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Update: I just added another video of Fabricio playing a gorgeous 1923 Domingo Esteso
Sometimes things just work out, the way they did this week when guitarist Fabricio Mattos was at LAX on a ten hour layover between Europe and New Zealand. Fabricio’s friend, Nick Norton, met him at the airport and brought him over to GSI to pass the time in a nicer environment, and Fabricio somehow had the energy to record some great guitars for us.
Looking back at all of the videos we shot in 2011 it’s impossible not to feel thankful for all the great guitarists, most of whom have become friends (if they weren’t already), who came through GSI this year and lent us their talent to help show off and archive some of the countless amazing guitars that come through the shop. They all have hectic schedules and tons to do, so I want to thank everyone for making the time. I like to think that everyone had a good time playing some new and interesting guitars, but it’s also important to remember that they all put themselves out there playing guitars they weren’t used to, and many of them were extremely accommodating of my schedule, for which I owe them a personal thank-you.
A lot of the players surprised me with music I hadn’t heard before or just particularly beautiful performances, and some of them just plain lived up to my already-high expectations of them.
In no particular order, here are the players who made this blog a really great place to hear guitar music this year and without whom many of us might never have heard some of these guitars (names will link to videos or articles about them on the blog):
Duo Solaris (Scott Wolf and Connie Sheu)
Alma Nova (Almer Imamovic and Jessica Pierce)
Line Forms Hear (Scott Morris, Steve Thachuk and Julian Coryell)
It’s not often you get to compare a contemporary guitar to the 121-year-old original which inspired it, but that’s one of the fun things about hanging out at GSI. When guitarist Fabricio Mattos stopped by during his 10-hour layover at LAX we happened to have a Kenneth Brogger ‘1890 Torres’ model and the actual 1890 Torres, so how could we resist having a great player like Fabricio play the same piece on both guitars? Here they are – you be the judges: