2011 Holo Musette
Bob has made a name for himself over the last few years as an aficionado of the Franco-Italian guitar designs of Selmer, Maccaferri, Busato, Favino, etc. He spent years studying vintage Selmer style guitars including nearly every Selmer, Favino, and Busato that has come through our shop. He has taken on the challenge of making new guitars that have the elusive and ineffable qualities heard in the very best vintage Selmer type guitars. Few will doubt he has been incredibly successful in his quest, as his guitars are now in the hands of many of today's leading players: Rocky Gresset, Stephane Wrembel, Mathieu Chatelain, Neil Andersson, Antoine Boyer, Alfonso Ponticelli, etc. Bob has essentially been a "luthier for the stars" these past few years...but now you can take home one of these gems for yourself!
This is Bob's Musette model which features some Busato design elements along with Bob's own innovations..
The body is slightly smaller than a standard Selmer, measuring 15 1/2" at the lower bout. The scale length is 670mm.
This guitar floats in your lap, weighing in at only 3.9lbs! Most Duponts are around 4lbs, Dell Artes around 4.5 lbs.
The top is made from aged Carpathian spruce (the same species that Selmer used), the back and sides are made of highly figured Honduran rosewood, and the neck is walnut with a Busato style rosewood spline. There is no truss rod, but the neck is reinforced with carbon strips which will keep it eternally straight. The fingerboard is made of ebony. The interior is lacquered in the tradition of the original Selmers.
The Rosewood bridge is a new compensated design....looks really cool and does a great job intonating the guitar.
This instrument is slightly shop worn and has been subsequently discounted $750. This instrument was used by a number of performing artists at DjangoFest, so it has some light pickwear around the pickguard and a few scratches on the back. Other than that, it's indistinguishable from a new one.
The sound of this guitar is gutsy and deep, with a wonderful rumble in the low end and a very clear and present midrange. In the Busato fashion, the tone of this guitar is dry and direct, with the fundamental of each note taking precedence over the upper partials. The result is a guitar that projects magnificently while still remaining very controlled a focused. Another masterpiece from Bob!
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