Stunning. Stunning Stunning.
Gerard Gilet of Sydney, Australia is known for the quality of his handmade guitars. This is a MINT 1999 example. Gerard has informed me by email that he only ever made 6 to 8 of these guitars, and that he remembers this one as sounding particularly good . The one previous owner hand picked it for its sound.
Acoustics just don't get better than this. The sound and playability of this classic handmade guitar will rival (and I think exceed) any Gibson SJ-200 (J200) Jumbo, vintage or modern, the model after which this guitar is modelled.
On the Gilet Guitars' website, Gerard says the following about his guitars - it makes interesting reading and helps to understand just what a gem this guitar is:
"Gerard Gilet is a Sydney based guitar maker who has been at the forefront of acoustic guitar design in Australia. With over 22 years of experience making for a clientele of serious musicians and professionals, the Gilet guitar has become highly regarded and sought after.
So what is so different? The tops are thinned by hand from the centre to the edge, and are joined to the sides with solid wood linings (many other guitars have kerfed linings - slotted strips of wood). These solid linings provide the sides with rigidity to support the top so sound energy is reflected back into the top, thus making the sound more lively. The top braces are scalloped and tuned in relation to the backs (not just randomly assigned). The back and sides are machined to an exact thickness to achieve the right resonance. Structurally, the guitars are ahead of convention with wooden bindings in preference to plastic (to better take the knocks) and a laminated tail block to prevent the sides splitting if the guitar is dropped. The neck is supported by a brace just in front of the sound hole and attached to the neck and sides so the neck cannot collapse the top around the sound hole (another common mishap and often irreparable).
All Gilet guitars are made from magnificent and proven tone woods, some traditional, some Australian and some exotic. The guitars are sold world wide and have been purchased by international stars such as Sting and local musicians and, of course, people who just love guitars and want something special."
Sold to Steve