The most famous names of guitarmakers and as the "european masters" of their profession are to mention Leo Eimers (NL), Maurice Dupont (F) , Jean-Pierre Favino (F) or Matthias Voigt (D). These luthiers are to mention as the "Kings class" of building gypsyjazz-guitars.
A few examples of my own GJ-guitars made by:
Leo Eimers (1), Maurice Dupont (2), Matthias Voigt (3) and Polak-Gypsyguitars (4)
Of course there are many other guitarmakers who built very good handcrafted guitars in high-quality for reasonable prices.
The prices for Gypsyjazz-guitars vary strongly. You may as well buy a cheaper Beginner-model starting from about 399.- € (e.g. Aria, Johnson, SAGA, Altamira). A real good handcrafted Selmer-copy will be at least around 700-800.- EUR (Dell Arte, Altamira), then raising up from 1200-1300.- EUR (Geronimo Mateos and others) - from there on up to open-end, depending on customers wishes and features (wood, parts, features, pickups etc.). Fast you will be talking about 3000-4000.- EUR for a handmade guitar like that.
As a recommendation in the lower to middle priced-segment to mention is the spansih guitarmaker Geronimo Mateos or the new israelian company Polak-Gypsyjazzguitars who is building finest handcrafted instruments for very reasonable prices.
Here is a list of highly recommended luthiers which all are building gypsyjazz-guitars:
- Bergeijk, Gerrit van (NL)
- Boostra, Ger (NL)
- Castellucia (F)
- Doderer, Henning (D)
- Dupont, Maurice (F)
- Dunn, Michael (USA)
- Eimers, Leo (NL)
- Favino, Jean-Pierre (F)
- Hahl, Stefan (D)
- JWC Guitars (GB)
- Marin, Olivier (F)
- Mateos, Geronimo (ES)
- Nonis, Killy (GB)
- Voigt, Matthias (D)
- Volkert, Jürgen (D)
There are also some machine-made gypsyjazz-guitars for cheaper prices available here:
One of the best adresses in germany where to buy Gypsyjazz-guitars of all kind is Norman Ort and his shop Gypsyguitar.de
Here one can buy without trouble, because at first Norman is a very nice guy and sceondly he is one of the true experts knowing about guitars, only selling which he knows about is really good.
Of course there are as well other shops and luthiers around who are doing well business.
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