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 3.6lbs! Most Duponts are around 4lbs, Dell Artes around 4.5 lbs.
The top is made from aged cedar, 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 rosewood. The interior is laquered in the tradition of the original Selmers. The sides have two bound seams, one in the typical place around the endpin. Bob also bound another seam right on the bend of the cutaway which is a nice touch!
The Rosewood bridge is a new compensated design....looks really cool and does a great job intonating the guitar.
The sound of this particular Nouveau is noteworthy for its full, thick sounding single notes that are pleasing yet precise. The very active lower midrange of this guitar adds "meat" to the lead lines while simultaneously producing wonderfully full chords. The cedar top does it's job well, generating the kind of projection you'd normally only expect of well seasoned vintage guitars. All around, another astounding example of Bob's craft!
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