1940s Busato Modele #42 1940s Busato Modele #42 Busato Small bodied, easy playing instrument with a magnificent tone! Arts & Entertainment busato-modele-42 #42 9500.00 DjangoBooks.com
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1940s Busato Modele #42

1940s Busato Modele #42

A guitar of this stature needs no introduction. Next to Selmers, Busatos are the most sought after guitars by today's top players. So many contemporary Gypsy jazz guitarists play these exquisite guitars:

Romane (he plays a Busato on most of his recordings over the last 5 years)

Stochelo Rosenberg (performs with his Selmer but is an avid collector and player of Busatos)

Yayo and Fanto Reinhardt (Romane's rhythm section get an amazing dry rhythm sound with their Busatos!)

Moreno and of course, Django himself! (see Django's Busato here: Django's Busato).

Django is rumored to have written the ballad Anoumanon his Busato.

So what makes a Busato so great? Generally speaking, it simply out performs other guitars in almost every way. First off, they are positively the loudest guitars ever made! I've compared Busatos to numerous classic Gypsy guitars such as Jacques Favinos and Selmers as well as new guitars by J.P. Favino, Dupont, ALD, and Dell Arte. A good Favino is pretty loud...but the Busato is just a cannon. A vintage Selmer is actually quite timid by comparison. The Busato has three tonal elements which really make it cut in acoustic settings. 1) It is extremely dry. It has little or no natural wetness (reverb.) This makes the guitar much more focused and is therefore much easier to hear in a loud jam setting. 2) The tone is very pure with very simple overtones. The fundamental pitch of single notes are very strong while the overtones are extremely clean and even. Very flute like in character. A Selmer sounds more complex, but is also somewhat "messier" sounding which dampens projection. 3) It responds to the slightest touch. Just barely strike the strings and you get a lightening fast bolt of sound. I really like this because you don't have to play these guitars hard to be loud. Busatos yield an exceedingly wide frequency response. They have a crisp, bright high end which gives your leads some sparkle and adds ambiance and clarity to rhythm work. There's not much mids, except for a slight upper midrange nasalness. But nothing like a Favino in that regard.

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Guitar Specs
Brand Busato
Year 1940s
Model Number #42
Serial Number None
Sound Hole Oval
Fret Neck 14 Fret
Condition Good
Size 15 1/2"
Scale Length 675mm
Nut Width 1 3/4"
Body Depth 3 5/8"
Top Spruce
Back and Sides Walnut
Neck Walnut
Fingerboard Ebony
Binding Ebony
Finish Vintage
Tailpiece DR
Tuners DR
Action 2.7mm
Strings Argentine 1610MF
Case Vintage Wood
Pickup(s) None
Truss Rod None
Weight 3.4
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