A superior Gypsy guitar built by Gerald Alonso and Fabian Le Dosseur in Rouen, France. ALD guitars are all the rage in Europe now, and are currently endorsed by Angelo Debarre. The distinct and beautiful tone of ALD guitars can be heard on Debarre's recent recordings such as Gipsy Unity, Live in Paris, and Trio Tout A Cordes.
ALD's have a unique and easily distinguishable tonal palette that is open, complex, and bold. This instrument is well suited to the needs of the contemporary Gypsy jazz guitarist as it has a well balanced frequency response, plentiful volume, and a modern neck profile. The precision fretwork and neck geometry allow for an easy-playing low action setup that is critical for today's highly technical style of playing. The workmanship is phenomenal, with every little detail done to perfection, making this instrument a treat both for the eye and the ear.
The Brune model is ALD's flagship Selmer copy. It features standard Selmer body proportions with deluxe wood choices: cedar top, maple neck, and stunning Macassar ebony back and sides. The beauty of this instrument is accentuated by the ebony headstock veneer which appears on both the front and back of the headstock, a unique and attractive feature! Additionally, the guitar is outfitted with Schaller Classic Deluxe tuners and a lacquered interior.
Cedar is known to provide new guitars with the character and maturity of old seasoned instruments. This is certainly the case with this exceptional guitar. The shimmery high end this instrument produces is rarely found in guitars built after the 1960s. Most newer guitars would sound somewhat muted and dull by comparison. Additionally, the active high end makes the guitar sound very big and open, as there is a lot of sonic activity from the very highest limit of human hearing all the way down to the bass register. When you play chords on this guitar they sound like huge five octave piano voicings....that's the magic of cedar at work!
I'm also very fond of the mids in this guitar. They really growl with character and attitude.
If you're looking for a guitar that has a unique, highly identifiable voice then this instrument should suite you nicely.
This lightly used example has a few dings on the binding as well as small chip on the side (bass side of the lower bout.) Otherwise it's in perfect condition and is an exceptional value at this price. This model is $5500 new. This is a rare opportunity to save $1000 on this wonderful instrument!
This is the CASH price...add 3% (4% for International orders) if you'd like to pay with a credit card.
|Model Number||La Brune|
|Fret Neck||14 Fret|
|Nut Width||1 3/4"|
|Body Depth||3 15/16"|
|Back and Sides||Macassar Ebony|
|Case||FX Molded Foam Black|
2013 ALD La Brune
I bought this used. It arrived with a bad buzz, even with strings at over 4 mm, because all the frets over the body were high. Once that was dealt with, and the zero fret lowered to the same height as the other frets and a new set of Pearce Nuages strings put on, it played without buzzing at 2.8 mm and 2.2 mm at the 12th fret. It plays like butter, and I’ve never heard a Selmer-style guitar with a more wonderful tone. It’s also unusually loud. A really superb guitar, and the strings are perfect for it. Very distinct articulation and rich strong bass. I’m not surprised that Angelo Debarre plays one of these (several, Actually).
Submitted by: Ed on 07/28/2018 07:36:20 PM
ALD La Brune
The ALD La Brune is a superb guitar, stunning in looks, impeccable in workmanship, with beautiful tone. The cedar top gives the sound a maturity you normally only find in well aged guitars. The tone is modern and somewhat complex but should be very satisfying even to a traditionalist. The Macassar ebony back and sides are simply gorgeous. Loads of volume and a very balanced sound from top to bottom.
Submitted by: klaatu on 09/27/2014 06:13:29 AM