Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

2012 Joshia De Jonge

Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

2012 Joshia De Jonge

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IF THE TERM "CHILD PRODIGY" can be applied to luthiers, Joshia de Jonge certainly qualifies. Growing up in the shop of her father (acclaimed luthier Sergei de Jonge), Joshia began working with wood as a small child, making boxes, yo-yos, and piggy banks before graduating to guitars in her teens. But while her earliest efforts may have been novelties, de Jonge, now in her 30s and living near Ottawa, Canada, along with her husband (luthier Patrick Hodgins of Little Tree Guitars) and two sons, has joined the world's best builders of classical guitars.

The instrument pictured here is what de Jonge calls her "high-end guitar." Like many contemporary classicals, the guitar has a lattice-braced top and elevated fingerboard. The French-polished body has a European spruce top, snakewood binding, and its back and sides are laminates of African blackwood and Spanish cedar. The neck is mahogany, with a V joint at the headstock, and the fingerboard is ebony. …

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