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13 June 2017

Festival Django Reinhart 6-9 July parc du Chateu Fontainebleau 

-Again I'm starting to look forward this highlight of the season. We will be there with Kimmo from Thursday 6. to Sunday 6. at the luthiers village with row of guitars for you to choose from.

I will have

-Model 503 VSOP

-Model 503 XO in straight grain brazilian rosewood

-Model 503 XO with exceptionally figured brazilian rosewood B&S,  Special Turkish walnut neck & hazelfichte top

-Model Gypsy-Fire, Natural Birdseye maple, birdseye maple neck, AJL-tuners, special soundhole design.

All these guitars have carbonfiber reinforcing plates & two-truss-rod, handmade AJL-fiberglass case + CITES paperwork. Of course guitars are already shipped to Fontainebleau, by picking up yours from there, - You will get also "free shipping".

You can check more pics of these guitars from AJL-Guitars Facebook profile.

 

Looking forward to meet all you old & new friends.

best regards

AJ

 
  • AJL Quiet & Portable guitar
  • AJL Quiet & Portable
  • AJL VSOP
  • AJL Gypsy-Fire
  • AJL Gypsy-Fire
  • AJL Model XO
  • AJL Model XO
 
16 April 2017

25. Django Reinhardt Memorial Augsburg - 28.-30. April 2017

 

-I'll be there with Kimmo, on Friday and Saturday whole day from 11.00 - with VSOP, Model XO, Quiet & Portable & New custom Model-Gypsy-Fire, Extremely figured Birdseye-maple, new "Ford"-shaped soundhole.

-On Friday; Rosenberg Family: Stochelo, Mozes, Nonnie, Nousche & Johnny Rosenberg. Saturday Gismo Graf with Ludovic Beier Selmer 607 with Antoine Boyer, Adrien Moignard & Noé Reinhardt.

Come and say hello and try guitars ! 

AJ

 

 

 
  • AJL Quiet & Portable guitar
  • AJL Quiet & Portable
  • AJL VSOP
  • AJL Gypsy-Fire
  • AJL Gypsy-Fire
  • AJL Model XO
  • AJL Model XO
 
10 June 2016

Samois-sur-Seine Festival Django Reinhardt 2016 

I'm looking forward to meet you all old and new friends - New location in Fontainebleau ! I'll have following Models available at Samois:.

-Model J'attendrai - a short scale 14fret Indian rosewood like VSOP, but clear shellac and not relic hardware. 

-Model 503 VSOP

-Model 503 XO -with Straight grain Brazilian rosewood B&S

-Model 503 XO -with exceptionally figured Brazilian rosewood B&S +Turkish walnut neck

-Bordeaux Gypsy Fire - a custom model for this festival, "Ford-shaped" -soundhole, birdseye-maple with custom bordeaux colour .

-Quiet & Portable 

 

All Guitars include fiberglass AJL case, Q&P has small custom hardshell case. All Brazilian rosewood guitars have EU-Cites paperwork and theyr'e available for immediate delivery, or You can come and pick up yours from the festival.  

See You there !

AJ

 

 

  • AJL Quiet & Portable guitar
  • AJL Gypsy-Fire Bordeaux
  • AJL Model "J'attendrai"
  • AJL Gypsy-Fire Bordeaux
  • AJL Model VSOP
  • AJL Model XO - Straight Grain
  • AJL Model XO - Exceptionally figured brazilian rosewood

 

1 January 2016

DJANGOFESTIVAL OSLO Friday 22 - Saturday 23 at Cosmopolite

-Great lineup,- on Friday Adrian Moignard, Olli Soikkeli & Jon Larsen. Amati & Dorado. Nitcho Reinhardt. On Saturday Hot club de Norvege & Noe Reine. Stian Vågen nilsen & Gildas Le Pape + Jeremie. Arranger. Angelo Debarre Quartet. Biel Ballester Trio 

-I'll be there with Kimmo, - with Model XO, Quiet & Portable & New custom Model-Gypsy-Fire, Bordeaux-red, Extremely figured Birdseye-maple, new "Ford"-shaped soundhole

Come and say hello and try guitars ! 

AJ

 

 

  • Custom bordeaux Gypsy-Fire
  • Custom bordeaux Gypsy-Fire
  • Custom bordeaux Gypsy-Fire
  • Custom bordeaux Gypsy-Fire
  • Custom bordeaux Gypsy-Fire
  • AJL Quiet & Portable guitar
  • AJL Model XO - Exceptionally figured brazilian rosewood

 

30 October 2015

HOLYGRAIL GUITARSHOW  in BERLIN!

