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Artist GG1EQ Handbuilt Solid Wood Acoustic Electric Guitar & Hard Case

From the sleepy hollow of Gulgong in the NSW Central Tablelands, the shuffling sound of sawdust on floors amidst an air of silent study... this, the birthplace of some of the finest instruments ever produced in Australia. Those lucky enough to have owned a guitar made by Gerard Gilet, or to have studied under his tutelage, know that unwavering attention to detail and old-world craftsmanship are absolute non-negotiables once you cross the threshold of his workshop. 

The Artist GG1EQ, designed by Gerard Gilet in association with Artist Guitars and hand-built in China, brings Gerard's unmatched tonal design sensibilities to a wider audience. Handbuilt in a small Chinese workshop manned by a team of 5 expert luthiers, this is not your usual Chinese-made mass-production guitar. We evaluated an (admittedly absurd) amount of production options and were eventually swayed by this workshop's prior work exclusively producing ultra-high-end acoustic guitars. The small scale of production and close-knit team of luthiers allow for consistent communication and real-time feedback, ensuring each GG1 is built exactly to perfection.

Just above the bone nut, Gotoh® SGS510 tuners adorn the mahogany headstock. The Gotoh® name is synonymous with quality, much like the designer and namesake of this instrument. With a gear ratio of 1:15, there will be no endless twisting of the machine head to bring your guitar to pitch, an issue common in higher ratioed, inexpensive tuning machines. These tuners are incredibly smooth and ultra-durable, allowing the GG1 to remain pitch-perfect even under heavy strumming, and the strenuous conditions live use can present.

Pickup selection for the GG1 was a process that spanned a myriad of options and hour after hour of testing. The Fishman OEM INK-501 was selected for its unmatched tone-shaping capabilities and low-profile aesthetic. Having crafted industry-leading acoustic guitar pickups since their inception in Massachusetts over 40 years ago, Fishman has led the way in combining intricate technologies with elegant design, ensuring the presence of their onboard pickups does not detract in any sense from the natural acoustic tone of the instrument, but rather guaranteeing this tone can be replicated faithfully when amplified - a key concern in the production of the Artist GG1.

With a Solid AAA Engleman Spruce Top, and Solid AAA American Black Walnut back and sides, the GG1 resonates magnificently. 90° Quartersawn Alaskan Sitka Spruce bracing and a laminate tail block for increased strength are just some of the specifications Gerard Gilet devotees will recognise. A one-piece mahogany neck ensures heightened durability in varying climates, made all the more striking paired with the deep chocolate grain of the high-end African Ebony slab fretboard. 

At the heart of the GG1, the soundhole is surrounded by a ring of twinkling Abalone and Cocobolo purfling - the latter also binding either side of the American Black Walnut body. An exceedingly rare wood, Cocobolo is rarely found outside of national parks and reserves, with an infinitesimally minuscule amount available for the commercial market each year. No expense has been spared to ensure this instrument presents equally as superbly as it feels and sounds

Turning our attention to the tail end of the GG1, a waxed American Black Walnut Bridge is beautifully complemented by Tusq bridge pins, inlaid with pearlescent Abalone. Through an extensive and rigorous testing process completed over Gerard’s decades of experience, a tusq saddle was selected as the most tonally rich option for this guitar. Producing sweeter harmonics in the mid-treble frequencies when compared to bone and ivory saddles, in addition to drastically heightened sustain; every point of contact between string and guitar has been tested and re-tested by Gerard, as well as the Artist Guitars team to ensure unobstructed resonance and a uniquely rich tonal profile.

From inception to prototype to production, every single feature on the Artist GG1 has been painstakingly designed by Gerard Gilet, according to the master luthier’s every aesthetic and construction principle. Forget what you know about signature guitar models… this is a guitar completely designed by its namesake.

We could truly spend another 1000 words waxing lyrical about every minute detail that makes the GG1 incredible but at the end of the day, words can only go so far. So we'll leave you with just a couple more.

