Maurice Dupont has long been one of the most respected luthiers in France and one of the first contemporary makers to specialize in producing the Selmer Maccaferri guitar. Maurice first gained recognition as a builder of classical guitars and in 1989 was bestowed with the honor of "Best French Craftsman." Maurice was an apprentice of the legendary Gypsy guitar maker Jacques Favino, and in 1986 he began building his own Selmer style guitars which quickly became the most popular choice of professional Gypsy guitarists. Countless Gypsy stars including Raphael Fays, Biréli Lagrène, Tchavolo Schmitt, and Romane have played Dupont guitars which appear on hundreds of recordings.
This is Dupont's much anticipated copy of the classic Busato design. It
is a near exact copy, with the classic Busato proportions: 670mm scale length and a 16 1/4" body size. It also features the famous
Busato bombe (top arch) which is more curved then Favinos or Selmers.
Like the originals, this guitar also has a beautifully arched back.
This guitar has a Sitka spruce top, gorgeous European Maple back and sides, Ebony binding, a three piece Walnut/Ebony neck, a vintage finish and the deluxe Busato tuners.
The sound is very close to the original Busato guitars, and in many cases is almost indistinguishable. Like the vintage Busatos, this guitar has a bright, dry tone with a very clear, bell like high end. Busatos are built for cutting power and Dupont has definitely succeeded in achieving that. Generally, Busatos are some of the loudest Gypsy guitars ever built and this guitar lives up to that tradition.
If you're looking for a screaming high end then this is THE guitar for you! This Sitka/Maple Busato has a noticeably more aggressive, punchy high end then the sweeter sounding European Spruce/Brazilian Busato. This powerful guitar is the quintessential campfire jam machine...will cut through anything!!! Bring your ear plugs....
This used example is in excellent condition. The frets are only slightly worn and there is some pickwear close to the treble moustache piece. There are a few light scracthes on the body and headstock, but otherwise this instrument is very clean.
This is the CASH price...add 3% (4% for International orders) if you'd like to pay with a credit card
|Model Number||Busato Royale|
|Serial Number||Auot 2008|
|Fret Neck||14 Fret|
|Nut Width||1 3/4"|
|Body Depth||3 3/4"|
|Back and Sides||European Maple (Laminate)|