-Model 503 XO -with exceptionally figured Brazilian rosewood B&S 

-Model Gypsy Fire - Favino sized oval-hole with Subtly figured Brazilian rosewood B&S.

-Quiet & Portable 

-Holygrail custom Model-Gypsy-Fire, Bordeaux-red, Extremely figured Birdseye-maple, new "Ford"-shaped soundhole

Meet you there !

AJ

 

 

  • AJL Quiet & Portable guitar
  • AJL Model XO - Exceptionally figured brazilian rosewood
  • AJL Model Gypsy Fire - Subtly figured brazilian rosewood

 

14 October 2015

TURENKI TONEFEST! 18.10 - Tulevana Sunnuntaina !

-Model 503 XO -with exceptionally figured Brazilian rosewood B&S 

-Model Gypsy Fire - Favino sized oval-hole with Subtly figured Brazilian rosewood B&S.

-Quiet & Portable 

Saattaapa mukaan tulla jotain muutakin !

AJ

 

 

  • AJL Quiet & Portable guitar
  • AJL Model XO - Exceptionally figured brazilian rosewood
  • AJL Model Gypsy Fire - Subtly figured brazilian rosewood

 

6 October 2015

AJL-Guitars at Stockholm Jazz Festival this week on Sunday at Fasching !

DJANGO at Fasching, -I'll be there from 17.00

-Model 503 XO -with exceptionally figured Brazilian rosewood B&S +Turkish walnut neck

-Model Gypsy Fire - Favino sized oval-hole with Subtly figured B&S.

-Quiet & Portable 

On Stage: Les Petits Nouveaux, Noe Reinhardt & Gustav Lundgren, Aurelien Trigo Quintet & Sebastian Giniaux

See You there !

AJ

 

 

  • AJL Quiet & Portable guitar
  • AJL Model XO - Exceptionally figured brazilian rosewood
  • AJL Model Gypsy Fire - Subtly figured brazilian rosewood

 

26 May 2015

AJL-Paulus Schäfer Samois Gypsyguitarschool again !

 During the festival at Hotel Country club, one minute walk from festival island.

 There will be two workshops / day. 

-One lesson 2 x 45 min, three players at the time. Send me an e-mail and book your seat !

 Thursday  11.00  2x 45 min - 3 seats available

                 14.00  2x 45 min - advanced - Theo, Matthew, Stuart.

 Friday      11.00  2x 45 min - 3 seats available.

                 14.00  2x 45 min - beginner,- Jan 2 seats available.

 

 Price 50 eur / Student.  AJL-guitars available to be used during the lesson !

 

Beginners also wellcome, there will be three studets/lesson, so the level and topic can easily be determined during the session.

If You're beginner, and feel "safer" to study with other beginners,- or "intermediate", - or "advanced" just tell me and We'll try to book sessions with students in same level.

Mail me to aj@ajl-guitars.com and I'll book you a seat, I'll keep this list updated, so You see which dates still have seats.  

best regards

AJ & Paulus

14 April 2015

Hello

-I'll be there at Søndagsjam med Oslo Stringswing Kollektiv på Bar Django at Grunerlokka, Oslo. 

Come to try AJL-Guitars, I'll have at least Gypsy-Fire Model  & Model 503 XO -  Thorwald Meyers Gate 25

7 March 2015

Hello

Olli Soikkeli & Jason Anick and Django Collective Helsinki will be performing in Jiuttutupa Helsinki Monday 23.3. I will be there too from 17.30 with guitars. Come and try Model XO, Gypsy-Fire, J'Attendrai-Model + La Flasque quiet & portable sofaguitar.

-Eli Juttutuvassa ennen poikien keikkaa - Nähdään siellä  

7 March 2015

Now is the time - The currency is great at the moment.
- Due to that, I managed to have a new contract with shipping company, and due to that, I offer free shipping in march for guitars with tax-free price over 4000 eur.

Ask for shipping price for other models

best regards,
AJ

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9 October 2014

No - This is not yet another travelguitar. This is a "travelgypsyguitar" -  you can play gypsyguitar - like you'd play Selmer-style guitar.

It has AJL longscale ovalhole Selmer size neck. All important parts of the guitars body that affects your playing position are there. All parts of the guitar that are touching your body -are there and most the rest are cut off.

