Does anyone here have knowledge of how to decipher the number on the end block of Gitane guitars?
I recently got hold of a nice D-500 and wondering about it. Year made, and how it compares to others. The sticker says #7101, and the end block has 0701260082.
Just wondering how it compares to others of various years with regards to the neck. This one is setup just perfect for my hands. The action is about 3mm or 3.5 with 11's on it, and plays well. I think it has the standard stock bridge on it, compensation type, and not much routing out of the underside. I guess, the sound could be improved by upgrading the bridge, but honestly, I'm happy with it as it is. The neck feels just right to me, and more shallow than my Gibson J-200, but it's not as thin as my Gibson J-40, which is more electric-like.
The wood is very nicely colored, on top it's got a nice warm aged spruce look, and the rosewood sides and back are very nice, deep dark and rich. There is a slight but evident pliage to the top and back.
Anyway, just wondering if other D-500 owners could lend some insight. Oh, well, going back to playing it. I am more than pleased with it, and that's the most important thing of all.