Korean-based luthier Woonsun Lee
has been drawn to the classical guitar his entire life. Initially pursuing his studies in the guitar as a player, he eventually found his calling in lutherie. After some basic training, he entered an apprenticeship position where he not only built hundreds of guitars, but he also dedicated himself to the study of Bouchet and Torres models, as well as doing restoration work on vintage instruments. After this rigorous period of intense study and work, he established his own workshop in 2009 building only concert-level instruments.
Woonsun's style is understated, yet elegant and perfectly executed. A look firstly at the carpentry reveals a worker who understands craftsmanship at a very intimate level. From a woodworking point of view, this is a flawlessly made instrument. Some interesting details include an origami-lotus motif in the central band of the rosette - all wood is "long grain" which gives the rosette more "sparkle" in various lighting settings. Also his subtle use of maple in the tie block, central head veneer strip and throughout the purfling frames the guitar beautifully. A very tasteful and unique look. For tone, his goal is to produce as natural a sound as he can, allowing the woods to be assembled in such a way that they vibrate freely, and be the primary contributors to the sound quality.
This particular guitar is made with a gorgeous set of CSA rosewood for the back and sides - our second from this maker (but first with cedar top) and of limited stock (as indicated the label). The soundboard is made with a beautiful, dark, almost reddish-colored piece of western red cedar which gives the guitar a full, rich sound but retains great clarity and separation between voices at the same time. Although it boasts a weight similar to the Madrid-style makers, it has the loose, quick response found in the southern Spanish schools of Granada and Cordoba. It is easy to play for both left and right hands, and it projects beautifully to fill any sized room. GSI is pleased to be the exclusive US dealer for Woonsun Lee, and we can recommend this guitar highly to any discriminating performer of any level.
Photos of this guitar during construction.
Luthier Bio: Woonsun Lee