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Orfeo Magazine has published a feature article in their latest issue for Autumn 2015, taking a look into the workshops and at the work of master luthiers Andrea Tacchi, Luigi Locatto, and Lorenzo Frignani. Featuring interviews with the luthiers themselves, as well as highlighting some of the unique approaches these luthiers take when building their instruments, this issue is loaded with tons of great information for anybody interested in the art and craft of luthierie, as well as classical guitar in general. This issue also has some splendid photography, some nice shots of the luthiers and their workshops accompany the articles to give the reader a well rounded image of how and why these craftsmen do what they do. Click here to see the full issue of Orfeo. Also, check out some of the guitars we’ve had here at GSI as the exclusive retailers for these fine luthiers in the United States. You can see all of the guitars we’ve had from the workshops of Tacchi, Locatto, and Frignani in our store and in our museum archive.
Last Friday, JohnPaul and I delivered 22 Córdoba guitars to Josinaldo Costa, head guitar instructor at Servite High School in Anaheim, CA. We were there to learn, but about the Servite guitar program of course. We found out a lot about Josinaldo and his thoughts on the current state of the guitar. JohnPaul and I were very pleased to know that these instruments will help Servite’s guitar program directly, as Josinaldo’s students will be using them, and we were just as excited to have caught a glimpse of the caliber with which his students are performing. They can play! Check out the photos below detailing our trip and the classroom action we experienced.
Very few names have been as influential in the development and history of the guitar as the name José Ramírez. The family tradition was born around the year 1870, when a 12 year-old boy began an apprenticeship at a local builder’s workshop. He worked to develop his skills and in 1882 he founded the José Ramírez workshop. Now in its fourth generation, with Amalia Ramírez carrying on the legacy, the Ramírez name continues to be the gold standard by which all other Spanish classical and flamenco guitars are measured.
Here, we have compiled a brief but robustly informative history of the José Ramírez dynasty, which so grandly continues to impress historians, audiences and players alike for its output of guitars that capture the Spanish tradition and soul. To go more in-depth into each generation’s special contributions to the guitar and the famous workshop, click on each individual.
“It’s not just a gimmick – this is a varied and delightful set of waltzes” – C.D. (reviewer at Classical Guitar Magazine)
“A Dream Comes True” by Finn Wandahl
It was in the summer of 1972. I was a young, promising guitarist at 17 years of age who had just passed the entrance examination for the Royal Danish Conservatory of Music and was now spending the summer in Nice where French guitar virtuoso Alexandre Lagoya had been offering masterclasses every summer. I had not yet fully developed my technique and thus got to play for Lagoya only once. However, I did attend his master class lectures and was even taught by his assistant, a young French guitarist named Yves Chatelain. The lessons were held outdoors, in a wonderfully lush cloister garden porticoed on all sides. It was in these beautiful surroundings, where the lifelong dream of a guitar came to my young mind. Continue Reading
John Gallo, a fine art photographer and photo essayist, has recently completed a piece on English luthier Brian Cohen. Titled “The Six Strings of a Guitar”, Gallo’s essay tells the story of how a guitar is born; specifically: the 2014 Brian Cohen that just passed through our showroom. The essay is expected to be featured in National Geographic later this year or early next year, but John has graciously allowed us to showcase his work on our blog for you to view in advance.”The Six Stings of a Guitar” is a unique artistic piece that beautifully captures the essence of luthierie as both an art and a craft, and we are grateful to John Gallo for allowing us to share this one-of-a-kind experience with you.
“Guitar Aficionado Magazine” has done a feature article about Guitar Salon International in their September/October 2015 issue! The article includes an interview with David Collett, President of GSI as well as with Tim Miklaucic, owner and CEO of GSI and Cordoba Music Group. We would like to thank the team over at Guitar Aficionado Magazine for not only featuring us in their publication, but also for allowing us to use their images to share with you. Read the full article below.
At the foot of Mallorca’s highest mountain, Puig Major (1450 meters) in the Sóller Valley, the beautiful little medieval village Fornalutx is surrounded by lemon and orange groves. It is so beautiful that it has been repeatedly named Spain’s best kept village. It is said that the world’s largest and best oranges come from here – and now also some of the world’s finest guitars. Kenneth Brögger has established a second guitar workshop in this beautiful village, where Chopin said: “If paradise exists on earth – then it must be here!”. The workshop is situated in a house that appears exactly as it was when it was originally built in 1900 – original, “primitive” and charming. Only five steps up the stairs from the main hall is Kenneth’s new Spanish workshop. Perhaps the world’s smallest professional guitar workshop (7.4 square meters) – or at least one of them – is where he builds one (maximum two) guitars at a time, due to limited space. Pure vacation has never had much appeal to Kenneth, so he is much happier to be able to work when he travels with his family here to southern Europe. Kenneth will be keeping his current workshop in Denmark running and will be splitting his time and work between the two locations. Please view the photos to see the new location as well as Kenneth at work building a guitar with walnut back and sides – GSI will have one of these later this year.
Felipe Conde and his children Maria and Felipe Jr., who now work full-time in the shop along with their father, are featured in the April issue of Iberia Excelente magazine, which you’ll find if you happen to be flying business class on Iberia. We also have some great photos of Felipe Jr. and Maria working in the shop.