what's inside

AJL Guitar set-up & Playability

As an acoustic instrument, the jazz guitar has better volume and projection when the string action is set a bit higher. However, with the action set lower,...

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AJL-neck profile

Old Selmer guitars had quite flat and angular neck profiles, which many find uncomfortable to play. The AJL-neck profile retains the same traditional...

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Trussrods & reinforcing plates

The neck itself should be stiff, and transfer most of the vibration to the body of the guitar. The neck should not vibrate, or flex in balance between...

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Gypsyguitar Back & sides

 Gypsy guitar backs, and sides are made up of three layers of selected veneers. Each layer is carefully sanded to specific thickness, and then laminated...

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Ecological Brazilian rosewood

The Brazilian rosewood (Dahlbergia Nigra) used for my guitars is over 40 years old "Pre-convention" stock. Because this wood was harvested prior to 1991,...

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Varnish inside

Gypsy guitar bodies are always varnished inside, just like the original Selmer guitars were.    

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Gypsyguitar top

The original Selmer guitars suffered from a weak point on their top at the neck joint, and the sound hole area. The top plate and braces were not strong...

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Heat treatment

Thermally modified timber is wood that has undergone a heat treatment procedure to reduce the moisture content, and increase it's resistance to decay by destroying...

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wood shrinks

I have my workshop climate control adjusted to 43% of relative humidity. As the woods are properly dried and the construction is made under stable conditions,...

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Seasons

As We know, in northern countries we have even less than 30 % of relative humidity in the wintertime, so We need to use humidifier. It's easier to humidify...

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Fretwork

Ebony needs to be carefully dried to prevent loose fret ends. I also glue all frets and fill the fretboard edge.  For frets I use Jescar FW5509...

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Lefthands

Gypsyguitars and archtops without cutaway can be ordered as left-handed version + 10%. Archtops without cutaway, no extra costs for lefthand version.  

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Handmade AJL-Fiberglass case

Every guitar is delivered with handmade finberglass case. Gypsyguitarcase is copied from Selmer "Pegamoid" case, the design is the same, but it's made...

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