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70 years of Favino guitars...

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Dear comrades in swing,

In celebration of the 70th anniversary of Favino guitars, a French guitar magazine had Adrien Moignard demo three models from the sixties on, followed by a classical guitarist:

Here’s the full article:

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  • Wim GlennWim Glenn oƃɐɔᴉɥƆModerator 503
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    The quality is excellent! Thanks for sharing
  • ricorico Paris New
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    Favino Macias is mine
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    Nice photo @rico !
    Congrats to Favino family.
    Is it just me or the Macias sounds the most like a flattop acoustic? Of course with the volume and the projection they're known for. It has very strong bass and treble and not much in the middle.
    I think the '64 is my favorite sounding, just so buttery and warm.
    The '89 sounds wonderful but has a bit too much buzz in the bass.
    But then it also depends on how old or new the strings are on all of them.

    Which years or models do those very nasally Favinos fall into?
    Every note wants to go somewhere-Kurt Rosenwinkel
  • ricorico Paris New
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    No in fact it was very cold that day, the guitar is reactive to the changes of temperature and it was in summer setting with argentine purple strings. She is not at her top on the video. Now it is in red string and sounds much better. Very dense and warm with beautiful basses, mediums and treble. And adrien plays with a 1.5 mm mediator on this video. For me it is the best of 3. But i'm in love with adrien's one
  • MichaelHorowitzMichaelHorowitz SeattleAdministrator
    edited January 2017 Posts: 5,764
    Buco wrote: »
    Is it just me or the Macias sounds the most like a flattop acoustic?

    The Macias models are often very dark, but not always. Although, I wouldn't say the sound is all that much like a flatop as they're much more responsive and the character of the bass is more "flubby" with a popping sort of projection. The one we have in stock right now is probably the best sound one I've heard:

    So much character!

    Which years or models do those very nasally Favinos fall into?

    Generally Favinos from any period will have a more pronounced upper midrange hump which sounds very nasal. Some have more of it than others and some hardly have it all. Generally I'd say the earlier Favinos (60s to mid 70s) predictably have that nasal characteristic whereas later ones vary more. Some of my favorite models are the late 70s/early 80s cedar top Favinos which are quite dry, bright, and clear with little or nasalness. Like this one:

    The 90s and later JP Favino stuff really varies as he changed the design so much but even so, many of his guitars still have that characteristic Favino nasalness.

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    This '77 Favino was probably my favorite guitar I ever played at Chicago's Caravan guitars. My band mate John subsequently bought it. I can't hear anything nasal in it's tone. Very lively tone, clean and bright but pleasant.
    And loud.
    Built by the father then the son was doing some neck work.
    Every time I played it I would be enchanted again.
    Every note wants to go somewhere-Kurt Rosenwinkel
  • We really do love our gear don't we.
    The Magic really starts to happen when you can play it with your eyes closed
  • Ted GottsegenTed Gottsegen Rowayton, CTModerator
    edited January 2017 Posts: 611
    I love Favino guitars. One of the most amazing thing about them and something that a lot of people don't recognize is that Jacques (and now Jean-Pierre) were making guitars for the professional musician who played a lot of different styles of music because in the old days thats what a guitarist had to do to make a living. It's not much different then today.

    I'm happy to call Jean-Pierre a friend. We've spent a lot of time together talking about music, guitars, life, nature, art - what have you. Personally I think he's a way better luthier than his father was and I'd rather have a JP from the 1980's-present than a 1960's-1970's Jacques. It's not the classic sound, but what he can do in terms of taking someones wishes for a particular sound and creating a guitar around that is simply incredible. He said he builds the same way in regards to adaptability. I've done a bunch of sessions for a company that provides music for commercials, film, TV. The most recent one required a fingerpicking ragtime thing, so I used Blind Boy Fuller as an inspiration (changes to "Truckin' My Blues Away") and I used a guitar JP made me in 2007. The people who heard the playback loved the sound of my *acoustic guitar*. Not my "gypsy" guitar.

    Matelo Ferret played Russian, Baltic, Corsican, Spanish as well as the standard Django material on a Favino. Maurice Ferret played for Spanish ex-pats in Paris where he played his take on Spanish flavored tunes ( basically his "Le Train Gitan" record) on a Favino. Someone out there owns a Favino that was bought from Jacques Mazzoleni that has a patch of wood on the lower bass bout which belonged for years and years to a street singer who played everyday singing French songs. There is a friend of mine who has another Favino from the 1980's that was owned by another street musician who used to play by The Louvre.

    These days I feel that many luthiers (not all!) are building guitars that all sound alike: bright, brash, trebly. They are one dimensional in sound and application and I don't think that it would be possible for most contemporary instruments to be that adaptable.

    JP always says that any maple bodied guitar from the Favino workshop is intended to sound bright. It's what Enrico Macias and the Corsican guitarists wanted: bright, cutting sounding instruments. I've never heard a maple bodied Favino that wasn't pretty one dimensional in terms of sound and I've owned four. He loathes the sound of the cedar models from the 1970's and 1980's because he says they sound great in the beginning by die very quickly. I never asked why he used it to begin with.

    To me, these are the best guitars I've every owned or played. If I could own every single Favino I would. I hope everyone out there gets a chance to play a great sounding Favino from any vintage.

    All the best,


    PS: For those interested in ordering a guitar from Jean-Pierre the base price for a guitar is 4500€. That's the no frills model which I believe is like the d-hole Michael currently has for sale. The current wait time is 2 years. I know that because he's building me a guitar now.
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