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As I arrived in Granada a few weeks ago I learned of the passing of our good friend and great luthier Bernd Martin. Martin – everyone in Granada just called him Martin – arrived in Granada in 1976 and was the first expat to establish himself as a luthier here in this city that has now been home to so many luthiers from all over the world. Martin embraced the Granada style and began building beautiful guitars – classical and flamenco – that went to clients all over the world.
Few things are as fun as getting to meet, play and record a Torres. The historical significance of these instruments is pretty awesome, especially when you consider that all Torres guitars have been around for the entire history of the modern guitar and in many cases have played a direct role (most Torres guitars have been owned and played by significant figures in the history of the guitar). And then there’s the sound, which is almost always astonishing, especially for such old and relatively small instruments.
As we look forward to the release of Scott Tennant’s CD of Segovia’s music recorded on the 1969 Jose Ramirez 1a ‘AM’ that was owned by Segovia, we came across this video of Segovia himself playing the guitar. The video is from a 1972 documentary apparently made for Italian television, but we were very excited to see that there was Segovia playing the very guitar that wound up in the Russell Cleveland collection and subsequently at GSI, where we recorded Scott’s CD, as well as some other videos with great players (you can see them all here). Scott’s Segovia CD is being published by Guitar Coop and will be released soon! Watch at 0:34 in the video to see the camera zoom in and show the serial number of the guitar – No. 3,339.
When GSI’s David Collett and JohnPaul Trotter went to MusikMesse in Frankfurt, Germany (Europe’s largest musical equipment trade fair), this year they met up with many of the luthiers we work with and also with Open Strings Berlin‘s Nicolas and Hendrick to shoot a great video about their time at MusikMesse. David and JohnPaul spend time with the Felipe Conde family, the Teodoro Perez family, Otto Vowinkel, Tobias Berg and Jochen Rothel and you can see that they’re having a pretty good time despite ‘working’. Huge thanks to Open Strings Berlin, who are a young, innovative media platform dedicated to promoting guitar culture through beautifully shot and edited video. They met with David and JohnPaul in Frankfurt and filmed their visit all 3 days, and are putting together separate videos for each of the 3 days. This is the first of the 3, 2 more to follow, hopefully soon!
I was visiting my good friend Stephen Hill, who lives and works in La Herradura, a beach town south of Granada, and he had just finished preparing a spruce and maple model 2 classical to send off to be French polished, so I took some pictures of the guitar and then ran it over to Antonio Ariza, whom you can see in the photo below. Antonio is the son of the luthier of the same name, who used to have his shop on the Cuesta Gomerez and whose guitars I used to covet back in the day. Antonio the son is one of the few polishers in Spain who work on a huge amount of guitars for luthiers all over the country and he does an absolutely fantastic job. The guitar will take a few weeks to polish and will be on its way to GSI sometime late Summer.
Here are some photos of a recently completed Fernando Moreno coming our way very soon. Moreno lives and works in Alcala de Guadaira, just outside of Sevilla, but learned his trade in Granada.
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We have photos of the new guitar on its way to us from French luthier Bertrand Ligier – a classical guitar in spruce and an absolutely stunning set of CSA rosewood for the back and sides. Bertrand is just finishing up the French polish and should be shipping the guitar to us very soon!
The GSI Six String Summer Sale starts now through the end of August!
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Our friends at Orfeo Magazine have created something quite astounding – a set of 34 life-sized prints of historic guitars. The guitars range from Torres’ 1856 ‘La Leona’ to a 2008 Daniel Freiderich, and include such great makers as Enrique Garcia, Francisco Simplicio, Santos Hernandez, Robert Bouchet, Hermann Hauser (I and II), Miguel Rodriguez’ (Pepe Romeros’ “La Wonderful”) and more. If you have seen any of the photography in Orfeo magazine you’ll have an idea of how beautifully produced these promise to be, and they include some information about the luthiers and the guitars in addition to the amazing life-sized prints. We very much look forward to receiving copies at GSI in the near future!