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Gitane DG-340 Modele Stephane Wrembel Model

jonpowljonpowl Santa Cruz, CA✭✭✭ Dupont MD-100, Cigano GJ-10
I have a chance to upgrade my Gitane DG-255 for the DG-340 Stephane Wrembel Model and am looking for feedback from anybody who knows or owns the DG-340. Any advice will be appreciated.
Thanks/merci/gracias

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  • John418John418
    Posts: 10
    I got my new about a year and a half ago. I've been playing guitar for a bit over 30 years (rock, blues, jazzy jam stuff) but I was just beginning this style at that time. The guitar has worked quite well for me and I like it more and more over time. It really dislikes extremely dry weather, I've noticed. I really need to keep it humidified this winter.

    Depending on how well I'm playing, the tone can really hold up with the best luthier-built guitars I've played over the past few years (mainly at Django in June 2012 and 2013). The tone isn't as barky as some but I wouldn't call it quiet. Other players at DiJ seemed to like it as well. I also really prefer the silver hardware, plain neck style.

    I prefer the action over most guitars I've played. I got the guitar from Michael with the special setup by Josh Hegg. I've heard that replacing the stock bridge with a better, fitted one (part of what Josh did) makes all the difference with these guitars. You may have already done this with your Gitane.

    I do plan on getting a luthier built guitar at some point. Looking at ALD, Freschi, AJL, Olivier Marin, or Hahl (if I hit the lottery). But with the Wrembel Gitane, and having played a few other supposedly 'better' instruments, I'm really not in any huge rush. I play about 20 hours a week, typically. And it goes without saying, the guitar is still better than me at this point.

    John
  • Il TrovatoreIl Trovatore San Jose, CANew
    Posts: 83
    I also own one of these and bought it brand new, about 2 years ago.
    I was attracted to the sound, the silver hardware, I liked the wood it was made of and I could afford it. I also really like the stepped bridge. I have since replaced the tuners with Schaller silver closed tuners and a new Dupont DR Tailpiece in silver which helped with "hum" of the stock one. The guitar was very "wet" when I first got it but a lot of those over tones have gone way. I love this guitar looks and sound, it does have a very "arch top" sound like Michael put it and I love it.
    _NCD
  • jonpowljonpowl Santa Cruz, CA✭✭✭ Dupont MD-100, Cigano GJ-10
    Posts: 576
    Thanks guys, made an offer and haven't heard anything from the seller. I like my Gitane DG-255 and it is in great shape, so I won't be disappointed if I don't get the DG-340. Both guitars play better than I do, so I am in no hurry to upgrade.
  • Il TrovatoreIl Trovatore San Jose, CANew
    Posts: 83
    As a total side note, if you ever come over to San Jose to play with me, you can try mine out.
  • fogbernfogbern New
    Posts: 5
    I'm considering buying a used DG-340 that has become available locally. But as a beginner, I'm thinking a shorter scale guitar might be a better choice. I'm currently playing a 12 fret nylon string hybrid, So this would be my first GJ guitar.Thoughts?
  • BohemianBohemian State of Jefferson✭✭✭✭
    Posts: 303
  • Il TrovatoreIl Trovatore San Jose, CANew
    Posts: 83
    I'm considering selling mine if you are interested.
    Let me know. Great shape, upgraded parts.
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