The idea for this came from my customer. He has my Model XO 503. He is a sea biologist, who travels a lot, lives in hotels and small ships, wants to practice silent with IPad & headphones. There is those travelguitars,- even those that you can play in sitting position, but they're just different instruments, they have flat rims around neckstick, shorter scale, different kind of neck,.. When You play gypsyguitar, the shape is different, -you just need to have playing position right, and have the neck like it is.

Everything is fixed with big thumbwheels with good grip. You just loose the strings, remove loop-ends from studs, loosen two screws to remove the neck, and four other screws to remove body sides and unplug the bigtone-equipped bridge, and throw the parts to your suitcase !. 

There's a name competition on facebook, click the icon on the index page. tell me your suggestion !

I'll be road testing it next week, see some updates on facebook too.

 
  • AJL travelguitar
  • AJL travelguitar
  • AJL travelguitar
  • AJL travelguitar
  • AJL travelguitar
  • AJL travelguitar
  • AJL travelguitar
  • AJL travelguitar

 

 

18 May 2014

AJL-Paulus Schäfer Samois Gypsyguitarschool.

 During the festival at Hotel Country club, one minute walk from festival island.

 There will be two workshops / day. 

-One lesson 2 x 45 min, three players at the time. Send me an e-mail and book your seat !

 Thursday 11.00  2x 45 min 3 seats available

    14.00  2x 45 min Beginner 1 seats available . Vesa, Ylli

 Friday      11.00  2x 45 min 3 seats available

    14.00  2x 45 min - Intermediate- FULL - Judy, Stef, Irene

 Saturday 11.00  2x 45 min 3 seats available

    14.00  2x 45 min -Advanced  2 seats available, Luca

 Price 50 eur / Student.  AJL-guitars available to be used during the lesson !

 

Beginners also wellcome, there will be three studets/lesson, so the level and topic can easily be determined during the session.

If You're beginner, and feel "safer" to study with other beginners,- just tell me and We'll try to book sessions with students in same level.

Mail me to aj@ajl-guitars.com and We'll book you a seat, I'll keep this list updated, so You see which dates still have seats.  

best regards

AJ & Paulus

18 April 2014

Some new sets can be chosen from "Features" / Woods section. some sets from current selection were sold, so selection is up to date for todays situation. New "Exceptionally figured" -sets will be made by the end of the april. 

highly figured brazilian rosewood

10 February 2014

This custom archtop will fly to it's new home in Japan today. This lefty has some unique features, Customers own headplate inlay, Jescar EVO frets, Harry Haussel pickup. African blackwood fingerboard. etc..

AJL archtop

AJL Black archtop

AJL Black archtop

15 January 2014

Finishing current batch of "New Model X-O". Some of us might already know that old Maccaferri D-hole guitars were first guitars with reinforced necks. They had duraluminium plates in their necks. All new AJL- gypsyguitars have two carbonfiber plates with updated twoway truss-rod. All new guitars have "Jescar" frets, same dimensions as before, but material is a bit harder so frets last longer and sound brighter. Also braces are updated.

Stiffer neck leads the vibration more effectively to the soundbox, new guitars have better projection. With new braces, soundbox is even more effective.

As We know carbonfiber is much lighter and stiffer comparing to aluminium, so the weight of the neck remains the same, but it's stiffer and more stable against variable conditions. 

More information & pics coming soon.

 

6 November 2013

Friday 8.11 Workshop closed, Atelier fermé. Verstas suljettu. Verkstad stängt. I'll be in European Guitarbuilders meeting in Berlin with Juha Ruokangas & Emma Elftorp from Finland + our other european colleagues.

There will be a press conference for the "Holy Grail Guitar show 2014"  in Berlin, more information coming soon on it's own website.

22 October 2013

PAULUS SCHÄFER & OLLI SOIKKELI KOKKOLASSA. Konsertti Lauantaina 26.10 Konservatorion salissa klo 19.00 liput ovelta 15 eur. 

Lauantaina klo 13.00-14.30 Kerrotaan Gypsyjazzista yleisölle, Minä kerron tästä musasta ylipäätään, tietenkin eritoten näistä kitaroista yms ja Olli ja Paulus kertoo soittamisesta, kompinsoitosta, ja tyypillisistä soolokoukuista. Tervetuloa kaikki asiasta kiinnostuneet !

3 September 2013

Here's some pics of Olli Soikkeli Northwest 1013 Model X-O 503 raffle guitar. Back & sides made of "Exceptionally figured" Brazilian rosewood. -CITES documents included.

