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Guitar playing lady from Reading

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Comment by Rob MacKillop on January 2, 2013 at 16:21

Nice one, Michael!

Comment by Michael. N. on January 2, 2013 at 14:56

There are a couple of Jacquot Guitars featured in the Sinier de Ridder book, one instrument from 1830 the other from 1836.

There you go. The original design for the Gibson SG and Fender Strat , all in one Guitar.

Comment by Jelma van Amersfoort on January 2, 2013 at 11:35

I am quoting my friend Alex Timmermans here:

"Indeed the guitar the lady is holding was made on the continent. As a matter of fact it was build in France by Charles Jacquot. Jacquot was born in 1808 and worked as a luthier in Nancy and Paris. The last city is also the place where he died in 1880.

The guitar pictured here has no direct relationship with the so-called 'Wappenform-gitarre', a guitar type made at the time in Germany (and Austria).

The smallish 'cutaway' in both shoulders of the upper bouts are made to facilitate the playing in the highests positions (at the treble side), the opposite one is there for estetical reasons. Typical for Jacquot is also the oval soundhole á la the Paris based luthier Laprevotte.
The bridge is of French origin and found on more of Jacquot's guitars. This particular guitar design was made by Jacquot from around 1845 till the end of his career. When it gomes to dating it, I would say that it was made in 60-ties or so of the 19th century. And that goes together with other and similar examples I have found of Jacquot.

Another French luithier working in the same period as Jacquot, and known to have build guitars of this design - and then especially with regard to the shape of the sound chamber and its two 'cutaway' shoulders - was Beau from Mirecourt. "

Comment by Rob MacKillop on January 2, 2013 at 0:31
Interesting guitar! Any information on who she is, or what she is playing? Love the cutaways, the oval hole, the "Fender"-type head (but different), the right-hand pinkie protection cover (what do we call these things?) her hand positions, close to the bridge, and a D Major chord. And what about that crazy strap, especially the big bit falling down from the headstock! I'd love to know more about her...

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