Jan
30

We have photos of a new guitar on its way to us from French luthier Francois Leonard – a spruce and maple classical that he should be finishing very soon.

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Jan
26

Here’s Flynn Hase Spence playing Agustín Barrios’ Vals Opus 8, No. 4 on a stunning 1900’s Manuel Ramirez (exact date not known). This guitar is just an amazing example of early 20th Century Spanish luthiery.

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Jan
25

Today’s performance and tutorial from EliteGuitarist.com is for Recuerdos de la Alhambra, one of the most iconic pieces in the classical guitar repertoire. This piece is deeply evocative of the Spanish gardens of Alhambra and employs tremolo, a technique that is unique in its form to the guitar. Check out the note-for-note tutorial taught by Taso Comanescu and the full technique tutorial “Tremolo – A Comprehensive Approach.” Taso plays a beautiful 2017 German Vazquez Rubio Custom Elite, Rubio’s absolutely top-of-the-line model in spruce and African blackwood with stunning materials and workmanship.

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Jan
22

We’ve got videos of GSI’s Chris Garwood introducing us to some of this week’s New Arrivals, including new guitars from Mario Aracama, Sergio Perez and Marco Tejeda, plus an amazing 2005 Pepe Romero Jr. called ‘La Serrana’ from the Romero family’s private collection. Chris is a wonderful player, so this is a great chance to hear these guitars played right!

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Jan
21

Every now and then a guitar comes to GSI that is just dripping with history. Such is the case of this amazing Robert Bouchet classical – the second guitar he ever made and the guitar that essentially launched the French or Paris school of guitar making that would include Daniel Friederich, Dominique Field, Jean-Noel Rohe and more. Check out the video to learn more about the circumstances that led Bouchet to make his first guitar at the age of 48 and to become one of Europe’s leading builders.

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Jan
17

We have photos of an absolutely stunning guitar on its way to us from Italin luthier Luigi Locatto – a classical guitar in spruce and CSA rosewood with absolutely stunning inlay work that should be shipping to us very soon!

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Jan
15

This Summer, July 19 through August 9, 2018, CSU Summer Arts will once again take place in Granada, Spain, in conjunction with the 2nd Annual Granada Guitar Festival and Antonio Marin Montero guitar building competition, and you can take part! Summer Arts is a three-week program of master classes and guitar instruction conducted by some amazing player/teachers, including Pepe Romero, LAGQ, Vicente Coves, Scott Morris, Kai Narezo (me!) and more. Also, Summer Arts is open to just about anyone – not only CSU students or California residents.

There is a substantial amount of financial aid available, too, and the best way to find out how much aid you might get is to apply. Granada is a stunning and inspiring environment in which to study guitar, and you can’t do much better than spending three weeks with the likes of Pepe Romero and LAGQ and surrounded by other talented students who are all there to learn live, eat and drink guitar. GSI is proud to be a sponsor of the CSU Summer Arts in Granada and the Granada Guitar Festival and we hope to hear about some of your adventures in Spain! Application is now open so click over here to apply.

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Jan
15

Here’s more of Peter Fletcher, this time playing the Gavotte from Bach’s Lute Suite #3 on a beautiful 1995 Hermann Hauser III (EX Jonathan Kellerman), Miguel Llobet’s Testament D’Amelia on a new Jose Ramirez Guitarra Del Tiempo, Isaac Albeniz’ Asturias on a 2013 Woonsun Lee, and Asturias and Segovia’s Oración on a 2006 Rafael Moreno Rodriguez ‘Negra’ (another example of great guitars being capable of handling classical or flamenco).

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Jan
10

Here’s Maciej Staszewski playing the Lento movement of his Sonitus Noctis on that great 2017 David Rouse in spruce and CSA rosewood. And check out the rest of Maciej’s videos here.

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Jan
09

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.

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