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Fine Handmade Classical Guitars
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About

Growing up in a family of guitar makers it was not unusual for us to have dinner-table debates about Sitka versus Englemann, Indian Rosewood versus Brazilian. My brothers and I strived to out-do each other and meet the high standards of our father, Sergei de Jonge.

I was thirteen when I built my first guitar in 1992. What began as an interesting pass-time has grown into a life’s passion of honing my craft and perfecting the intricacies of design. I primarily learnt from my father, having worked alongside him for much of my career, then later assisting as a teacher in his guitar-building courses, and I was also fortunate to spend time with Géza Burghardt, who taught me French polishing. I have since moved into my own worshop in the rugged Gatineau Hills of western Québec, Canada

At the 1998 Guild of American Luthiers Convention I received a standing ovation for my guitar – I was nineteen at the time – following a listening session judged by a jury of respected guitar makers. Up until that point my guitars were built using a traditional fan-bracing pattern, but that guitar employed the lattice design developed by my family. I have been perfecting my pattern ever since. The lattices I employ provide superior structure and unify the top into one vibrating surface. These lattices assure my instruments of powerful projection, clear note distinction and a fine balance between the strings. In addition to tone, as a guitar maker I am concerned with the playability and ergonomics of my instruments. I shape a subtle twist into the neck of my guitars which affords the player a more comfortable playing position. I use a traditional recipe comprised of shellac and other natural resins for French polishing, that improve both durability and lustre of finish. I prefer natural hide glue. In essence, my guitars are a fusion of traditional and contemporary design with a minimalist aesthetic.

Building a limited number of guitars a year allows me to pay close attention to detail. While volume is important, quality of tone is imperative. With every instrument I craft I strive to achieve a full, pure tone that inspires and compliments each player.

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Gallery

ordering

Ordering

Standard model:

Top: spruce or cedar

Back & Sides: Indian rosewood

Neck: mahogany or Spanish cedar

Fingerboard: ebony

Nut & Saddle: bone

Bridge: Indian rosewood

French polished finish

Standard scale length: 65 cm. (60 – 68 cm. available)

Neck width: 52 mm. @ nut (or as preferred)

Please inquire regarding current wait times and pricing. A non refundable 20% deposit is required when ordering a guitar and the balance is due upon completion of the instrument. Applicable taxes and duties are not included. All shipping costs and insurance are the responsibility of the purchaser.

My guitars are warranted to the original owner against defects in materials and workmanship for life. The guitar must be kept at 40% (+/-) in order for the warranty to remain valid. As CSA rosewoods tend to develop hairline fractures over the years even with proper care, this is not included in the warranty. Shipping expenses are the responsibilty of the owner.

Options:

European spruce top

Back & Sides:

     -African blackwood

     -Brazilian rosewood

     -Ziricote

     -Cocobolo

     -Wenge

     -Katalox

     -Maple

Snakewood binding

Soundport  w/magnetic cover

Armrest

‘V’ neck to head joint

Fossil ivory nut, saddle, & tie block

Elevated Fingerboard

Oil varnish finish

Rodgers tuning machines  w/ custom baseplate

Scheller tuning machines w/ custom baseplate

 Visesnut case

My guitars are available through:

Guitars International
USA

dieGitarre
Switzerland

Ivan Winata
Indonesia

media

Media

Patrick Kearney playing Gigue by Manuel M. Ponce

Jeffrey McFadden playing AC Jobim's 'Felicidade' arr, by Roland Dyens

contact

Contact

info@joshiadejonge.com

613.878.1408