posted by brad king from United States on January 09, 2017 18:40
love the design! will begin to search for one!
posted by Sean from United States on September 12, 2015 7:29
Through sheer luck, i acquired the only hand made mahogany left-handed model from an Australian a few years ago. I have more Gittlers in my sights. Love these things.
posted by Johnc118 Johnc118 from Russia on August 26, 2014 3:57
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posted by Marvin Sheats from United States on March 23, 2014 1:58
The Gittler guitar is a very unique and incredible looking guitar. It will be my pleasure to in the near future own one and play as my main guitar. I cannot wait for that time to come.
posted by Sean from on June 11, 2013 6:14
Anyone have any idea how many wooden guitars he constructed after moving to Israel? There just isn't much detail on the web that i can find.
posted by Gilead Limor from on April 27, 2013 0:25
I am the proud owner of guitar #3 of a series of 20 of Avraham's first handmade minimalistic wood designs (circa 1988 or 1989). This was made of two slabs of shaped 10mm plywood with the frets made of a long nylon cord wrapped around one of them. The strings were tuned with a set of screws and wingnuts and the single pickup sandwiched between the two slabs. A headless screw forms the bridge, and Avraham's Bar Rashi logo is etched on the front slab by the tuning nuts. When the guitar was built, I requested that the number 3 and Avraham's signature be etched on the inner side of one of the slabs. I was told that guitars #1 and #2 of this series were given to Eric Clapton and a member of his band at the time.
The guitar itself is no longer really playable, but I still treasure it. Avraham admitted to me that he was not pleased with the twin plywood slab design and went on to produce a solid oak one, there was too much movement between the two slabs which caused the whole guitar eventually to arch towards the strings.
I can send a picture of this guitar to you if you'd like me to.
I was the engineer of Jerusalem's Keshet Studios at the time and Avraham came to record an album with us on his solid oak prototype. Avraham's son Yonatan used to come by the studio occasionally to record percussion on various recordings. We also gigged together on several occasions.
A few years earlier, I missed the opportunity to buy one of the first 60 Gittler guitars, which was on sale at a music shop owned by guitarist Avner Strauss. I twas too expensive for me at the time, but I did spend a few hours playing it in the shop and loved every minute of it.
posted by Silvio from Switzerland on March 19, 2013 23:09
Hi! I am very happy to see Gittler guitars back... with improvements...
Funny tht the new design incorporates the two elements introduced by Astron which so violently infuriated Gittler/Bar Rashi, that is a box for the electronics and a plastic neck back...
In fact they really did adress some existing problems of the design. I think every owner of a Bar Rashi knows that...
It definitely vindicates all the bad rap Astron received for introducing those two changes, from Gittler/Bar Rashi to begin with!
Even the new Gittler Guitar Corp web site (and the CEO in differents interviews I have seen) state that only 60 "original" guitars were ever made. As if the (more or less) 250 Astron hadn't even existed...
So I guess I own a guitar that doesn't exist (#238)
posted by Steven Miller from United States on March 08, 2013 6:39
I interviewed Alan around 1976 and wrote it up for The Village Voice. At that time, he frequently played in the street near Astor Place in lower Manhattan. The reverberation pattern from the surrounding buildings wafted the music all through the square. He used an amplifier he had designed and built which was cylindrical, about 15 inches diameter and about the same in length. The barrel was packed with D batteries, making it very heavy. The cylindrical design allowed it to be rolled, guided by a long handle. It was sort of like the roller tool used to flatten lawns during planting.
posted by Izak Kaisler from Israel on January 10, 2013 8:25
I'm very happy that the Gittler gtr is back and I wish U a great new year and a lot of sales....
I was lucky enough to meet the late Allan a few times in Tel Aviv around the 90's and remember him always carrying the prototype,
I'm not sure but I might even held it in my hands .
R I P Mr. Allan Gittler.
I wish U all a great new year and
All my love , Izak .
posted by michael friedman from on October 16, 2012 20:53
greetings, hopeful to play one of these one day