Alright, So my quest for an affordable gypsy jazz instrument has finally come to a temporary end. I won an auction on French ebay for a guitar built by "Couesnon Atlier Mirecourt." The guitar is around 50-60 years old and is a carbon copy of a Di-Mauro chorus. (When I receive the guitar I will post pictures) It was relatively affordable yet it isn't in the greatest shape. I don't expect guitars that are over 50 years old to be in prime physical condition and I realized that there is some work to be done. I have heard an active Couesnon similar to mine and they have a great sound---really loud, dry, barky tone---just what I need! The list of repairs are as follows:
1)Fretboard has a stable crack from around the 10th fret to the end of the fretboard. It doesn't go into the neck, but is pretty deep into the fretboard. I am planning on fixing this first and formost.
2)Tailpiece is kind of ugly
. I just ordered a Dupont Nickel Tailpiece (Ala Busato) from Djangobooks to take care of this issue.
3)Tuners are slightly rusted and old. I plan on ordering a pair of Schaller Deluxe tuners in Nickel once I get a chance. I do not know if they will directly fit on this guitar though, so I will probably take it to the tech.
4) Bridge Looks kind of funky (It's white). I dont know exactly what it is made of...this issue will be taken care of once the guitar is in my possession.
5) The top looks just slightly sunk. I will re-humidify the guitar for a couple of days, hoping to fix this "ailment."
7) Lastly, the finish is kind of dust and worn. Now for me, this gives the guitar a bit of "character." But I might end up giving it a bit of a dusting, and a slight polish to let it shine.
That's it for the bad stuff. Can anyone weigh on with their 2 cents on how they would take care of these issues? Specifically the fingerboard. I don't know if it is best to fix the fingerboard with some rosewood dust and CA glue, or to take the guitar to a tech and have a completely new fingerboard installed. That would be quite expensive probably.
Anyway, I am happy with the purchase and will keep you posted with pictures when the guitar arrives and in updated "refurbished" condition.