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We have beautiful photos from German luthier Jochen Rothel of the guitar he is currently building for GSI – a cedar and satinwood classical that will be similar to this guitar from last year. Rothel’s workmanship is always impeccable (as you can see) and his guitars have a well-balanced and very refined sound. The guitar will be finished soon so look for it in the coming month or two!

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We met Brig Urias earlier this year. He’s a student of Christopher Parkening at Pepperdine and a fantastic young player. He came in with flutist Stephanie Yoon to record Avidity, a piece by another good friend of GSI, composer/guitarist Jon Roth. Brig plays a great 2016 Vladimir Druzhinin cedar and African rosewood guitar.

If you’re interested in the score or parts for Avidity you can contact Jon directly by emailing him at

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Here’s Jonathan Roth with another one of his compositions, Nostalgia. Jon plays a great Kenneth Brogger ‘1890 Torres’ model, which is a near-exact reproduction of a Second Epoch Torres that Brogger had in his own collection for some time. After a few years in Southern California Jon has just moved with his family to Chicago, and we wish him all the best and hope he’ll drop in on us whenever he’s back in Los Angeles!

You can get the sheet music and TABs to Nostalgia by clicking here.

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Here are the Park brothers, Wesley and Alex, playing Manuel de Falla’s The Miller’s Dance on two Herman Hauser III guitars – Wesley plays a 1988 cedar and CSA rosewood guitar and Alex plays a 1999 spruce and maple guitar – and Andrew York’s Evening Dance on two new Jose Ramirez guitars – Wesley plays a 2016 1a C650-A in spruce and Indian rosewood and Alex plays a 2016 1a C650-AP in spruce and CSA rosewood.

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Here’s Jonathan Roth with another one of his lovely compositions. This one is called Thank You and he plays it on a beautiful brand new Manuel Contreras II “10th Anniversary Premium Series” cedar-top – the top of the Contreras line with the absolutely best materials available and some gorgeous inlay and purfling.

You can buy the sheet music and Tabs for Thank You here.

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Here’s Jonathan Roth playing his composition In Your Arms on a gorgeous 1999 Hermann Hauser III maple and spruce guitar.

We asked Jonathan about the piece and here’s what he had to say:

“In Your Arms” was composed during the summer of 2003. I remember taking my guitar to Memorial Park in Wheaton, Illinois one lazy afternoon. As I improvised, some motifs began to emerge and, in what seemed like no time at all, I was left with a brand new work. A couple of months later, I started my sophomore year at Pepperdine University where I played my new song for a friend. I asked if the repetition was tiresome. She said that it was not, but rather, it reminded her of rocking a baby to sleep. That is why I decided to name the piece, “In Your Arms.”

You can get the sheet music and TAB for In Your Arms here.

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We have photos of the next guitar on its way to us from German maker Jochen Rothel – a beautiful cedar and satinwood classical. The last time we had a guitar from Rothel with these materials was in 2009, and you can see that guitar here.

The videos below are of a guitar made from very different materials – spruce and CSA rosewood – but give an idea of the quality of sound that Rothel achieves (plus we always love to hear George Sakellariou’s playing).

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Jonathan Roth is a classical guitarist and composer from the Chicagoland area. He completed his undergraduate studies at Pepperdine University where he studied the guitar with Christopher Parkening. Afterwards, Roth continued his education at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music where he completed the M.M. and D.M.A. degrees under the instruction of Scott Tennant. Dr. Roth has served on the faculty at both Indiana University South Bend and Trinity Christian College and has recorded three albums of original compositions and hymn arrangements (Meditations, 2005; Nostalgia, 2009; Noel, 2015) as well as a joint project with Rick Foster (Faith is the Reason, 2011). Jonathan lives near Los Angeles with his wife and son and teaches at Pepperdine University.

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Here’s 17-year-old Jonathan Pryde playing SoirĂ©e, a lovely new piece by Jonathan’s teacher, Jonathan Roth (who recorded some great arrangements of Christmas music for us just recently), on a fantastic new 2015 Stephen Hill cedar and ziricote classical guitar.

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