Posts from ‘Feature Articles’

Apr
01

<— Go back to Jack Silver, Pt. 1

In Pt. 2 of Jack’s unique story, through all of his encounters with classical guitar recordings, he is able to very closely trace back to when the first recordings may have been captured, basing it on extensive research and using items in his collection as reference points. Jack notes that the vast bulk of classical guitar recordings were made after the development of electrical recording in 1925; nevertheless, in a sea of mass-produced, dispensable products today, it is nice to learn about these rare treasures that still exist on a rare medium and serve as recordings to admire.

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Mar
27

With a wave of Minimalism being so ‘in’ at the moment, we thought twice about this title and image. And, on that second thought we thought, “In this case COLLECTOR is a good thing!” Just look at that great library of music.

It all belongs to Jack Silver, who has become a friend as of late as he’s shared with us his story on how he became a collector of rare recordings; the kinds that record labels dream of having and audiophiles want to discover first. In recent years, Jack released some of his obscure, unknown recordings through DOREMI Records (now distributed by NAXOS), in a series called “Andres Segovia and his Contemporaries”. There are currently 12 volumes in this series.

As part of this multi-part GSI Story Series, we give you Pt. 1 of Jack Silver’s story (in his own words) on how he got started collecting rare recordings.

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Mar
20

Luthier Youri Soroka just informed us that he will be participating in the “Local Wood Challenge” being sponsored by the European Guitar Builders organization. This will be happening later this month, from 22-24 March in Paris at the “Salon de la Belle Guitare” event, which is one of the largest guitar shows in France.

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Oct
23

The Arts Review publication is brought to us all by the Wilmette Arts Guild, and its aim is to “…inform, stimulate and inspire” as it does with all of its content. So, when GSI’s own President David Collett was asked to write a piece about the master-luthier and father of the modern classical guitar Antonio de Torres for Arts Review, he couldn’t resist to put his vast knowledge on the subject to work.

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Oct
03

Since its beginnings in 2011, the GSI Foundation has been working hard to keep music education alive in public schools across the United States. By providing programs with the necessary instruments, instruction, and inspiration, they have been able to provide thousands of kids with the opportunity to experience music firsthand. 

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Aug
10

In 2015, Felipe Conde Guitars was featured in Iberia Magazine to celebrate its 100th birthday and the re-issuing of Domingo Esteso’s 1915 model. Read the article above to learn about the Conde family’s rich history of guitar building, famous guitarists who have played their instruments, and the bright future that rests in the hands of María and Felipe Jr.

Apr
03

Orfeo Magazine just released their 11th issue, and it’s an English Special. Within the 74 pages, the issue starts by giving a brief history of the guitar in England and how it originated from a cittern-like instrument with courses of strings, then we get into classical guitar builders who make their instruments in England, including Paul Fischer, the successor of the famous master David Rubio, and Christopher Dean, who likes to build traditional Spanish-influence instruments in the Torres and Santos styles. Orfeo then gives a profile of Kevin Aram, who like Dean, builds traditionally in the Spanish and Hauser styles, yet interestingly builds electric and acoustic guitars in the cigar-box fashion for fun – What a hobby! Gary Southwell’s story is intriguing because he builds historical replicas in the style of Lacote, Stauffer and Pagés as well as modern and contemporary guitars with a scientific approach. We get to Michael Gee who is known for his double-top guitars, and close off with tuning machine maker David Rogers, whose extravagant works are known as some of the best tuning machines ever.

Click here to read the full Orfeo #11 issue and learn more about the guitar scene in England.

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Feb
28

John and his sister, Ann.

In Memoriam: John Weissenrieder (1964-2017)
by Andrea Tacchi

My friend John Weissenrieder and I had the pleasure of knowing each other, as well as time spent working together and later, harvesting the work of those years. And now – unexpectedly and with great sadness – the time has come for me to share some of my memories of John and the work we did together on guitars.

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Nov
06

Orfeo Magazine’s 10th release is particularly special to us – it showcases builders from our side of the world as the writers and photographers document their trip up and down the West Coast. It’s great to see so many of our friends in this issue! Pepe Romero Jr., down in San Diego, talks about his family legacy, how he makes guitars and shows us his personal collection. We’re excited to see Richard Reynoso here representing Los Angeles as he lets us into his inspiration for making such tasteful instruments. Then, we head to NorCal in Berkeley where we get a nice look into the Harris Guitar Foundation collection of instruments, which are available to the students at SFCM. Gregory Byers, in Willits, CA, is next and gives us a look at his extensive and unique research into guitar-making. Orfeo then visits Portland Oregon’s Jeffrey Elliott to learn about his history as a luthier, his building process and the kind of sound he looks for. Their last stop is in Spokane, WA for none other than Eric Sahlin. Eric talks about being self-taught, his wood preferences and his innovative “twisted” fingerboards.

 

Orfeo No. 10 is almost like going on an actual road trip along the West Coast, and it is nicely guided by quotes by Jack Kerouac. Read the full Orfeo Magazine No. 10 in English here.

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Aug
24

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Munich Frauenkirche as it appears today.

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…

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