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
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!)
of course, Django himself! (see Django's Busato here: Django's
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.
This is Busato's smaller bodied option which is
listed as modele #42 in his catalog. It features a narrower, 15 1/2"
walnut body, a spruce top, and a walnut neck. It is unfathomably light,
weighing in at only 3.5lbs! As one would expect, it's ultra-lightweight
design and Busato heritage conspire to produce a tone that is brimming
with character. The tone is very dry and clear, with powerful
fundamentals that yield rich, singing lead lines and crisp, crunchy
chords. It's lightweight design allows the body to resonate with peak
efficiency, resulting in the sort of power and projection that only a
fine vintage instrument can produce. No doubt, this one has mojo galore
and is certainly like nothing you've heard before!
instrument is in good condition, with signs that is was well played
over it's long life. There is significant pickwear on the top and the
body has quite a lot of small dings, chips, and scratches. The back of
the headstock has several small nail holes in it and there are two
spots in the neck were small holes look to have been filled. The
tailpiece and tuners were replaced with new Dupont DR hardware.
Otherwise, the guitar is in excellent shape, with no cracks or other
structural issues. It is strung with Argentine 1510MF strings and plays
easily with 3mm action.
Come experience the magic of Busato for yourself! It's not often we have such a fine example and such an affordable price
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