Description of this instrument for sale
Steve Toon Guitars - Gypsy Jazz - Oval Hole [Available on Order]
Gypsy Jazz - Oval Hole
This is a Selmer-type Oval hole guitar, with 14 frets to the body.
Internal bracing is as the original guitars and is then "tuned" to achieve the real gypsy sound typified by Django Reinhardt.
- Selected European Spruce top with hand made rosette
- Body with laminated Indian Rosewood back and sides and wooden bindings and purflings. Inside of body is lacquered as the original guitars
- Mahogany neck with Rosewood/Maple centre section
- Neck stiffening bars and also bi-directional truss rod
- Ebony fingerboard
- 670mm scale length
- Width at nut 46mm
- "Grover" Sta-tite tuners
- High gloss finish
- Hard case
You can discover my interview in the blog of Luthiers.com here:
ABOUT THE MAKER - STEVE TOON
I acquired my first guitar at the age of ten when my father found a broken one in a skip. Together we spent many hours repairing it, and since then I became captivated by its sound and intrigued by its construction.
I have been making guitars for more than 25 years and am fascinated by the process of turning beautiful wood into a living instrument of simple beauty which can produce versatile sound – whether aggressive and strong, powerful and passionate, or light and tender.
When I start a new guitar, I have an idea in my mind as to how the guitar will look and sound. I aim to make all my guitars respond individually to the player, and I select the wood very carefully, paying great attention to the soundboard and matching it with the most suitable sides and back. I use traditional methods and work almost entirely by hand.
My passion for making individual and distinctive guitars can best be summarised by Andres Segovia, the father of modern classical guitar playing, when he said:
“The guitar is a small orchestra. It is polyphonic. Every string is a different colour, a different voice.”