2019 Valerio Licari SP/IN
|Back & Sides||Indian Rosewood|
|Scale Length||650 mm|
|Nut width||52 mm|
This is our first guitar from Valerio, and is the actual guitar that made it to the finals in this year’s 2019 Antonio Marin Guitar-Making Competition in Granada, Spain. GSI's David Collett was on the panel of judges and liked it so much when he encountered it in Granada that he decided to collaborate with the Italian luthier right away.
Although thoroughly "Spanish" in its build, the aesthetic details on this guitar are drawn from Valerio's Italian roots. The "Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore" in Florence has particulary influenced the decorative motifs found in the rosette and tie-block, giving the guitar a very satisfying "architectural" look. Materials used are German spruce with tight grain for the top, paired with Indian rosewood back and sides, a Honduran cedar neck, ebony fingerboard with 20 frets and bone saddle and nut. Tuners are Schaller Grand Tune with anti-friction bearings and African rosewood pegs (sandblasted finish). The guitar is finely French polished. The guitar boasts a robust, rich sound - quite warm for a spruce yet retaining great clarity and balance across all registers. His instruments have been played most-notably by Andrea de Vitis and Pat Metheny, to name a couple of top guitarists. We are very pleased to have this guitar and look forward to many more!Photos of this guitar taken just after construction was completed