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whitneyguitarswhitneyguitars New Gitane DG-340 Modele Stephane Wrembel Model

Hey all!

I just wanted to share a commission that's been sent off to Mississauga, Ontario. This one features a 14-fret-to-body connection as well as a longer 670 mm fret scale - a bit of a hybrid of the original Selmer-Maccaferri designs.

A few other details:

  • Custom Tailpiece by Montreal Artisan
  • Miller Swiss Selmer replica tuners
  • Santos rosewood laminated back / sides
  • Torrefied spruce top w/ traditional pliage
  • French polish finish

Thanks for taking a look and happy playing!

-Mike



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  • BonesBones Moderator
    Posts: 3,318

    Love that tailpiece.

    whitneyguitarsBillDaCostaWilliams
  • whitneyguitarswhitneyguitars New Gitane DG-340 Modele Stephane Wrembel Model
    Posts: 22

    Cheers, Bones.

  • vanmalmsteenvanmalmsteen Diamond Springs ,CANew Latch Drom F, Eastman DM2v, Altamira m30d , Altimira Mod M
    Posts: 337

    That’s Tasty

    whitneyguitars
  • whitneyguitarswhitneyguitars New Gitane DG-340 Modele Stephane Wrembel Model
    Posts: 22

    @vanmalmsteen thank you!

  • GouchGouch FennarioNew ALD Originale D, Zentech Proto, ‘50 D28
    edited February 2022 Posts: 110

    Care to share a pic of the top-bracing scheme with final shaping, brace heights and top thicknesses? (Totally no prob if not/secret sauce, understood)

    Asking because I’m in the middle of an oval/14th fret build right row.

  • whitneyguitarswhitneyguitars New Gitane DG-340 Modele Stephane Wrembel Model
    Posts: 22

    Hey Gouch - I don't mind sharing. Attached is a photo during the build process before final shaping / sanding and voicing. Brace dimensions are pretty true-to-form from the François Charle plans - no huge deviations in this respect. Have fun with your build!


    billyshakesBillDaCostaWilliams
  • GouchGouch FennarioNew ALD Originale D, Zentech Proto, ‘50 D28
    Posts: 110

    Thanks- looks great!

    whitneyguitars
  • whitneyguitarswhitneyguitars New Gitane DG-340 Modele Stephane Wrembel Model
    Posts: 22

    Thanks Gouch! Looking forward to seeing your build progress.

  • Posts: 4,712

    What a great looking guitar. The grain on the top is so unusually distinct. Is that because of a photograph or that particular piece of wood or the torrefied wood process or...? Even the unfinished wood from underside looks spectacular. Would love to hear a sound clip.

    Every note wants to go somewhere-Kurt Rosenwinkel
  • whitneyguitarswhitneyguitars New Gitane DG-340 Modele Stephane Wrembel Model
    edited February 2022 Posts: 22

    Thanks a ton, Buco - really appreciate the kind words.

    The photos are pretty true to form. The 'toastiness' of the top is definitely due, in large part, to the torrefication of the spruce top. I used a blonde shellac for the soundboard, neck and head (a very light colour) and a garnet shellac for the back and sides that has a 'ruby' -like colour that really enhances the red/brown tones.

    I also 'size' the soundboard with eggwhite before French polishing giving a subtle antiquing effect, which I believe comes from the proteins in the eggwhite reacting with the tannins in the wood. Finishing aside, most is inherent to the wood itself. As a sidenote, the smell of the torrefied spruce is incredible... kind of a toasty, caramel woodiness with undertones of current and spice (I kid on the last part).

    Buco
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