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Gitane Cigano Series GJ-10 Gypsy Jazz Guitar

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A quality student model gypsy jazz guitar with value, tone, and playability.

From the complicated playing techniques, to the limited availability of truly affordable jazz instruments necessary to capture that proper Gypsy tone, the obstacles to learning how to play Gypsy Jazz music can easily discourage the seasoned guitarist, let alone a beginner. To make it even easier to begin this exciting journey, Gitane guitars introduces the GJ-10 Cigano Student Gypsy Jazz guitar. Its long-scale, oval-hole design gives it that, fast playability, cutting power and characteristic tone making it the perfect lead guitar. Value, tone, playability and workmanship will meet or exceed any players expectations.

FEATURES
  • Back and Side: Material Mahogany
  • Back Inlay: None
  • Binding: Black ABS
  • Body Shape: Horizontal Cutaway
  • Brace Material: Spruce
  • Bridge Material: Dyed Rosewood / Movable Mustache-style
  • Fingerboard & Peghead Binding: None
  • Fingerboard Material: Indian Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Position: Inlays Mother-of-Pearl Round Dots
  • Finish: Vintage-toned High Gloss
  • Headstock Style: Traditional Slotted
  • Neck Material: Solid Mahogany
  • Number of Frets Clear: 14
  • Number of Frets Total: 26
  • Nut Material: Zero-fret / Bone String Guide
  • Nut Width: 1-7/8"
  • Peghead Overlay: Black Paint
  • Saddle: Dyed Rosewood
  • Scale Length: 26-5/8"
  • Side Inlay: Multi-ply Ebony / Maple
  • Soundhole Rosette: Multi-Color Transfer
  • Soundhole Shape: Grand Bouche
  • Top: Solid Spruce
  • Top Bracing Pattern: Traditional Ladder Bracing
  • Top Purfling: Multi-ply W-B-W
  • Tuning Machines: Standard Gold-plated / Accurate 14:1 Gear Ratio / White ABS Buttons

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GitaneCigano Series GJ-10 Gypsy Jazz Guitar
 
4.1

(based on 8 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (4)

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75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (6)
  • Good feel (6)
  • Stays in tune (5)
  • Fun to play (4)
  • Consistent (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (8)
  • Jamming (6)
  • Recording (4)
  • Small venues (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (4), Professional musician (4)

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(4 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

IT IS WHAT IT IS NOT

By Wade

from Arizona

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Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about Gitane Cigano Series GJ-10 Gypsy Jazz Guitar:

      To begin with this guitar is NOT rosewood back and sides. Its some kind of Mahogany. It does not sound remotely close to a rosewood guitar. Saga's features description and spec page are two different descriptions. It looks and sounds like a dry Mahogany guitar. The head stock is painted black not Mahogany overlay. I doubt seriously after the way Saga misrepresents the woods that the sides and back are solid. Probably laminated. They sound laminated. The headstock thickness is thicker than the wood on the neck. Would have been nice to have left the neck a bit more thicker instead of shavings on the floor. Who knows what the fretboard is it is painted black also. The nut with is 1 /34 inch. Not 1 7/8 like you see in some descriptions of this guitar. The top could be Spruce. The strings The strings could be the most expensive of the hardware's. The tuners are OK they seem to hold tune. The tail piece they claim is brass plated. It could be it as it is not magnetic. You open the box and you get the sweet smell of glue not wood.

      Having said all this it is what it is. An entry level student guitar for gypsy jazz. It is put together nicely. Frets do not stick out and no sharp edges on the ends. Intonation amazingly is OK at the 12th fret. The string height at the 12 fret is not high at all. All the joints are tight same for the fretboard to the neck. The neck is a multi piece neck. I do not have a problem with that for this price guitar. It appears to have a light satin finish on it.
      The sound is like a cheap guitar it won't blow you away. Too bad it was NOT rosewood.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      For the money, an awesome instrument.

      By Thaddeus

      from Saint Paul, MN

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      Pros

      • Articulate String Tone
      • Good Feel
      • Rich Sound
      • Stays In Tune
      • Value For Money

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

        Comments about Gitane Cigano Series GJ-10 Gypsy Jazz Guitar:

        Just picked one of these up and it's a really nice guitar for the money. Excellent tone, every string speaks clearly, & the intonation and action are dead on. Fast fingering all up and down the neck, this thing feels great. You can resolve each string's sound in a chord, it has a clarity that you usually don't find on a guitar in this price range. Not muddy at all. This is a loud guitar.

        The guitar is not 'fancy', if you're into genuine inlays or boutique tuning machines go elsewhere, but if you want a cheap guitar with excellent tone and playability you can't do better for the money. The top is claimed to be solid Sitka, I see no reason to disbelieve that, and that's the most critical component in terms of tone.

