This guitar made by Lucien Gélas was in a pretty bad shape. In order to make it playable again a compromise between restoration and repair was necessary. I left as many parts as possible in their original state but had to replace a number of significant parts.
Lucien Gélas was born on January 15th, 1873 in Menton, Alpes Maritimes. He was a guitarist and teacher and also developed the concept of the “double resonance guitar”, which he had patented and manufactured. Heinrich Albert, guitarist from Munich (1870-1950) was so enamoured wich these guitars that he recommended them to all his students, the most famous of whom are Luise Walker (1910-1998) and Bruno Henze (1900-1978).