Neck flamed European walnut, Heat treated Carpathian spruce top. relic finished with shellac. Distressed AJL tuners & hardware. Handmade AJL fiberglass case.  

See Olli Soikkeli paying this guitar at Djangofest northwest and win the guitar !

  • AJL Olli Soikkeli Northwest X-O 503 2013 Guitar
  • AJL northwwest guitar
  • AJL Olli Soikkeli Northwest X-O 503 2013 Guitar
  • AJL Olli Soikkeli Northwest X-O 503 2013 Guitar
  • AJL Olli Soikkeli Northwest X-O 503 2013 Guitar
  • AJL Olli Soikkeli Northwest X-O 503 2013 Guitar
  • AJL Olli Soikkeli Northwest X-O 503 2013 Guitar
  • AJL Olli Soikkeli Northwest X-O 503 2013 Guitar
  • AJL Olli Soikkeli Northwest X-O 503 2013 Guitar
  • AJL Olli Soikkeli Northwest X-O 503 2013 Guitar
  • AJL Olli Soikkeli Northwest X-O 503 2013 Guitar
  • AJL Olli Soikkeli Northwest X-O 503 2013 Guitar
  • AJL Olli Soikkeli Northwest X-O 503 2013 Guitar
16 August 2013

Finishing Olli Soikkeli Northwest raffle guitar.

finishing AJL Olli Soikkeli northwest guitar

15 August 2013

Fretting Olli Soikkeli Northwest raffle guitar.

AJL Olli Soikkeli northwest guitar

14 August 2013

Djangofest Northwest raffle - Win AJL Model X-O Olli Soikkeli Northwest guitar.

Neck glued !

AJL Olli Soikkeli Northwest guitar

6 August 2013

Mr Pearson from UK - I have received the payment, many thanks. - I've tried to reply your mails, but for some reasons they keep coming back as "undelivered mail - returned to sender"...

1 August 2013

 After summer break, I'm back to my workshop again. Thanks for everyone who visited at my stand in Samois. This year I sold all those guitars that I had there for sale. 

I'm laminating some more backs & sides, they can be seen on my "woods" section from tomorrow. I also have to do some repairs, Dennis's X-O got broken in Samoreau campsite,.. 

I'm also working for new "artist" page on my website, it will be released soon. 

 

24 June 2013

I'll be in Samois this week frm wednesday to Sunday with Olli & Kimmo. I'll have some intersting guitars there so please come and try; 

AJL-Silent Gypsyguitar

AJL 17" archtop with swingmaster pickup & Swingmaster amp

FOR SALE

AJL Model Gypsy-Fire with D-hole, Exceptionally figured laminated brazilian rosewood back & sides, birdseye neck, aged coloured top. -SOLD to Germany

AJL Model 503 X-O with Straight grain laminated brazilian rosewood back & sides. -SOLD to Spain

AJL Model 503 X-O with Excptionally figured laminated brazilian rosewood back & sides, "Macias" -style block inlays, figured turkish walnut neck. -SOLD to USA

AJL Model 503 "VSOP" (same as Model X-O, but laminated INDIAN rosewood back & sides. -SOLD to Japan

All brazilian rosewood guitars have EU CITES documents with them, International EU documents on request

Wellcome to play these guitars or just to meet us at AJL stand at the festival island "Ile du berceau"

  • AJL Samois guitar
  • AJL guitar
12 May 2013

Paulus Schäfer's AJL guitar is finished, check here some pics. Paulus wanted his own custom dimensions to slim neck, neck is made of very stiff turkish walnut. It has lamoinated straight grain brazilian rosewood back & sides.  It's customized Model X-O with lots of punch on high strings. 

Paulus Schäfer AJL Guitar

Paulus Schäfer AJL Guitar 2

Paulus Schäfer AJL Guitar 3

  • Paulus Schäfer AJL Guitar 4

Paulus Schäfer AJL Guitar

10 May 2013

Routed for binding.  

regards AJ

 

binding

7 May 2013

That's what it looks like. Fresh new AJL Olli Soikkeli Djangofest Northwest 2013 guitar, exceptionally figured laminated brazilian rosewood back & sides.  - Win this guitar at www.djangofest.com,

regards AJ

 

exceptionally figured brazilian rosewood

7 May 2013

 

 

6 May 2013

Back and sides are glued together in this mold, come back tomorrow to check how it looks like when the mold is opened.  - Win this guitar at www.djangofest.com,

regards AJ

 

Exceptionally figured brazilian rosewood

2 May 2013

After back and sides are glued together, body will be warnished inside using natural shellac. -After that, top will be glued in this same mold.   Win this guitar at www.djangofest.com,

regards AJ

 

AJL inside

29 April 2013

Clothespin day ! . - European guitars have different tradition on "kerflings", they're usually bent like sides or cut from leftover sides, so they already have almost right shape. after this edges will be trimmed and keflings will be routed to their "slanted" shape.  More information about raffle www.djangofest.com

regards AJ

 

Clothespin day !

