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Having met Jean a few times and starting the process of building selmer style guitars myself , I contacted him about his construction of a selmer replica book. He assured me that many people have successfully built a guitar from his manual, so I ordered it. It arrived today.
The book is nicely printed and packaged across 4 very slim volumes, and is ideal for someone who wants a general overview of the process. It is missing, however, all the important details regarding the various molds and jigs which are required to build such an instrument. Volume 2 has 1 photo each of these necessary molds, some of which are not in focus, and from a single perspective. Some molds have welded metal parts joint with wooden frames, others are transparent plastic, which are difficult to see what exactly the shape is. There are no templates (for the rosette jig or dovetail joint, for example).
I contacted Jean immediately and to paraphrase (though Im happy to share the full message thread for complete transparency) his response was " you want me to show how to make the molds?" "There are no books on that!, just look at the photos" "i dont understand, you are the only one who has ever been disappointed with the book".
I responded that there were actually many books which gave instruction on mold and jig construction ( i remember seeing Collins diagrams for a pliage box). I said that the assembly instructions without mold and jig making instructions were not helpful to me and I would like a refund. He did not reply.
So if you want to reverse engineer jig and mold making from a single photo, this book is for you! Mine is for sale for the 190+ shipping I paid. It will look nice on your book shelf and is pleasant to glance at.
I hope his customer service in regards to his instruments is far better.