Busato Grand Modèle ***NEW PRICE***Default ManufacturerExplosive projection...the closest to the "Tchan Tchou" sound of any guitar I've seen. Priced to move!Arts & Entertainmentbusato-weiss9930View OfferDjangoBooks.comhttps://www.djangobooks.com/Item/busato-weiss
This classic Busato is priced to move! Grand Modele Busatos are going for $14K or more these days. Here's a chance to own a guitar with some serious bragging rights for a lot less.
Busatos are rarer than rare these days so here is an opportunity to own
one of these legendary guitars. Busatos are difficult to date as they
have no labels or serial numbers of any kind. Best guess would be that this
was built sometime in the late 40s.
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 et Fanto Reinhardt (Romane's rhythm section get an amazing dry
rhythm sound with their Busatos!)
Moreno has owned several Busatos over his illustrious career
and of course, Django himself! (see Django's Busato here: Django's
Busato). Django is rumored to have written the ballad Anouman
on his Busato.
This guitar was owned by Tony Weiss who was a Parisian Gypsy
guitarist of note during the 60s and 70s. There is a picture of Tony
Weiss holding this guitar on p.243 of Francois Charles The Story of SelmerMaccaferri Guitars.
This guitar has a Spruce top, Curly Mahogany back and sides,
Rosewood fingerboard, and a Mahogany neck with a Maple spline. The aged
woods of this guitar have a warm amber color that only these old guitars
possess. The rich color of this instrument is akin to that of a fine
single Malt Scotch! Delicious....
The name "Busato" was carved into the headstock which is a nice touch.
Most have a metal name plate so this carved inscription is rare. There is
only one other Busato I've seen carved like this: 1930s Busato
The fingerboard is original with Busato's signature triple dot position
markers. Tailpiece is an original BB. Tuners were replaced with a new
set of DRs.
The dimensions are those typical of a Grand Modèle Busato: 16 1/4" body with a 675mm scale length. It is light as a feather at only 3.6 lbs, among the lightest Gypsy guitars you'll find!
Despite it's age, this instrument is in stable working order. At one
point the headstock was damaged. A crack close to the 1st string tuner
was glued and the back side of the center piece was also repaired. The
headstock is tapered so that it get's quite thin towards the top.
Because of this, the mounting plate for the DR tuners hangs over the
edges a bit.
It appears that at some point this guitar had a volume knob and a jack
installed. There is a spot behind the treble side of the bridge which
was patched with several pieces of wood and wood filler (maybe there was
a volume knob there at one time?) There is also a patched hole on the
lower treble bout which looks like it once had a jack.
There are a few cracks in between the fingerboard and soundhole (the most
common place for cracks on Selmer type guitars.) They have been
repaired. There are also a couple of cracks close the patched area of
the top that appear to be stabilized by the patches inside.
There is also a crack in the Maple spline of the heel.
Since the fingerboard is original, it shows the typical wear you'd
expect from decades of use. Some ruts have formed in the more heavily
used areas of the fingerboard. The frets are brass which is usually the sign of
a 60s era refret job. However, they have almost no wear.
The sound of this guitar is rather intriguing! It has many of the
elements you'd expect of a Busato: superior projection, hard trebles,
and nice bass definition. However, it has more Selmer like qualities
than any other Busato I've had. While most Bustaos are typically
ultra-dry and "simple" in tone, this guitar is rather complex and "open"
sounding. The richness it has lends itself nicely to unaccompanied
playing. Each note has a lot of swirling overtone complexity which
really fills out the sound. But this guitar can also kick out some
searing leads when needed.
Playability is very good with 3mm action and 11 gauge strings. Could easily be strung with 10s for an even slinkier feel.
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