Aug
14

Once again we attended the 2019 “3rd Antonio Marin Guitar Making Competition EGF” (European Guitar Foundation, with Vicente Coves as director) in Granada, Spain. Both GSI’s David Collett and Kai Narezo attended the event as they were both selected to be part of juries for the competition. David was on the classical jury, headed by jury president José Marín Plazuelo (Spain) joined by master luthier Edmund Blöchinger (Germany), master luthier/repairman Yuris Zeltins (USA), guitarist and dealer Alberto Cuéllar (Spain/China), and classical guitarist in residence José Luis Morillas (who also did all the performing on the classicals). For the Flamenco Guitar category, in addition to Kai, the jury included jury president and Madrid luthier Manuel Cáceres (Spain), pedagogue Julio Castaños (Spain) and the flamenco guitarist in residence Alberto Lopez, who did all the performing on the flamencos.

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Aug
13

Amir John Haddad is one of the most recognizable names in the flamenco guitar world. He has recently joined our friends at EliteGuitarist.com as one of their instructors, alongside other flamenco greats like Antonio Rey, Jose Tanaka, Vahagni and Ricardo Marlow. Hermano Cortes is an emotive Solea perfectly matched with this 1971 Miguel Rodriguez flamenco guitar.

Check out Amir’s Solea lessons at EliteGuitarist and the comprehensive flamenco curriculum developed for students ranging from absolute beginners to the most advanced.

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Aug
12

It’s been a bit over 2 years since we last saw a new guitar by luthier Erez Perelman, so we’re delighted to announce that he recently finished up a brand new six-string classical guitar (exclusively for GSI) that will arrive to the showroom shortly. Erez builds meticulously handcrafted instruments from his workshop in Israel, and has become known as a guitar maker whose approach draws from a synthesis of artistic, musical and scientific philosophies. You can learn more about Erez Perelman’s intelligent approach to guitar-making, which yields beautifully built and sounding instruments like the one below, when you watch his 2015 Talk at Google.

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Jul
31

Our next guitar built by master luthier Jochen Röthel is nearly done and should be here soon! This is our first from him with this rarely-seen wood combination – cedar top and cypress back and sides. Although over the years we’ve had cedar/cypress guitars from a variety of luthiers (starting with 60’s José Ramírez guitars, Miguel Rodriguez and even Ignacio Fleta), we currently don’t have a single guitar in the showroom constructed in this combination, SO we’re very excited to see it soon. Jochen thinks this combo makes for a monster guitar with a very lightweight build, massive volume and power with a lyrical, beautiful and ultra-responsive tone.

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Jul
26

We have a big batch of exciting new releases for you at the GSI Store this week – that is, apart from our weekly New Arrivals. A total of 7 new guitars are now available from which you can choose: four new models from Vicente Carrillo’s line of concert-quality classical guitars – the “Primera Especial” available with a spruce top or a cedar top and the “India Estudio” also with your choice of a cedar or spruce top.

Beyond these, we’re also thrilled to introduce three new concert flamenco guitars that will fit right at home here in our showroom: the Cañizares line featuring the “Estudio-1”, “Estudio-2” and “Estudio-3” in spruce/granadillo, spruce/cypress and spruce/Indian rosewood, respectively. This special line of flamencas are named after the all-time great flamenco guitarist Juan Manuel Cañizares who, after wanting a custom line of guitars onto which he could pour his years of guitar wisdom, decided to work with Vicente Carrillo in order to create the highest quality flamenco instruments for the broadest audience possible with demanding standards.

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Jul
16

It’s nothing but a joy playing the classical guitars in our showroom – you know that (thank you!), and we know that. That’s why when we’re working around guitars from 9 to 5, 5 days a week, we also try to make time to play them (you know, work & play balance) even if at least for a few minutes a day!

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Jul
01

Upon browsing through Ariel Ameijenda‘s photos, you may notice a glaring commonality in all of them. Granted, you’ll see the masterfully crafted and constructed headstock of his next guitar, which matches the piece of rosewood he uses for the back, and a very detailed, charming rosette, but even without looking too closely, you can see that the color red is strongly present in all of the photos below. That is because Ariel chose a stunning top for his next guitar he’s building for GSI.

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Jun
25

A friend of GSI Evan Hirschelman stopped by the showroom recently and left behind a rockin’ performance on a fantastic-sounding 1925 Santos Hernandez in spruce and mahogany. Evan plays an original composition titled “Minds that Go! (Hommage to Chuck Schuldiner)”, which is dedicated to Schuldiner: the American singer, songwriter and guitarist who passed away in 2001. The piece is an adventurous one, and we like how it suits the dark, rich sound of the Santos (qualities that Santos is know for).

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Jun
24

On its way to the showroom is this gorgeous classical guitar built by Carlos Juan Busquiel out of his workshop in Petrer, Spain. It features “Bocote” wood for the back and sides, which as you’ll see from the photos, is absolutely gorgeous with very unique patterning in the grains. Bocote is a species of Cordia found most-typically in Central and South America and related to Ziricote (Cordia dodecandra), which is typically found in Mexico and Central and South America – see an example of this on Stephen Hill’s 2018 model.

We can’t wait to hear Carlos Juan Busquiel’s next guitar for GSI, and we’ll make sure to share its music-making ability with you once we play it! We’re sure it’ll be as great as his previous instruments, but for now, let’s admire these photos while we wait.

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Jun
21

Annette Stephany has recently completed another guitar for GSI! This guitar is inspired by the same 1910 Manuel Ramirez that captured Annette’s attention long ago when she first saw it in a restoration in Lorenzo Frignani’s workshop. The guitar has a spruce top and a uniquely figured Indian Rosewood back. It’s been some time since our last guitar from Annette, so we’re really looking forward to getting to playing this guitar!

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