If elegant, hand-made guitars with exotic components speak to you this de Jonge from 2005 will pique your curiosity. Brazilian rosewood back and sides, Adirondack top, varnish finish, snakewood binding with narrow abalone bordering, Alessi tuners with snakewood buttons, Evo frets, and when you see it in person the list of impressive details goes on and on. In the current era of CNC programs and custom milling it's easy to miss the fact that a guitarmaker like Sergei de Jonge essentially does everything by hand. The beautifully sculpted bridge on this guitar, for instance, was shaped by hand after being roughed out on a belt sander, and although it's definitely in the "de Jonge style" no two of his bridges are exactly alike.

But such an impressive list of expensive extras--the Alessi tuners can cost over $400--can distract from what Sergei de Jonge does best, which is to make great sounding guitars that are highly playable and can be used for a wide range of playing styles. That skill is no accident, for Sergei was one of the first guys to work with Jean Larrivee shortly after Larrivee got started in a Toronto basement in the late 1960s.

This isn't a new guitar, while it hasn't been heavily played it has been used and has a few slight scratches and small scuffs here and there (the varnish is more fragile than nitrocellulose lacquer, and lots more delicate than the poly finishes used on most new guitars). There's a clear pickguard that protects the top. It's not a big instrument, but thanks to the Brazilian rosewood there's plenty of bass response when you need it. Great balance between bass and trebles, and a very even response. "Hand made" is an overused phrase in guitar sales, but it's an accurate description of this one.

stock no. 48559

ModelSS Adirondack/Brazilian
TopAdirondack Spruce
Back and sidesBrazilian Rosewood
Frets to body14
Nut width1 3/4"
Scale length25.5"
Bridge spacing2 3/16"
Bridge materialEbony
Fretboard MaterialEbony
Neck materialMahogany
Neck profileRounded C
FinishFrench Polish
CaseOrig. Hard
Serial NoSS507