        (3 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Gitane/Cigano GJ10

        By Ark Red

        from Ozark Mountains, Arkansas

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        Pros

        • Good Feel
        • Rich Sound

        Cons

        • Poor Construction

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Gitane Cigano Series GJ-10 Gypsy Jazz Guitar:

        I bought this guitar thinking it was ready to play. Sorry, Charlie. This was not the case. Real bad fret buzz from the fourth to the thirteenth fret. I noticed there was a hump in the fingerboard where the neck joined the body and the neck had a slight twist to it. I had gigs coming up so I didn't have time to send it back. I've still got it, and have straightened the neck out somewhat. I've got to remove the last ten or twelve frets and take out the fingerboard hump. Perhaps then I can play the guitar without all the fret buzz. The volume and tone are fine, and if you get one without a twisted neck or a giant hump in the fingerboard you'll have a nice sounding gypsy jazz guitar. I'm not used to the position dot spacing, so I have replaced the pearl dots with ebony ones which make it look like a blank fingerboard. I have also reset the side position dots. Also I cut a soundport in the upper side, and made a new ebony bridge. This of course voids any warranty, but being a repairperson I plan to hang on to this guitar for my professional gigs if I can eliminate the bad fret buzz. Hopefully, the higher priced gypsy guitars don't have these problems.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        I love this guitar, great value...

        By haywire

        from Rancho Cucamonga

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        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Rich Sound
        • Stays In Tune

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing

          Comments about Gitane Cigano Series GJ-10 Gypsy Jazz Guitar:

          O.K., not being around this sort of music, or other musicians of the Gypsy Jazz sort I order this for my son thinking it was strung nylon like a classical (somebody at M.F. misinformed me...). The guitar shows up strung with silk/steel 10s,I imediately order a return.I then spent 5 minutes with it, called back and canceled the return. The top on this guitar is really live- takes no time to loosen up. The guitar is loud, and has that signature tone..The long scale is kind of weird, but it's a joy to play!! I've been playing guitar for about 50 years. It's been my experience that my most beloved guitars have been cheap, modest instruments like this one that play really well. I recently lost a folk acoustic that was my favorite,,, this will be it's replacement!!

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Excellent Guitar!!

          By Reg

          from Chicago

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Rich Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Gitane Cigano Series GJ-10 Gypsy Jazz Guitar:

            The guitar was good right out the box. I recently put new D'addario 11's gypsy has strings
            And the more I play the guitar, the louder it gets. With time,
            The guitar will get even louder. Now it's not a glamorous boutique guitar
            But it's a guitar you can sure take on a gig. The price is right!!

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            wonder ful guitar !

            By freddym223 (youtube)jazz guitarist

            from Arizona

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            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Rich Sound
            • Stays In Tune

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Gitane Cigano Series GJ-10 Gypsy Jazz Guitar:

              This guitar is very good , but it arrives very dry and starving for moisture . So if the action is too high , just wait a few days and it will go down as it gathers moisture from the air . when mine arrived it was over 3 mm high at the 12th fret low E string . (way too high for me) . After 3 days it came down to a little under 2 mm . Do not mess with the truss rod at least until you have owned the guitar for a year as it changes through the seasons . If the action gets too low just stick a couple guitar picks under the bridge . It won't change the sound at all . I also own the GJ-15 which I've had for a year and love . These guitars came with 11's but I prefer D'addario EJ83L strings .010 - .044 . Get yourself a hard shell case to regulate the moisture using a wet sponge or what ever it takes . I hope this saves you some heartaches.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great to get into the genre

              By Diffracted

              from Phoenix, AZ

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              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Rich Sound
              • Stays In Tune

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Gitane Cigano Series GJ-10 Gypsy Jazz Guitar:

                I've had this for a few months at this point. It's been great, good neck, good frets, no fret buzzing, stays in tune, and most importantly, has the distinctive sound of a gypsy jazz guitar. Lots of fun to play. I've gone to a handful of guitar jams of, say, 10 people, and it holds its own unamplified. Beware of the 10th fret marker for group jams, though. Everyone else's marker will be on the 9th fret, and it can lead to confusion.

                Played like a dreadnought with standard strumming, I'd say it comes across as quieter than a dreadnought since it lacks the bottom end. However it can get VERY loud when you play hard and percussively, as you likely will with gypsy jazz.

                The neck on this one is nowhere near as thick as the signature Jorgenson model (which is like playing a log). It's slightly thinner than (yet comparable to) my Squier Bullet Tele, but not nearly as thin as my ESP LTD M-330R's extra thin U neck. It's also a little thinner than the thin U neck on my dreadnought, an LTD Xtone DC-5E.

                The longer scale length isn't so bad either- it takes a little getting used to, but makes shoving all of your fingers into one fret line for chords much easier than a 25.5" scale neck.

                Right out of the box, it was great, with one exception- a .5 mm wide sliver of the wood's grain that stuck up hadn't been sanded off, and fell off promptly after opening the box, leaving the tiny space it occupied without a finish. Honestly, though? Who cares. Not worth sending it back over something so inconsequential. I couldn't even get it to really show up in a picture with the context of the guitar.

                So in short? If you're looking for that gypsy jazz sound at an entry level, this is pretty great.

                (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                enlarge soundhole

                By aminfidel

                from houston, TX

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                Pros

                • Stays In Tune

                Cons

                • Flat Sound

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing

                Comments about Gitane Cigano Series GJ-10 Gypsy Jazz Guitar:

                i was dissappointed with the sound. finally in a forum at DjangoBooks.com i saw a suggestion to enlarge the sound hole. i got my brother to do it for me and it was a total improvement. the question is how much to enlarge the petit brioche soundhole.
                but it really helped.

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