2013 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.
The top is made from aged spruce, the back and sides are made of 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.
The sound of this particular Nouveau is notable for it's clarity and focus. The midrange is very robust, which allows for rounded, horn like leads and compact, dense sounding chords. This instrument projects wonderfully, easily filling the room with its satisfying, mellifluous tone. These qualities make this guitar unusually versatile. It's one of the rare guitars that is equally at home playing 1930s Django as it is with modern chord melody arrangements and bebop. Bravo Bob!
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