This beautiful “Model O” style guitar was ordered and bought by its current 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.
|Neck Width||1 3/4” at the nut and 2 3/16” at the body|
|Number of frets to body join||12|
|Width of upper bout||9.25”|
|Width of Lower bout||13.25”|
|Depth of Body at the tail block||4”|
|Top:||Solid European Spruce|
|Back & Sides:||European Ash|
|Inlays:||Mother of Pearl tiny moons|
|Headstock:||Ebony with hand cut mother of pearl Gilet inlay|
|Bracing:||Select sitka spruce|
|Rosette:||New Zealand Paua|
|Tuners:||Closed back gold Schallers with pearl buttons|
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|
|John Butler||John Butler Trio|
|Mike McClellan||Solo artist|
|Kevin Borich||Kevin Borich Express|
|John Morris||Blues Preachers/guitar teacher|
|Anne Kirkpatrick||Solo artist|
|Paul Cheeseman||Studio artist|
|Brendan Gallagher||Karma County/Dead Marines|
|Museum of Musical Instruments, Phoenix Arizona|
|Tim Gaze||Tamam Shud/Kavas Jute/Ariel/Rose Tattoo|
|Jimmy Hocking||Solo artist|
This is an exquisite instrument. The masterful sunburst finish is so rich and vibrant it draws the observer in to experience the beauty of the fine grained select European spruce top. The ash back and sides are equally spectacular.
No two Gilet guitars are exactly the same as each is hand crafted with specific materials and varying intricacies in design. Besides being quite beautiful, this one is light and superbly balanced, both ergonomically and sonically. This guitar is simply a joy to play, and although being a smaller bodied instrument, it has a rich articulate projection which would impress the most discerning player.
Although this guitar is over 15 years old it show absolutely no sign of wear – not a mark anywhere. It has never left home.
This guitar is built and finished to a standard that would fetch twice the price if it came from a US boutique builder. But it was built right here in Sydney, by one of Australia’s most respected luthiers who is now building very few instruments, and with a very long wait tim
Comes in a Hiscox Liteflite hardshell case in new condition.