Gypsy Jazz in Holland
The most popular gypsy guitar is the oval sound hole guitar like the Selmer and Favino model. . Worldwide but especially in Holland there are many excellent Gypsy Jazz players. Think about the Rosenberg family and the Basily family and many others.
Just like Popy
This guitar in the Selmer style Iíve made for Popy Basily.. The shape is very similar to the Selmer Django Reinhardt played.
It looks simple
The whole concept is quite simple, four or five transfer braces with the floating bridge. It took me years to construct a gypsy guitar with bright trebles as well as warm bass.
First of all Iíve constructed my own sound bars under the bridge. Just two braces instead of three. Very light and strong enough. This is the most important thing in the gypsy guitar.
Solid woods for back and sides
Iíve developed a very stiff construction for the sides and especially the tailpiece. No energy gets lost that way. Also the back is extremely stiff. Solid woods, often rosewood with four braces.
I use mahogany, maple or walnut for the neck. Necks are reinforced with carbon or a truss rod.