zupfgeiger wrote: ↑
Wed Dec 19, 2018 9:11 am
ivan wrote: ↑
Wed Dec 19, 2018 7:59 am
I have to admit, Jean Luc Joie makes excellent guitars. Last year (2017), i received his basic model (Model J) for my client. Although it is only his basic model (one step higher than Model L - his lowest model), it has very good sound performance. Plenty of power and long sustain are the notable attributes of this guitar. And the most impressive thing about this guitar is the extreme balance.
I have bring some guitars by world's most respected luthier with extremely expensive price and long waitlist such as Dominique Field, Andrea Tacchi, Jean Noel Rohe, Paulino Bernabe Especial / Imperial, etc etc. Every guitars are usually always have some stronger notes, weaker notes, shorter notes or even some dead spot.
But the Jean Luc Joie guitar is dead even in every fret / every notes. No wolf notes / weak notes. No short sustain notes. Very easy to control the dynamic in this guitar since everything is predictable.
IMHO, he is way underrated, probably because he refuse to work with dealers (especially dealers that do overhype marketing style or doing fake recordings / videos by putting too much effect on the sound). He told me numerous times that he doesn't like to trick his customers.
Next year i will receive his highest model. If the basic model is already very good, I hope the highest model will be quite special..
Ivan, Tacchi's guitars don't have weak notes, at least I have never played one. What I am asking myself is the question, why did (and still do) so many luthiers since Torres bother about bracing systems if Jean Luc Joie finally wins a price for building excellent guitars without ANY bracing at all?
My Tacchi does have some short notes. The high E (12th fret) is shorter, but the symphatic resonance from the A and low E strings still help the short notes to ring. Another wolf note (explosive but with short sustain) is on the G# (1st string fret 16), it has very sharp and fast response but almost no ring & sustain. But no big problem for me, my skill is not good enough to play and use the 16th fret. Hahaha
On another guitars, Dominique Field for example also has shorter notes on D# (2nd string). 2 Pepe romero Jr guitars i've tried also has shorter notes on all G# (all register).
The joie is extremely even. It is like Jim Redgate Wave Double Top model which is also has extreme evenness.
But of course each guitar has its own strength and weakness. What i don't really like in Joie, the timbre is too neutral and plain.