I bought a Gitane D-300 O-hole J.Jorgensen model,wich is a fine guitar,but after having read all the raving reviews about it I was a tiny little bit disappointed of the performance of it,in the sense that the separation of the notes when playing chords was a tad muddy and it was missing that growl (bark?) when hitting it harder (the strings,not the guitar,ha ha).So I set everything up (action,neck relief etc.)but that changed little.So I thought the bridge ,wich is the medium that translates the string vibrations to the top,could be the point.And it WAS!!!I first wanted to get some ebony in order to make a new bridge,but the old man in his also very old antique furniture restoration shop did not have any,so I ended up with some 100 plus year old walnut.This is dense and hard.With a little belt sander it is really easy to make bridges,albeit with the later Selmer style compensation ,not the stairsteps,that would be more complicated.I was absolutely thrilled by the difference this bridge made to the guitar.Crisp,definite,strong bass,every note rings out free and clear,the overall volume increased.
So I changed all the bridges on my other guitars (Cigano D and O),a Harley Benton 500 ,a Keytone D,and everyone of them became so much better.
If you are not 100% happy with the performance of your gipsy guitar,try out old,seasoned walnut as a replacement bridge material.You wont be disappointed!And,yes,get yourself a little belt sander.Bridge -making is FUN!!