Antoine Di Mauro was part of the mass emigration of master Sicilian luthiers (Busato, Oliveri Anastasio, etc) who left Catania in the early 20th century. In the 1930s Di Mauro and his countrymen setup a series of shops on the East side of Paris and quickly adapted their skills to making jazz guitars in the Selmer Maccaferri style. Di Mauro was certainly one of the most successful and long lasting of these Franco-Sicilian luthiers as his guitars were widely adopted by players of many styles. Di Mauro guitars were produced continuously until the early 90s, first by Antoine and then later by his son Joseph. Notable players include Moreno, Boulou Ferre, Patrick Saussois, Samy Daussat, Jean-Yves Dubanton, and even Pat Metheny! Di Mauro guitars were produced continuously until the early 90s, first by Antoine and his brother Joseph and later by Antoine's son Joseph.
This Boogie Woogie model is Di Mauro's Maccaferri inspired instrument. This well preserved example features an unique 11 fret neck, a very short 635mm scale, and a 16 1/8" body. Tipping the scales at just 3.25 lbs, this is among the lightest Gypsy guitars I've ever come across! The top is spruce, the back and sides are Cuban mahogany, the neck is mahogany, and the fingerboard is rosewood. The top binding is ebony which is decorated with 5 ply purfling. The Maccaferri inspired rosette features 14 black and white bands with a red center band. The tailpiece, tuners, and the tortoise pickguard are original.
The Boggie Woogie model has long been known as one of the best "pompe" (i.e. rhythm) guitars ever made for Gypsy jazz. The Di Mauro family were deeply in touch with the needs of professional Gypsy guitarists, allowing them to produce instruments which were perfectly suited for the aesthetics of this genre. This wonderful example is no exception as its look and sound transports you back to the mythical cafes and nightclubs of mid-century Paris. Best characterized as "bold" and "gutsy," this instrument's strength lies primarily in the punchy, clear midrange it produces. Chord hits crack like a whip while lush voicings ring full and clear. Additionally, the considerable age of this instrument has worked its magic, adding the character, definition, and clarity we've come to expect from well seasoned instruments.
This guitar is very well preserved for it's age! It has numerous dings and scratches on the top and body, but is free of any serious problems such as cracks or separation. The frets have some very light wear and the instrument plays quite nicely with action set at 3.2mm.
This instrument was previously owned by the renowned Gypsy guitarist Kamlo Barre.
All in all, here's an opportunity to own a wonderful piece of Gypsy jazz history that is well preserved and a joy to play!
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