First of all, happy new year to everyone, I hope 2022 was a good one for you as well even if we finished the year all sick for weeks and completely exhausted. We are all healthy again, wife's back at work, kid's is back in the kindergarten and papa Gletty in his 12•c Atelier. I want to thank everyone of you for your support and interest for my instruments. It’s been the first year I could finally make a full living making guitars and it wouldn’t have been possible without you. So, from the bottom of my french heart THANK YOU AGAIN!
2023 is gonna be kind of a surprise box year for us and I'm gonna explain everything down here.
I currently have twelve guitar orders to make or finish and three replacement necks to finish. That is enough work for this year counting personal builds that I wanted to do for years. I’m gonna reduce the amount of custom orders to produce more myself and also reduce the waiting time for the future clients. The creative part of my job is one of the most exciting moment of the building process and I simply miss doing more of them. That’s why, from 2024 I’ll take a limited amount of custom orders per year and the rest will be personal projects only. The other reason for this is that I don’t want clients to wait up to two years for getting their instrument likes it the case right now for some of you, it’s just not possible this way and I guess you will agree with me.
My wife, my daughter and I are looking for a new place. We are currently planning to build a house including a bigger Atelier. We already know where it's gonna be but still need to figure things out about finances with the Bank. We want to build a part the house ourself which means a lot of work and time where I'll not be at the shop. It's gonna take us minimum a year and that's if everything rolls, which of course never happen. If we can get a credit with the Bank we just gonna go for it.
I slowly can't stand my shop in Winter. It's humid, cold and super expensive to keep warm with 50% of humidity. Working conditions are the worst and I can't continue being sick half of winter because of that. Also our apartment start to be too small for our family and it's simply time for us to have our own space. We should know in the next few weeks if the Bank say yes or nope, so please cross your fingers for us and I'll keep you updated.
Talking about Custom orders and personal project, I want to start to document the building process and nerd about things I make. The best way to do so is to film everything and post 20min or longer videos on the Youtube. I don't know any channel who does that in a deep and interesting way. Make tons of different test and see how things sounds. Open source some project could also be a great thing and help a lot of people to also understand what they want or need. That’s why I’m looking for someone to film building process and do the video editing as a part time job first. Conditions have to be defined but if you’re looking for a job as a filmmaker with tons of content to film, drop me an Email here. I’m looking for buying a SIGMA FP or FP L camera with a 24-105mm Lens, Cage, shoulder rig with hand focus grip… So you don’t have to buy any camera or Lens. Please contact me only if you already have knowledge into film making and video editing, I can’t teach you something I barely know myself.
Making music is what brought me to make guitars and since I’ve started the company and also become a daddy, my wife and I have an arrangement for free time. Both of us got a free evening each week. I’m kind of back to life since we do so. My Friday evening is currently meeting friends and have a few drinks all together. They also have children so we can share our experiences and talk non sense things between 7pm and 2am. They are also musician or artists and we did a few jam session together. It’s been a lot of fun but recording stuff in 15m2 with a drum kit in middle is kind of ennoying. The place I rent is in total 50m2 and I’m thinking about making a recording studio in this space. It’s gonna cost a bit of money but I really need a space to cranked-up the new GTR150 Amp (video about it coming somewhen) my brother in law did for me without irritate my lovely neighbors every day when I test your guitars and necks.
You might think, Gletty has lost his mind: lots of guitars to make, building a house, make content for Youtube, build a recording studio, record music…. What’s next??? open a bar and buy a Giraffe? Don’t worry I’ll take each of those topic one by one but my first priority is to make and finish all your precious orders. Take care everyone. Love each others and make yourselfs happy.
The Gletty’s wish you all a great 2023 and we'll talk soon!
Lilou, Judith and Alexandre.
CUSTOM ORDERS ARE
CLOSED FOR 2023
NEW HOME AND
LOOKING FOR A FILM MAKER FOR YOUTUBE VIDEOS
RECORDING STUDIO NEXT
TO THE CURRENT SHOP
Aluminium Bolt on Neck Columbia MKIV
I first hope that you all had a nice Christmas time and a great start in 2022.
I've finally achieved what a lot of people asked for: the Aluminium Bolt On Neck version of the Columbia MKIV.
I've played it a lot since it's done and the difference with the MKIV Aluminium neck through is huge. The character has changed a lot. It's not better or worst, just different. First, the MKIV Bolt On is about 600gr lighter than here big sister. It surprised me a lot the first time I hold it after the assembly. It seems that the rest of the bloc that has disappear had a bass influence the guitar. It's still super "Ballsy" but with a bit less of low end. The other point is and it was also a reason to make an aluminium Bolt On neck version, that it has more attack and sounds sharper than the Alu Neck through which is more a sustain-heavy-riff-machine.
I could try to discribe it all day long but I've got orders to take care of. I'll take some time to make a video to compare both Columbia MKIV as soon as my new interface has arrived.
The Columbia MKIV Bolt On #001 is for sale. Because it's a prototype and I haven't take that much care to the finish (it has a few pokes and I didn't polished it high gloss) I'll drop down the price to 2.7K€ instead of 3.5K€. It's perfectly functional and setup with 12-54 strings. Send me an Email if you're interested or if you've got some questions about it.
QUALITY OVER QUANTITY
Isabelle Heidehorn and Alexandre Gletty
LIFE AT 400 ISO
"Isi and I met in Berlin four years ago where we were both bartenders at Soulcat. We had a similar passion about analog photography and I immediately felt in love with her work. There is a lot people who shoot films but a tiny hand of them have such a talent as Isi. I asked her if she wanted to document my work and she said yes. This book resumes pictures by pictures my last year in Berlin and our new life in the north countryside. It shows the magic atmosphere at the shop and also private moment with friends and family. It also includes a few thoughts and reflexions I have about the society and the difference between living in a city and the countryside. The book will be available in both E-book and printed version end of 2023.
You can follow me on Instagram if you want to see the building process of your necks or full instrument. I post a lot on the stories to keep customers in touch.