Philippe Jean-Mairet / 2008 Classical Guitar Cedar/Indian Rosewood / 2008 / French Polish / Guitar For Sale


  • Year: 2008
  • Country: Switzerland
  • Back & Sides: Indian Rosewood
  • Top: Cedar
  • Scale Length: 650mm
  • Finish: French Polish
  • Nut Width: 52mm
  • Case: Yes


In 1973, at the age of 20, Philippe Jean-Mairet left his native Switzerland for Spain to learn about flamenco and classical guitars - with an interest both in playing and building. He would end up spending several years there and would learn from such makers as Francisco Manuel Diaz in Granada (who is also both a luthier and flamenco guitarist) and also with Manuel Bellido, where Philippe perfected his French polishing skills. Additionally. Philippe also had the privilege of taking master classes with Jose Romanillos in Cordoba.

It was also during his time in Spain where he was able to study and draw out an Enrique Garcia guitar from the turn of the 19/20 century - an instrument that would greatly influence his style and taste in sound - indeed the asymmetrical 8-fan bracing patterns based on Garcia's work has been a central design feature of his own instruments, and he believes this system gives his guitars deep, warm basses and bright, clear trebles. Upon his return to Switzerland, Philippe studied guitar at the Conservatory in Bern, with a keen interest primarily in flamenco music, along with the classical repertoire. Numerous concerts (both flamenco and classical) with various groups followed in Switzerland and abroad. He also assembled the tools and materials to build his first guitar which was completed in 1975 and ultimately led to his decision to become a full-time professional guitar maker. 

Since then his guitars have been played by many notable professionals including Konrad Ragossnig, Vladimir Mikulka and YouTube sensation Danish guitarist Peo Kindgren. This is an excellent guitar all around - great character of sound with warmth, clarity and great projection. Easy to play, the guitar produces a rich sound with little effort from the player. Overall a solid concert and recording instrument that would satisfy the needs of any serious player - professional or enthusiast alike.

Guitar Salon International, USA  

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Founded in 1983, Guitar Salon International (GSI) is the world’s largest dealer of concert-level classical and flamenco guitars. For over 35 years now, we serve players, collectors and aficionados by offering the best hand-built instruments of leading young guitar makers as well as those of established historical masters. In this process, we acquire and sell many of the most desirable instruments in history, and we subsequently help to assemble important private collections. With the involvement of top concert artists (including Pepe Romero, Scott Tennant, Marc Teicholz, Andrew York and others), GSI showcases several exceptional guitars through audio, video, studio-CD and live concert recordings.

Guitar Salon International established the GSI Foundation in 2011 after receiving public donations aimed at community development. The Foundation’s mission is to help develop the local community by raising money to support music education in public schools. These local schools are then offered assistance to pay teachers, provided with instruments for students who cannot afford them, and supplied with musicians for performances that can inspire kids to play a musical instrument.


GSI will gladly send a guitar anywhere in the world for trial and approval. Our approval period is 48 hours from the time the instrument is received. If a return is requested within 48 hours of the guitar's arrival, a full refund will be issued*** (less shipping charges and assuming original condition), or another guitar can be sent on trial.

30-Day Guitar Exchange: Within 30 days from the date of purchase, GSI will exchange any guitar toward the purchase of any other instrument of equal or greater value. Providing the instrument is returned in original condition, the full purchase price will be credited.

2-Year Guitar Exchange: Within two years from the date of purchase, GSI will exchange any guitar toward the purchase of any other instrument of equal or greater value. Providing the instrument is returned in original condition (less normal wear), 70% of the purchase price excluding tax will be credited.

***Note: B-Stock, New Old Stock, and used items are not subject to an approval period. They are sold "as is" and are eligible for exchange only if the item arrives damaged or not as described.


We will ship this item worldwide, within one business day after receiving payment. All shipments are insured.
Domestic purchases will be sent via UPS and can be sent either ground ($39) or overnight ($150). International purchases are sent by either UPS or DHL, and price varies depending on location. Please contact us directly for a shipping quote.

GSI is not responsible for local import taxes or duties. Local pickups are not available.



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