1933 Selmer Conversion
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If you've always wanted to own a Selmer guitar but found the prices put
them out of reach, then this is the instrument for you! This guitar is
one of a handful of Selmer 4 cordes Grand Modeles (a 4 string
guitar that was a precursor to the Eddie Freeman model) that was
converted to a 6 string guitar. The work was carried out by Marco
Roccia, an Italian luthier located in London, sometime after WWII.
Roccia was head of the restoration department of the instrument
manufacturer Clifford Essex and had also been a good friend of Mario
Maccaferri. Many of Roccia's Selmer conversions were commissioned and
sold by Louis Gallo, an Anglo-Italian guitarist who played in the style
of Eddie Lang. A capable luthier, Roccia's work has stood the test of
time as his excellent conversions sound and play very much like original Selmer guitars.
This fabulous instrument began its life in 1933 as one of a handful of 4 cordes Grand Modeles that Selmer built based on a design by the British tenor banjoist Eddie Freeman. The 4 cordes Grand Modele had the same body (including the internal resonator and D shaped soundhole) as the original Maccaferri Orchestre Modele.
However, it was adapted for only four strings so it had a narrower
neck. The exact process Roccia used to convert four string Selmer
guitars is not precisely known, but we can assume he replaced the top,
removed the internal resonator, replaced the neck, and fitted a set of
six string HSC tuners. Most of Roccia's conversions, including this one,
feature an over-sized oval soundhole and a fretboard extension. A nearly
identical Selmer conversion was played by the well know British
guitarist Diz Disley who played extensively with Stephane Grappelli.
neck is clearly based on Selmer's original specs as it has a grafted
headstock and a slotted peghead. However, the shape of the headstock,
the heel, and Selmer logo do not conform to typical Selmer proportions.
Also, the neck appears to be made of mahogany rather than the standard
walnut. Roccia most likely constructed this neck himself.
the tuners and tailpiece are original HSC hardware. However, the base
plates for the tuners appear to those used by Busato. The tuning
mechanisms and the covers are original HSC.
As you'd expect, over
80 years of aging has allowed this guitar to mature into an exquisite
sounding instrument! It has the sort of clarity and depth of tone that
only a well seasoned instruments posses. I particularly like the clarity
and snap of the treble register. This guitar adds a nice "zing" to your
lead lines which makes soloing a joy. There's no doubt, this guitar has one BIG
This instrument is in very good condition for it's
age. It has been completely restored and has new frets and very easy
playing 2.8mm action. There are two long top cracks which have been
cleated and are stable.
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