26 April 2013

 AJL Model Olli Soikkeli Northwest -2013 raffle guitar building started. - You can follow the building process here. On a picture you can see back braces already glued and I'm aligning label. Back and sides were already laminated half year ago. braces were also made couple of months ago.  More information about raffle www.djangofest.com

regards AJ

 

AJL Olli Soikkeli back

27 March 2013

 AJL Model Olli Soikkeli Northwest -13 raffle. - Check for updates for more information here. visit also www.djangofest.com

regards AJ

 

Olli Soikkeli Northwest jubilee guitar

26 March 2013

After CITES paperworks, five guitars shipped to their new owners this week. XOs to Germany, Nebraska US, Lebanon and Sweden, one Gypsy Fire-model to Maryland US. Next week there will be one archtop ready to be shipped to Japan & one Model 503 to Sweden.

-a New batch of guitars is already under construction  

regards AJ

14 November 2012

Turenki tonefest, Turengin vanhalla asemalla, tunti Hesasta, -juna lähtee klo 12.19. Tampereelta ja Turusta myös kivenheiton päässä. La ja Su.

AJL-Gypsykitarat X-O Model Jazz ja 503. Gypsy-Fire D-hole. 17" archtop, 19" Master 400 + swingmaster mikrofonit  kokeiltavana

Esittelee ja esiintyy Olli Soikkeli & Hot club de Finlande. 

Exceptionally figured brazilian rosewood promoguitar was glued today...

1 November 2012

 Again new backs & sides sets now available, check "Features" then go to "Woods" section 

new sets

19 September 2012

 Guillame's guitar was glued today...straight grain Brazilian rosewood..!

Guillame's Brazilian rosewood AJL-guitar was glued today

18 September 2012

 Mitchell's guitar was glued today...straight grain Brazilian rosewood..!

Dave's Brazilian rosewood AJL-guitar was glued today

17 September 2012

 Dave's guitar was glued today...subtly figured Brazilian rosewood..!

Dave's Brazilian rosewood AJL-guitar was glued today

14 September 2012

 Ken's guitar was glued today...laminated Santos..!

Ken's Santos AJL-guitar glued today

13 September 2012

Here's two pics of custom guitar shipped to customer in Tasmania some time ago. It has laminated flamed maple back & sides with genuine MOP D-hole rosette, fingerboard inlays & tailpiece insert. Nickel plated AJL-tuners and tailpiece.

custom order Gypsy-Fire-Model

custom order Gypsy-Fire-Model

12 September 2012

New Selmer size backs and sides are already almost sold,..new ones coming...asap...!

31 July 2012

 Back to work,...final assembly for Olli's 17" sunburst archtop and custom Gypsy-fire model to Tasmania,..also new order to Lebanon !!,..this gypsyswing fever seems to get some new territories...and then starting new batch, it will include guitars to f.e Canada, Japan, Nebraska/USA, New York/USA...

24 June 2012

 Silentguitar prototype ready, nickel plated AJL tuners, Miller "Argentines" -model pickup,..sounds great with argentines, or flatwounds,..even to Ipad's garageband or Iphone with earpads,..practice home when wife and neighbours are sleeping...or on stage with real tube amp.  

AJL silentguitar 1

AJL silentguitar 2

AJL silentguitar 3

AJL Silentguitar in case

13 May 2012

 Today I have this new Silentguitar prototype on my workbench. Come and check it out in Samois festival

-The Idea came from my friend Kimmo Iltanen, who has loud AJL X-O and He lives in a flat in Helsinki and He wants to keep his neighbours calm. So He wanted a guitar to practice, it should feel like a gypsyguitar, but have NO SOUND,..

But We thought we might still want to have "electric" sound,..so "Model Argentines" Miller "Stimer"-style pickup and volume control is there for that. It has laminated archtop body in Favino-size and open back to reduce acoustic sound. Top will also have foam glued to it's vibrating area. 

  • Open back of AJL silentguitar
  • AJL Silentguitar