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Gitane Cigano Series GJ-15 Gypsy Jazz Guitar  Natural 

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From the complicated playing techniques, to the limited availability of truly affordable instruments necessary to capture that proper Gypsy tone, the...Read More

Available 07-24-2016

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A unique student model gypsy jazz guitar with a D-hole and a short scale for easy playability.

From the complicated playing techniques, to the limited availability of truly affordable 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, Saga Musical Instruments and Gitane guitars introduce the GJ-15 Cigano Student Gypsy Jazz guitar. Its short-scale, D-hole design gives it that characteristic deep bass response and incredible volume making it the perfect rhythm 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 and Peghead Binding: None
  • Fingerboard Material: Indian Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Position Inlays: Mother-of-Pear Round Dots
  • Finish: Vintage-toned High Gloss
  • Headstock Style: Traditional Slotted
  • Neck Material: Solid Mahogany
  • Number of Frets Clear: 12
  • Number of Frets Total: 24
  • Nut Material: Zero-fret/Bone String Guide
  • Nut Width: 1-7/8"
  • Peghead Overlay: Black Paint
  • Saddle: Dyed Rosewood
  • Scale Length: 25-1/4"
  • 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-15 Gypsy Jazz Guitar
 
4.3

(based on 4 reviews)

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5.0

A very nice instrument at this price point

By Bop Guy

from New York, New York

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Gitane Cigano Series GJ-15 Gypsy Jazz Guitar:

    I got this for less with a promo MF was running, so that was great. The instrument came with whatever the stock strings are. They're OK, but not great. I like Savarez Argentines 11 gauge; according to the little spec card that comes with this instrument you can use 10s or 11s. If you are not familiar with the Gypsy style guitars it's necessary to understand that they use a different type of string than steel strung acoustics, nylon/classical/bossa, and electrics. It's a copper wind with a soft steel core so while it is steel, it has a soft feel that's sort of like nylon. This is a student model, meaning a shorter scale length (that narrows the fret width making it easier to play), so heavier strings are advisable since you'll get better tension and brighter sound. Gypsy strings are not always easy to find; most websites have D'Addario Gypsy Jazz Strings, which I don't care for. While I'm not into all the "Djangomania" that goes on these days, Argentines were what he used so that's good enough for me. If you search you can get them at a reasonable price (about 10 a pack).

    It came with ball end sting; the instrument will take ball or loop. I was very impressed with how this instrument holds it's tune and how quickly the strings set when I put the new ones on. The bridge is not floating, but thankfully the intonation is fine so fingers crossed. The neck has a truss rod and an allen key to adjust it if need be.

    Gypsy instruments are not always easy to find cases for because of the wide lower bout on some of them. I'm not much of a hard case guy as I like to put the guitar over my back and go play in the park, a small venue, etc. I ended up getting the Guitar Research 116103W Acoustic Guitar Bag from a local retailer. It's a close fit with good storage at a reasonable price.

    All in all a very nice instrument and will even make those cool harmonics on the 5th and 7th frets that you hear so often in gypsy jazz!

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    4.0

    a canon-boom!

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    By aminfidel

    from houston, TX

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    Pros

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

    Cons

    • No Cons For Me

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Gitane Cigano Series GJ-15 Gypsy Jazz Guitar:

    i've bought 5 of these, 4 for gifts. pound for pound this guitar can't be beat.
    gifted one to a serious professional musician friend who had a few mid to high range GJ guitars, and this one, right out of the box, became his go-to-guitar for GJ.
    it's also easy to play, easy on the hands and fingers. i think that's because of low string tension and "soft" strings.

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    5.0

    Cigano GJ-15 Guitar

    By Jeff Vogelgesang

    from Virginia

    Comments about Gitane Cigano Series GJ-15 Gypsy Jazz Guitar:

    Superb value
    I was very pleasantly surprised at the build quality and tone of this guitar, as a cheap instrument. Extremely light weight, lots of sustain and a real sweet tone, somewhere between a classical and an archtop--plenty loud. Very decent satin finish, not too heavy. The guitar was very playable, plays in tune up the neck. Could maybe use a little buffing of the fret ends, but I expected worse, given the low price-- was definitely very playable right out of the box, with a new set of strings (the strings that came with the guitar seem to be appropriate strings for this type of guitar however; I mention this because the Saga Gitane guitars years ago used to come with the wrong type of string). I'm very happy with this purchase.

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    3.0

    good for the $

    By Marty Hatlelid

    from Vanciuver

    Comments about Gitane Cigano Series GJ-15 Gypsy Jazz Guitar:

    I'd give it a 6 outta 10
    I knew what I was getting when I ordered this: a cheaply made gypsy guitar. I was pleasantly surprised when I received it - had a big, loud, style appropriate sound. Plays pretty good, it's in tune.If you're lloking to dable in this style, it's a good place to start. It was recommended to me by a young guy at Djangofest NW. As he said, "you won't die with this guitar".
    It took a while to get it as it was back ordered.

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