So what does anyone know about the GJ guitars from Pierre Fontaine?
From what I have seen they are fine guitars, but his name is not one that most people think of for a top quality instrument.
The reason I say that is because for what little fame he does have in guitar making it is either as having worked for Busato (which can only help) but he is maybe better known as the man who made thousands of cheap guitars for beginners. As there was so little known, and my curiosity always gets the better of me I decided to translate a lengthy feature from one of the Vintage Vertigo magazines that was published a couple of years ago in France. I did this for two reasons; one, he is one of those that not much is known about in English, and two, while reading through I found he was making guitars for Pierre Bucolo.
I have asked elsewhere about P. Bucolo on here, see other post, but I thought the Fontaine story may be of interest to some too.
I have attached the PDF of the Fontaine story to this post. I started by translating it literally from the French which can make for some rather flowery prose, so I then edited it again just a little to make it easier to read, but some of the meanings, and metaphors, do not always read well in English, however I thought it better to stay close to the writer’s original copy and let the reader find their own meanings.
I hope it all makes sense.