John Gilbert (1922-2012)
John Gilbert, a former tool engineer at the computer industry, became a completely self-taught guitar maker. Carrying out repairs and building guitars as a hobby since 1965, permanent encouragements from players made him decide to become a full-time guitar maker in 1974.
His experience in high-tech engineering gave Gilbert a special attitude, focusing on measurement of dimensions, weight and stiffness. The result was a reputation for consistency, both from the lowest to the highest fret and from one instrument to another. Gilbert's instruments are intended as vehicles for the players artistry.
His son William (Bill) joined John in 1991. Until recently he has build
guitars under his own name.
John Gilbert wrote a series of interesting articles: they were published on the internet by luthier Dave Schramm.
The John Gilbert guitar #46 of 1980
String lenght: 654mm (the first in this length).
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