Gerard Gilet is an Australian guitar maker who has been at the forefront of acoustic guitar design for over 30 years. Primarily building for a clientele of serious musicians and professionals, Gilet guitars have become highly regarded and sought after.
On Gilet guitars the tops are thinned by hand from the centre to the edge and are joined to the sides with solid wood linings. These solid linings provide the sides with rigidity to support the top so sound energy is reflected back into the top, thus making the sound more lively.
The top braces are scalloped and tuned in relation to the backs, not just randomly assigned. The back and sides are machined to an exact thickness to achieve the right resonance.
Structurally, the guitars are ahead of convention with wooden bindings in preference to plastic (to better take the knocks) and a laminated tail block to prevent the sides splitting if the guitar is dropped. The neck is supported by a brace just in front of the sound hole and attached to the neck and sides so the neck cannot collapse the top around the sound hole.
All Gilet guitars are handmade from magnificent and proven tone woods, some traditional, some Australian and some exotic. The guitars are sold world wide and have been purchased by international stars such as Sting and prominent local musicians and, of course, people who just love top quality guitars and want something special and unique.
This one is a Gilet Medium Jumbo from 1998 – a classic design especially well suited to flat picking.
Top: Solid sitka spruce
Back & Sides: Queensland maple
Neck: Red Lauan
Scale Length: 25.5”
Neck Width: 1 11/16” at the nut and 2 1/8” at the body
Headstock: Maple laminate face
Bracing: Sitka spruce
Bridge: Indian Rosewood
Tuners: Gotoh enclosed small button
Finish: Multiple nitrocellulose (all nitro – no poly or filler)
This Gilet medium jumbo has seen a few miles and a lot of gigs since it was bought new in 1998 by its one owner. It has been a working guitar and shows some honest player wear. Nothing offensive, but there are some dings & dents, surface scratches and a few chips here and there.
But it is structurally sound, with no build issues or repairs. We think this one has had a pro refret as there is no wear apparent anywhere. It plays clean and comfortable all the way up the neck.
Besides being a beautifully built instrument, this one is light and superbly balanced, both ergonomically and sonically. It is a joy to play, with a rich articulate projection which would impress the most discerning acoustic player.
Comes in a Gator fitted hardshell case.