I've been playing for a while and I have decided to get my first Selmer style guitar.
It's just that they are not sold in my country and the highest price we can afford for a shipment to here would be for a really low quality guitar (I'm talking about ADM or XP) so me with the help of my dad (Who fell in love with Django's magic once I showed him) were recommeded a local Luthier, which is very known nationally in my country for making guitars (classical mainly but also electric) and other cultural string instruments from my country (Such as mandolins, tiples, Charangos, you might never have heard of them) so we talked to him.
He liked the guitar, and said he could build anything given the measurements, so I've been looking for as much (free) information I could find about these beautiful guitars, and I also thought it would be interesting to see what you guys who have been in the business for a lot more than me think about this.
He had never seen one of these guitars
(even I have just seen one like 4 times)
I've found such information as this by now: (Some from this forum) (See attached images)
I've found about the bridge and the mustaches, and also most materials the guitar is normally made with.
There are some things though.
I've heard the top and back are slightly bowed, but not as an archtop, it is almost unnoticeable, i wonder if that actually matters or he could just make it completely flat.
I've also heard the neck is not vertical, it has a closer angle than 90° from the neckjoint to the upper part of it.
I don't know if you understand, I mean that If you lean you guitar on the floor, with the strings upward, and you look at the neckjoint it is not like a Г but rather closer to the floor as you get closer to the nut, is that true or relevant? What's the angle?
The headstock seems larger than a classical one... am I wrong?
I cannot find the radius of the oval hole
is there any standard measurement?
And also, from bottom to top (from tailpiece to 14th fret) where are the two mustaches at?
I've showed him many pictures and there are even videos of somebody making one from start to end, all the measurements and stuff, and he seems pretty sure about making it, I just wonder what could go wrong without him or myself knowing about it?
And also, would you guys like to hear it once is done?:)