While watching YouTube videos I stumbled upon a Spanish musician named Javier Sanchez who (among other genres) plays wonderful Gypsy Jazz. His band in Madrid is called "Ménilmontant Swing." I realize YouTube videos aren't the best way to judge the sound of a guitar, but I have to say that his tone is amazing. I have no idea what make or model it is but it appears to have a cedar top. If you look at the comments section of his videos you'll see that numerous people have asked him about his guitar but he never replies.
Does anyone have and idea of the make and model? Handmade by another brilliant Spanish Luthier perhaps?http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbOXBAS0oHM
The only identifying mark is an inlayed portrait of Django on the headstock. However, this could be a decal he added himself.
Javier is an accomplished guitarist in many styles as evidenced by his YouTube posts. He does quite a nice version of Jimi Hendrix' "Little Wing" which, IMHO, is one of the yardsticks of a rock guitarists ability. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDL1C9i1qs3RcV_6IESPoSA
gypsyguitar.de says it's a solid spruce top, Bubinga back and sides, and mahagony neck.
Mateos own website (via a rather confusing google translate) says
Sides: Laminated Maple Walnut with soul and inner Mahogany
Background: Laminate Walnut with Maple and inner soul of Mahogany
Finish: polyurethane lacquer crankpin (Crankpin?)
anyone make sense of this?
Nogal con alma de Arce e interior de Caoba: Walnut with "soul" of maple and interior of mahogany. Perhaps it refers to the layers of the laminate.
Aros: Laminado de Nogal con alma de Arce e interior de Caoba: Sides with the above laminates.
Mango: Nogal: Walnut neck?
Fondo: The back of the guitar.
Diapasón: Fretboard of ebony.
Laca de poliuretano a muñequilla: Polyurethane Laquer by "hand". Muneca refers to the wrist with the addtion of "illa", which is normally a diminutive suffix.
Alma: Regulable de doble sentido;
Puente: Ébano: The bridge is ebony and adjustable in both directions.
Some guesswork was used in my translation!
I wonder why these specs are so completely different from the Jazz B model on other sites? Walnut a opposed to mahogany etc? Is the Geronimo Mateos now just another chinese import who licensed the name of the luthier? The guitar on Mateos website, and the guitar on Javier's video appear the same, but they are also obviously different from this one.
http://www.gypsyguitar.de/index.php?pag ... =4&lang=en