2012 Sergei deJonge

Woods: highly figured Brazilian rosewood and bear claw spruce. Laminated sides. All wood lattice. Figured mahogany neck. Nitro lacquer sides and back, French polish top. Spalted rosette.

Miscellany: 650mm scale, 52mm nut, 42.5mm string spacing. Bone nut and saddle, with low to normal string height and plenty of saddle for future adjustments if needed. Silky smooth Rubner tuners. Humicase. Slightly elevated fingerboard. Sound port. Truss rod.

Condition: Guitar and case present as new.

Comment: this being my first deJonge guitar in the shop, I listen and compare. The lattice bracing is hardly noticeable; there is no carbon fibre overtone–it sounds like a great fan braced instrument, but with added sustain. I find the guitar not particularly loud or overpowering. As with Dake Traphagen’s work, it has an intelligent reserve but will respond if pushed. However, the trebles are brighter than a Traphagen and the bass resonance is less prominent. It is a perfectly balanced guitar, very light under the fingers. Guitars with laminated timbers are generally more robust in the voicing, it seems. There is a sweet roundness to notes with heavier, more rigid sides, which resists the vibrating top bleeding out and causing note decay.

This is a highly attractive guitar. The set of Brazilian rosewood is extraordinary, as is the spruce. It appears to have hardly ever come out of the case, as it is in flawless condition. A masterpiece by one of this generation’s great luthiers.

 

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