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De Jonge SJ Ziricote No Longer Available

September 26, 2011
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This instrument is no longer available.   This post is maintained for historical reference purposes.

Here is a jaw dropping new piece from the workshop of luthier Sergei de Jonge.  Upon opening the case for this guitar the first thing that hits you is the visual impact of the faded tobacco burst over a wonderful book-matched Bearclaw Sitka spruce top. Then your eyes are drawn to the Snakewood bridge and fingerboard which really pop but don’t overpower the visual impact of the top itself.  I thought it couldn’t get much better until I flipped the guitar over and  was hit over the head with an absolutely stunning set of Ziricote. The dark grain lines and sapwood practically jump to life under the high gloss nitrocellulose finish! As usual the detail oriented craftsmanship we have come to expect from Sergei is on display including flawless joinery and beautiful finish work.

Ok, so the guitar looks great but how does it sound you may ask? Ziricote is a hardwood from Central America and it is slightly more dense than Brazilian rosewood. This translates into a crisp and precise note fundamental and a lovey point on the attack transient. This is complemented by a lush set of overtones and the beautifully dynamic Sitka spruce top. The low profile neck shape and small body size make this a very comfortable guitar to play and ideally suited to fingerstyle playing and light to medium strumming. Top to bottom this is one beautiful guitar!

 

Special thanks to David Wren for the photographs.

 

 

Specifications

* 1 3/4″ bone nut
* Snakewood fingerboard
* Zircote peghead overlays front & back
* 25.4″ scale length
* one piece tropical mahogany neck
* hand fit dovetail/bolt neck joint
* adjustable truss rod
* Hipshot lightweight tuners
* Bearclaw Sitka spruce top
*  Ziricote  soundhole rosette
* sculpted Zircote bridge
* intonation compensated bone saddle
* bone bridge pins with abalone dots
* Ziricote body binding, head stock overlay, back strap and heel cap
* Master Grade Zircote back & sides
* Nitro lacquer finish with faded tobacco burst top
* deluxe tweed arched top case

 


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