2011 Holo Modele Nouveau
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 yourself!
This is Bob's Modele Nouveau which is played by Alfonso Ponticelli and Mathieu Chatelain.
The body is standard Selmer size (15 3/4") and the scale is 670mm.
This guitar is impossibly light at 3.8lbs! Most Duponts are around 4lbs, Dell Artes around 4.5 lbs.
The top is made from aged cedar, back and sides are Indian rosewood, and the neck is black 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.
I've had a number of Bob's Nouveau model's over the years, and each has had it's own unique character and personality. The outstanding trait of this particular example is its wonderfully full and focused midrange. This has the beneficial effect of thickening single note passages, yielding lead lines which are well rounded and complex in character. The amazing thing is that the increased midrange response has no negative effect on the guitar's projection. Thicker, mid-heavy guitars often trade tone for volume. Not so with this this precisely tuned acoustic machine that can produce lush lead lines without a loss in volume. Pure genius! It is qualities like these that have made Bob's Modele Nouveau the favorite choice of so many of today's young virtuosos
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