The legendary luthier Jacques Favino first got his start making
banjo necks in the Busato workshop after WWII. By 1946, he had formed a
partnership the violin maker Jean Chauvet who taught him the art of
violin making. Jacques also simultaneously pursued his own interest in
guitar making. By 1956 Jacques was working independently, producing
solely guitars. The label on this very early example from 1948 suggests
it's the 8th guitar he ever made, making it arguably the earliest
surviving guitar of the great master!
early model shows many similarities to Favino's later 1A and 1B models
as well as his F hole guitars. The petite 15 1/4" body, arched birdseye
maple back and birsdeye maple sides, and spruce top are characteristics
we often see in later guitars. The walnut neck differs from later
models as does the headstock shape. This instrument is fitted with a
brass tailpiece and a set of nickel three on a plate tuners.
exceptionally resonant instrument produces singing highs, gutsy mids,
and a complex and poignant tone that has so much character and panache.
These characteristics make it great for numerous applications, from
swing leads to musette waltzes, it has the punch and bravado to cut
through with a sort of beautiful grit. Rhythm work is a joy, as chords
are well defined and cutting, allowing it to perfectly fit the sonic
space between the bass and the soloist.
condition of this instrument is very good. It has about five top cracks,
several which are quite long. All have been repaired with glue and are
stable. Otherwise, the instrument has been very well taken care of with
just a bit of pickwear on the top. The frets are new and the instrument
plays very easily with low 2.8mm action.
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