I'm new on this forum, having recently become interested in Gipsy Jazz. I had been seriously thinking about getting a grande bouche short scale, as the scale length and nut width match very closely the dimensions of the classical guitar I have been playing (a replica of an early nineteenth century Panormo, but that's another story).
Anyway, before getting carried away by my guitar acquisition disease, I thought to look out of my storage facility (under the bed) a guitar my wife bought me when we were on honeymoon in Saint Malo, France 27 years ago, and which I have never really played.
It has Eagle on the headstock (model number D-1809 on the label inside) and looks on the surface like a petite bouche with 14 frets to the body and standard cutaway. However, a little measuring has revealed a 640mm scale length and a 48mm nut width (not authentic, granted, but suits me down to the ground) and slightly arched fretboard. It had a conventional trapeze type tailpiece rather than the Selmac type. It seems to have quite a loud and pleasant tone, as far as I'm able to judge on the basis of the 20 year old strings that are on it.
My first instinct is to put a decent set of strings on it and take my first GJ steps on it, but I would like to know if anyone here knows anything about it.