2012 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 3.85lbs! Most Duponts are around 4lbs, Dell Artes around 4.5 lbs.
The top is made from aged redwood, back and sides are highly figured cocobolo, 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 rosewood. The interior is laquered 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 guitar is blessed with a wonderfully open, yet poignant tone. Although not a Busato copy, it has a dash of Busato like definition, especially noticeable when playing single note passages. The frequency response has been tuned as such to allow for nice bass depth and crispy highs that don't get overwhelmed by an overly active midrange. Consequently, chords have a nice low end kick that you feel in your gut while leads remain crisp and clear. It is qualities like these that have made Bob's Modele Nouveau the favorite choice of so many of today's young virtuosos.
This is the CASH price...add 3% (4% for International orders) if you'd like to pay with a credit card.