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…”

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3 Responses to “Coming Soon – Sebastian Stenzel”

  1. I would like to further advertise walnut for back and sides of classical guitars. While it is probably the most common wood used for the bowls of arabic ouds, very common for the body of other middle eastern instruments like tar, setar, kamanche, rubab and others, and even quite common for back and sides of steel string guitars, it seems to have been overlooked for making classical guitars. Already in 1996, I made a classical guitar with walnut back and sides for my Master of Crafts examination to show that it is as suitable as any rosewood. I made several guitars with walnut since, and never has any of those players, who had commissioned these guitars, repented the choice.

    Happy New Year!
    Sebastian Stenzel

  2. Rojaros says:

    I’m one of those few lucky people to live close to Sebastian Stenzel, to know and to be friends with him. I have a very lively interest and have owned or still own some of his guitars. I always anxiously wait until a new series of guitars comes to completion, this time is no exception.

    When I could try the recently finished guitars, Sebastian handed to me a beautiful Brazil/Spruce guitar with the words, he thinks, it’ll probably be the one I shall like most. And a gorgeous guitar it was, quite certainly the one I would have chosen, but there was also this beautifully looking walnut guitar. Now, no doubt, that one was my first choice … ever.

    Unfortunately the guitar was not disponible, er else I would have considerd to buy it immediately.
    I’m maybe the person who has played the most guitars of Sebatsian that came into existence in last ten years or so, and I have never played a single one that left me indifferent, but this guitar was of such distinguished noblesse and power that it left me plain speachless.

    The only thing left to do here is to congratulate from my heart the lucky person that is going to play this guitar…


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