Dec
27

Straight from her workshop in Munich, Germany, Julia Wenzel (2018 winner of the 2nd prize at the prestigious Antonio Marin Montero Guitar Making Competition) sent us photos of her new guitar that will be in the showroom shortly. This instrument is made up of a cedar top and is appointed with beautiful purfling (with green accents) that outlines the top and sides and matches the rosette perfectly. Simple yet sophisticated. This will be the first guitar from Julia with high grade CSA rosewood back and sides, which is stunningly dramatic in its grain patterns – this is beautiful, well-selected, and we expect it will make for a fantastic sounding instrument. This guitar should be finished soon and on its way to GSI early in the New Year!

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Dec
20

Andy Culpepper is putting the finishing touches on his latest guitar for GSI, which will feature a cedar top with maple back and sides. Aside from the beautiful materials used for the tonal production of the guitar – chosen particularly for their extremely lively tapping tones, Andy has been working on a special new rosette for this guitar, which has been inspired by the Vincent Van Gogh painting “Starry Night”. We love that this guitar expands on the practice to draw more literally from the visual art world, reminding all of us that the role of the luthier is an artistic tradition that we all get to benefit from visually as well as sonically!

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Dec
16

This edition of GSI’s “Story Time” takes a slightly different turn, as we had the chance to sit down with the new duo Chika & Scott. The duo features internationally acclaimed artists Scott Morris (head of guitar program at CSU Dominguez Hills) and Chika Inoue, saxophonist with LA Phil and newly appointed faculty at CSUDH.

In this series of stories, the duo discuss the ins and outs of filming a music video on location in Spain, arranging for an uncommon duo, amplification challenges and solutions for live performances, recording at the famed Capitol Records Studio, and more!

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Dec
07

JohnPaul recently went down to Oceanside to pay Bernardo Romero a visit to his workshop, a space that he shares with his uncle and renowned luthier Pepe Romero Jr.

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Dec
05

Looking for some stocking stuffers for loved ones or running low on strings? Spend $100 or more at the GSI store, and you’ll receive an email with a code for a FREE download of the new album of guitar concerti recorded by Angel and Pepe Romero and composed by American composer David Chesky!

“What I have to say about David Chesky is that he is a composer that covers so many different emotions in his music. Within one piece, he covers the elements of rock, classical, romantic, and flamenco. He has the ability to move through all of these emotions so quickly and efficiently. This is what makes these two concertos so special to me. As a performer I always need a vehicle in which I can let my emotions free and at the same time enjoy the technical aspects which most of the time are very challenging. This is all united by the beauty of these concertos.” – Angel Romero
“David Chesky has written a fantastic concerto for two guitars and orchestra in the tradition of the great double concertos by Bach, Vivaldi and Rodrigo. Chesky is true to himself and in this piece, he uses flamenco elements in a contrapuntal fashion that celebrate and challenge the guitarists, exploring the possibilities of guitar technique and expression.” – Pepe Romero
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Dec
05

Recently, while Andrew was vacationing in Tokyo, he had the privilege to visit the iconic workshop of Maestro Masaki Sakurai. In 1988, Sakurai was awarded first prize at the prestigious International Guitar-Making Competition in Paris, France and has continued to elevate his guitar making to the highest degree. There is an incredible amount of history behind this hidden gem workshop in the Saitama prefecture, just down the street from the 3rd busiest train station in the world. For the last 21 years, the guitars built since Sakurai took over the workshop (from his uncle Masaru Kohno) have maintained the quality, precision craftsmanship, meticulous attention to detail and beautiful sound that have made Kohno and Sakurai’s guitars world-renowned. With careful planning and some luck, Andrew was able to spend an incredible day picking wood for the next GSI guitars and to take a look at the inner workings of the shop to see how it all happens. We’d like to extend a personal thanks to Takuya Kawauchi from Aria & Co. for setting up the introduction!

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Dec
02

Orfeo Magazine invites you to visit Markneukirchen, a small, almost forgotten German town, where for the last 350 years all the orchestra instruments have been manufactured. It is also the homeland of C.F. Martin and Richard Jacob “Weissgerber”. In this issue, you will also visit three excellent workshops who follow the tradition of Markneukirchen builders: the Gropp, Waltner and Schneider workshops.

To read the full Orfeo #14 issue, check out the Orfeo Issuu publication in English, and in the meantime, here’s a special preview below!

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Nov
27

With so many major artists coming in and out of the showroom on a regular basis, we couldn’t resist the opportunity to start a new series where we get to know a different side of the artist than usual.

GSI’s “Story Time” is a new video series, released on our YouTube channel, in which we interview prominent guitarists to find out their most charming, curious and interesting stories – the details that are not typically part of the traditional interviews they’ve done over and over again throughout the course of their careers. Our goal is to get them “off script” and to tell of the more candid moments in their momentous lives.

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Nov
25

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U.S. Classic Guitar President William Jenks is honored to announce the opening season of the 2020 Los Angeles International Guitar Series which will feature six outstanding concerts of the top classical guitarists in the world which will run between January 18, 2020 and June 27, 2020. Over the last fourteen years, William Jenks has established himself as a premier leader in the industry presenting the Portland International Guitar series which is one of the most important and celebrated classical guitar presenting and educational organizations in the nation with the presentation of over 150 concerts of the greatest classical guitarists in the world including the Romeros; John Williams; Manuel Barrueco; Roland Dyens; the Assad Duo; Grammy award winners Sharon Isbin, David Russell, Jason Vieaux, the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, and many more. Among the featured performers in the series was famed guitarist Ana Vidovic, who predicted that Jenks’s series would become “one of the most prestigious in the country”—a prediction now fulfilled.

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Nov
20

This is one of the most beloved sonatas by Scarlatti transcribed for the classical guitar. Beyond the note-for-note tutorial you will also learn elements of Baroque interpretation, ornamentation & counterpoint. Learn to play this advanced-level sonata with the Elite Guitarist tutorial taught by Taso Comanescu. See the Full Tutorial for this Piece at: https://tinyurl.com/y452kzqa. For this lesson, Taso performs on a 2019 Masaki Sakurai “PC” SP/CSAR. Check out the comprehensive classical, flamenco and jazz guitar lessons developed by our friends at www.EliteGuitarist.com.

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