This new Gitano Plus oval hole by Stefan Hahl represents the ultimate in
contemporary Selmer guitar design. Most builders today obsessively try
to replicate the design and building techniques of "golden era" guitars
like the original Selmers, Busatos, and later Favinos. Hahl has dared
to be different by using the Selmer design, which he has studied
extensively, as a starting point for something new and unique. His
guitars characteristically combine the complexity, warmth, and
listenability of archtops and flatops with the punch and clarity of
Selmers. The real genius of his work is that he has succeeded in making
a contemporary, sophisticated sounding Gypsy guitar without loosing the
essence of the Selmer sound. Others have tried to make such a guitar,
but the end result is that warmth and complexity are traded for clarity
and punch, which results in a very muted and dull sounding guitar. Not
so with Hahl. His guitars produce notes with a rounded, satisfying tone
but are still springy enough to shoot out of the instrument in volume
Hahl's work has been well received by the very finest Gypsy guitarists today. Most notably, by Bireli Lagrene who owns three Hahl guitars and has used them on most of his recent recordings. check out: Move, Just the Way You Are, To Bi or Not to Bi, and Live in Paris.
Gypsy legends Stochelo Rosenberg, Dorado Schmitt and Hono Winterstein also play Hahl guitars.
This one-of-a-kind Gitano Plus model features a 40 year aged top which is normally reserved for the more expensive Gitano de Luxe line from Hahl. Subsequently, this Gitano has the tonal depth and projection that one would expect from Hahl's more expensive instruments, but at a lower price. When you play this wonderful guitar, there's no doubt that the 40 year aged top is working it's tonal magic. This instrument posses the sort of maturity and refinement that one normally expects in a finely aged vintage guitar. The highs are clear and defined, with a beautiful crispness that adds sizzle to your leads and "crunch" to your chords. The lower mids are particularly responsive, which adds a gutsy quality to chords and single note work on the low strings. Generally, the tone is open and complex, with a nice touch of natural reverb to it, but not so much it's overbearing. And as is the case with all of Hahl's guitars, it is fabulously easy to play. It almost feels like an electric! All in all, another wonderful instrument from Stefan!
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