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A closer look at Django's Selmer 503 !

Super Mario MaccaferriSuper Mario Maccaferri Route Nationale 20, FranceNew
edited April 2011 in Welcome Posts: 246
... Or should I say the closest ever ?
:mrgreen:
"There's no business like shoe business"
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  • Michael BauerMichael Bauer Chicago, ILProdigy Selmers, Busatos and more…oh my!
    Posts: 1,002
    Pure guitar porn! Thanks for posting this.

    I wish you'd been able to play a few notes on it. I'd love to hear what it sounds like now.
    I've never been a guitar player, but I've played one on stage.
  • klaatuklaatu Nova ScotiaProdigy Rodrigo Shopis D'Artagnan, 1950s Jacques Castelluccia
    Posts: 1,645
    Wow, who do you know that got you this close to it?
    Benny

    "It's a great feeling to be dealing with material which is better than yourself, that you know you can never live up to."
    -- Orson Welles
  • klaatuklaatu Nova ScotiaProdigy Rodrigo Shopis D'Artagnan, 1950s Jacques Castelluccia
    Posts: 1,645
    1.65 kg - it weighs nothing!
    Benny

    "It's a great feeling to be dealing with material which is better than yourself, that you know you can never live up to."
    -- Orson Welles
  • Super Mario MaccaferriSuper Mario Maccaferri Route Nationale 20, FranceNew
    Posts: 246
    ... Michael, I WAS able to play it... Just did absolutely NOT feel like doing such a thing. Ever heard of the curse of the pharaoh and stuff like that ? Actually the lab tech said that gloves were required, so as to preserve it completely as is... He said they don't ever touch (or repair) the instruments, and he was pretty sure that he could get Django's DNA by doing an analysis, all over the guitar... "better not mix it with everyone else's"he added. What do you say after that.

    As to how I got there, huh huh huh, my name is Mario, but people call me Super :D
    "There's no business like shoe business"
  • ShawnShawn Valley Center, Kansas✭✭✭✭
    Posts: 325
    OH...MY...GOD!

    I wish I had better words to express my feelings upon seeing this, but if I were there I too probably wouldn't be able to play it just for the reason that it was Django's guitar. I mean, the guitar was played by him for a long part of his career...beautiful melodies, astonishing improvisations and feats that most of us only dream about were played on this thing. I'm pretty sure my playing would sound like a child playing a ukulele with 2 out of tune strings...something I just couldn't bear to put this wonderful instrument through :mrgreen: .

    Regardless, wonderful video, and as Michael stated..."Pure guitar porn"...what more could be said.
  • Michael BauerMichael Bauer Chicago, ILProdigy Selmers, Busatos and more…oh my!
    Posts: 1,002
    Mario, I understand about not wanting to play Django's guitar, although I wonder if Django would have wanted his favorite guitar's effective life to end when his did. I'm really torn about this. On one hand I think it's a shame that the guitar can never really sing again because it has become a relic. On the other hand, if it were played...and eventually refretted...and eventually got a new bridge and other repairs that playing would require after time, it would become less and less Django's guitar. I suppose it's better to leave it as it is.

    DNA degades with time, so I say get Django's DNA now while they can! And then figure out a way to replace mine with his!

    Anyway, thanks again for posting this. I envy you that you got to be that close to the Holy Grail of Selmer guitars.
    I've never been a guitar player, but I've played one on stage.
  • Super Mario MaccaferriSuper Mario Maccaferri Route Nationale 20, FranceNew
    Posts: 246
    if it were played...and eventually refretted...and eventually got a new bridge and other repairs that playing would require after time, it would become less and less Django's guitar. I suppose it's better to leave it as it is.

    Exactly...The lab man said "the key word is reversibility". In other words, they forbid themselves to do any repair ofr modification which would not be reversible, i.e. allow to get the guitar back in it's previous condition. So, NO refretting, or planification (is this the corrrect word ?).

    Why ? well he said, imagine we're 250 years in the future, and as technologies evolve, we're unable to read vinyls, CDs, floppy disks and computer hard disks... what's left is then a few transcriptions, chord change sheets and the guitar. That would put us in the same position where we're right now regarding 15 th century "Cistres" (don't know how to tranlate this), so not touching the instrument would still let us make guesses about Django's technique and style. Were we a bit wiser than today he added, we may well be able to discover from all these clues that the man didn't have the same number of fingers as other players..."

    I like the idea...
    "There's no business like shoe business"
  • Ian RossiterIan Rossiter Fort Vermilion ,Alberta ,CanadaNew
    Posts: 203
    Thanks for this video. I shared it on my Facebook page too.
    What else can you tell us about it? The neck and body depth looked huge in the video. I couldn't imagine the Vibe that thing has. Again, thank you for posting/sharing such a great experience.
    Practice ,Practice,EAT PRACTICE- Tommy Tedesco
  • jimvencejimvence Austin, TX✭✭
    Posts: 73
    I don't know man..not a bad instrument, but looks kind of old and beat up.

    Would you consider 300 cash and my MIM Telecaster in trade? ;0)

    Oh wait, I thought this was the "For Sale" forum :D :o :D
  • ShawnShawn Valley Center, Kansas✭✭✭✭
    Posts: 325
    jimvence wrote:
    I don't know man..not a bad instrument, but looks kind of old and beat up.

    Would you consider 300 cash and my MIM Telecaster in trade? ;0)

    :lol: :lol: :lol: You'll fit in great around here...gets my vote for Djangobooks "Post of the Year" Award!
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