Year of construction: 2017
Scale length: 650 mm
Top: cedar, Braceless Top (unique Joie system), French polish
Back/sides: Rio (I have just asked the CITES certificate to the maker, so it means I offer this guitar only in Belgium)
Sound: power, loudness, projection and dynamics just under the best lattice (like Gnatek, Price) or Marty, but with truly fundamental tones (warm tone colour from bass to treble) and in my opinion better polyphonic capabilities (as the sound decays slowly). The lack of plucking noise is also typical for the braceless Joie with an unusually pure tone as a result. Very homogeneous.
Tuning machines: precise and smooth Der Jung (1:18)
Condition: excellent; tiny marks in the French polish; small ding on the side of the fingerboard (probably a miserable music stand J)
Price: 5200 euro
Trial: near Brussels (arrangements possible in Brussels and elsewhere - nothing is far away in Belgium) - no shipping (see above)
Too many guitars at home, wife unhappy, you know…
This is a fine example of Bordeaux-based guitar maker Jean-Luc Joie’s fantastic braceless guitars. My wife owes one Joie and I still owe 2 other Joie, so this one has to leave.
The braceless top responds more homogeneously at all frequencies, which facilitates any musical interpretation – dynamics, staccato, legato, long phrases, etc.
The fundamental tone presence differentiates better the lower voices.
The lack of plucking noise may disconcert the players used to brutal or percussive guitars but since I first experienced it (approximately 10 years ago), I must say this is the first thing that annoys me when I am trying other guitars (traditional, lattice, LRS, DT, Kasha…).
All these qualities (plus the great sustain of course) make it a very singing instrument:
For video, search YouTube for "Benoît Ducène plays Prelude n°8 by Manuel Ponce"
This particular guitar is very similar to the one used by Thibault Cauvin on his Albeniz album and his next album (I had the honour to play his).
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