress with pegs. Stephany says that the model is inspired by the 1910 Manuel Ramirez that has inspired her before, and while it is a classical guitar it is lightweight like a flamenco. The guitar is finished and should be on its way to us any day now.
Orfeo Magazine has, as promised, published their next five issues (#6-10) in print format all in one captivating, quality book. Orfeo did not shy away from providing all of the quality content they deliver online into this one package, which, by the way, we think can make a nice gift during this season! As they did with their compilation of issues #1-5, Orfeo gathers their latest five publications and showcases top-notch, in-depth stories about luthiers the likes of Andrea Tacchi, Luca Waldner, José Luis Romanillos, Antonio de Torres and Eric Sahlin – all spanning various countries including Italy, Spain, Germany and the US, and all building in different styles.
You can find Orfeo’s compilation of issues #6-10 at the GSI Store, and also check out their full catalog of publications on Orfeo’s website.
Here’s a side of luthiery you don’t hear about every day – the guitar maker’s intimate relationship with wood which in many cases involves actually felling trees that will provide wood for their instruments. In my experience luthiers don’t take this relationship lightly at all, and Sebastian Stenzel‘s story of finding the perfect spruce for tops for his guitars is a lovely example of this. Sebastian was kind enough to provide this account for us and some great photos.
Our friend Peter Fletcher was in town on tour and stopped by to record some guitars for us. Among the pieces he played was his transcription of Erik Satie’s Reverie du Pauvre, which he played on seven different guitars. So here’s Peter playing Satie on guitars by Kevin Aram, Hermann Hauser III, Paolo Coriani, Loriente, Kazuo Sato, Antonio Raya Pardo and the Hill Guitar Company.
If you’re watching us all over social media, then you’ve surely heard about our Loriente Giveaway that just ended last week. We had over 3,000 entries and randomly selected 10. Of those 10, we had JohnPaul randomly select 1 winner by drawing the name out of a guitar case, and we filmed the whole moment live on Instagram.
…And the winner of our Loriente Giveaway was John Hartman, who chose a Loriente Clarita SP/IN!
We are currently running our next giveaway – the GSI “Studio Series” Giveaway, so be sure to continue following us on all platforms for more updates, fun contests and to learn how to enter for a chance to win a GSI “Studio Series” guitar.