Oftentimes we’re reminded of the goodwill and helpful spirit shared amongst the great luthiers we work with. Here’s the latest great “collaboration” story – we hope you enjoy it: English luthier Jake Fuller has built us a couple of fantastic “cherry wood” guitars in the past. The first of these, from 2017, inspired Ukranian/French luthier Youri Soroka to build one himself and enter it into the 2018 Granada Guitar Competition where it caught our attention, so of course we bought Youri’s guitar as well and have continued to work with him. Youri also placed at the 2019 Granada Competition where he took second-prize.Continue Reading
We were super thrilled to have the better part of the day to spend with both Ana Vidovic and Xuefei Yang on September 26th, two days before their “Virtuosas of The Guitar” concert, which was presented by our friends at EDM Services and the James Hunley Guitar Studio. During their visit to our showroom, the ladies recorded some amazing performance videos on several of our guitars and hung around for some fun and candid interviews conducted by our very own Jaxon Williams. The crew from the James Hunley Guitar Studio and EDM Services were present as well, so it was a great time for us all.
Paraguayan guitarist José Carlos Cabrera was a recent guest of ours in the Salon, and totally floored with some incredibly clean and sensitive performances! José recorded 3 pieces by none other than fellow Paraguayan Agustín Barrios Mangoré. José, who is known for his authentic performances of Barrios’ traditional Paraguayan music, actually recently released an all-Barrios album titled Oración (see it here!), in which he plays some of the classics and many lesser-known but incredible works. It’s available on the Contrastes record label. He has been performing all over Spain, and South America since 2016 and is currently known as one of most sought-after performer of Barrios’ music. José was in Los Angeles to perform a concert and we are super excited he was able to make some time to stop by and record some of his program and album tracks with us.Continue Reading
At the moment, luthier Tobias Berg is finishing construction of a new guitar for GSI – his 128th – due to arrive to our showroom sometime in late October. Tobias has finished assembling the major parts together (as you can see in the photos below), and he’s about ready to apply the finish throughout the entire instrument. The walnut back and sides are already looking great; however, once coated with finish and dried, they will pop even more and have that amazing 3D/lava lamp texture, much like the previous walnut guitars he’s made for us in the past. We’ll update Tobias’ gallery below once we get pictures of the finished guitar that is ready to ship.Continue Reading
It’s been awhile since we’ve heard from luthier Oscar Trezzini who has been on the move and making some very interesting changes these past several years. We first met him and took interest in his work in 2007 when he was then living in Switzerland. Oscar is originally from Argentina, and started his life as a guitar maker in Buenos Aires in 1982, initially under the tutelage of luthiers Pedro Malossetti and Héctor Curto. His early efforts produced a dazzling variety of different guitar types before he gradually refined his techniques and settled on the classical model, which he has built exclusively ever since. Once in Switzerland, we were introduced to him by Dominique Field, and we had several of Oscar’s guitars here in the ensuing years before losing touch with him. He recently re-established contact with us to let us know that he has just settled on the Portuguese island of Madeira, off the northwest coast of Africa and set up a new workshop with an ocean view and controlled humidity. His first guitars are already coming out and what a surprise they are…Continue Reading
To those of you regularly following our YouTube channel, you’ll know Jennifer Kim, who has been coming in and doing videos for us the past few years. She’s now a student of Manuel Barrueco at the Peabody Institute Of The Johns Hopkins University. She was recently in town and stopped by the showroom to perform some of her current repertoire. Here she is playing 3 dazzling pieces: two Sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti – Sonata K.32/L423 on a 1986 Thomas Humphrey “Millenium” and Sonata K.27/L449 on the award-winning 2019 Yulong Guo “Granada” guitar. She also played a the highly virtuosic “Scherzo Vals” by Miguel Llobet with ease on a 2018 José Ramírez “Tablao”.
Enjoy Jennifer Kim’s great playing from her most recent visit, and we look forward to seeing her again, hopefully soon!Continue Reading
Our good friend Alberto Martinez, the man behind the camera of “Orfeo Magazine” will soon be receiving formal acknowledgement for his contribution to the classical guitar community. For several years Alberto has been tirelessly presenting the inside pictoral stories of so many of todays top luthiers and will receive the “Golden Guitar” Award at the 24° Convegno internazionale di chitarra di Milano on October 5, 2019 in Milan, Italy. Well done Alberto from all of us not just at GSI but throughout the world of classical guitar who have become familiar with, and grateful for, your work.Continue Reading
We recently received news from our long-time friend Frank Wallace that he is suffering from cancer when he posted his very touching story on his blog in June. Bill Kanengiser of the LAGQ received the news at the same time we did and contacted us immediately to see if we could arrange a video shoot to record 3 pieces Frank wrote in 1999 from his 6-movement work “Sweet Ladyslipper”, which was dedicated to the memory of his friend and colleague John Fleagle, founding member of Trio LiveOak. The entire piece can be heard as played by Frank here. A .pdf file of the piece can also be purchased through that link for those of you interested in adding it to your repertoire.
In addition to performing these 3 beautiful pieces, Bill had some personal anecdotes he wanted to share, to create awareness of Frank’s condition, and to get word out that contributions can be made to Frank’s medical fund to help pay for his expenses.Continue Reading
Bastien Burlot’s newest guitar for GSI is currently being built. It is the latest installment in his “Alkemia” line of instruments based on the great cathedrals of France – this one based on the famous “Nôtre Dame” of Paris.Continue Reading