Ted is Cool - Favino Workshop

MichaelHorowitzMichaelHorowitz SeattleAdministrator
Ted just spent a few days with J.P. Favino at his workshop in Toulouse. He picked up his new guitar which he'd been waiting 2 years for....looks sweet!


  • Craig BumgarnerCraig Bumgarner Drayden, MarylandVirtuoso Bumgarner S/N 001
    Posts: 794
    Looks good, bet it sounds great. Just out of curiosity, what does a JP Favino go for new these days? Is two years about the going wait?

  • Craig BumgarnerCraig Bumgarner Drayden, MarylandVirtuoso Bumgarner S/N 001
    Posts: 794

    If you feel like it, could you write a little review of the process of ordering and picking up a JP Favino and what the experience was like? Maybe some shop talk. I gather you are a fan, so I will expect lots of superlatives. :lol:

    Craig Bumgarner
  • MichaelHorowitzMichaelHorowitz SeattleAdministrator
    Posts: 5,852
    This is Ted's 2nd JP Favino, so he knows the ropes by now!

    I believe there's at least a one year wait, often two. I think he's only building 6 guitars a year, and the basic models go for around $6K....but with options can be much higher.
  • A.K. KibbenA.K. Kibben Tucson AZ USANew
    Posts: 217
    He maybe building only 6 GJ guitars a year...
    However, what about the other 9 or so models he builds...
    I can just imagine they are just as sought after as his GJ guitars...
    Ted would know much JP spends on GJ or other models in a year...
    Ted's first Favino is killer... ( Love the ebony tail pieces )
    Thanks for posting the photo... A kid in a candy shop, plus the VOX amp!Had one in the late 60's...Wish I still had it...
  • djangologydjangology Portland, OregonModerator Dell Arte Hommage
    Posts: 894
    sounds like the kind of vacation that you remember your whole life...
    "I want to party like its 1929!"
  • Bob HoloBob Holo Moderator
    Posts: 1,249
    Congrats Ted!

    You're livin the dream, baby - and you deserve it. James Brown may have been the hardest working man in show business but you're surely somewhere there in the top 10.

    So... Make with the details already - you're a proud new father so hand out those cigars and give us the details! What's it made of? Does it have redwood bracing like your last one? I know it's probably still in that phase where it's opening up a lot each day/week, but are you getting any indications about the voice yet?

    Again - Congratulations!

    You get one chance to enjoy this day, but if you're doing it right, that's enough.
  • MichaelHorowitzMichaelHorowitz SeattleAdministrator
    Posts: 5,852
    Ted brought this guitar down to the jam session on Monday. What can I say, it's another winner from JP Favino!

    It's a really interesting guitar. He has completely gotten away from the over sized dimensions of traditional Favino guitars. This guitar has a short scale length. Seemed close to 25.5". A small body, with a very narrow depth. Only about 2". Really small, light, and very, very buttery. Plays like an electric, which is what he seems to be going for. An acoustic jazz guitar that plays easily and allows for more a modern technique and repertoire.

    The top, interestingly, is made of pine. JP is now making most of his guitars with pine, not spruce. Back and sides are really, really nice Brazilian rosewood.

    It still has a lot of Favino characteristics. More balanced then a Selmer..with a really cool, tight, low mid presence. The high end is snappy, but less so then older Favino designs. This guitar is warm, warm, warm. Doesn't have one bit of harshness.

    It's the perfect guitar for someone who wants a Gypsy-esque sound, but still needs the playability of a low action archtop. It's got some spunk, but might struggle a bit around the campfire. But sounds great amplified, and has enough volume for most acoustic situations as well.

    Also, it has JP's own homemade pickup. It's some sort of piezo...sounds really good.

    Overall, a really cool guitar that represents the pinnacle of the Favino design.

    Anyone got $7K I can borrow? :D

  • Ted GottsegenTed Gottsegen Rowayton, CTModerator
    Posts: 615
    Hi All,

    Sorry for the tardiness in my response. When all the original posts were flying I was still in Europe, then there was the adjustment period when I got back and now since I'm moving I don't have internet access at home.

    I'll just say that JP builds his instruments according to what the player is looking for tonally. He does still builds the large bodies models, as there was one in the molds when I was visiting. But he builds according to the sound of the player, each instrument is designed to help the player achieve the sound he/she is looking for. It's interesting that Michael mentions an acoustic archtop-like sound. I told JP what I wanted in terms of sound, and even sent him a recording of a guitarist I admired (who was, incidently playing an L5 from what I assume was the late 1930's) and he made me a gypsy guitar that sounds pretty close to that.

    I don't have the exactly measurements, but the guitar might get down to that 2" depth as it tapers at the fingerboard, but is starts out pretty think in the bass region. Also, this is in contrast to my D, which has a uniform body depth throughout. This just goes to show, each guitar that he makes is unique.

    It's still opening up, though, so I can only speculate as to how it will sound in the coming months/years. Just yesterday I heard new notes that weren't as full (or een there) the day before. I'm working hard to make it open up, but some things can't be rushed. I can hear things differently on this guitar than I couldn't on my other one, so it makes working out new things and sounds very interesting.

    Still, JP has done it again. In addition to being a helluva nice guy, an accomodating host (I always enjoyed bourdon, but now I'll have a special fondness for it :lol: ) and a special man, I'll stand by my early posts that he is the guy. No one is building a guitar like this... no one. It might not be for everyone, but for my money, Jean-Pierre will build you the only guitar you'll ever need.

    Also, I had him install his self designed pick-up, and it is a great pick-up. nothing else that I've played has been capable of capturing the natural sound of the instrument like this one (at least as much as a pick-up can). All in all, I very happy! I'll have the instrument at Django in June.

    I hope this answers your questions!


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