This 000 guitar was ordered and bought by its only owner direct from its maker – Gerard Gilet of Sydney Australia. Gerard has been at the forefront of acoustic guitar design in Australia for over 30 years, making instruments by hand for a clientele of serious musicians and professionals. Gilet guitars have become highly regarded and sought after, especially since Gerard has slowed down his output significantly in recent years.
What makes Gilet guitars so different?
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 engendering a more lively the sound.
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 correct resonance.
All Gilet guitars are handmade from magnificent proven tone woods, some traditional, some Australian and some exotic. Gilet guitars are sold worldwide and have been purchased by international stars such as Sting, high profile Aussie players, and of course, people who just love top quality guitars and want something special and unique.
This one is a 000 jumbo style guitar, and it’s a lefty !
Number of frets to body join
Width of upper bout
Width of Lower bout
Depth of Body at the tail block
|1 11/16” at the nut and 2 1/4” at the body
Top: Solid Sitka Spruce
Back & Sides: Tasmanian Blackwood
Neck: New Guinea Rosewood
Fingerboard: New Guinea Rosewood
Scale Length 25½”
Inlays: Mother of Pearl snowflake pattern
Binding: Triple binding to top; single binding to back
Headstock: Rosewood with hand cut mother of pearl Gilet inlay
Bracing: Select sitka spruce
Rosette: New Zealand Paua
Bridge: Brazilian Rosewood
Tuners: Closed back Gotoh with small buttons
Finish: Multiple nitrocellulose
Weight: 4.68 lbs
This Gilet is quite a special instrument. The build quality is amazing with attention to detail which is testament to the high standards which have garnered Gilet instruments worldwide acclaim.
Prominent players of Gilet guitars include –
Eric Bibb Solo artist
Gus Isadore Seal
John Butler John Butler Trio
Dom Turner Backsliders
Mike McClellan Solo artist
Kevin Borich Kevin Borich Express
Bob Spencer Angels/Skyhooks
John Morris Blues Preachers/guitar teacher
Gary Beers INXS
Anne Kirkpatrick Solo artist
Paul Cheeseman Studio artist
Brendan Gallagher Karma County/Dead Marines
Museum of Musical Instruments, Phoenix Arizona
Michael Atherton Sirocco
Tim Gaze Tamam Shud/Kavas Jute/Ariel/Rose Tattoo
Jimmy Hocking Solo artist
Wayne Drury Solo artist
No two Gilet guitars are exactly the same as each is hand crafted with specific materials and varying intricacies in design. This one is light and superbly balanced, both ergonomically and sonically. It is simply a joy to play, with a rich articulate projection which would impress the most discerning player.
It also has a high quality under saddle pickup professionally fitted – we are not sure of the model, but it sounds just fine.
Very little sign of wear – a few light scuffs and some minor dings but nothing offensive. Certainly no structural problems. Overall condition is actually very good for a 30 year old instrument.
This lefty has a lovely comfortable neck and there’s lots of fret life left. The guitar is bright & vibrant, with a richness of tone that can only be achieved through the use of the highest quality materials, and a superb build by one of Australia’s best luthiers.
Comes in a quality fitted hardshell case in good condition.