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I bought my first Django guitar from this site around 10 years ago. Thank you Micheal for running this great resource!
I have played guitar for 25 years and about 3 years ago bought a classical guitar construction book by John Bogdanovich which I read over a year or so. Due to the downtime at home during Covid I decided it was time to build my own Django guitar - also my first guitar. I have owned about 4 previous gypsy models mostly Gitane and a Godin (Stephen Wrembel and Jorgensen models and Godin Gypsy Jazz) to use as reference along with some techniques from the book (and lots of research online).
I used plans from this site (Micheal Collins) but did a traditional dovetail join instead of the neck join described in those plans. Wanted to share some photos of the finished result and some build photos. The guitar sounds wonderful and very typical of this style of guitar! I started in April 2020 and had the guitar setup in January 2021 but spent 2 months French polishing and really nitpicking about it which prolonged the process.
This was really rewarding experience and I hope that this post might convince anyone on the fence to try to make that first guitar you have dreamed of. I have started on a classical style guitar for no.2 - using the forms I made for this guitar and am excited to learn more and develop my skills.
Back and Sides: maple milled from a relatives farm in Ontario, Canada
Top: Sitka Spruce
Fingerboard/ Bridge, headstock veneer, back wedge: Macassar Ebony
Binding: Black walnut
Scale length: 670mm
Double action truss rod
Some atypical things that I incorporated for this style of guitar:
elevated fingerboard for easier high fret access, domed back and domed top, French polish finish, carved headstock, slight changes to the top bracing (compared to plans)