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1940s Gypsy Mystery

1940s Gypsy Mystery
This nice sounding pompe guitar bears many of the characteristics of instruments built by the great Franco-Sicilian luthiers. Although I can't positively identify who made this instrument, it very well could have been built by Busato or by any of a number of other immigrant run shops active at the time. The one piece, braceless, bent back; distinctive D hole shape; long headstock shape; and neck design is reminiscent of the work of numerous Italian immigrant luthiers of the era. This lableless guitar was a "players" model, devoid of the higher grade woods and hardware that made the high end models more expensive. Instead, it's simple design produces the perfect rhythm sound without and other unnecessary fanfare. Very straightforward and simple, just what players on a budget need!

This instrument has had significant restoration work done, including a new fingerboard and frets, a neck reset, a new bridge and moustache pieces, and a new tailpiece. Some of the outer layer of the side laminate around the tailpiece had cracked off and was replaced. The inner layer is intact and completely undisturbed. Also, about 50% of the #3 brace is missing. The top is stable so there's no major concern, but at some point that brace may need to be replaced.

Even the most modest guitars experience the same magic aging process that makes the high dollar Selmer and Busatos sound so incredible. This spunky little guitar is no exception as it has the wonderfully clear, dry tone and astounding projection that only guitars with 60+ years of age can produce. It is an absolute joy to play rhythm on this instrument as it's direct and crunchy tone produces a tight, clear rhythm sound that is just perfect for jazz manouche. Additionally, it is surprisingly easy to play with the action set at a slinky 2.4mm. The low tension feel of this guitar will allow you to play pompe all night long without fatigue or discomfort.

It's rare I have vintage guitars under $3K, even rarer to have one at almost $1K! This is a rare opportunity to own a guitar with great vintage sound for less.


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Guitar Specs
Brand Mystery
Year 1940s
Model Number Mystery
Serial Number None
Sound Hole D Hole
Fret Neck 12 Fret
Condition Fair
Size 15 1/2"
Scale Length 630mm
Nut Width 1 3/4"
Top Spruce
Back and Sides Mahogany
Neck Walnut
Fingerboard Rosewood
Binding Ebony
Finish Vintage
Tailpiece Saga
Tuners Three on a plate
Action 2.4mm
Strings Argentine 1610
Case Solutions Gig Bag
Pickup(s) None
Truss Rod None
Weight 3.35 lbs
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