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  • Andrew Ulle 5:46PM


  • MichaelHorowitzMichaelHorowitz SeattleAdministrator
    It's a dream come true to have this amazing instrument here!
  • Ted GottsegenTed Gottsegen Rowayton, CTModerator
    I'm sure it's a dream come true for a lot of reasons and it's really got me thinking deeper into a theory I've had for 10 or so years.

    I remember a friend telling me about his friend who bought an original Maccaferri (intact soundbox) in the 1960's. This reminded me of something I'd read about how Joe didn't like the sound of Selmer guitars at all, yet there are photos (as well as the "J'attendrai" video) where he's got one. My theory is that when he played Selmer guitars he preferred using the Modèle Orchestre with soundbox which gave the rhythm section a more three dimensional sound.

    Watching the "J'attendrai" video it's easy to see that Baro's guitar is a standard Orchestre model because I can see the label clear as day. It's like the inside of his guitar is glowing it's so obvious. Yet Joe's guitar is completely dark in the soundhole. He is turned at more of an angle, true, but it's so obvious that Baro's guitar doesn't have one that I'd lay a yard on the fact that Joe's playing a soundbox Maccaferri. The soundbox guitars (I think) sound great, but definitley different: to my ears richer, deeper, darker... which will definitely create a more layered sound when there are multiple guitars in the rhythm section. I wish I had a time machine to back and ask him.

    That's my thought for the day.

    All the best,


    Andrew Ulle
  • MichaelHorowitzMichaelHorowitz SeattleAdministrator
    @"Ted Gottsegen"

    That's an interesting observation. I'll have to go back and listen to some of the classic tracks for the rhythm sound of Joseph and Baro.

    I actually have three Macs with resonators here: #103 and #98 along with Jean Barault's replica which was made for the Django film last year.

    They are all pretty different. Despite some of the stories you hear about people ripping the resonators out or just not liking them, it's clear that all three are outstanding guitars and it's unlikely the resonator is restricting the resonance of these instruments in any way. #103 is actually quite bright and very loud, which was a bit of an eye opener as I figured these Macs would be limited to more of a rhythm only role. However, after playing #103, you can easily imagine that Django's leads would have had easily had enough projection to be heard over his accompanists.

    #98 also has a resonator, but it is very different, with a much more full bodied, rounded sound that produces flugelhorn like leads pianistic chords. A joy to play and clearly not limited to only rhythm.

    The Barault is also a wonderful instrument....it's more like #98 as it's darker and more full bodied. Jean did an incredible job with it....you can hardly tell it from the real ones!

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