Hello to all........
I purchased that same 'Django' guitar from Rondo's in late August 2006. It's a really nice axe, but it needed some tweaking. (Don't all guitars?)
The one-piece moustache bridge was definitely too tall. It's been said that high action is preferred by gypsy players, but this bridge was ridiculously high. I used a fret file (with a concave filing surface) and filed lengthwise along the top of the bridge. I filed a little at a time and restrung/tested until the action was more comfortable. I had no other issues with the bridge at all. It sits nice and flat against the top of the guitar.
The truss rod was also functional, though no wrench was supplied.
The frets were in pretty good shape......a few buzzes here & there. I dressed the frets last weekend and it sounds much better.
How does it sound? Well.....it sounds fine. Again, I'm new here so I'm not going to say something ridiculous like: "It sounds EXACTLY like Django's guitar!!!!!" It definitely does NOT sound like any other steel-string acoustic I've ever played. It has a nice 'snappy' sound.....not too trebly, but very....'bitey'. (Hey, if I think of better musical terms I'll post a better description.)
I paid a total of $180.00.....case included. I was perfectly willing to pay that much for the guitar alone, so when the salesman brought the case out and told me it was included in the price I was completely floored! (Again, this case is really, really nice. It’s like a well-made piece of luggage. I told my girlfriend that the case cost me $180.00........and the guitar was free!)
Rondo still sells them on Ebay, and I would recommend this model to anyone who was interested in buying a gypsy jazz axe.
1) Does anyone know where I can get a replacement bridge for this axe? I'd like to have a spare just in case I get tempted to do any further tweaking. I'd like an EXACT one-piece replacement. Kurt at Rondo told me it would take 2 months to arrive.
2) The bridge is not 'notched', and I was wondering if the strings are supposed to 'fan-out' as they reach the bridge. Right now they're pretty much parallel from the nut to the tailpiece.
3) Any suggestions as to making the bridge more secure to the guitar's top?
Someday all of our guitars will be owned by strangers who haven't been born yet......deal with it.