Italian luthier Gabriele Lodi comes from a family of classical guitar makers, happily spending the majority of his childhood helping out in his father's workshop. By the age of 20, he had officially made guitar making his profession and began to focus on his fascination with historical instruments. Because of this interest, many of his guitars today are strongly rooted in traditional design and aesthetic.
This particular instrument is based on a 1922 Santos Hernandez guitar in construction and tone, although the aesthetic design is entirely his own. It features a 30-year-old "flamed" spruce soundboard and exceptionally dramatic rosewood for the sides and back. The brass tuners are handmade by Alessi and patterned after Madrid machines of the 1920s. The tone is equally full of old-world charm, with a excellent balance of firm, round bass and clear, ringing treble. Easy action and comfortable playability round out this exceptional, world-class guitar. We at GSI are thrilled to be representing this great maker. Note - although Gabriele is a seasoned veteran of guitar making, he chose to use his own label (instead of the standard family label) for this guitar, so we are happy to introduce him in the USA with "guitar #1".