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Hey fellow GJ'ers!
I thought I'd post an update of my first two GJ guitars based on the #807 plans from François Charle. Both feature a 14-fret connection and incorporate a 3-ply veneer for the back and sides (mahogany, poplar and pau ferro). I took artistic license with the D-hole model but have stayed fairly true-to-form by following traditional build techniques offered by Jean Barault in his 4-book series with the exception of the headstock; I've built a 3-piece neck versus the traditional 'tongue'.
Additionally, I have to tip my hat to Mr. Charle himself as well as Craig Bumgarner for taking the time to chat with a new luthier and for sharing their knowledge and skill (read as 'tons of back-and-forth via email and messenger). If either of you are reading this, I sincerely thank you again for your patience.
Thanks go out out to Tommy Davy as well over at Django Guitars for offering his setup workshop at DjangoFest NW on Whidbey Island this past September and for further chatting with me despite how busy that event was! I humbly thank you.
These will be the first of many GJ and archtop guitars I'll be creating. I learned a ton and look forward to further honing my skills and creating more models / variations.
Thanks for looking!