653 Scale 50 mm Nut, Original Bone Nut, Bone Saddle and Gears. Very Fine to Medium grain Spruce Soundboard and highly Flamed Maple back and sides. Very Straight Neck and 20 Fret Ebony Fingerboard. The soundboard and back are attached to the sides with Maple bands. There are repaired cracks on the top done decades ago, somewhat high action.
Great sustain, especially in the trebles. Unique Double Top Guitar patented by (Student of Miguel Llobet.) Lucien Gelas in 1904. Here's a quote from an old Japanese guitar magazine: This article titled “José Yacopi and other luthiers” is from the Japanese guitar magazine "Armonia", issue No. 5 of September-October 1954. It was written by the editor Dr. Isao Takahashi of Sakamoto, Japan. Japanese translation by Randy Osborne. "The two piece soundboard guitars by France’s well known Gelas (Even Iwao Takamine has one), long ago even Llobet, Germany’s Heinrich Albert’s recommended them but, today they are scarcely used."