"The Artist GG1 is the best acoustic guitar we have ever produced" - Ian Bush (Artist Guitars CEO & Founder)

The Tech Features

Brand: Artist

Model: GG1EQ

Body Size: OM Size 

Woods:

  • Top - Solid AAA Engleman Spruce
  • Back and Sides - Solid AAA American Black Walnut
  • X Bracing - Quarter-sawn Swiss Sitka Spruce

Fingerboard and Bridge: High-End African Ebony FingerboardAmerican Black Walnut Bridge

Neck: 1 piece Mahogany. Dovetail joint

Scale Length: 25.4 inches

Nut: Bone. 44.5mm wide

Saddle: Tusq

Machine Heads: Gotoh SGS510

Frets: 20 with rounded fret ends and 25% Nickel for longer life and anti-corrosion

Truss Rod: Dual action (2-way)

Strings: D'Addario EXP16

Colour and Finish: Natural Gloss

Preamp: Fishman OEM-INK-501

Included Accessory: Fibreglass Silver Hard Case

 

This instrument is stocked in Australia. If it is ordered on our New Zealand, United Kingdom, or United States website, it will be made to order. The build-time is 8-12 weeks. If you order a GG1 and want an accurate ETA, please contact us via email with your order number.


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Reviews (4)

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Great guitar, however....

By: on 25 June 2024
I have read so much about Gerard Gilet and his amazing guitar building, I also managed to play one of his guitars in South Melbourne. That said, when Artist said they were releasing an acoustic guitar designed by him, I had to check it out. Well, I'm very glad I did because the guitar is wonderful. Nice bottom end, great mids and sparkly highs and it is so easy to play (after being set up). Just a very happy camper. My only criticism is that the grain in the spruce top is not as pronounced as in the photographs on the website. There is also a darkened join of the spruce top which effects the aesthetics BUT the guitar sounds GREAT. Thanks you Artist guitars

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Excellent Guitar and Case

By: on 4 June 2024
I am very happy to have purchased the GG1EQ Hand built Solid wood Acoustic/Electric Guitar and Hard Case. It is a beautiful Instrument . It looks great and feels comfortable. It sounds amazing with a clear and brilliant tone. I am enjoying very much playing this guitar that I don't want to put it down. It has become my favorite instrument. Great value for it's price compared with other well known brands. I highly recommend buying this hand built guitar.

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Great Guitar

By: on 4 March 2024
I pre-ordered this guitar as I already have an OMC200 and OMC500. This guitar sits on par with guitars at a much higher price point. It might be my bias, however I would prefer this by far to Cole Clarke Angel, mainly due to the flexibility that the pickup gives. When this arrived I had it professionally set up to my taste and the tech remarked how well it was setup from the factory (eg intonation, action, neck tension). Thoroughly recommend this guitar.

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Breathtakingly Beautiful

By: on 22 February 2024
Breathtakingly Beautiful Based on who designed the GG1EQ and the materials it is made from, I had no hesitation ordering Artist Guitars most expensive instrument. The GG1EQ is breathtakingly beautiful. Even though it is an OM sized guitar, it has the richer and more substantial sound of a Grand Auditorium sized instrument. This is my first acoustic guitar with an Engleman Spruce top and Black Walnut back and sides, so I can’t give you a sense of how it sounds in relation to instruments made from the same materials. To my ears (from my experience), it has the warmth of a mahogany body, the full bass of a rosewood body, the bell like highs of a rosewood body, and the balance of a maple body. All in all, the best of everything. The fit and finish is worthy of a $6,000 acoustic guitar. I alternate between two Eastman OMs and a Pratley OM, and the GG1EQ is getting more than its share of playing time. As a fingerstyle player with a light touch, the setup on the GG1EQ was not for me, but this was quickly and easily resolved by the boys at Fretco. Ian: can we please have a GG2EQ? I love having such a lovely guitar to play. And by the way, the silver fibreglass case is cool.

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We are happy to hear that you like our product. Thank you so much for the support!

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