Here is a very special little guitar that has been pampered since the original and only previous owner commissioned it from Gerard Gilet back in 1996. The brief was an elegant guitar without excessive decoration, with Robert Johnson's original parlor guitar a strong influence. The binding is very fine, with no purfling and only 3 black lines around the sound hole. As the original owner explains, "I had it made that way so as not to detract from the beauty of the wood", and I am sure you will agree the result is extremely elegant and beautiful.
Rather than being built to the dimensions of a Gibson L1, this beautiful guitar is closer to Martin's 'O' size, having a shape very similar to my much-treasured Gilet Brazilian Rosewood 'O' Parlour, but with less depth to the body than that particular guitar. The bouts measure 13 1/4" and 9 1/4" across, with a body depth of 4 1/4". Scale length is 24 3/4", with a very playable action at the 12th fret of 3mm on the bass side and 2mm on the treble.
Just as my personal Brazilian Rosewood
guitar, this one has a solid Swiss Pine top. The fretboard is Brazilian
Rosewood, while the neck, back and sideas are solid New Guinea Rosewood.
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